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Our Mission

Founded in 2007, the mission of TeachingGreen is to enable a sustainable future for life on Earth through comprehensive and empowering environmental education for all.

What is TeachingGreen?

TeachingGreen is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to providing environmental education for people of all ages and interests. Our mission is guided by three main Earthgoals:

  1. Raise awareness about our most serious environmental problems, both local and global
  2. Encourage people to consider the environmental impact of their day-to-day activities
  3. Help people adopt a lifestyle that sustains, rather than depletes, Earth’s natural resources

Whether you are a teacher looking for environmental presentations for your students, or a business, club, church, etc. seeking a speaker to discuss sustainable living, we can help. We currently offer three programs:

Growing Up Green Tots for preschool and kindergarten
Growing Up Green Kids for grades 1 - 3,
The Green Life for adults

Click here to see TeachingGreen's founder, Kathleen Jacecko, talking about TeachingGreen's program at a 2011 Earth Day event in Manhattan Beach, CA.

Growing Up Green Tots (Preschool & Kindergarten)Compost Kid

Are you a preschool or kindergarten teacher? Do you believe in protecting the environment for the sake of your students' future? Do you want to empower them to become stewards of the environment that they will depend on throughout their lifetime? Yes?!

Then look no further than TeachingGreen’s Growing Up Green Tots program! Officially endorsed by actor and environmental leader Ed Begley Jr., this FREE program is the first program of its kind in this country.

Growing Up Green Tots makes it EASY for you to create a green and healthy classroom experience for your students. With minimal time and effort, you will be able to create a culture of conservation in your classroom, where waste is minimized, indoor air quality is improved, and Mother Nature is given the attention and respect that she deserves.

Learn More and Sign Up Today!

Growing Up Green Kids (Grades 1 - 3)

When it comes to protecting the environment, no one has more to lose than those who will inherit the planet that we leave behind: our children. We believe that children understand this and want a healthy environment for themselves and the wildlife that they love.Growing Up Green Assembly

The Growing Up Green Kids program is a series of three presentations on the three cardinal rules of sustainability: reduce, reuse, and recycle. Using the familiar character Flat Stanley, children are taught that the best way to protect our planet - to reduce air and water pollution, protect water resources and natural habitats and help prevent climate change - is to reduce, reuse and recycle. Kids are empowered to become stewards of the environment not just on tree-planting or beach clean-up days, but every day, for the rest of their lives.

The Growing Up Green Kids program offers teachers in the Los Angeles area two options. A presenter from TeachingGreen can be booked to visit the school to teach the lessons directly to students, or for schools that run a docent program, TeachingGreen will train parent volunteers to teach the lessons themselves.

The Green Life: Presentations for Adults

“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.”  ~Native American Proverb

Tough economic times, asthma on the rise, mounting evidence of a planet in peril. If there was ever a time to “go green,” this is it. It seems that every day, there's a new gadget, strategy or website to help consumers save energy, water and other natural resources. Armed with these tools, adopting a truly eco-friendly lifestyle has never been easier.

At the same time, digesting today's flood of environmental news and endless lists of “Top 10 Things You Can Do to Save the Earth” can be overwhelming. Where to start? How best to spend your time, effort and money? Our Green Life presentations for adults take the mystery out of going green to help concerned individuals make truly effective environmental choices.

Participants in our Green Life program for adults…

The program covers the topics of Transportation, Food, Home & Garden, Solid Waste and Household Toxics & Hazardous Waste in a series of six presentations. Whether you're looking for a one-time speaker, want to hear all six presentations, or anything in between, give us a call, and we'll get it on the calendar. For more information about our Green Life program for adults, click here.

Go beyond reusable bags and hybrid cars…start living the Green Life today!

Who is TeachingGreen?

Kathleen Jacecko, Founder/Director

Kathleen was raised in a household with one cardinal rule: conserve energy and water under all circumstances. These lessons in conservation, along with regular camping trips to Yosemite and other wild places in central and northern California, formed the foundation of Kathleen’s passion Kathleen Jaceckofor protecting and restoring planet Earth and its many natural resources that are so fundamental to our way of life.

Kathleen holds a B.S. and M.S. in Chemistry and a teaching credential from the University of California, Irvine. While an undergraduate student, she worked in the research lab of atmospheric chemist F. Sherwood Rowland, recipient of the 1995 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his discovery that chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) were depleting Earth’s protective ozone layer. Collecting air samples and analyzing them using gas chromatography, Kathleen gained firsthand knowledge about the detrimental effects of human activity on our air quality, and thus our lives.

Fresh out of college in 1996, Kathleen worked as an Associate Producer at a large educational software company. After three years of corporate life, she decided to put her passion for education to good use and became a teacher at Redondo Union High School, where she taught physics and physical science, and incorporated environmental issues into her lessons whenever possible. Then in 2003, she left teaching to pursue a full-time career in the environmental field, a path which eventually led her to found TeachingGreen.

Before securing full-time work in the field, Kathleen volunteered with Algalita Marine Research Foundation and Heal the Bay, two local non-profit organizations working on water quality issues. She assisted Algalita with a study of industrial sources of plastic in the ocean, and as a member Heal the Bay’s Speakers Bureau, she educated children and adults about ocean pollution. She then went on to work for the Ballona Wetlands Land Trust and Santa Monica Baykeeper, where as Public Outreach Director, she developed, funded and ran the Clean Water Act: Empower the People Program. Through this program, she educated hundreds of Los Angeles residents about the Clean Water Act and the importance of citizen enforcement of this powerful but often unenforced law.

Now, as Director of TeachingGreen, the non-profit organization she founded in 2007, she is devoted to bringing comprehensive and inspiring environmental education to the public to help people live a greener, more sustainable lifestyle.

Board of Directors

President - Kathleen Jacecko, M.S.
Founder/Director, TeachingGreen

Secretary - Laura Bodensteiner, M.S.
Marine Biologist

Laura is the Founder and former Chair of the Mar Vista Green Committee (2007-2011) and a former Board Member of Mar Vista Community Council (2006-2011). She is co-owner of Tickled Plum, an online boutique specializing in custom handcrafted stationery.

Treasurer - Michael M. Landman-Karny, M.B.A.
Sr. Finance Manager, Experian Inc.

Michael brings to TeachingGreen 18 years of accounting and finance experience.

Officer - Dana P. Palmer, Esq.
Attorney, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

Dana served as the inaugural staff attorney at Santa Monica Baykeeper where he helped defend a progressive plan to reduce trash in the L.A. River (the "Trash TMDL") and organized a statewide coalition against the use of once-through cooling at coastal power plants.