Updated on 6.6.19

Schools for Climate Action Outreach Email to School Board Members and Superintendents:

Email Addresses: For most districts, you can find board member and Superintendent email addresses on the district website. Most district websites have a separate “Board of Education” webpage. If you cannot find school board member emails online, send the email to the Superintendent and the Superintendent’s administrative assistant, but also address it to “Trustees”.

Please email your State Board of Education and State Superintendent of Schools at the same time as you email your local boards and superintendents. For CA residents, here is the email for the CA State Board of Education: sbe@cde.ca.gov

Here is the email for the CA State Superintendent: Superintendent@cde.ca.gov

Copy and edit email below:

"Dear Superintendent and Trustees:

Thanks so much for your service on the ___________ school board. I believe strong public schools are vital to our democracy and the success of young people, so I appreciate your work and leadership. I am a _______________________________ (state your connection to the district. For example “parent of a third grade student at XYZ Elementary School” or “grandparent of a recent graduate from XYZ high school in your district” or “9th grade student at XYZ high school” or “resident and taxpayer in the XYZ school district).

Climate change is one of the greatest threats facing our current and future students. I was thrilled to learn about the Schools for Climate Action campaign which is a non-partisan, grassroots, youth-adult campaign to empower schools to speak up for climate action to protect current and future students. More than 80 education sector organizations (including at least 47 school boards) in California, Colorado, New York, Virginia, Ohio, New Mexico, Oregon, North Carolina, Washington, Nevada, Texas, and DC have recently passed strong non-partisan climate change resolutions. The National Black Council of School Board Members passed this climate action resolution in February, 2019. The California Association of School Psychologists passed this resolution in March. Student councils and student leaders are also speaking up: 23 student councils in 6 states have passed climate action resolutions. Local PTA chapters,  teachers’ unions, and community college boards are also starting to pass climate action resolutions.

Here are some links to example passed resolutions:

Washoe County Public Schools, NV (66th largest district in the nation)

Fairfax County Public Schools, VA (10th largest district in the nation)

Sacramento City USD

Santa Barbara USD, California 

Albany USD, California

Santa Fe Indian School Student Council, NM

Sonoma County Office of Education, California 

Credo High School Student Council

Together, school communities across the country can speak with one voice to break the logjam on common-sense climate policy in DC. Doing so will help protect current students and future generations from climate harm. Would you please consider passing a climate action resolution for our district?

Here is a Model Climate Action Resolution which I believe reflects the values of our district.  Here is a link to the Schools for Climate Action website for more details.

Thanks again for your time and energy making great schools for kids in our community.

Sincerely,"

NOTES:

+Please cc empower@schoolsforclimateaction.org so we can track outreach efforts.

+There have been 10 school boards that have passed climate action resolutions simply on the basis of just 1 or 2 emails from a stakeholder to the Superintendent or School Board president. Other local advocacy efforts have taken longer, but starting with an email is a quick, easy, and effective first step.

+You can modify this email to make it appropriate for local, county, and state school board members.

+Please cc a handful of your friends and other school stakeholders in your community.

+If you do not hear back from your Superintendent or school board trustees, a 2nd step is to make a brief, positive statement during Open Comment period at the next school board meeting. Here are Tips and Scripts for School Board Meetings. Now that we have so many precedents and that there is so much awareness of generational climate injustice (thanks to the school strikers) a statement at Open Comment with a follow-up email will likely get a response from the Superintendent or a Board Member.