Jayni Chase has worked to advance environmental education for more than 22 years. Currently she is spearheading two green-school initiatives, GREEN Community Schools, creating “model” green schools in our cities, and Energy Efficient Schools, in partnership with the National Wildlife Federation and Serious Materials Inc.
Chase founded the Center for Environmental Education (CEE) in 1988, which provides resources to build environmental education programs in K-12 schools. Located at Unity College, Unity, Maine, the center is a vital resource for educators worldwide. CEE’s Blueprint for a Green School (1995) is a compilation of environmental information, resources, and ideas for schools.
Chase serves on several boards, including the Alliance for Climate Education (ACE), the U.S. Green Building Council Center for Green Schools, the New York Harbor School, Green My Parents, and Friends of the Earth. She also chairs New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s Green Schools Working Group.
In 2004, Chase was awarded an honorary degree in environmental studies from Antioch New England Graduate School. She received recognition from the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC), the Environmental Media Association (EMA), the Rainforest Alliance, and the U.S. Environmental Film Festival. In 2004 and 2005, Chase received the Audubon Women in Conservation Award and the Thorne Ecological Institute Environmental Award, respectively. Chase is one of former Vice President Al Gore’s slide show presenters, and has participated in the Clinton Global Initiative since 2007.
Chase credits her husband, Chevy, and daughters, Cydney, Caley, and Emily, with providing the force behind her dedication to environmental health, safety, and education.