Centre for Environment Education (CEE) was established in 1984 as a Centre of Excellence of the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India. As a national institution, CEE’s mandate is to promote environmental awareness nationwide. CEE develops innovative programmes and educational material and builds capacity in the field of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). It is committed to ensure that Environmental Education (EE) leads to action for sustainable development. It undertakes field projects that demonstrate and validate the role education can play in sustainable development.
To be an institution of excellence that, in partnership with others, plays a significant role in local, national and global efforts towards sustainable development through innovations, and being at the cutting edge of Environmental Education and Education for Sustainable Development.
To achieve the vision CEE’s mission is to enhance understanding of sustainable development in formal, non-formal and informal education through its work with schools, higher educational institutions, policy makers and reaching out to youth and the general community. It is to integrate education as a key driver for change in demonstrating and advancing sustainable practices in rural and urban communities, and in business and the public sector, and in meeting challenges of global issues such as climate change and biodiversity conservation. CEE also promotes individual and collective positive Handprint actions that are environmentally sound, economically viable and socially beneficial PARTNERSHIPS FOR SUSTAINABILITY CEE works with local, state, national and international agencies, organisations and governments in India and in various other countries to help create a sustainable future. CEE works closely with Forest Departments and others in creating interpretation programmes and facilities. With an extensive network of over 2 Lakh schools it undertakes many school programmes in partnership with different agencies. With partners including State Governments, Foundations and Corporates through CSR funding, CEE has undertaken projects in rural and urban development, waste management, biodiversity conservation, quality improvement in school education, marine conservation and others
In Phase-I of the challenge, CEE reached out to 25000 youth who took action at individual, institutional and community level to beat plastic pollution. Phase II of the challenge aims to handhold the registered students (of Phase I) to complete Level 2 and Level 3 of the challenge and also reach out to 100,000 additional students. This phase will be implemented in 6 States namely Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh & West Bengal with the help of multiple knowledge and outreach partners like National Service Scheme, Maharashtra Knowledge Corporation Limited, SOCLEEN and various state education boards.