Humane Environmental Education, Scottsdale, Arizona

Leading the Humane Environmental Education Field


Humane Environmental Education (HEED®) is defining the humane environmental education field with our innovative educational theory, practice, programs, and teaching and learning resources since being founded in 2011.  In 2013 our educational nonprofit organization was officially formed in Scottsdale, Arizona making HEED® the originator, leader and first organization of its' kind to utilize a unique, holistic, and professional education model and theory in teaching Humane Environmental Education (HEED®).


Since developing the expansive HEED® Model and Theory, we've provided HEED® Programs, Research, and Resources to local, national, and international educational conferences and universities. Our HEED® Education Model and Theory has been replicated by pioneering humane education organizations that have followed our lead by integrating our innovative theory and relevant resources into their own practice and professional development.  Further, we have worked with local cities, community organizations, schools, colleges, universities, businesses, and libraries to grow more compassionate and sustainable neighborhoods throughout Arizona.


Besides being the first Humane Environmental Education (HEED®) organization, we are also the first organization of its kind to:

  • Merge humane education and environmental education through an original and innovative lens based upon:
    • Professional teaching theory
    • Professional teaching practices
    • Current educational research
    • Relevant content and curriculum
    • Place-based education
    • All ages / Intergenerational learning
    • Service learning
    • Standards-based education
    • Expansive research
    • Interdisciplinary resources


  • Create educational programs designed by a certified professional educator for:
    • Schools
    • Teachers
    • Colleges and Universities
    • Libraries
    • Museums
    • Community Groups
    • Senior Centers
    • Businesses
    • Professional Conferences
    • Festivals


  • Infuse standards based teaching into our programs and curriculum targeting diverse learning preferences:
    • Common Core
    • NGSS
    • NAAEE Guidelines for Excellence


  • Include innovative educational content and teacher resources into our HEED® teaching theory model and education programs including:
    • Arts & Culture Education
    • Architecture & Green Building
    • Community Building
    • Earth & Life Sciences Education
    • Eco-Conscious Design
    • Eco-Tourism & Recreation
    • Ecopsychology
    • ELL / ESL
    • Environmentally Responsible Citizenship
    • Ethnobotany
    • Cinema
    • Green Living
    • Health & Wellness Education
    • History
    • All Ages & Intergenerational Learning Programs
    • Music Education
    • Organic & Sustainable Gardening
    • Permaculture Principles
    • Personal Sustainability
    • Place-based Education
    • Poetry & Creative Writing
    • Socially Conscious Business Practices
    • Sustainability Education
    • Unplugging
    • Wildlife & Nature Appreciation
    • Wildlife & Nature Facts and Folklore


Develop innovative educational programming including:


  • HEED® of AZ Meetup - an intergenerational community education program that collaborated with environmentally responsible citizens of all ages in the Phoenix / Scottsdale, Arizona region.
  • HEED® Heroes - an intergenerational education program that celebrates Arizona's Environmental Heroes of all ages.
  • Sonoran Sustainability Series - an intergenerational community education program that collaborates with environmental sustainability leaders of all ages residing in Arizona.
  • Unplug - an intergenerational learning program that brings awareness to issues surrounding overuse of wireless technology and social media and encourages reconnection to the natural world and authentic communication.


In our first years as a nonprofit organization we:


  • Received a Bioneers scholarship for our innovative work as a start-up in the environmental education field (2013). 


  • Received an ASU Global Institute of Sustainability / Walton Sustainabilty Solutions Initiatives grant awarded scholarship for our innovative work as a start-up in the environmental education field (2013).


  • Presented on various humane environmental education topics including:
    • Art in social movements
    • Empathy building through the arts
    • Ethnobotany
    • Eco-conscious community building
    • Personal sustainability
    • Green living practices
    • Place based education
    • Sustainable energy
    • Sustainable gardening practices
    • Intergenerational learning programs
    • Senior service learning programs
    • Humane Environmental Education theory and practice


  • Presented educational programs at the following conferences, community venues, and events:
    • Conferences and Learning Institutions
      • Balance-Unbalance International Conference on Water, Climate, Place and Reimagining Environments, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, 2015.
      • North American Association of Environmental Education Annual Conference,  Ottawa, CN, 2014.
      • ASU Sustainability Solutions Festival, Phoenix &Tempe AZ, 2014.
      • University of Minnesota Department of Art, Minneapolis, MN, 2014.
    • Community Venues
      • Phoenix North Mountain Preserve, Phoenix, AZ, 2015.
      • Phoenix Public Library, Phoenix, Arizona, 2016.
    • Events
      • Animal Museum Grand Opening, Los Angeles, CA, 2014
      • Earth Day Festival, Glendale Community College, Glendale, Arizona, 2016-2017.
      • Planetpalooza Earth Day Festival, City of Peoria, Peoria, Arizona, 2017.


  • Partnered with local community leaders, community organizations, schools, teachers, residents, and businesses to begin our migration and start making healthy environmental change in our local communities.  


It is our goal to continue leading the Humane Environmental Education field and expanding upon our original and innovative HEED® theory and education model while growing to fit the changing needs of our local communities. 


Thank you for migrating with us!


"It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation". Melville