We need to prepare our children to create the future, not to live in the past. So educating students about sustainability principles and practices is key; this field is called Education for Sustainability (EfS).
At this point we offer 7 programs for educators and schools. Each offering meets a different need, from "lone wolf" teachers persevering without administration support to schools eager to integrate sustainability into the fabric of their school:
Sustainability in Schools Symposium (June)—An annual, intimate one-day conference teachers or administrators getting started with sustainability. Great for 'lone wolves' making change without full administration support and schools early in their journey toward sustainability.
Sustainability Educators Fair (spring)—Provide educators resources and sample lesson plans related to sustainability. Come get ideas from passionate teachers, sustainability clubs and resource providers. (Intended to be part of the SciTech Festival.)
Sustainability Club/Manual—We are seeking a school and home-schooler parents to pilot a set of sustainability-related lesson plans which over time will be compiled into a resource for teachers who want to offer a sustainability elective, club or summer program. (In development)
In-Service Training (on request)—For schools that want to expose teachers to the science of sustainability and give them some exercises to start with. We can customize the design to your school's interests and needs.
Integration workshop (on demand but best before school starts)—For schools ready to intentionally integrate sustainability into their school. We can work with individual schools or multiple schools to help them integrate sustainability into their operations and curriculum. Content is still up for discussion but likely will include these elements:
- Build a two-year plan with metrics for ops and teaching.
- Map the Big Ideas from the Educating for a Sustainable Future Benchmarks to existing curriculum and state standards. Identify holes and opportunities for improvement.
- Develop a process and structure to manage these initiatives.
Sustainability Activities and Resources (downloadable)—Many of our exercises can be downloaded directly from our website for free. We also provide a list of favorite sources for sustainability lesson plans. If you want to learn how your school might choose sustainability projects that save money while also providing learning opportunities for kids, check out the Sustainability in Schools Game/Simulation.
Sustainable Entrepreneurship Microloan for Schools (SEMS) We are eager to work with schools or teachers interested in marrying sustainability and STEM/STEAM. (Here's why we think that makes sense.) For entrepreneurial projects, we offer a microloan to provide modest start-up capital for sustainability projects.