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Teaching Sustainability

Sustainability is making decisions that do not have negative consequences for either current or future generations. It implies both the preservation of natural resources and a commitment to human, societal and economic well-being. Education for Sustainability incorporates the principles of sustainable design: “Sustainable design is the careful nesting of human purposes with the larger patterns and flows of the natural world…” (David Orr).

EarthSmart Lesson Plans

We want to educate as many students as possible to “be green”.  If there is not time to schedule an EarthSmart educator to come to your classroom, you can download one of the lessons below to use in your classroom.

Online Resources

There are so many great organizations that want to assist you in Educating for Sustainability. If you have not found what you are looking for here, please check the following great sites to download alternative lesson and curriculum ideas.

Facing the Future – Ignite your students’ learning and inspire them to take action in their communities with our hands-on, standards-aligned global sustainability curriculum!

Green Education Foundation – Download, share, and comment on hundreds of sustainability lessons in GEF’s K-12 lesson clearinghouse!

Environmental Protection Agency – Find an array of environmental and science based lesson plans, activities and ideas.

National Energy Education Development Project – Search energy lessons and reading by grade level.

Teaching the Life Straw- An Educator’s Guide to Water Issues Around the World – Explore water-related issues from multiple perspectives. Introduce humanitarian design as a viable and necessary solution for a more sustainable future.

The Cloud Institute – Inspiring young people to think about the world, their relationship to it, and their ability to influence it in an entirely new way.