Educate for Environmental and Sustainability Literacy
The unique challenges that define our era—reversing global climate change and mitigating its impacts on vulnerable populations, ensuring equity of opportunity for historically disadvantaged populations, protecting biodiversity, restoring the health of our oceans, viable use of limited natural resources, and developing empathy and respect for cultural similarities and differences—require fundamentally new ways of thinking and acting. Students who learn to think across subject areas, connecting their learning to real world problems and solutions, are more likely to understand and care for the complex web of life that supports them and sustains their communities and the planet. Schools and programs that integrate environmental and sustainability literacy effectively are able to tap into students’ energy and creativity to address complex issues while giving deeper meaning and urgency to the demands of curriculum and assessments. Help your school embrace sustainability and the environment as contexts for deeper learning.
Remember to measure your impact through minutes of class time allocated to sustainability concepts or through an assessment in the form of student work, written exam, or pre/post survey.
- Talk with teachers about the students’ current learning goals and support them by matching sustainability resources to the topics already being addressed in the classroom. Common Core Standards and Next Generation Science Standards include many aspects of sustainability education, though not all.
- Access Learning Lab to review and use comprehensive, project- and STEM-based curriculum that encourages student leadership, environmental literacy, and real-world action. The platform includes a curated catalogue of lesson plans, interactive projects, assessment opportunities, and other multimedia resources in English and Spanish. Lessons are mapped to meet current educational standards, and were created by educators, for educators.