Why Take Action?
It’s important for all of us that our schools and districts educate students for sustainability and operate for sustainability.
- As a community we rely on our schools to provide our children with an education that enables them to create a flourishing future
- As tax payers we hope the school system will invest our dollars for optimum social, economic and environmental benefit over the long term
- As school and district staff, students, parents and school board members we seek to maximize academic success
- As parents and grandparents we expect schools to protect the health of our students as well as that of the environment which we leave behind for our children and grandchildren
- The future of businesses and governments depends on our schools to produce a workforce and citizenry that can think, innovate, care and act for sustainability. Also, a school system recognized as a sustainability leader attracts workers and investors from other places
- The success of non-profit and for-profit organizations that provide sustainable products and services will be supported by schools interested in and seeking those offerings
The Sustainability Journey
- Just Start! There is not a right, wrong or best way to start.
- There are opportunities for everyone to be involved. See Role-Based Opportunities
- The Sustainability Journey evolves as you gain knowledge and experience, and is defined here in three stages:
- Stage 1: Establish Selected Practices
- Stage 2: Embrace Sustainability as an Organization
- Stage 3: Integrate Sustainability Systematically
Thoughts to guide the sustainability journey:
Demonstrated top-level support REALLY helps!
Include and train “on-the-ground” staff in order to achieve maximum success.
Change is difficult. It’s very helpful (perhaps necessary) to obtain coaching from someone not employed by the district.