A school can deliver Education for Sustainability via multiple channels:
- The teacher during class time
- Interactions the student might have with the facility and its operation
- Extracurricular options
- Community partnerships
There is no limit to the options that could be offered as after school clubs or activities to support Education for Sustainability. Some include:
- Earth Club or Sustainability Club (or whatever name it might go by)
- Roots and Shoots Club (an international program of the Jane Goodall Institute)
- Model United Nations Program
- Amnesty International student club
- And many more…
Student interaction with facility and operations
Students learn from the way the school facility is designed, maintained and operated. If these activities do not strive for sustainability then students receive the message that our society does not value sustainability sufficiently to actually implement it. They will take this expectation on to their future job and life.
The school facility can be a learning tool and laboratory. It can offer opportunities to see how it is constructed. It can include stations with direct read-out of energy and/or resource use. Students can play a big role in assessing the sustainability performance of the school, and proposing improvements.
Good teaching pedagogies including place-based education, service learning and experiential learning can all be effective delivery options, and often bridge various channels listed above. Providing professional development opportunities in these skills for teachers will support Education for Sustainability.
Alaska Native Knowledge Network
Resource for compiling and exchanging information related to Alaska Native knowledge systems and ways of knowing.
Center for Ecoliteracy
Schooling that returns to the real basics: engaging with the natural world; understanding how nature sustains life; nurturing healthy communities; exploring the consequences of how we feed and provision ourselves; caring about the places where we live and the people and creatures in them.
Community Works Institute
Organization supports educators in creating curriculum with place as the context, service-learning as the strategy, and sustainability as the goal.
Foodworks at Two Rivers Center
Generator School Network
Llano Grande Center
The Montana Heritage Project
Teaches young people to care about the place they live, including both the natural and the cultural environment, by taking their community seriously and making it the subject of serious study.
National Youth Leadership Council
Organization works to create a more just, sustainable, and peaceful world with young people, their schools, and their communities through service-learning.
Rural School and Community Trust
Teaching the Hudson Valley
Organization fosters collaboration among schools and community partner organizations and sites.
What Kids Can Do (WKCD)
National nonprofit promoting perceptions of young people as valued resources, advocating for learning that engages students as knowledge creators and bringing youth voices to policy debates about school, society, and world affairs.