Organizations

While this site is sponsored by the National Health Museum and is targeted to health and bioscience teachers, many of the lessons directly or indirectly address issues of sustainability. Click "Activities Exchange" for lessons and activities.

K12NANS Member

The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education is a national alliance of educator preparation programs dedicated to the highest quality professional development of teachers and school leaders in order to enhance PK-12 student learning. The 800 institutions holding AACTE membership represent public and private colleges and universities in every state, the District of Columbia, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and Guam. AACTE's reach and influence fuel its mission of serving learners by providing all school personnel with superior training and continuing education. 

Antioch University New England
Educating For Sustainability MEd Program
Antioch’s Educating For Sustainability MEd Program connects educators from
around the globe through a mix of summer residency, field-based, and online
experiences designed for the working teacher. The program focuses on the
interdependence of local and global environment, economy and equity. Coursework
explores how principles of ecology, curriculum, leadership, and systems-thinking
come together in real-world practice. Find out what faculty, students and alumni are
up to at the Antioch Educating For Sustainability blog or Facebook pages.

Antioch’s Educating For Sustainability MEd Program connects educators fromaround the globe through a mix of summer residency, field-based, and onlineexperiences designed for the working teacher. The program focuses on theinterdependence of local and global environment, economy and equity. Courseworkexplores how principles of ecology, curriculum, leadership, and systems-thinkingcome together in real-world practice. Find out what faculty, students and alumni areup to at the Antioch Educating For Sustainability blog or Facebook pages.

Non-profit association dedicated to preserving and protecting our planet through active participation in projects ranging from environmental protection to educating impressionably aged children in principles of Sustainable Development through the production of artists for CDs, DVDs, musical productions, and related School Kits as part of UNESCO's Decade of Education for Sustainable Development.

CSGN is a collaboration of state agencies, private companies, educational institutions and non-profit organizations all dedicated to the mission of creating and sustaining gardens in every willing school in California. The Network serves as a central hub to distribute school garden resources and support throughout the state.

The curriculum section provides over one hundred garden-based lessons to create, expand, and sustain garden-based learning experiences. It offers practical ideas and resources for every level of garden-based learning from sprouting seeds to understanding the food system.

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The Center for Ecoliteracy, located in California, is dedicated to education for sustainable living.  The website has a section on Schooling for Sustainability with pages that focus on "Why it matters to educators", "Why it matters to parents" and "Competencies"

CEE's "Curriculum Review Library" contains curricula on topics ranging from the water cycle to sustainable economics for grades P-16. In addition, this site has a good resource list for teachers interested in ESD.

CSE consult with governments, businesses, schools, and organizations to analyze complex issues and implement solutions to speed the transition to a sustainable world.  Their professional services include ecological economics, planning, sustainability analysis, on-line tools, and expert support for litigation and administrative advocacy.

An online quiz helps individuals better understand their consumption of resources in a global context. A version for younger children, called "Adventures with Bobbie Bigfoot," can be found on the site as well.

Teacher-submitted classroom lessons and activities that promote responsible Earth stewardship.

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CELF, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation, located in New York was founded in 2003 to promote awareness of the importance of sustainability education and  to help schools and school districts make sustainability an ongoing part of education.

They provide consulting services for schools and school districts, training for teachers and administrators and sustainability education programs for students.

The Climate Change Resource Center (CCRC) is a reference Web site for resource managers and decisionmakers who need information and tools to address climate change in planning and project implementation.  They also have recommended readings which would be great for 9-12th graders and addresses the need for more informational text related to Common Core State Standards.

The site provides opportunities to explore current weather patterns around the world and the initiatives that are being implemented to combat the effects of extreme conditions, particularly among poorer communities.  There are activities that enable children to consider their own impact on climate change, and to compare their lifestyle with other cultures and communities. The materials provided have been carefully selected to support teaching of this motivating subject where it has links with National Curriculum targets and breadth of study and also a DFES paper on Sustainable Schools.

The Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN). On this site, you can explore a collection of educational resources and learn how to build your students' understanding of the core ideas in climate and energy science.

Community Works has been a long-time partner of Shelburne Farms and the Sustainable Schools Project.  

As an organization Community Works Institute serves as a beacon, supporter, and provider of collegial collaboration, professional development, and innovative tools and resources for educators. They stand for a shared belief in education that is centered on community with students as active learners in service to their community. They believe that building a long term community of connected like minded educators offers the best opportunity for encouraging and sustaining change and innovation.

Community Works Institute is a 501(c)(3) non profit that since 1995 has served as a nexus of support and common endeavor in the field of education—drawing together and galvanizing individual educators, institutions, and community members—around curriculum that has place as the context, service-learning as the strategy, and sustainability as the goal. 

Offers curriculum resource for educators featuring the energy topics in the Connecticut high school curriculum. Issues and topics are explored with a Connecticut focus, and with an emphasis on solutions that students can implement. They offer information, lessons, labs and activities on climate change, energy efficiency, green jobs and schools, and fundamentals of energy.  Check out their environmental literature list for the highschool classroom.

Offers curriculum and professional development on multiple sustainability topics, including food systems, land use, brownfields redevelopment, green design, energy, environmental justice, and ecological economics.  An on-line curriculum library provides a searchable database of Creative Change materials as well as completely developed units.  

Creative Learning Exchange offers lesson plans and activities in many disciplines for K-12 educators. All materials encourage a systems approach to teaching, a key element of ESD.

Dream of a Nation is a people-centered initiative focused on big dreams, bold innovations, and realizing our full potential as a nation. The book and bigger project is dedicated to elevating awareness and inspiring action around a range of critical social, environmental, and economic issues. Book and guides for educators are available free online.

Earth Force is a national 501(c)(3) organization. Their mission is to engage young people as active citizens who improve the environment and their communities now and in the future. Through Earth Force and the network of diverse partners, young people get hands-on, real-world opportunities to practice civic skills, acquire a deep understanding of the environment, and develop the skills and motivation to become lifelong leaders in addressing community issues. For more information about Earth Force, please visit www.earthforce.org or follow them at @earthforce.

Learn more about the Earth Force process here.

Facing the Future K12 global sustainability

Nonprofit Facing the Future creates tools for educators that equip and motivate students to develop critical thinking skills, build global awareness, and engage in positive solutions for a sustainable future. Our award-winning, standards-correlated K-12 curriculum resources  in the sciences, language arts, social studies, and math engage students and support teachers as stand-alone lessons with activities and extensions, two week units, student readers, and full texts. Our consulting services and professional development provide educators and school leaders with educational frameworks, instructional strategies and assessments to support student achievement.

Green Education Foundation (GEF) is a non-profit organization committed to creating a sustainable future through education. Sustainability education provides educators with the real-world applied learning models that connect science, technology, and math education with the broader human concerns of environmental, economic, and social systems. GEF provides curriculum and resources to K-12 students and teachers worldwide with the goal of challenging them to think holistically and critically about global environmental concerns and solutions.

Greening Forward Founder Charles Orgbon III
Greening Forward is a youth-driven, youth-led, and youth-imagined environmental organization. Founded in 2008 by the then 12-year-old Charles Orgbon III, Greening Forward has grown into one of the largest entirely youth driven not-for-profit organizations. Through grants, mentorships,  annual International Young Environmentalists Youth Summit, and other programs, Greening Forward provides the tools and resources for young people to take what they know and put it into action. They catalyze the youthful energy, youthful mindset that young people have to create a more sustainable world. Greening Forward is paving the way for young people to take direct leadership in shaping the world we wish to see, all while helping adult-run organizations to understand the power of youth in creating local and global change

ISC's mission is to help communities around the world address environmental, economic, and social challenges to build a better future shaped and shared by all.

Through the initiative of Nishinomiya City, Learning and Ecological Activities Foundation for Children (LEAF) was established in 1998 as an organisation based on partnership among citizens, businesses and the municipal government. Earth Watching Club (EWC) is managed under this foundation. Our aim is to contribute to the development of a sustainable society by initiating community-based environmental learning activities at schools and in local communities, in liaison with various civic groups, corporations and government agencies. We hope our activities will target a wide range of citizens with a focus on youths and children, to raise the global citizens who act responsibly towards the global environment.

K12 NANS Member

The National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) is a nonprofit membership association that provides services to more than 1,700 schools and associations of schools in the United States and abroad, including 1,400 independent private K-12 schools in the U.S. 

Resources on sustainable schools and a listserv which focuses on "education for sustainability" topics and concerns in K12 independent schools.

The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), founded in 1944 and headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, is the largest organization in the world committed to promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all. NSTA's current membership of 60,000 includes science teachers, science supervisors, administrators, scientists, business and industry representatives, and others involved in and committed to science education.
NSTA’s Mission: “ … to promote excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all.”

The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), founded in 1944 and headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, is the largest organization in the world committed to promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all. NSTA's current membership of 60,000 includes science teachers, science supervisors, administrators, scientists, business and industry representatives, and others involved in and committed to science education.

 

NSTA’s Mission: “ … to promote excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all.”

The Peace Corps primary resource site for teachers includes lesson plans and activities categorized by topic, by grade, and by geographic region. Site also offers connections to Peace Corps volunteers currently in the field for real-time communication opportunities.

PEER Associates is a small team of evaluators with diverse expertise. They provide customized, highly responsive, utilization-focused program evaluation and educational research services for organizations nationwide. We specialize in place-based education, environmental, and sustainability projects. In addition, we have background and expertise in community health and social justice. PEER clients include large and small non-profit organizations, grant-making foundations, institutions of higher learning, schools, and government agencies. We do this work because we value the missions of our clients and collaborators.

 

Shelburne Farms is a membership-supported, nonprofit environmental education center, 1,400-acre working farm, and National Historic Landmark on the shores of Lake Champlain in Shelburne, Vermont. Their mission is to cultivate a conservation ethic for a sustainable future. They provide professional development for educators including a Summer Institute on Education for Sustainability.  Check out their Sustainable Schools Project for excellent EFS resources.  

The SoL Education Partnership is a multi-year effort to form strong collaborative relationships within, between, and among schools and communities in order to create systemic change for a sustainable future. The formation of a national learning community springs from the recognition that lasting transformation in education requires innovation at the curricular, institutional, and community levels and that schools and communities—interdependent systems—must learn and change together to instigate, sustain, and scale up these innovations and best practices. The foundation of our effort is the ongoing work of content experts and site practitioners who are deeply committed and actively engaged in school-community partnerships for a sustainable future.

The Sustainability Academy at Lawrence Barnes is located in Burlington, Vermont and is a collaborative partnership of educators, families and the community, integrates the big ideas of sustainability into the curriculum and campus practices.

The Sustainable Schools Project is a program of Shelburne Farms and works with schools to cultivate responsible, informed citizens, engaged in building sustainable communities.  

They provide free downloadable resources for educators to develop their EFS programs and a Starter Kit for EFS in schools and community organizations.  Check out their Healthy Neighborhoods/Healthy Kids Guide and Guide to Education for Sustainability.

 

The Alliance to Save Energy has been leaders in energy efficiency education for the past 16 years with programs that reach students of all ages.  Through basic changes in operations, maintenance and individual behavior, PowerSave Schools has reduced energy use by 5-15% among participating schools. PowerSave Schools also encourages students to apply the lessons of energy efficiency in their homes and communities. The PowerSave Campus Program is leading the way toward green careers and campus sustainability by growing the next generation of energy efficiency professionals. Through PowerSave Campus, students save energy on their campuses by conducting educational outreach; infusing energy conservation and efficiency into course curricula; and implementing projects targeting energy use, student purchasing decisions and operational changes.  Because even the youngest members of a household can be stewards for energy efficiency, the Alliance's mischievousEnergy Hog teaches kids about ways they, and their parents, can practice energy efficiency at home.

 

AAAS - Global Climate Change Resources AAAS seeks to increase the volume of scientific leadership on the issue of global climate change. Background materials on AAAS efforts related to climate change and links to relevant resources are provided including "Communicating and Learning About Global Climate Change: An Abbreviated Guide for Teaching Climate Change," from Project 2061 at AAAS.

Site lists lessons, units, and activities that promote the education of American youth for responsible citizenship in an increasingly interconnected and rapidly changing world.

Toward a Sustainable Agriculture is a free high-school curriculum that addresses the social, environmental and economic impacts of agriculture. The curriculum provides a critical analysis of agricultural and food systems, and helps students understand new concepts through hands-on examples. The curruculum includes six modules, designed to be incorporated into existing classes. This curriculum grew out of sustainable agriculture curriculum materials developed in 1989 and 1990 with the Wisconsin Rural Development Center and the Department of Public Instruction.

The Centre for Education and Research in Environmental Strategies (CERES) is an award winning, not-for-profit, environment and education centre and urban farm located by the Merri Creek in East Brunswick, Melbourne. Built on a decommissioned municipal tip that was once a landfill and wasteland, today CERES is a thriving, vibrant community

The Centre for Education and Research in Environmental Strategies (CERES) is an award winning, not-for-profit, environment and education centre and urban farm located by the Merri Creek in East Brunswick, Melbourne. Built on a decommissioned municipal tip that was once a landfill and wasteland, today CERES is a thriving, vibrant community

Services for Educators includes professional development workshops, curriculum materials for purchase, and curriculum design and consultation services, all offered by highly experienced practitioners of ESD.

The FBEA is a free member network established to strengthen and support the work of educators and administrators providing public access to their productive working farms.

Freechild connects young people and adults to the tools, training, and technical assistance they need to create new roles for young people throughout society  A free, downloadable guide to a variety of activities focused on helping students become active participants in social change.

The Mission of the Vermont Energy Education Program is to promote energy literacy: a deep understanding of what energy is and how to use it efficiently, to enable energy usage choices that will result in a sustainable and vital economy and a healthy environment.