Teaching Sustainability

How to build a robust economy, healthy planet, and just world for all.

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"Hack Your Impact" Lesson Plan and Worksheet
by Simone Larson
How is our climate changing, and what kind of action (or inaction) is causing climate to change? This interdisciplinary lesson plan will allow students to measure their own carbon footprint, and encourage discussion of ways to lessen the damage we're doing to our earth.
We Can’t Solve Climate Change Without Teaching It—Why More Classes Are Heading Outside
by Kate Stringer
In response to climate change, a growing number of schools are taking kids outside to show them how a warming planet affects their local environment.
Infographic: Why We Need New Farmers
In 2012, 62 percent of farmers were older than 55, while only 6 percent were younger than 35. As generations age out of farming, who will replace them? This infographic encourages students to think about the future of local food production and what it means to be a new farmer today.
Visual Learning: What's the Buzz?
by Cara Thompson
This Visual Learning Lesson will get your students thinking about the importance of honey bees and the effects of commercial pesticide-use on colony health.
SPENT: An Online Game to Understand Poverty
by Jing Fong
If you don’t understand the feeling of trying to survive poverty, you will after playing SPENT.
Ecological Footprint Calculator
by Jing Fong
Take the Ecological Footprint quiz to measure your impact, and explore solutions to leave a kinder, gentler impression on Mother Earth. Bonus: K-12 Climate Change Week activities
Infographic: Transportation for the New Generation
by Morgan Wright
Walk! Bike! Ride the bus! Check out this infographic to learn how young people are leading the way in replacing driving with alternative transportation. Don’t be fooled— it’s not just because they want to save the planet.
Visual Learning: A Slow, Press-ious Process
by Jing Fong
With this YES! lesson plan, try to truly understand an image, its message, and why it’s interesting (or not). In this case it's all about local, sustainable farming.
Food Literacy Quiz
by Jing Fong
From Nourish and Food Day, a quiz that tests how food literate you are. The 15 questions reveal facts about food and its relationship to the bigger food system, and the community-at-large.
Sustainable Table Resources for Better Food Choices
by Jing Fong
YES! recommends Sustainable Table, a program of Grace Communications Foundation, for its well-rounded resources that educate and motivate people of all ages to take good care of their bodies and our planet.
Infographic: Health Effects of Caffeine
by Jing Fong
Did you know that kids aged 12-17 are the fastest growing population of caffeine consumers? This infographic shows which countries consume the most caffeine and highlights some not-so-savory side effects of your morning coffee.
Simon Okelo's Response to "Simple Living" Essay Winners
by Simon Okelo
Simon Okelo, author of "Growing Up in a Kenyan Slum Taught Me the Real Value of Stuff," responds to essay winners of the Fall 2013 "Simple Living" writing competition.
The Story of Stuff Project Resources
by Jing Fong
The Story of Stuff Project is more than its signature short film. It's a movement to get us to throw away all the stuff in our lives and work together to build a healthy planet. Spot-on curriculum, short films, and more resources are generously offered.
No Impact Project Curriculum
by Jing Fong
Since 2006, No Impact Man, Colin Beavan, and his family have inspired a nation to swap their old consumer habits for new environmentally-friendly ones. The No Impact Curriculum explores the effects of your students’ everyday behavior on the environment, their health, and their well-being.
Institute for Humane Education Resources
by Jing Fong
The Institute for Humane Education (IHE) believes that in order to create a just, sustainable, and humane world, humane education needs to be at the core of everyone’s education. IHE curricula, lesson plans, online courses, graduate programs focus on human rights, animal protection, environmental stewardship, and cultural influences.