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About Education for Sustainability

Join us in creating a fairer, more just world by integrating sustainability into the classroom. To get started, let’s first learn more about what we mean by education for sustainability. How do I start?
What is education for sustainability (EfS)?… “learning that links knowledge, inquiry, and action to help students build a healthy future for their communities and the planet” (Sustainable Schools Project, http://sustainableschoolsproject.org/)
Education that embraces sustainability is a transformative learning process that equips students, teachers, and school systems with holistic ways of thinking about sustainability’s triple bottom line: social, environmental, and financial (informally known as people, planet, and profits). This form of literacy is unique in its aspiration toward a sustainable future, and can be implemented by teaching and learning methodologies already familiar to many educators.

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. Instructional practices that support the development of this form of literacy include:

Student outcomes supported by this form of literacy include the ability to:

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Path to Sustainable Future | What is Sustainability | About Education for Sustainability
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