Resources for Sustainability Education

This list is from Redefining Progress - The Nature of Economics

There is a wealth of resources available for educators who want to introduce the concept of sustainability in the classroom. Redefining Progress compiled a list of resources for K-12 sustainability education in conjunction with a survey conducted in 2003. This compilation was made possible by the Packard Foundation.

Bay Area Science Alliance

Single activities and module lessons for all levels on a variety of science topics.

Center for Economic Conversion
Sustainable economics and Genuine Progress Indicator module lessons for grades 9-12.

Centre for Science and Environment in India
Module lessons for all levels on a variety of sustainability topics.

The Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education
Lessons on consumption patterns, sustainable food systems, and sustainable economics for grades 6-12.

Creative Change Educational Solutions (CCES)
Module lessons on sustainable development and ecological economics for grades 7-12.


The World Bank's Development Education Program provides module lessons, quizzes, and games on sustainable development for grades 9-12.

Earth Education Partnership Program
Module lessons on sustainable development, population growth, and resource consumption for grades 9-12.

A free kit to teach for Canadian teachers about the Ecological Footprint concept.

Education for Sustainable Development Toolkit

Activities and a sustainability toolkit for all levels.

The Educator's Reference Desk Lesson Plans
The U.S. Department of Education’s extensive list of resources for grades K-12.

Environmental Education Center
The Environmental Protection Agency's resource center for lesson plans, award programs, grants, and more.

Environmental Education (EE) Link
Single activities and module lessons for all levels on a wide range of environmental topics.

Facing the Future: People and the Planet
Module lessons on population growth, poverty, resource consumption, and sustainable economics for grades 5-12.

Global Footprints
Sustainability games, quizzes, and classroom activities on global citizenship and the Ecological Footprint for grades K-5.

Global Learning Inc.
Module lessons on sustainability and interrelated concepts of the environment for grades 6-12.

GLOBE Program
Module lessons for grades K-8 on atmosphere, hydrology, soil, land cover/biology, GPS, and seasons.

Green School Guidelines
Antioch New England Institute's resources for incorporating environmental literacy into school-wide educational programs.

Lawrence Hall of Science, UC Berkeley
Single activities and module lessons for all levels in science, math, and environmental subjects.

Ollie’s World
Lessons and online games on sustainability principles for grades K-8.

Population Education
A program by Population Connections offering module lessons for grades K-12 on population growth and resource consumption.

Project Learning Tree
Sample module lessons for Pre-K-12 on energy and society, forest ecology and issues, municipal solid waste, risk, and biodiversity.

Project WET (Water Education for Teachers)
Activities and module lessons on sustainability and water for grades K-12.

Project WILD
Wildlife management, biodiversity, and sustainable economics activities and lessons for grades K-12.

Second Nature: Education for Sustainability
Offers workshops and support services to colleges and universities in their efforts to integrate sustainability as a core component of all education and practice.

Teaching and Learning for a Sustainable Future:
A Multimedia Teacher Programme
UNESCO provides a broad range of lesson plans on interdisciplinary issues related to sustainability and sustainable development for grades 6-12.

Vermont Community Works
Free lessons on service learning and community-based education for grades K-12.

Vermont Population Alliance
Lessons for grades 4-12 on population, geography, and resource consumption.

Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education
An educator's network, conference information, and programs for Wisconsin teachers.

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