Introduction to Sustainability
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Creative Change

Creative Change is a national educational consulting firm based in southeast Michigan. Districts and universities turn to us when their curriculum isn’t working – when achievement is low, inequalities persist, or it’s time for fresh thinking. We provide professional development, curriculum, and consulting to help educators across grades and disciplines reframe instruction around sustainability and social justice.

Our work integrates project- and place-based learning and culturally responsive instruction. Topics include food systems, ecological economics, and multiculturalism. Evaluations show consistent gains in student achievement, especially in underserved communities. Grounded in scholarship, our approach was published by Routledge in August 2018.

Creative Change offers:

  • On-site and hybrid professional development combining interdisciplinary content and effective pedagogy.
  • Ongoing support and one-on-one coaching for educators.
  • A curriculum library featuring exemplary lessons, frameworks, and complete course modules.

Free Online Course

Introduction to Sustainability

Learning about sustainability is easier than ever thanks to “Introduction to Sustainability,” a free online course developed by Kappa Delta Pi in partnership with Creative Change Educational Solutions. The self-paced course introduces sustainability as a context for learning, highlights connections across grades and disciplines, and provides strategies for reframing curriculum to emphasize these connections. With activities, videos, discussions, off-line projects, and guided curriculum design, the course engages adult learners in an integrative and reflective learning experience that emphasizes practical applications. The course is based upon (and

Professional Development Opportunities
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Community Works Institute

Community Works Institute (CWI) supports and promotes exemplary teaching strategies and practices for K-16 educators and community programs that support students in becoming caring, responsible, and active members of their communities. CWI offers a variety of professional development opportunities for K-16 and community-based educators in the United States and internationally, including on-site training, retreats, coaching, and consulting. Their signature offering is a series of summer institutes that integrate field-tested service-learning best practices and principles of sustainability to engage K-16 students in academically based service that contributes to sustainable communities.

AskNature
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Biomimicry Institute

The Biomimicry Institute is the world’s leading nonprofit dedicated to innovation inspired by nature. Biomimicry offers an exciting project-based approach that helps teachers blend STEM and environmental education in creative, hands-on lessons students love. The Biomimicry Institute helps educators and organizations bring biomimicry into their teaching by providing curriculum and training, networking opportunities, and content development support. Learn more about our services and visit the online library, AskNature, for the resources and information you need to bring biomimicry into your teaching practice.

Fayette County Public Schools E=USE^2 Report
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Fayette County Public Schools

"E=USE^2 = Education Leads to Understanding Sustainability, Energy and the Environment

This plan was created to empower students to create change through enduring improved sustainability by equipping school and community stakeholders with the tools and knowledge to preserve our natural and fiscal resources.

San Antonio ISD Buildings, Grounds, and Equipment Management
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San Antonio Independent School District

The purpose of this policy is to ensure that every effort is made in the District to conserve energy and natural resources, as well as to reduce the costs assoicated with the consumption of these resources.

Virginia Beach Emissions Reduction Plan
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Virginia Beach City Public Schools

In 2011, Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) published its first Greenhouse Gas Inventory. In an effort to understand and reveal the magnitude of various emission sources within the operational control of VBCPS, this inventory catalogued emissions from calendar years 2006-2010, and was analyzed from a variety of perspectives. This Emissions Reduction Plan is the next step in the effort to reduce the Division's emissions to zero.

NYC Board of Education Resolution
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NYC Board of Education

Resolution calling upon New York State Department of Education to include lessons on climate change in K-12 schools' curriculum.

Horry County Schools Energy Management Checklist for Unoccupied Buildings
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Horry County Schools

A guide for energy savings during the summer and other off-periods during the school year.

National Youth Gardening Symposium
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American Horticultural Society

Every year, the National Children and Youth Garden Symposium brings together ducators, landscape architects and desingers, staff at botanic gardens, non-profits, and mroe from around the country who are all working to egange children with gardens and the natural world that surrounds them.

School Health Publications
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National Association of Chronic Disease Directors

The NACDD website offers a variety of resources to improve school health and well-being. Included are toolkits, policy outlines, and model programs.

International Society of Sustainability Professionals
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International Society of Sustainability Professionals

Empowering professionals to advance sustainability in organizations and communities around the globe. The International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP) is the world's leading professional association of sustainability professionals.

Landscape Architecture Case Study Briefs
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Landscape Architecture Foundation

The Landscape Performance Series Case Study Briefs are a searchable database of over 100 exemplary built projects with quantified environmental, economic and social benefits.

Virginia Beach City Public Schools Sustainable Purchasing Best Practices Guide
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Virginia Beach City Public Schools

This guide from Virginia Beach City Public Schools aims to manage the procurement of essential goods and services by developing and maintaining the most efficient, cost-effective processes.

District of Columbia Public Schools Green Purchasing Guide
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District of Columbia Public Schools

DC public schools are committed to procuring quality goods and services in a timely manner and reasonable cost to support sustainability goals.

Job Description: Sustainability Program Specialist
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Sante Fe Public Schools

The Sustainability Specialist focuses on collaborating, developing, and implementing the District Sustainability Plan as well as energy efficiency and waste management projects.

Job Description: Director of Energy & Sustainability
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Detroit Public Schools

Sample job description for a Director of Sustainability position. The Director manages sustainability programs and assesses impact while balancing district objectives.

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory
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Virginia Beach City Public Schools

This report summarizes the process used to develop the green house gas inventory, reports on the findings of the inventory, and outline the next steps for VBCPS to take on their path to carbon neutrality.

School Board Advocacy Toolkit
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USGBC: Center for Green Schools

Use this document as a reference guide when you want to approach your local school baord about a school sustainability issue. It's formatted to follow basic steps you might take in an advocacy effort.

Teaching Green Buildings: Five Theoretical Perspectives
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University of Missouri

This report draws on research to discuss 5 potential roles for Teaching Green Buidlings (TGBs): symbol, science museum, 3D textbook, call to action, and place.

Comprehensive Maintenance Plan
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Hartford Public Schools

Hartford's comp. plan is a tool to develop and improve the facilities maintenance program. The incuded analysis and conclusions serve as guidelines of priorities for capital improvement program.

Why Sustainability Makes Good Economic Sense
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Association of School Business Officials International

The desire to build schools that addressed indoor air quality and natural daylight evolved into national recognition for sustainability. Sustainability is more than socially responsible, it's the smart way to run a business.

Water Access Policy
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Boston Public Schools

Boston Public Schools new Water Access Policy is supporting healthy habits. The policy addresses improved access to water, institutes a transparent plan for ensuring ongoing assessment and reporting of water quality, and makes sure that all students in Boston have access to quality potable drinking water in accordance with state and federal law.

K-12 Cohort Call: Transportation Fleet Conversion
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Better Buildings Challenge: The US Dept. of Energy

This 2017 webinar covers fuel cell buses in the US, the Clean Cities Program's alternative school bus case studies, and VW Settlement funds.

Green Cleaning Policy
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Baltimore School District

Baltimore implemented a green cleaning policy to ensure clean, safe, and healthy environments for students, staff, and the community at large.

Guide to Improving School Employee Wellness
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National Association of Chronic Disease Directors

This guide provides a suggested process and resources for building or expanding an effective employee wellness initiative.

Sustainable Design Guidelines
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Poudre School District

Poudre School District created a comprehensive guide to going green. This 90-page plan applies to the construction of new facilities and the renovation of existing structures.

Sustainability Plan
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Adams 12 Five Star School District

Adams 12 Five Star Schools implemented a district-wide Sustainability plan to great success. Their policy is a model for schools looking to go green.