Resources Index (headings expanded upon below):
- K-12 topics
- Sustainability (multi-topic)
- Supply Chain/Living School Yard/School Gardens
- School Resource Audits (energy, water and waste)
Science Fairs/ Family Engagement
- Community topics
- Get involved!
- Being Green at college
- Being Green at home
- Being Green at your business
- Energy Education and training
- Books, Video, Speakers, and Social Media
K-12 Curriculum: Sustainability (multi-topic)
AASHE.2012. Resources on Sustainability Curriculum AASHE.
ASU Global Institute of Sustainability. 2014. Sustainability based lesson plans for energy, water, food, waste, landscape, quality of life and supply chain.
Curriculum for Global Sustainability Education Facing the Future. 2015. Sustainability curriculum for grades K-12 (for purchase).
Green Education Foundation. 2014. K-12 Lesson Clearinghouse. Free Sustainability lessons for k-12.
Green Schools Initiative Sustainability Curricula Directory. Sustainability links for teachers such as tips for a sustainable classroom, and curriculum.
K-12 SUSTAINABILITY EDUCATION RESOURCES. Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality. A PDF file which contains links to various sustainability resources.
Sustainable Schools Project. 2011. A 116 page Introduction to Sustainability unit with lessons.
National Environmental Education Foundation. 2015. A number of links called STEM toolkits that include topics: Engineering a Sustainable World, gardening, technology, and taking it outside.
K-12 Curriculum: Energy
California Energy Commission. 2009. Science Buddies. Over 40 energy K-12 based projects.
California Energy Commission. 2015. Energy Quest. An interactive site for kid that includes teacher resources.
National Energy Education Development Project. Official website for NEED contains curriculum, student information and parent information.
U.S. Department of Energy. 2015. Office of energy efficiency and renewable energy education home page includes numerous links to everything energy for the classroom.
K-12 Curriculum: Solar
Concord Consortium. 2013. Design and Build a Solar House. Students build their custom house with freeware, print out plans and build physical model.
Home Training tools. 2015.Solar Power & Alternative Energy Science Kits. Science Kits that use solar power by home science tools.
Solar Energy International. 2014. Includes a plethora of valuable links that include curriculum, climate change, energy conservation, and teacher training.
K-12 Curriculum: Wind
Alternative Energy & Environmental Science Kits by Thames and Kosmos. Wind energy kits to create power.
SunWind Solar Industries Inc.2015. SunWind Solar Car Kits and Solar Energy Education. Wind and solar powered car kits by solar Industries Inc.
K-12 Curriculum: Supply Chain/Living School Yard/School Gardens
Clement, Haley. 2013. Agricultural Chemistry. Full Unit, Lesson Plans, and Assignments for entire school year.
Edible school yard project. 2015. Connects teachers to create and share edible curriculum.
Green SchoolYard America. 2015. Green school yard America is a national organization that facilities and encourages the sustainability of school yards.
KidsGardening.org. 2016. Starting school gardens.
Land Learn NSW. Sustainability activities related to supply chain/food.
Next Generation Science Standards.2015.The science standards for each state.
UNESCO Teaching and Learning for a Sustainable Future. A UNESCO program for the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable which provides teachers with curriculum development and education policy making.
K-12 Curriculum: Biomimicry
Biomimicry Group, Inc. 2014. Biomimicry 3.8 is the for-profit leg of Biomimicry, but this site provides the most current links to innovations and professional development in this field.
Biomimicry Institute. 2015. Biomimicry Education Resources: Curricula and Resources. The non-profit wing of Biomimicry provides K-12 and university lessons.
The Center for Learning with Nature. 2016. Includes high school curriculum, but expect the younger grades to follow.
K-12 Resource Audits
Closing the Loop. Calrecycle. Approximately 5 lessons per grade (K-6) that include full lesson plans and materials.
Conduct a Waste Audit. Stop Waste. Pdfs available for download for instructions and supplies, data recording sheet, and planning sheet.
Creating Healthy School Environments through Resource Efficiency. Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. Comprehensive pdf on water, energy, materials audit worksheets, etc.
Hands-on Environmental Audits. Green Schools Initiative. Provides curriculum, procedures, more links, and worksheets for energy, water and waste audits.
Performing a School Waste Audit. 2015. Recycleworks: San Mateo. Proposes 3 feasibility options to conduct a waste audit at your school.
Trash Can Quiz. The Green Schools Initiative. The perfect activity for a segue into a waste audit; provides metrics behind each category of waste through an interactive guessing game.
K-12 Science Fair/ Family Engagement
Discovery Education. 2013. Science Fair Central. All things to consider in preparing for a Science Fair (for non-science teacher)
NEED. Energy relevant Science Fair Projects consistent with the NEED kits according to Primary, Intermediate and Secondary grades.
Energy & Power Science Fair Project Ideas. Science buddies contains a list of project ideas staring from beginners to advanced.
Energy Science Fair Projects and Experiments.Julian's Science Fair offers science fair ideas catagorized by tiopic.
Science Fair Project Topics in Solar Energy. Science fair prijects concentrated on solar energy.
South Carolina Energy. 2005. The Best of Science Fair Project Guidebooks: A Resource for Students, Teachers and Parents. Extensive learning guide that includes 20 worthwhile energy related projects in a science fair format
Google Science Fair. 2014. Site has a plethora of cutting edge ideas and approaches, although requires considerable access to resources and technology. This link offers a thorough process for a student (Intermediate and Secondary) to reflect and improve their project throughout the process.
K-12: Professional Development/ Grants
California Regional Environmental Education Community (CREEC). 2014. Monthly updated grant opportunities.
CSTA. 2015. California Science Teachers Association
NSTA. 2015. The National Science Teachers Association is dedicated to improving the science instructions and awareness of science in schools.
NSF. 2015. The National Science Foundation offers a wide variety of funding options.
U.S. Department of Education. 2015. Available Grants.
K-12: Learning Standards
OSPI. 2014. Education for Environment and Sustainability. Includes learning standards, environmental and sustainability literacy plan, and sustainable design projects.
California Deparment of Education. 2015. Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The homepage for the California Science Teachers Association.
California Department of Education. 2015. Common Core.
National Academy of Science. July 2011. A Framework for K-12 Science Education.pdf.
The Next Generation Science Standards. NGSS. The Official site for the next generation science standards by state.
NSTA. 2014. National Science Teachers Association in connection to NGSS.
Facing the Future: Standards Correlations. 2015. The site offers correlation between standards in each state.
The Concord Consortium: Finding your Path Through the Standards.2013. Concord consortium offers helps teaches better understand NGSS Standards.
NGSS for California Public Schools(standards arranged by core ideas and topics). 2015. The California Department of education shows California Public Schools and the transitions to NGSS.
Bozeman Science – Next Generation Science Standards . Bozeman Science lists science and engineering practices, crosscutting concepts and Physical science core ideas.
Building Sustainble Communities. 2011.Office of Environment and Heritage. Published in Australia, but provides comprehensive steps on building community and addressing sustainability issues.
Cal Poly Center for Sustainability. 2015. Sustainable Agriculture is their main agenda, but site includes many related things to do categorized by month.
Community: Being Green at College
Aquinas College. Sustainability Center includes various programs.
California College of the Arts. 2015. Case Study: The homepage for CCA with various links on sustainability on their campus.
Campus Sustainability Blogs. 2012. Association for Advancement in Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). A plethora of blogs (mostly current) from universities around the US regarding either what they are doing to make an impact on the planet, or what you can also do.
Our Sustainable Future Institute for Sustainable Development. 2010. Chico State University. Case Study in best practices.
Center for sustainability. 2011. Santa Barbara City College. Case Study: Curriculum and on campus efforts.
Sustainability. 2015. California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office. Facilities and sustainability frameworks across California Community College networks.
Community: Being Green at Home
Green building and sustainable architects San Luis Obispo. The official site for San Luis Sustainability group, which offers green architecture.
Green Home Solutions. Solutions for home sustainability and the financial benefit.
Semmes & Co. Builders Inc. The Central Coast's leading green building builder
Slo Clean energy.2015.Offical website for san luis obispo clean energy coalition.
US Green Building Council California Central Coast - Home. The webpage for the USGBC central coast chapter.
Community: Being Green at your business
Bureau of Labor Statistics. 2013. Green Technologies and Practices. Now defunct program, but reports through 2013 are available for download that include surveys on green practices, etc. Throughout this website are also links to green job outlooks.
Green Business Certification. The green business program encourages businesses to go green by making the place of more sustainable and efficient with resources.
Green Business Network .The homepage for Green Business Network for environmentally responsible businesses.
Community: Energy Education and Training
Building Education Center. Offers the bay area on building and remodeling.
CalCERTS - Training and certification of Home Energy Rating System raters.
California Renewable Energy Overview and Programs. Overview of California’s renewable energy efforts.
Solar Living Institute.2010-2014.Complete Guide to Renewable Energy Training and Education Renewable Energy Jobs Solar Living Institute - Solar Training
Community: Books, Video, Speakers and Social Media
Nathan Shedroff. 2015. List of videos and readings in the realm of sustainable business and design.