Sustainability Resources

“Sustainability is development that meets the needs of the present, without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” 

This definition of sustainability comes from the Brundtland Report in 1987, which set the standard for sustainable development as we know it today. Source:

Sustainability Resources 

Real World Connections 

Articles on Sustainability by ‘Behind the News’

News Articles 

Sustainability and STEM 

Bike made out of recycled cardboard 

Biodegradable Plastic Water Bottle

Plastic Bottle Lamps 

Biodegradable Plates Are Edible

Sea Bin: Ocean cleaning machine:

Refish: Low cost air filter inspired by nature

Seed-filled balls are helping save the Earth’s forests

Streets are being painted white

Vertical Farms 

The man who grows furniture 

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Click here for STEM lessons, using the engineering design process. 

Lesson Ideas

Art: sculptures made out of recycled materials 

Students collected recycled materials and used these to create sculptures inspired by the Erub Arts Collaborative: Ghost Nets from the Ocean. Students could not use any modern join techniques such as sticky-tape, instead tied materials.

Tarnanthi Ghost Nets Resource

Create school garden: Click here for resources 

Biodegradable seedling pots


  1. Show students a stimulus video. Discuss video and make connections to students’ lives.
  2. Use the engineering design process, so students come up with ways that they as individuals, as a class, school or community can contribute to a sustainable world.

engineering process

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Click here for STEM lessons, using the engineering design process. 

Example lesson using Engineering Design Process: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Science experiments and inquiry

Encourage students to be curious problem solvers and further develop students’ knowledge of living things. 

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