“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: https://www.unicef.org.uk/define-sustainability-children/
- About reducing food waste: https://www.lovefoodhatewaste.nsw.gov.au/
- Example lesson using Engineering Design Process: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch
- Gardening resources
Real World Connections
Articles on Sustainability by ‘Behind the News’
- Students strike for climate change protests, defying calls to stay in school
- Australian recycling crisis
Transparent wheelie bins are latest effort to bring clarity to how much waste we create
Can you recycle your used pizza box?
- How 12,000 Tonnes of Dumped Orange Peel Grew Into a Landscape Nobody Expected to Find ***Good stimulus for learning about compost
The Japanese town working towards a zero-waste goal by 2020
Sustainability and STEM
Bike made out of recycled cardboard
Biodegradable Plastic Water Bottle
Biodegradable Plates Are Edible
Refish: Low cost air filter inspired by nature
Seed-filled balls are helping save the Earth’s forests
Streets are being painted white
The man who grows furniture
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.
Create school garden: Click here for resources
Biodegradable seedling pots
- Show students a stimulus video. Discuss video and make connections to students’ lives.
- 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.
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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