Resources for Classroom Climate and Sustainability Educators

Facing the Future | Sustainability & Global Issues Resources …Facing the Future, global sustainability curriculum for educators.

Plugged In To CO2…With a Kill-A-Watt Meter, students investigate household electronics and appliances, discovering how much energy each uses and how much carbon dioxide (CO2) is released to produce that energy.

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How Much CO2 Do You Spew?…Students analyze the energy consumption of a hypothetical household to determine the amount of CO2 they are adding to the atmosphere each year.

Using the Very Very Simple Climate Model in the Classroom…Through a simple online model, students learn about the relationship between the average global temperature and carbon dioxide emissions while predicting temperature change over the  21st Century.

Carbon Mitigation Initiative: Stabilization Wedges-Princeton University…The Stabilization Wedges Game is a team-based exercise that teaches players about the scale of the greenhouse gas problem, plus technologies that already exist to dramatically reduce our carbon emissions and get us off the path toward dramatic and damaging climate change.

Project Budburstshare your observations of phenophases such as first leaf, first flower, and first fruit of trees, shrubs, flowers and grasses in  a national phenology and climate change field campaign for citizen scientists.

Elementary Globe… Introduces K-4 Students to stundy of Earth Systems Science through storybooks and hands-on activities.

Climate Voices… Network of scientists and citizens engaging in dialogue about climate change effects on local communities, regions and the country.

More Great Educator Resources – Activities from the Educators and Scientists at UCARhands-on science classroom experiments and activities that meet national science standards.


“The thinking that got us into this mess is not likely to get us out. We need a new mindset.
Let me paraphrase a comment by environmentalist Paul Hawken in a 2009 college commencement address. In recognizing the enormity of the challenge facing us, he said: First we need to decide what needs to be done. Then we need to do it. And then we ask if it is possible.”
Lester R. Brown from Plan B 4.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization


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