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Online Workshop: Celebrating Earth Day 2020 at Home

Each year the global community comes together to increase awareness for the planet we live on and to learn about environmental crises ranging from pollution to climate change to endangered species. April 22, 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, which...

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Sustainability in Science Museums
Space and Earth Informal STEM Education Project
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Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkit

Good Life Challenge

This take-home worksheet can be shared after school field trip programs, gallery activities, afterschool programs, and other educational programming. It serves as a way to connect participant engagement and learning to individual actions that support the United Nation’s Sustainable Development...

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Women's Rights and Sustainability

In this guided conversation, teens will use a set of issues and character cards to consider the importance of women’s rights to sustainability. They learn that creating an equitable society with equal rights and access to opportunities for all will have...

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Sustainability in Science Museums

Ecosystem Engineers

This museum field trip program for grades 4 and 5 explores the idea that humans can engineer positive changes to our environment through sustainable behaviors and ecologically informed decision-making. Ecosystem engineers are organisms that make significant changes to their environment...

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Imagine Our Community 2100

This discussion-based activity encourages participants to imagine their community 80 years into the future using the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Participants will learn about current sustainability initiatives within their community from a local subject matter expert and then...

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Watch and Create! Creativity For Sustainability

In this activity, children and adults work together to explore their relationship with technology and examine ways to make sustainable media consumption choices. 

Participants watch a short clip of a cartoon, then try a creative challenge to turn time spent...

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Sustainability in Science Museums

Sustainable Futures logos

Promotional logos, colors, and specs for Sustainable Futures programs - two sets of logos one more suitable for public-facing programs and audiences and one designed for professional audiences.

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Sustainability in Science Museums

Survival: A Game Show about People, Planet, and Prosperity

The Survival game show is a public program that's all about working together to create a better future. It introduces the idea that a sustainable future involves meeting the social, environmental and economic needs of all people without damaging the...

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Games for the Future

Games for the Future is a set of activities designed to engage participants in futures thinking and learning about the UN’s Global Goals for sustainable development. The games include:

  • Cards for Humanity, where players brainstorm ways that members of their...
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Sustainable Futures collection of public programs

A collection of public programs exploring sustainable futures.  

Each program in the collection includes a complete set of digital resources, including instructions for preparing the program supplies, printing your own graphics to use with the public, and training material for...

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Sustainability in Science Museums

Sustainability Professional Development Resources

Sustainability means healthy people, communities, and environments, now and in the future. The NISE Network has created a variety of professional development resources for museums and similar cultural organizations. 


PLANNING TOOLS

  • What is Sustainability? Overview of sustainability for museums and...
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Sustainability in Science Museums

Online Workshop: Changing the Conversation About Climate

Learn how your organization can be part of a larger movement to change public discourse about climate change to be positive, productive, and solutions-focused! Meet members of the National Network for Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation (NNOCCI), which...

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SustainABLE Digital Kit

The SustainABLE online kit contains digital copies of everything you you'll need to host your own Sustainability in Science Museums event. Kit contents include planning, marketing and orientation materials, printable banners and poster, and background materials, activity guides and facilitator...

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Sustainability in Science Museums
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SustainABLE kit

Water Roll

This hands-on SustainABLE activity is meant to promote conversation about how water is distributed and used, and how we can work together to conserve this limited resource. In different parts of the country, guests may be familiar with different issues...

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Sustainability in Science Museums
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SustainABLE kit

Systems Scramble

This sustainability activity is meant to promote conversation about how systems work, and how we can work together to better understand systems and work toward creating a more sustainable future. Players will actively move around the activity space, figuring out...

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Sustainability in Science Museums
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SustainABLE kit

My Community

In My Community, museum visitors can draw their neighborhoods and talk about what they like best or least about the places they live. They can check out the Changing Communities, and think of ways these spaces could be improved to...

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Sustainability in Science Museums
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SustainABLE kit

High Five for the Future

What can you do today to help create a more sustainable world tomorrow? Visitors to High Five for the Future can write or draw their idea for a sustainable future, and take a photo of themselves high-fiving the future kid...

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Sustainability in Science Museums
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SustainABLE kit

Future Builder

The Future Builder sustainability activity challenges visitors to build a tower representing a future community. Each card presents the players with a new part of their community to build—a school, park, gas station, museum, or something else—each with its own...

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Sustainability in Science Museums
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SustainABLE kit

Creative Reinvention

The Creative Reinvention sustainability activity shows visitors how common waste materials can be recycled, reused, and reinvented into brand new products—a process called the "*circular economy*." Activity cards ask visitors to guess what recycled materials were used to make various...

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Sustainability in Science Museums
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SustainABLE kit

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