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Sustainability

A compilation of sustainability public engagement and professional learning resources. Sustainability means healthy people, communities, and environments, now and in the future. Annual events include: World Engineering Day for Sustainable Development, Earth Hour, Earth Day, National Public Works Week, Campus Sustainability Month, and more.

Activities

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Games for the Future

In this activity, learners participate in futures thinking and learn about the United Nation's global goals for sustainable development by playing a series of games.
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Watch and Create! Creativity For Sustainability

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

In this activity, learners will investigate an ecosystem interaction web to understand the interconnections between people, other organisms, and habitats.
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Good Life Challenge

In this activity, learners connect individual actions that support the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals, (SDG).
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Imagine Our Community 2100

In this activity, learners are lead through a discussion-based activity and are encouraged to imagine their community 80 years into the future using the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
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Water Roll

In this activity, learners decide how they would distribute water between homes, farms and factories by sliding marbles down a tube into various containers.
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Future Builder

In this activity, learners build a tower representing a future community. Learners will discover how sustainability is a balance of economic, societal, and environmental efforts.
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Creative Reinvention

In this activity, learners are asked to guess what recycled materials were used to make various products, and challenge them to think of creative ways to reuse the waste materials in their homes.
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High Five for the Future

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My Community

In this activity, learners can draw their neighborhoods and talk about what they like best or least about the places they live. Then, learners are challenged to draw potential improvements they'd like to see in their communities.
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Systems Scramble

In this activity, learners will have conversations about how systems work, and how we can work together to better understand systems and work toward creating a more sustainable future.

Annual Events

World Engineering Day for Sustainable Development (March 4)

Earth Hour (mid-March) 

Earth Day (April 22)
National Environmental Education Week (week of Earth Day)

National Public Works Week (mid-May)

World Environment Day (June 5)

Campus Sustainability Month (October)

Earth Science Week (second full week in October) (October 10-16, 2021)

America Recycles Day (November 15)

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Finding STEM Experts