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National Action Plan for Educating for Sustainability

GBCI: 0920010035

In June 2013, the Center for Green Schools at USGBC and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt brought together stakeholders from academic, corporate, and nonprofit sectors to envision a future where our schools support thriving, healthy, and regenerative communities.
Eligible for 3.5 CE HOURS.
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Published on: March 24, 2017

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Participants agreed on a shared vision where all students graduate educated for a sustainable future through the integration of the environment, economy, and equity, with the ability to apply systems thinking to problem solving and decision making by 2040. Fifteen subject matter experts undertook the task of recommending key actions that, collectively, outline a pathway to achieve our ambitious goal. This National Action Plan for Educating for Sustainability intends to propel efforts to affect policies and practices through collaboration, alignment, and large-scale implementation.


  1. Integrate content and curriculum so that all students are educated for a sustainable future
  2. Create an assessment model for EfS
  3. Understand the purpose of professional learning and what makes it effective
  4. Understand the key standards and steps to evaluating teachers on their ability to guide students to solve complex problems and balance the interection of the 3 Es of sustainability.
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Created by

U.S. Green Building Council
Washington, DC
United States
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Boston, MA
United States


David Sobel

Harvard Jolly, Inc.
Susan Jane Gentile
Paul Bocko
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