K-12 Lesson Plans

Sustainability Education Resources

Michigan Green Schools

Sustainable Futures Institute at Michigan Technological University
Views on Sustainability

Views on Sustainability
“Sustainable development is a dynamic process which enables all people to realize their potential, and to improve their quality of life, in ways which simultaneously protect and enhance the Earth's life support systems."
---- Forum for the Future Annual Report 2000

"Before you eat breakfast this morning, you’ve depended on more than half the world. This is the way our universe is structured. . .We aren’t going to have peace on earth until we recognize this basic fact of the interrelated structure of all reality."
----Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Treat the Earth well. It was not given to you by your parents.
It was loaned to you by your children"
---- Kenyan Proverb

 "By what is included or excluded or ignored, students learn that they are a part of or a part from the natural world."
----David Orr, 1995

"A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise."
---Aldo Leopold

"Our future and the planet’s rest on learning to question all of our
everyday actions and their impacts –openly and in public."
----Harold Glasser


"By incorporating education for sustainability into your classroom, you are helping your students create a more healthy, habitable and equitable world by helping them to become active citizens."
---Debra Rowe

". . . in order to secure the clean air, water and food that we need to healthfully survive, we have to become stewards of the places where we live."
---from a report by the North American Bioregional Congress, 1984

"Education in our time should aim at nothing less than the renewal of wisdom,
the rebirth of gratitude, and the recovery of a sense of beauty large enough
to embrace esthetics and justice."
------David Orr

"Let's help our students see themselves as contributing and active citizens. We need to share stories with them of people who have made a positive difference for society."
---Debra Rowe

"As we lengthen and elaborate the chain of technology that intervenes between us and the natural world, we forget that we become steadily more vulnerable to even the slightest failure in that chain."
---Paul B. Sears


"The human family must develop a sense of universal responsibility, one that builds solidarity among people and a sense of kinship with all life."
---Tara Miller


Living ‘sustainably’ refers to the notion that one’s everyday actions and practices create a lifestyle that in turn produces a more healthy, habitable and equitable world for all beings.   
---- 2004 Urban Options, Inc.


Benefits of Teaching Sustainability Concepts

  • Expanding awareness of how to create a more healthy and equitable world for all.
  • Encouraging creative problem-solving through hands-on experimentation.
  • Stimulating ownership and responsibility in students’ personal and everyday actions as well as their social actions & decisions within their community.
  • Empowering students to evaluate their actions and helping them make more consistent decisions that benefit all beings.
  • Increasing critical thinking skills and deep problem solving by using cyclical reasoning and real-world examples to better understand class subject matter.

---- 2004 Urban Options, Inc.