Education for Sustainability
Professor of Mathematics, Bryn Mawr College
Director of Sustainability Education Programs, West Chester University
There is an urgent national and global need for STEM literate citizens who understand the challenges of sustainability and are prepared to engage in solutions. This need will go unmet without a collaboration between highly effective teachers who can engage and inspire students to address the challenges in their own communities through place-based education for sustainability and community stakeholders who will partner with schools to realize lasting solutions.
The Education for Sustainability Workgroup of the Philadelphia STEM Ecosystem works to implement a model of place-based education for sustainability throughout the Philadelphia region. The focus of the effort is on supporting teachers to include education for sustainability content (EFS Standards) and authentic, place-based pedagogies that put learning into action in their teaching. Our aim is to ensure that students have both the opportunities to address authentic sustainability challenges in their own schools and communities and the connection to community resources to find solutions. The Workgroup actively supports implementation of the School District of Philadelphia’s comprehensive sustainability plan, GreenFutures, which calls for inclusion of education for sustainability principles throughout the curriculum.