What we do...
Educating for Sustainability
Sustainability Ambassadors is a professional development program for student leaders, teacher leaders and community leaders committed to educating for sustainability by aligning classroom rigor with community relevance.
We initiate collective impact campaigns, benchmark improvements in sustainable community conditions and report progress to peers, parents, planners, and policy makers using the informed voice of youth.
Our work uses real-world performance measures as entry point and outcome for problem-based curriculum design and as the fundamental motivation driving academic excellence.
We believe that the community is the curriculum and that by educating for sustainability we create the conditions for a living future.
"Empower youth to catalyze community sustainability"
Through our year-round Sustainable Systems College leadership development program, Ambassadors receive over 120 hours of professional training in (1) policy analysis, (2) project management, (3) performance assessment, and (4) public speaking. A council of Sustainability Coaches representing a broad range of expertise supports the professional developed of student Ambassadors.
Ambassadors are responsible for…
- assessing household behavior using Snapshot
- profiling community conditions using the national STAR Community Rating System
- developing work plans to build school and community capacity to drive measuarble change
- reporting positive trends to local decision makers
- helping teachers enhance curriculum relevance through real-world learning in our Project Design Lab
We facilitate Community Sustainability Summits building capacity across generations to improve sustainable community conditions at school, at home and in our city based on the STAR Community Rating System. Sustainability teams from the education, government, business and community sectors convene annually to report data-driven progress and identify mutually reinforcing actions for collective impact.
Through our Project Design Lab, we convene educators, student leaders and community stakeholders to drive project-based learning integrating the goals, programs, and performance measures of local government, green businesses and community groups as curriculum content foundational to developing 21st century skills. We believe that learning should be real and that it should be in service to what the community actually needs to accomplish.
Our Youth Leadership Development programs use sustainability principles and service-learning strategies to strengthen connections between school green teams, student councils, city youth advisory boards, senior projects, community internships and other opportunities to catalyze community sustainability.