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Empowering Teachers for Systemic Change

A Partnership of Urban Green Lab, the Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation's Division of Solid Waste Management, and Vanderbilt University’s Center for Science Outreach

Overview

Educator, Jay Renfro, demonstrates the importance of previous surfaces to students

Educator, Jay Renfro, demonstrates the importance of previous surfaces to students

The Sustainable Classrooms program trains teachers how to integrate sustainability into the classroom.  The statewide program includes a one-year study of metro educators, development of a Sustainable Living Curriculum supplement supporting STEAM academic standards, two-day professional development trainings on how to infuse sustainable living into the classroom, and hands-on student-led household waste audits that reinforce literacy and engage student families in the learning process.

 

THE PARTNERSHIP & GOALS

The goal of Sustainable Classrooms is to make sustainability education a priority in Tennessee schools by empowering teachers. In fall 2016, the Tennessee Department of Environment & Education’s (TDEC) commissioned Urban Green Lab through a $419,000, 2017-2019 grant to create a state-wide flagship initiative (piloted in Nashville) to do the following:

  1. Prioritize and integrate sustainability literacy in Tennessee schools and administrations

  2. Strengthen teacher pedagogies and confidence for teaching environmental sustainability

  3. Foster student sustainability literacy AND strategies for long-term behavioral change

  4. Engage student families in the learning process and link them to community services

 

Meet the Steering Committee 

The Steering Committee for Sustainable Classrooms is composed of partnership representatives, educators, and industry experts who guide development of the program. Click here to see our Steering Committee members. 

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Registration

Registration is not yet available for the fall 2018 Sustainable Classrooms trainings. Contact us to let us know you’re interested.  Check back here for updated information and the official registration.

Inquiries

To learn more about Sustainable Classrooms, including registration, volunteers, and media inquiries, please email Diana Andrew, Sustainable Classrooms Manager, at diana@urbangreenlab.org

 


 
Individual, corporate, and foundation giving campaign to raise $40,000 before 2020 to support Sustainable Classrooms 

Individual, corporate, and foundation giving campaign to raise $40,000 before 2020 to support Sustainable Classrooms