Antioch New England Institute
Consulting and community outreach department of Antioch University New England. Works with local, state, and national government agencies to promote sustainable environment, economy, and society by encouraging informed civic engagement.
Bay Tree Design, Inc.
Landscape architecture and planning firm that works with schools to transform schoolyards into environments for ecological learning and play.
Better School Food
Mt. Kisco, NY
Parents, educators, and health professionals work with local communities to improve meals and increase awareness of the connection between food, health, and students’ ability to learn.
Independent publishing company committed to presenting green design information from a whole-systems perspective, with some attention specifically on schools.
Center for Environmental Education
(207) 948-3131, x295
Provides resources, curricula, expertise, and guidance to address climate change issues and cultivate environmental leadership in K–12 schools.
Center for Place-Based Education
Part of the Antioch New England Institute, the Center encourages partnerships between students, teachers, and community members that strengthen and support student achievement, community vitality, and a healthy environment.
Center for Science in the Public Interest
Advocates for nutrition and health, food safety, alcohol policy, and sound science. Its “School Foods Tool Kit” is downloadable at www.cspinet.org/schoolfoodkit.
Center for Whole Communities
Offers retreats, workshops, and training and evaluation tools to those working for land and ecological restoration, food security, community revitalization, active living, smart growth, the faith community, social and environmental justice, public health, and land conservation.
Children & Nature Network
Santa Fe, NM
Provides access to news and research and a peer-to-peer network of researchers, educators, organizations, and individuals dedicated to reconnecting children and nature.
Children’s Environmental Health Network
National education, research, and advocacy organization to protect the fetus and the child from environmental health hazards and promote a healthy environment.
Cleaning for Healthy Schools Toolkit
Toolkit developed primarily by the Healthy Schools Network, with presentations, fact sheets, and other resources to build awareness, knowledge, and commitment to best practices for green cleaning in schools and child care centers.
The Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education
New York, NY
Hosts faculty/staff development workshops and creates courses and classroom units that explore the relationships between economic systems, ecological systems, and justice in contexts ranging from local communities to global institutions.
Collaborative for High Performance Schools
San Francisco, CA
Facilitates the design of high-performance schools through recognition and rating programs, training, best practices manuals, and directories of green services and products.
Cornell Garden-Based Learning
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Free online resources for educators, including an informative blog, using the garden as a foundation for integrated learning and youth development.
Creative Change Educational Solutions
Creative Change Educational Solutions offers free sample lessons and unit outlines on multiple sustainability topics for K-12 teachers. They also offer a consulting curriculum as well as professional development work.
Creative Learning Exchange
Offers resources and training for K–12 education based on systems thinking and system dynamics modeling.
National Wildlife Federation
Aims to raise students’ awareness of environmental and sustainable development issues by combining classroom study with school and community action. Provides an integrated system for environmental management and certification of schools in more than forty countries.
Ecotrust Farm to School
Works to promote the long-term health of children by making changes in the school lunchroom that incorporate healthy, locally sourced products; a nutrition-based curriculum; and experiential learning opportunities through farm visits, gardening, and recycling.
The Edible Schoolyard
Founded by Alice Waters, this program at Martin Luther King Middle School creates and sustains an organic garden integrated into the school’s curriculum, food service, and kitchen classroom.
Education for Sustainable Development
Resource site for people actively working on the implementation of education for sustainable development in schools and other educational institutions around the world. Offers relevant research, including "8 Recommendations for Climate Change Education and ESD," 10 national reports, one cross-analysis, and other publications.
Environmental Literacy Council
Established to bring together scientists, economists, educators, and other experts to inform environmental studies. The website offers extensive background information and resources on environmental topics, curricular materials, and textbook reviews.
Facing the Future
Delivers curriculum and workshops to middle and high school teachers from all over the world. Maintains an online database of service-learning projects of international and local interest, and provides service-learning workshops to educators.
Farm-Based Education Association
Supports the professional needs of the farm-based education community through professional development events, materials, and online resources.
The Food Project
See the “BLAST Youth Initiative” for resources that teach K–12 students about sustainable agriculture and food systems.
Food Tank: The Food Think Tank
A think tank focused on a feeding the world better, Food Tank researches and highlights environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable ways of alleviating hunger, obesity, and poverty and creates networks of people, organizations, and content to push for food system change.
The Food Trust
Promotes good nutrition through education, research, and advocacy for public policy.
Go Green Initiative
Works to unite parents, students, teachers, and school administrators to make lasting change and create a culture of environmental responsibility on school campuses.
Green Building: Cities and Schools
Santa Monica, CA
American arm of Green Cross International (GCI), created by Mikhail Gorbachev in 1993 to foster a global value shift toward sustainability. Webpage includes downloadable “Healthier, Wealthier, Wiser: A Report on National Green Schools.”
Green Charter Schools Network
Supports the establishment, enhancement, and advancement of charter schools with environment-focused educational programs and practices.
The Green Flag Program
Falls Church, VA
This project coordinated by the Center for Health, Environment, and Justice provides resources, classroom activities, and lesson plans about common school-based environmental issues, including waste reduction and indoor air quality.
Green Schools Alliance
New York, NY
A project of Global Environmental Options for schools to promote energy conservation and environmental responsibility worldwide.
The Green Schools Initiative
Supports students, teachers, parents, and policymakers working to eliminate toxins, use resources sustainably, create green spaces and buildings, and serve healthy food. Resources on website include “7 Steps to Green Your School” and the “Green Schools Buying Guide.”
Green Schools National Network
Advances the national green, healthy and sustainable schools movement by connecting like-minded and passionate education, nonprofit, corporate. and public sector individuals and organizations. GSNN is recognized for advancing collaboration to integrate a green and healthy culture in schools, to ensure that current and future generation of students are environmentally literate as well as practice and promote sustainability in their community.
Green Schools Program
Alliance to Save Energy program that engages students in creating hands-on energy-saving activities in their schools.
A nonprofit initiative to inform government efforts and provide a forum for government officials to communicate about green technologies. Sponsors an annual Green California Schools Summit & Exposition that attracts participants nationwide. Their newsletter frequently runs features on green schools.
Healthy School Lunch Campaign
Sponsored by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, this project educates government and school officials, food service workers, parents, and activists about making healthier food choices available in schools.
Healthy Schools Campaign
Advocates for policies and practices for healthy school environments and environmental justice.
Healthy Schools Network, Inc.
National organization that provides research, information, education, coalition building, and advocacy for healthy, safe learning environments.
Heller Family Foundation
Promotes and supports local initiatives and programs that cultivate healthy individuals, a connected community, and a sustainable environment.
Go Green Database
San Rafael, CA
An interactive database from Edutopia/The George Lucas Educational Foundation that allows users to search by topic, grade level, cost, or location for sustainability curricula, with comments and ratings from users.
(510) 848 1155
International Rivers' mission is to protect rivers and defend the rights of communities that depend on them. To achieve this mission, International Rivers collaborates with a global network of local communities, social movements, nongovernmental organizations and other partners. Its website features videos, fact sheets, and papers on many river-related issues.
South Burlington, VT
National Gardening Association program that provides resources, materials, and teaching tips for connecting youth with gardens. Learn more about grants for school and youth gardens at
The Lunch Box
The Lunch Box is an online toolkit with Healthy Tools For All Schools, packed with solutions at your fingertips. Use any of these free tools to transform your school food into healthy and delicious food for all children, at every school.
National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities
Webpage includes links, books, and journal articles examining the association between student achievement and the physical environment of schools.
National Environmental Education Foundation
Partners with professionals in health, education, media, business, and public land management to promote daily actions for helping people protect and enjoy the environment.
National Farm to School Network
Center for Food & Justice
Los Angeles, CA
Community Food Security Coalition
A joint program of the Center for Food & Justice at Occidental College and the Community Food Security Coalition. Connects schools with local farms to improve student nutrition, provide experiential education opportunities, and support local farmers.
National Gardening Association
South Burlington, VT
Supports gardeners and teachers with information and resources to advance the personal, community, and educational benefits of gardening; publishers of the LiFE curriculum.
National School Reform Faculty
A professional development initiative that focuses on developing collegial relationships, encouraging reflective practice, and rethinking leadership in restructuring schools in support of increased student achievement.
North American Association for Environmental Education
Network of professionals, students, and volunteers working in the field of environmental education throughout North America and in more than fifty-five countries around the world.
Provides an eclectic assortment of information on careers, areas of study, and programs in environmental studies, especially online and distance-learning programs.
Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center
The website includes "Sustainable Design for Schools," a valuable report based on an ecosystem understanding of buildings as part of, rather than apart from, the natural environment.
San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD)
San Diego, CA
School Breakfast Handbook PDF
This comprehensive handbook on funding, implementing, and operating Classroom Breakfast and other breakfast models includes everything from equipment lists to training materials to communications strategies.
School Nutrition Association
National organization of school nutrition professionals focused on the practical issues of school food service. They have an active public policy group and a voice in legislation regarding school meals.
+44 (0)1803 865934
International educational institution dedicated to transformative learning for sustainable living. The College runs an extensive program of short courses and offers a full-time MSc in Holistic Science, the first of its kind, as well as a Certificate in Education for Sustainability.
Science & Environmental Health Network
Consortium of environmental organizations working to apply science to protect the environment and human health. Leading advocate for applying the Precautionary Principle to public policy.
Small Planet Institute
Founded by Frances Moore Lappé and Anna Lappé in 2001, Small Planet aims to further a historic transition: a worldwide shift from the dominant, failing notion of democracy — as something done to us or for us — toward democracy as a rewarding way of life: a culture in which citizens infuse the values of inclusion, fairness and mutual accountability into all dimensions of public life.
Society for Nutrition Education
International professional organization devoted to public nutrition education, including but not limited to schools. They have a voice in legislative issues and offer research-based papers and programs.
Sustainability Education Handbook: Resource Guide for K–12 Teachers
East Lansing, MI
A program of Urban Options, this site provides curricula that can be customized for different classrooms and state standards.
Sustainability K–12 Listserv
Launched by the U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development as the first national listserv for K–12 educators focused specifically on education for sustainability. To join, go to https://listserver.itd.umich.edu/cgi-bin/lyris.pl?enter=sustaink12 or send an email to email@example.com with “subscribe” in the subject line of the message.
Sustainable Schools Project
Sponsored by Shelburne Farms, SSP helps schools use sustainability as an integrating context for curriculum, community partnerships, and campus practices. Public schools in Burlington, Vermont, serve as pilot sites. Many of its excellent resources, including the Guide to Education for Sustainability, the Education for Sustainability Starter Kit, and the Healthy Neighborhoods/Healthy Kids Guide, are available as free downloads on its website.
San Francisco, CA
Developed by environmental program providers serving SFUSD to inform teachers about existing programs and encourage participation across the City.
Teaching and Learning for a Sustainable Future
Multimedia teacher education program from UNESCO contains professional development modules for teachers, teacher educators, and student teachers reflecting an interdisciplinary approach to developing knowledge and skills for sustainability.
U.S. Green Building Council; Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)
The USGBC’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System certifies that buildings have met green criteria for design, construction, and operation. The LEED for Schools program applies standards developed specifically for schools. USGBC’s Build Green Schools program (www.buildgreenschools.org) provides educational resources.
U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development
The U.S. affiliate of the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development, consisting of individuals, organizations, and institutions with a shared commitment to integrate sustainable development into education and learning. Website links to its proposed national standards for sustainability education.
Vermont Education for Sustainability
(802) 985-8686 x31
A resources page that includes a link to the Vermont Guide to Education for Sustainability.