Teaching for a reimagined world.
Lead the way to a sustainable future
As a teacher, you inspire your students to change the world. Now, give them the tools they need to make a difference. The Rob and Melani Walton Sustainability Teachers’ Academies provides educators like you with the knowledge and resources you need to bring the science of sustainability into any K-12 classroom. In turn, you will help future leaders create and innovate solutions to the economic, social and environmental challenges we face.
Our professional development workshops incorporate contemporary research by sustainability professionals, scientists and scholars from across Arizona State University. This work demonstrates that promoting sustainability takes more than a one-size-fits-all approach. Rather, one must analyze the complex problems faced by individual communities, and work with local stakeholders to design unique, effective solutions.
The Sustainability Teachers’ Academies can help you to apply the lessons from sustainability experts to empower your students to build a better, more sustainable future for your school and community.
Rob and Melani Walton National Sustainability Teachers’ Academy
The Rob and Melani Walton National Sustainability Teachers’ Academy is an intensive, five-day professional development workshop for K-12 teachers held every summer. Teachers of any subject and grade should apply with a partner from their school or district. These teacher teams receive a thorough introduction to sustainability science through hands-on activities and lectures by experts in the field. Engaging fieldtrips highlight sustainability in action at local business and other organizations. Through ample networking opportunities, teachers become part of a dedicated community of sustainability activists, scientists, entrepreneurs, and other educators.
The National Academy explores sustainability from many important perspectives, from the triple-bottom-line of sustainable economies, to the dangerous effects of climate change experienced by individuals in vulnerable communities. Along the way, teachers master five sustainability competencies—an essential skillset for taking action personally, locally and globally.
Upon completion, teachers return with a site-specific action plan for promoting sustainability in their schools and communities. They also receive a suite of lesson plans and activities to engage students in the science of sustainability. These lessons are based on real science, aligned to Common Core and Next Generations Science Standards, and easily adaptable to any class. Your students will learn about the sustainability challenges we face, and develop their own innovative solutions to these problems.
Wells Fargo Regional Sustainability Teachers’ Academy
The Wells Fargo Regional Sustainability Teachers’ Academy was a program that created regional two-day professional development workshops for K-12 teachers. The workshops were designed to help K-12 teachers from all subjects integrate sustainability science into their curriculum, develop campus projects and encourage community engagement in regions throughout the United States.
Over the past three years, 95 alumni from our workshops have developed 70 unique projects that work to improve sustainability in their classrooms, campus and community. Explore the map below to learn more about their efforts.
These regional projects were featured as part of ASU’s 24 Hours of Sustainability series
Mark Reynolds works with students of all abilities to create and maintain Drachman Montessori’s ecology projects. See how he uses sustainable gardening as a tool to help his students grow personally and academically.
Olivia Gerstein is a librarian, heads up the school garden, and works on climate change education with students at Scales Technology Academy. The school has expanded their garden to include 12 in-ground beds, 12 barrel planters, and 25 varieties of fruits, vegetables, and herbs. All 425 of their students are involved in the garden, working on a thriving compost from cafeteria food waste, and incorporating Native American gardening practices.
The Oak Harbor Public School district on Whidbey Island, Washington helps teachers with sustainability and garden efforts in their community.
Teachers who have participated in either the National or Regional Sustainability Teacher Academies are eligible for a one-time stipend of $300 upon completion of a student-led project promoting sustainability in their schools or communities.
Use this interactive map to discover how teachers across the nation are promoting sustainability in their schools and communities. Each teacher is an alum of the National Sustainability Teachers’ Academy.
The Sustainability Teachers’ Academy is committed to creating and providing curricular resources that span a diverse range of topics—including food systems sustainability, quality of life and well-being, decision-making for sustainability, and much more. Our lessons are applicable for grades 6-9 with variations presented that will enable you to tailor the activity for a younger or older audience. Because sustainability is an interdisciplinary topic, these lessons are relevant across all class subjects.
For National Academy inquiries, contact:
Program Manager, National Sustainability Teachers' Academy, School of Sustainability
For Regional Academy inquiries, contact:
Program Manager, Wells Fargo Regional Sustainability Teachers' Academy, School of Sustainability