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Sustainability Teachers' Academy

Teaching for a reimagined world.

Become a sustainability change agent

As a teacher, you are ideally positioned as a role model for future generations. K-12 education is a critical environment for making transformative change toward sustainability.

In order to equip teachers like you with the knowledge and tools you need to inspire and educate your students about sustainability issues, the Sustainability Teachers’ Academies provides a curriculum that was collaboratively designed by sustainability researchers and education experts with decades of experience in the classroom as well as in the development, implementation and evaluation of sustainability education programs. As a participant in the Academy, you will have access to on-line resources and recieve Continuing Education Units (CEUs) through ASU Online.

National Sustainability Teachers’ Academy

The goal of the National Sustainability Teachers’ Academy is to equip K-12 teachers with the knowledge, skills and tools to become agents of change. By infusing sustainability concepts and practices into schools, teachers can have a profound impact on motivating future leaders to create and innovate solutions to the economic, social and environmental challenges of our world.

Teachers who participate in the Academy will receive continual support and access to a growing database of online resources as well as on-going regional workshops and teacher conferences. Participants will also have the opportunity to serve as Teachers’ Academy Ambassadors, who will pilot new sustainability curriculum, train fellow teachers and share best practices to integrate sustainability throughout their classroom, school and community.

Who should apply

  • Two-person teams of current middle and high school teachers
  • Teams can be from disparate disciplines but must teach in the same district; if selected, your team will be asked to lead your school and district to implement collaborative cross-curricular projects
  • Candidates must be highly recommended by their principal

Program Details

An Academy mentor helping one of the summer 2015 National Sustainability Teacher's Academy participants
  • Selected teams will participate in a hands-on one-week professional development workshop at ASU
  • Teams will work directly with sustainability scientists and education experts as well as community sustainability leaders
  • Curriculum is aligned with U.S. national standards and lessons are adapted to diverse grade ranges
  • Tools and support provided include development of action plans and community-based activities
  • Training will span issues such as poverty, privilege, social capital, circular economy, food systems, urban ecology and much more
  • Teams will present their project proposals to a panel of ASU experts for evaluation and mentoring
  • Within one year of the workshop, teams will complete a sustainability project in their school, implement a sustainability lesson in their classroom and train additional teachers in sustainability education
  • Each individual will receive a $1,000 stipend for participating in the workshop, paid in increments: $700 after completion of the workshop and $300 after establishing an approved project in their home schools and districts. Lodging, meals and travel allowance are also paid for by the Academy

Continuing Support

Rob McGehee assisting National Sustainability Teachers' Academy participants
  • Access to online resources including instructional videos that correspond with each lesson, printable worksheets and adaptable presentations
  • Continued communication with a network of Teachers’ Academy colleagues and ASU experts
  • CEUs for workshop participation and opportunities for additional CEUs through participation in curriculum testing, training programs and conferences

If you have any questions about these or other upcoming programs, please contact

Important Dates – National Teachers’ Academies

January 30, 2017 Applications Available
April 13, 2017 Application Deadline
April 28, 2017 Participants Announced
June 5-9, 2017 First Workshop (in Tempe, AZ)
June 26-30, 2017 Second Workshop (in Abingdon, VA)
July 17-21, 2017 Third Workshop (in Tempe, AZ)
“This was an amazing teacher conference. I’ve been to many, but this one was exceptional – the presenters were so knowledgeable and helpful – The planning that went into this was so thoughtful and very well planned out – I feel fortunate to have been picked to attend – I hope it will continue.”
Summer 2015 Participant

Project reporting

We want to support your sustainability education projects. If you attended the National Sustainability Teachers’ Academy, then complete this form regarding your Sustainability Project to receive up to $300 for your efforts. All National Academy Alumni are eligible.

Wells Fargo Regional Sustainability Teachers’ Academy

The Wells Fargo Regional Sustainability Teachers’ Academy is a professional development workshop designed to help local teachers from all subjects that teach grades 5-9 to integrate sustainability curriculum, develop campus projects and encourage community engagement.

Through two-day workshops set in communities across the nation, the Wells Fargo Regional Sustainability Teachers’ Academy will enhance the rich local knowledge of sustainability leaders and build upon the great work that has already been done in the region. Each workshop will be a collaboration between Arizona State University and teachers or sustainability leaders from the home community.

Teachers’ Academy participants will not only gain the knowledge, skills and tools to implement sustainability projects in their school but also connect with other area teachers who lead the charge in integrating sustainability throughout their school district, community stakeholders who want to support K-12 sustainability projects and district “Green Teams” that will enable you to connect curricula to operations.

2017 – 2018 Workshops

    Upcoming Workshops
  • Los Angeles, CA – December 1-2, 2017 (registration opens Sept. 25)
  • Nashville, TN – January 26-27, 2018 (registration opens Nov. 1)
  • Charlotte, NC – Spring 2018
  • Tucson, AZ – March 7-9, 2018
  • Austin, TX – May 11, 2018
    Past Workshops
  • Broward County, FL
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Princeton, NJ
  • Tucson, AZ
  • Whidbey Island, WA
  • Abingdon, VA
  • Chicago, IL

All participants are eligible to receive Continued Education Units and up to $300 to help establish a sustainability project at their school. Complete the following form to apply for your Sustainability Project Stipend.

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.

For National Academy inquiries, contact:

Robert McGehee
Program Manager, National Sustainability Teachers' Academy, Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives

For Regional Academy inquiries, contact:

Molly Cashion
Program Manager, Wells Fargo Regional Sustainability Teachers' Academy, Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives