“One of my greatest takeaways from the institute is how I can use the 'big ideas' of sustainability across different curriculum areas in order to make the principles that we learned about part of my students' everyday life and not just part of our science work at school.”

Jennifer Burns
PS 163, Manhattan

Environmental Education and Sustainability in U.S. Public Schools, Paul Chapman, Inverness Associates, 2014. This report is one in a series of surveys of environmental education and sustainability in public and private-independent schools in California and across the country.

Evidence of Impact of Sustainable Schools, Department for Children, Schools and Families, United Kingdom. This publication sets out the educational and social benefits to young people of learning in a sustainable school.

Education for Sustainability: A Guide to Becoming a Sustainable School, Australian Sustainable Schools Solution, South Australia. This Guide provides an indication of the pathways through which schools can enter or further develop their engagement with EfS. 

Back to School: Back Outside! How Outdoor Education and Outdoor School Time Create High Performance Students, by Kevin J. Coyle, National Wildlife Federation. This report focuses on the importance of outdoor learning programs. This summary of available studies on the role of outdoor learning programs and play time in furthering children's overall education highlights the benefits to lifelong learning skills, prospects for career success and school test scores. These studies show the danger of increasing indoor learning time and decreasing outdoor time.

Closing the Achievement Gap: Using the Environment as an Integrating Context for Learning, by Dr. Gerald A. Lieberman and Linda L. Hoody. In addition to a thorough explanation of the basic concepts of EIC (environment as an integrating context for learning), this report documents the results of a study created by the State Education and Environment Roundtable to identify the most innovative and successful programs, describe their effectiveness, and analyze their commonalities and differences. This is a great resource for anybody interested in learning more about EIC and its benefits as well as anyone looking to learn from research on existing EIC methods and their impacts on the various realms of learning (math, science, language arts, thinking skills, etc.).

Report Card on the Status of Environmental Education in Washington State.
Using two years of statewide surveys, community meetings and one-on-one interviews, this report card summarizes the status of environmental education in Washington. The report evaluates effectiveness of environmental education in improving students' standardized test scores, legal and academic foundations of environmental education, innovative approaches to environmental education, general awareness of environmental education, and state support of environmental education. These assessments are complimented by thorough explanations, recommendations and powerful environmental education photography!

Understanding Environmental Literacy in America and Making it a Reality, by Kevin J. Coyle. Coyle's study explores the status of Environmental Education in America. He focuses on the necessity to develop environmental literacy and looks at what we know today about the state of environmental knowledge in America, why we know what we do and how that knowledge is developed, as well as research on how educational programming affects students' academic performance.