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147 Practical Tips for Teaching Sustainability:
Connecting the Environment, the Economy, and Society (2nd Ed.)

By William M. Timpson, Brian Dunbar, Gailmarie Kimmel, Brett Bruyere, Peter Newman, Hillary Mizia, Daniel Birmingham, and Renée Harmon

Foreword by
David Orr
All Hands on Deck: Teaching Sustainability
Foreword by Anthony Cortese
Higher Education and Sustainability


SECTION ONE: Defining Sustainability
1. Introduce the Notion That We Are Nature
2. Use the Eco-Sphere to Visualize Sustainability
3. Create a Common Language
4. Begin with the Fundamentals
5. Help Others Listen to the Elders and their Students

SECTION TWO: Historical Perspectives and Future Possibilities
6. Make the Case for Possibility
7. Add Missing Voices
8. Revisit Big, Unresolved Questions
9. Travel Back to the Future
10. Take a Bigger Perspective
11. Rethink the Meaning of Success

SECTION THREE: Systems, Synergy, and Visions
12. View the World Through a Systems Lens
13. Connect the Dots
14. Use Leverage Points
15. Recognize the Chain of Custody
16. Connect Capitalism and Sustainability
17. Envision Finding Your Way Out of a Disaster
18. Assign a Voice for the Future
19. Seek Out Visionary Efforts
20. Consider the Wealth of a Nation

SECTION FOUR: Economics and Consumption
21. Explore a Living Economy
22. Use an Ecological Measure of Consumption
23. Consider the Cost Paradigm
24. Show How Sustainability Contributes to Staying “In the Black” while Honoring the Triple Bottom Line
25. Understand Synergistic Relationships
26. Recognize the Power of Consumers as Agents of Change
27. Follow the Finns for Innovation and Inclusive Prosperity
28. Pick Low-Hanging Fruit First
29. Address Disparities
30. Compare Needs with Wants
31. Explore Community-Based Social Marketing

SECTION FIVE: Design, Nature, and Buildings
32. See Nature as a Mentor
33. Build on Nature’s Lead
34. Remember the Pen Is Mightier Than the Sword, but the Wrench Is Mightier Still
35. Understand How Classrooms Can Teach
36. Reframe Conventional Design
37. Create Spaces That Love You Back
38. “LEED” by Example
39. Seek Out Buildings That Allow Students to Teach
40. View Biology through a New Lens

SECTION SIX: Ethics, Values, and the Sacred
41. Rethink Basic Rights
42. Nurture an Ethic for Nature
43. Explore What Informs Revered Leaders
44. Align Values and Actions
45. See Enemies as Potential Allies
46. Plant Hope
47. Use Precaution as Wisdom
48. Acknowledge Grief, Invite Connection
49. Brainstorm a “Should” List
50. Find Ways to Use Faith
51. Read Sacred Texts

SECTION SEVEN: Personal Responsibility and Empowerment
52. Understand the Tipping Point
53. Realize That Objects in the Mirror Are More Important Than They Appear
54. Aim to Inspire
55. Loosen Up on Expectations
56. Remember to Save the Humans
57. Identify New Leaders
58. Write the President
59. Pause and Reflect, but Keep Moving

60. Think about Your Goals
61. Remember that There’s More to Education
62. Take Advantage of Technology
63.Bring Your Students on Business Trips…Virtually
64. Choose Texts Carefully

SECTION NINE: Approaches and Assessments
65. Explore Multiple Approaches to Powerful Ideas
66. Use Active, Student-Led Exercises
67. Let the Poets Speak
68. Implement the Ten-Second Lab
69. Use Guests and Films to Offer Diverse Perspectives
70. Invent Games and Have a Little Fun
71. Put on Your Guide Hat
72. Trust Your Gut and Assess the Fundamentals
73. Generate New Data

SECTION TEN: Learning through Experience
74. Experience It!
75. Connect Learning and Service
76. Unravel the Gordian Knot
77. Make It Rich and Keep It Wild
78. Take That Leap of Faith
79. Question Assumptions
80. Focus the Group
81. Focus on Investigations
82. Treat the Rest of the World like Paradise
83. Develop Natural Schoolyards

SECTION ELEVEN: The Positive Learning Climate
84. Support Fair-Weather Learning
85. Nurture a Love of Place
86. Practice Acceptance
87. Face Problems
88. Build on Peacemaking
89. Go for the “Jazz”
90. Look Ahead with Hope

SECTION TWELVE: Awareness and Consciousness Expansion
91. Build on Experience
92. Take the Ecological Footprint Quiz
93. Conduct an Ecological Footprint Audit
94. Discuss Full-Cost Accounting
95. Explore What’s in Everyday Products
96. Consider Scale and Energy Consumption
97. Identify Services Provided by Nature
98. Recognize that Size Matters
99. Look Twice at What’s Disturbing

SECTION THIRTEEN: Effective Communication
100. Widen Participation
101. Emphasize Soft Skills and Hard Sciences Equally
102. Teach How to Negotiate
103. 1Share like a Friend
104. Be Honest
105. Share What Has Touched You
106. Encourage Specificity
107. Encourage All Writing
108. Make It Worthy of Media Attention

SECTION FOURTEEN: Cooperation and Collaboration
109. Turn “Bullets” into “Bridges”
110. Play Games to Illustrate Collaboration
111. Create Community Collaborations
112. Design a Better World Together
113. Tie Classes and Programs Together
114. View Conflict as Change Agent

SECTION FIFTEEN: Community and a Sense of Place
115. Keep It in the Neighborhood
116. Get into “We” Mode
117. Recognize Waste
118. Trace the Roots of Lunch
119. Rediscover Local Agriculture
120. Walk Your Watershed
121. Compost
122. Think Local, Fun, High-Tech, and Free
123. Enlarge Perspectives

SECTION SIXTEEN: Critical and Creative Thinking
124. Teach How to Think, Not What to Think
125. Get to the Root
126. Change Periods into Question Marks
127. Focus on Imagination
128. Go beyond Coverage for a Deeper Understanding
129. Study Controversial Issues
130. Be a Wide-Eyed Skeptic and Demand Precision
131. Investigate Campus and School Ecology
132. Blur Lines of Distinction between Disciplines
133. Use Creative Works to Spark Debate
134. Make Debates Public and Inclusive
135. Progress Logically
136. Teach Good Reasoning

SECTION SEVENTEEN: Supporting Change
137. Lead Reform and (R)Evolution
138. Influence Others
139. Train Activists for Life
140. Create a Peer Culture of Behavior Change
141. Become the Demand
142. Envision Change
143. Use “Team Wonder Bike” as a Model
144. Walk the Talk
145. Sweat the Small Stuff
146. Be a Prayer
147. Become the Re-Generation and Continue the Tips

Afterword by Julie Newman

Afterword by Joyce Berry

Afterword by Hillary Mizia

Final Reflections

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