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June 19-21, 2018

The Green Thread: Lessons in Sustainability

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Join us for the 8th annual Sustainability Institute for Educators as we focus the conversation on threading sustainability education through all lessons.  The Institute will feature a mix of special guest speakers, tools and resources, and hands-on experiences. We will focus on exploring the connections between sustainability and curriculum, uncovering the interdisciplinary nature of sustainability education, and providing resources, tools, and insight into how we as educators can help support students that are sustainability literate, active stewards of the planet.

 $150 registration fee includes speaker fees, breakfast and lunch for all three days. Graduate credit is available!  Hosted at Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School, St. Louis, MO

 Learning Outcomes

  • Understand and face the challenges of community issues as part of the school culture
  • Recognize local resources that can support curriculum and changes for sustainability
  • Collaborate with others to empower young citizens
  • Create a community of advocates for sustainable schools and communities
  • Setting a foundation for whole school sustainability

 Keynote Speaker:

Jen Cirillo, Director of Professional Development | Shelburne Farms

Shelburne Farms, a true leader in the education for sustainability movement, is a non-profit organization with a home campus that encompasses 1,400 acres of working farm, forest, and historical landmark in Vermont. The Farm is a place and institution that inspires, challenges, and supports students, families, and leaders to grapple with the big question of how to live responsibly in the 21st century.

Jen coordinates all the Farm’s offerings to educators, and develops and conducts workshops, institutes and credit-bearing courses at the local, national and international levels. As director of the Farms’ Sustainable Schools Project, she works to further develop and evaluate the model, document promising practices, and conduct outreach to additional schools and communities. She co-chairs the K-12 and Teacher Education Sector of the US Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development and is a board member of Vermont Energy Education Program (VEEP). Jen’s favorite part of the job is working with teachers and helping them to find their passion and joy in teaching and how to share that with students of all ages.

Featured Speakers

Lacy Cagle, Director of Learning, Northwest Earth Institute

Bob Coulter, Director, Litzsinger Road Ecology Center

 Schedule of Events -link to the agenda at a glance flyer here (coming soon)

Tuesday, June 19

Keynote: Big Ideas in Education for Sustainability

The Sustainable Student

Understanding Place-based Education

Teaching Ties to the SDGs 

Wednesday, June 20

Forest Park: Experiential Education field trip

Thursday, June 21

Exploring Curriculum

Resource Fair


Event Information

Registration Information

The cost of the 3-day Institute is $150. This includes breakfasts and lunches.  For more information, contact

Graduate Credit

The Institute may be taken for 3 hours of graduate credit through Webster University for an additional $525. To register for credit, please contact

Event Location

The event will take place at MICDS, 101 N Warson Rd, St. Louis, MO 63124, 8am – 4pm.

 SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE!! The organizers for the 2018 Sustainability Institute for P12 Educators are offering scholarships for teachers and administrators.

Preference for scholarships will be given but not limited to:

  • Schools with 75% free and reduced lunches
  • Schools/Districts sending multiple participants
  • Schools participating in the Green Schools Quest
  • Participant agreement to attend all three days of conference

Please contact Eve Drueke at PRIOR to conference registration for scholarship application.

If you plan to take the Institute for graduate credit contact to register.

The Sustainability Institute is hosted by:

  • Webster University, School of Education
  • EarthWays Center of the Missouri Botanical Garden
  • Green Schools Council of Madison County, Illinois
  • US Green Building Council–Missouri Gateway Chapter
  • Saint Louis Zoo, Education Division
  • Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School

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