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June 20–22, 2017: Change is on the Menu...

Join us for the 7th annual Sustainability Institute for Educators as we focus the conversation on food and our schools.  The Institute will feature a mix of special guest speakers, tools and resources, and hands-on workshops.

 Hosted at Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School, St. Louis, MO

$150 registration fee includes speaker fees, breakfast and lunch for all three days. Graduate credit is available!


Sustainability and What it Means for Educators

The assurance of a productive, safe, viable future is marked by the interconnectedness of the human and environmental systems. At this Institute we will not just build awareness…we will discuss the nuts and bolts of bringing about organizational change.

What is the Sustainability Institute?  Since 2011 the Sustainability Institute for Educators has helped prepare educators to understand the science, economics, and social implications of our world. This three-day Institute challenges participants to examine current issues in sustainability while considering how people and schools are connected to these issues.

How can we create sustainable educational institutions? Educators across the country are trying to answer this question. Some are approaching this pursuit by incorporating sustainable practices into their physical environment - composting and recycling, rainwater collection, green cleaning, and lights-out campaigns. Others are integrating sustainability into their educational programs and curriculum. Truly integrating effective sustainability into a school system requires more than implementing single programs and initiatives.

A whole-system approach requires individuals from across an organization to work together to integrate sustainability into an institution's long-term operational and educational practices. Organizational change (accepting a new vision for the organization, establishing new practices and policies, changing responsibilities and roles of members, etc.) is required, and can be challenging.

Who Should Attend?  The Sustainability Institute for Educators is designed for educators from all roles and environments. With that, K-12 School Administrators, Curriculum and Facilities Directors, teachers and student leaders from public, independent, and informal learning environments should attend the Institute. While individuals are welcome to participate, we recommend recruiting a team or partner from your school.

What Will I Gain by Attending?  Each participant will leave with a better understanding of how to build awareness and
understanding around the issues, principles and science of sustainability; understand how to construct learning environments that connect to real-world problems; and discover how and when to take action and effect change in school communities.

 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

Schedule of Events

Tuesday, June 20


Keynote Speaker

Breakout sessions


Wednesday, June 21



Breakout sessions


Thursday, June 22


Field Trips

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 $510. 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 2017 Sustainability Institute for P12 Educators are offering scholarships for teachers and administrators.

For those seeking scholarships, please contact Kim Petzing before registration at

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

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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