The Sustainability Institute for Educators challenges participants to help learners build awareness, recognize responsibility and take action as global citizens working to build a sustainable world. Held annually in June, the institute is designed for informal and K-12 educators from all roles and environments.

Sustainability Institute for Educators

Climate Change Connections: June 20-22

Designed for educators from all roles and environments, this year, the Sustainability Institute for Educators participants will explore the multidisciplinary nature of climate change. Teaching about the climate crisis can be daunting, but is not insurmountable. Climate action is happening all around us. Teachers can help students move through the natural anxiety they may be experiencing to join in and spark new solutions-oriented action.

Through interactive sessions and local climate change expert presentations, educators will learn the basics of climate science and how to bring climate solutions to their learning spaces. Sessions will demonstrate how a range of disciplines can work together to understand and address the needs of climate change through education and youth engagement. Join us to gain knowledge, tools, strategies, and community networking to explore climate solutions and help tackle this critical issue.

The three-day Institute will be held at three locations in the St. Louis area: Missouri Botanical Garden, Saint Louis Zoo and Webster University.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the interconnectedness of sustainability issues and the intersection with education
  • Recognize local resources that can support curriculum and changes for sustainability
  • Collaborate with others to empower sustainably minded citizens
  • Create a community of advocates for sustainable schools, institutions and communities
  • Setting a foundation for adaption and resilience in sustainability education

2023 Event Information


The cost of the 3-day Institute is $125, includes lunch. For more information, contact


Graduate Credit

The Institute may be taken for 3 hours of graduate credit through Webster University for an additional $585 to register for credit, please contact anglinsh@webster.eduprior to conference registration.

Event Location

Day One: Missouri Botanical Garden

Day Two: Saint Louis Zoo

Day Three: Webster University

Directions and exact locations will be sent to registrants

Scholarships Available!

The organizers for the 2023 Sustainability Institute for Educators are offering scholarships for educators 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 three days of conference
Sustainability students outdoors
Sustainability students outdoors

For scholarship application, contact Kat Golden at PRIOR to conference registration. 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

US Green Building Council–Missouri Gateway Chapter
Saint Louis Zoo, Education Division

Founding Partners: