Sustainability Curriculum

Exciting Opprotunity for Lessons on Sustainability

The Minnesota Council is offering the chance to obtain special lessons from the "How to Be Green While Staying in the Black" curriculum. Modules are currently being made on Energy, Food Systems, Water, and Waste/Design, and you can currently access 10 different lesson plans that function either as a full unit or as stand-alone lessons.

St. Catherine's University if looking for Beta-testers to teach the lessons and provide feedback alongside pre and post tests for students. This is to gauge the effectiveness of the content and to explore ways that we can help teach environmentally conscious living! All Beta-testers will recieve a $50 stipend for each lesson (up to 5 lessons) taught winter/spring 2019, and there will be two webinars in the Spring for teachers to learn more about this new curriculum and ask the lesson editor their questions.

These lessons were crafted by high school teachers from all kinds of social studies classrooms, but beta-testers are also needed in 8th grade Global Studies as well as science and other disciplines.

Any teachers interested in participating can reach out to the Minnesota Council at If you'd like to contact Kristine West at St. Catherine's University directly, she is available at

What is the Curriculum?

Viewing Sustainability through an Economics Lens: How to be Green While Staying in the Black is an economics curriculum for high school teachers in social studies, business, agricultural education, and science-related fields. The curriculum aims to equip high school students with a basic understanding of selected sustainability issues and inspire them to champion innovative solutions to address environmental, ecological, and related economic challenges facing the planet and its people.

There are 10 lesson plans that are designed to work as a unit or as individual, stand-alone, lessons. Each lesson connects sustainability themes to one or more economics standards and contains references and links to other useful resources.