Sustainability Curriculum

Exciting Opportunity 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.

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.