Utilizing the lens of sustainability
"EfS utilizes the best practices of place-based education, project based learning, systems thinking, and service learning to engage students of all ages..."
Education has been an integral part of CEBE’s work since the beginning. Educating the public and raising awareness about climate change and its impacts on the western foothills is central to CEBE’s mission. Over the past 7 years, CEBE has hosted informational talks, presentations and panel discussion, as well as a variety of films in order to educate our community about climate change and its effects. We are now taking it a step further.
Core to CEBE’s mission, we continue to host speakers, screen films, and offer workshops on everything from permaculture to inoculating logs with mushrooms to tiny house design. A resilient community is educated, skilled, and interdependent. Sharing knowledge and skills is part of the foundation of any sustainable community. Interested in Energy, Transport, Food, or Shelter? Our working groups offer opportunity to learn and contribute alongside other community members. CEBE also welcomes your ideas- something you’d like to learn about? Let us know. A skill you’d like to share? Our programming is ever evolving so give us a call at 739-2101
Educating for Sustainability
Professional Development for Pre-K-Grade 12 Educators
Seal Rossignol, CEBE’s Education and Programming Coordinator, has spent significant time in the last 2 years learning about Educating for Sustainability (EfS) at Shelburne Farms in Shelburne, Vermont. This year she has been a member of their 2019-2020 Educating for Sustainability Leadership Academy. EfS utilizes the best practices of place-based education, project based learning, systems thinking, and service learning to engage students of all ages in creating just, resilient, and sustainable communities. Seal’s work at CEBE involves engaging local educators in professional development workshops to learn how to use the lens of sustainability when designing and/or delivering their curriculum to their students. What’s helpful for educators to know is that EfS isn’t another subject to teach- it is just a lens to view what is already being taught. The EfS lens can be used at any grade level and with any curriculum and with its focus on fostering sense of place, serves to familiarize and ground students in their communities- both natural and human constructed.
What does EfS Professional Development look like?
Workshops delving into the 4 tenets of EfS
Introductory 4 part workshop series
Deeper dives into place-based education, systems thinking, project based learning, and/or service learning
Curriculum design and development utilizing the lens of sustainability
Guidance and support in developing Forest Fridays (full days spent outside all year round, usually on a weekly basis)
Guidance and support for integrating nature-based activities into your curriculum