Download the PDF of the EfS Reality Check here: 

What: Education for Sustainability (EfS) is a transformative learning process that equips students, teachers, and school systems with the new knowledge and ways of thinking we need to achieve economic prosperity and responsible citizenship, while restoring the health of the living systems upon which our lives depend. Education for Sustainability inspires young people to think about the world, their relationship to it, and their ability to influence it in an entirely new way.

Why: The goals of this Reality Check are:

  1. To familiarize you with the comprehensive set of attributes of EfS

  2. To enable you to get a bird’s eye view of where your school is along the EfS continuum

  3. To provide insight on strategic next steps

Who: This tool is intended for use by school administrators and lead faculty.

How: EfS requires a holistic approach, so when you’re educating for sustainability, you’ll find evidence of it just about everywhere you look—among the learners, in the classrooms, among the leadership team, throughout the physical facilities and grounds, and into the wider community. This tool asks you to look in each of those places for evidence that you’re educating for sustainability. Wherever you see that evidence, simply check that box. The more accurately you can answer the questions, the more useful our analysis.

Then What: If you are interested in having us analyze your results and make recommendations for next steps, please contact us.

For most schools and organizations that we work with, the timeline for producing evidence of Education for Sustainability (EfS) in thinking and practices throughout the organization will vary from 3-5 years on average. After that, creating a culture of EfS becomes a process of continuous improvement and growth.