K-12 Educational Resources About Sustainability and the Environment

Carbon Footprint Calculators (online)

The Center for Ecoliteracy

The Center for Ecoliteracy believes that schools play a pivotal role in moving us beyond our growing environmental crises and toward a sustainable society. The website has many resources, including a section on Issues with essays and ideas for teaching real issues regarding the environment.

The Children & Nature Network (C&NN)

The Children & Nature Network (C&NN) was created to encourage and support the people and organizations working worldwide to reconnect children with nature. Find a Tool Kit on how to start a local Nature Club for Families.

Cooking With Kids

Cooking with Kids uses hands-on methods to teach elementary school students about the joy of delicious healthy foods.

Earth Day Network

Access the award-winning Educators' Network! There you can find over 300 standard-based lessons, school greening tips, grants for teachers and more than 25,000 teachers to share ideas with. Sign up with our network to receive updates.” (from the Earth Day Network website)

Earth Day reference on Wikipedia


Edutopia.org: Educators Grow Green Schools

Student health and performance bloom in environmentally conscious schools.

Edutopia.org: Go Green: Education for the Ecosystem

“Our first environmental issue includes a roster of green heroes, plus lesson plans, service-learning opportunities, our Go Green Database, and more.”

Free Federal Environmental Resources for Educational Excellence


Green La Crosse website

GreenLaCrosse.com is a community website designed to highlight the Green efforts in and around La Crosse, Wisconsin. http://www.greenlacrosse.com/

Green Schools Initiative

The Green School Initiative website provides a quiz to see how green your school is and provides many ways to become more green. Find out what other school are doing.

Growing Power

Growing Power, founded by Will Allen, is a national nonprofit organization and land trust supporting people from diverse backgrounds, and the environments in which they live, by helping to provide equal access to healthy, high-quality, safe and affordable food for people in all communities. Growing Power implements this mission by providing hands-on training, on-the-ground demonstration, outreach and technical assistance through the development of Community Food Systems that help people grow, process, market and distribute food in a sustainable manner.

How the First Earth Day Came About

According to Gaylord Nelson, the idea for Earth Day evolved over a period of seven years starting in 1962. Read more about it in this article written by Senator Nelson.

Lesson Planet

“Lesson Planet is a member-supported search engine just for teachers that makes it easy for educators to search from over 225,000+ teacher-reviewed online lesson plans and worksheets that are correlated to state standards.” (from the Lesson Planet website) This site has a 10 day free trial. There is a $39.95 annual membership if you decide to continue past the 10 day trial.

Marian Koshland Science Museum of the National Academy of Sciences

Global Warming Facts & Our Future

National Environmental Education Week

“National Environmental Education Week (EE Week) is the largest organized environmental education event in the United States. EE Week increases the educational impact of Earth Day by creating a full week of educational preparation, learning, and activities in K-12 classrooms, nature centers, zoos, museums, and aquariums.”

No Impact Project

“The No Impact Project was conceived by Colin Beavan, aka No Impact Man, following the success of his blog, book, and film, which chronicle his family’s year-long experiment living a zero-waste lifestyle in New York City.” (from the No Impact Project website)

Orion for Educators

"Orion has enjoyed a long conversational history with educators, sharing an enthusiasm for connecting students to nature and the important issues of the day." (from the Orion website"

Science, Technology, Engineering, Math & Social Studies (STEMSS)

The STEMSS page of the Murphy Library, Alice Hagar Curriculum Resources Center is designed to provide resources to PK-12 teachers, pre-service teachers, librarians, and others interested in STEMSS education.

Teachers’ Domain

“Teachers' Domain is an extensive library of free digital media resources produced by public television, designed for classroom use and professional development.” (from the Teacher’s Domain website)

Teacher Planet Earth Day Resource Page

An extensive list of links to other sites with Earth Day related educational resources

The Story of Stuff

The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world.

Wisconsin Green and Healthy Schools Program

The Wisconsin Green and Healthy Schools program aims to increase the students’ knowledge and awareness of Wisconsin’s natural resources and the environmental, health, and safety concerns and challenges that face our schools, our communities, and our Earth.

Yes! Magazine Resources for Teachers

“YES! is an ad-free magazine in print and online about people—in the U.S. and around the globe—creating a just, sustainable, and compassionate world. Educators can inform and inspire students by using positive YES! stories about solutions to real world challenges.” (from the YES! Website)