Facility managers face an every expanding array of sustainability choices and challenges, but for the next generation of FMs, green practices could be second nature as sustainability literacy enters the K-12 school system.
The Center for Green Schools at USGBC and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) released a National Action Plan for Educating Sustainability, which acts as a call to action to ensure that Education for Sustainability (EfS) is accessible to all students in the United States. The plan outlines a goal for all states to adopt a comprehensive green schools policy, including a graduation requirement for sustainability literacy, by 2040.
The action plan contains 11 sections that examine critical elements involved in ensuring that every student receives a well-rounded sustainability education. These categories include: collaboration, economic drivers, integrated content and curriculum, leadership, policy, pre-service teacher preparation, professional development, public awareness, research, student assessment and teacher evaluation.