Young people are the leaders of today, not tomorrow. After learning about sustainability, students are eager to know “What can we do?” Businesses are hungry to be more sustainable and are looking to connect to local community members. Sustainability audits allow students to take action while not only gaining exposure to the current workforce, but being seen as a valuable leader within it. Students will spend the year researching climate change, environmental justice and clean energy and finish the year by conducting a student-led sustainability audit of a local business.
Students will conduct a sustainability audit of a local organization, undergo research and present recommendations on how to reduce the organization’s environmental impact. Students Will Be Able To:
-Clearly explain sustainable solutions related to water, waste, energy and food, including how to approach them, why to approach them and the benefits of the practices.
-Critically evaluate an organization's practices.
-Compare and contrast organizational practices based on standard practices, best practices and what is needed to achieve a sustainable business economy.
-Apply prior knowledge of environmental themes to create tangible recommendations.
-Compile a written report with various courses of action, including references, photos and evidence.
-Present their research to an authentic audience and follow up with the organization to record their impact.