The depletion of natural resources that accompanies globalization brings the issue of sustainability to the forefront as countries try to balance the protection of the environment with economic growth. Policymakers must balance the needs to provide opportunities for employment and upward mobility in the present, while not destroying the natural resources that are necessary precondition for the human well-being in the future.  The United Nations defines sustainability as the ability to “meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” 

The Sustainability module introduces students to the impact of present and future population trends, the concept of natural capital, the causes and effects of global warming, the different types of alternative energy, and potential solutions to creating a sustainable environment, society, and economy. Students will critically examine these issues through multiple lenses and will gain an understanding of how key thinkers and organizations are approaching these controversial topics.

  1. Connect concepts from a variety of disciplines within the framework of sustainability
  2. Make informed decisions about controversial issues involving sustainability.
  3. Evaluate the validity of a news report related to the environment and sustainability OR prepare a scientifically sound argument on a local environmental issue to present at a town forum or in a town newspaper
  4. Recognize the role separate countries play in the environmental issues that affect sustainability.