How can schools reduce the waste that goes into the landfill?
How do our everyday actions impact the waste management process?
What impacts do buildings have on the environment and global climate change?
How can our school be green?
What is a building life cycle?
What is sustainability?
135 minutes

9 / 10 / 11 / 12
English, Geography, Health, Reading or Language Arts

Students explore beliefs, strategies and actions related to the concept of Cradle to Cradle design, and make connections to their lives. They share their response to the question, “Why is it important for global citizens to understand the basic natural laws and principles?” during a formal Socratic Seminar discussion, supporting their responses with information from the following resources:

  • The NEXT Industrial Revolution (William McDonough and Michael Braungart, The Atlantic Monthly, October 1998)
  • A TedTalk by William McDonough on Cradle to Cradle design
  • Earth Basics for Sustainable Living, adapted from The Natural Step (www.naturalstep.org)
  • Biography Of TerraCycle Founder CEO Tom Szaky