Teaching Sustainability in Geoscience
Exploring Sustainability through Geoscience
Sustainability and Geoscience for the Undergraduate Curriculum
Collections of Sustainability Teaching Resources
The InTeGrate project is focused on teaching geoscience in context, with a focus on societal issues and sustainability. Available teaching materials cover range of topics such as water, energy and food.
On the Cutting Edge
The Cutting Edge project is dedicated to the professional development of geoscience faculty and improving the geoscience curriculum. The teaching resources collection includes activities, course descriptions, pedagogic approaches, data sets and more across a range of earth science topics.For more resources on teaching sustainability across many disciplines, see the SERC Sustainability Site Guide. This site guide contains annotated links to hundreds of teaching activities, course descriptions, visualizations, and articles compiled through a number of projects.
Living With Earth: An Introduction to Environmental Geology ( This site may be offline. )
NAGT/AGI co-sponsored textobook that explores Earth systems with a focus on anthropogenic influences. This approach to introductory geology makes the topics relevant to students' lives. Living With Earth: An Introduction to Environmental Geology ( This site may be offline. ) Hudson, Travis. 2011, Pearson Prentice Hall.
The InTeGrate Textbook collection has more geoscience textbooks with a focus on sustainability.
Geoscientists Teaching Sustainability
Geoscience and Sustainability Programs
In 2012 the InTeGrate project began compiling a list of programs across the country that incorporate sustainability and geoscience. Many programs have been identified and collected, but the list is constantly growing. If you know of a program that should be included, please contribute a program description.
Organizations and Institutes with Additional Resources
American Geosciences Institute (more info)
AGI is a non-profit alliance of geoscience societies that "provides information and education services to its members, promoting a united voice for the geoscience community."
NASA, the USGS and Time have collaborated to make this amazing resource. Search by location to find time-lapse satellite imagery from 1984 to the present.
US Department of Energy
The DOE website has links to many offices and organizations with sustainability resources, including the Offices of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy; Environmental Management; Nuclear Energy and all the National Laboratories, including NREL and NETL.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Many of the offices under NOAA contain resources related to sustainability, such as the Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, the National Ocean Service and NESDIS.
Continuing Education and Networking
Geological Society of America
GSA has many resources dedicated to improving geoscience education, and their annual meeting attracts thousands of geoscientists each year.
The CLEAN Network (formerly Climate Literacy Network) is an informal group engaged in fostering Climate Literacy. View the archive or join the email list to hear thoughts from concerned scientists, educators, policy makers, and more.
National Association of Geoscience Teachers
NAGT "works to raise the quality of and emphasis on teaching the geosciences at all levels. We count among our members K-12 teachers and college and university faculty as well as educators working with the general public through outlets such as museums and science centers." NAGT also publishes the Journal of Geoscience Education ( This site may be offline. ) .