LSF partners with Xstrata Nickel Sudbury Operations and Xstrata Nickel corporate staff to engage elementary and secondary school teachers and students in youth forums and sustainability action projects. The project provides teachers with competencies, resources and tools to engage students to address sustainability issues in their school and community settings. LSF engages local organizations and educators in the Greater Sudbury Area to support students in the implementation of student-led sustainability action projects.
Vale partners with LSF to provide core funding that is used to support all of LSF's projects, including Youth Forums and Action Projects; Project FLOW (For the Love of Water); Resources for Rethinking; ESD workshops for teachers and teacher candidates; and ESD schools.
LSF partners with Manitoba Education on a number of ESD initiatives in support for the Decade of ESD. ME, LSF and Environment Canada have formed a Steering Committee to oversee the implementation ESD Canada (formerly the National Education for Sustainable Development Expert Council) and the Provincial/Territorial ESD Working Groups. MECY has also partnered with LSF to train Manitoba teachers to review educational resources for the Resource4rethinking.ca database of peer reviewed ESD resources.
ME is responsible for setting priorities and allocating funds for the province's public and independent kindergarten to senior 4 (K-S4) school system and for citizenship and youth initiatives. ME has identified Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) as one of the top five emerging and developing priorities.
LSF partners with RBC on Project FLOW: For the Love of Water, receiving funding from the RBC Blue Water Project. This program offers hands-on experiential projects that address water issues, done by elementary and secondary students with their class at their school or in their community. As a class, the students choose a water-related issue that is important to them, and then their teacher finds a relevant resource on the Resources for Rethinking (R4R) database, or the class would create their own project. Regardless, Action Projects involve visioning, researching, acting, reflecting and celebrating.
LSF has partnered with York Region District School Board, in support of the United Nations Decade for Education for Sustainable Development. Each year, YRDSB and LSF collaborate on the delivery of a Youth Taking Action forum engaging teachers and students in implementing action projects. LSF and YRDSB also collaborate in the design and implementation of a Lighthouse Sustainability School at Stouffville District Secondary School.
The mission of YRDSB is "to unite in our purpose to inspire and prepare learners for life in our changing world community." This public school system includes more than 179 schools with an enrolment of more than 110,000 students served by more than 10,000 staff memebers.
LSF has developed a strategic alliance with York University’s Institute for Research and Innovation in Sustainability (IRIS) to promote formal, non-formal and informal education that will advance the understanding and adoption of the skills, attitudes and values essential to a sustainable future. LSF’s Executive Director sits on the IRIS Executive as the External Learning Lead to address the promotion of external learning opportunities and to oversee the promotion of internal learning resources to various stakeholders. The SEdA (Sustainability and Education Academy) Summit was the first joint research and program activity. A number of other joint research and program activities are being reviewed.
IRIS is an interdisciplinary university-wide research institute that is a focal point for the sustainability-related activities of all eleven faculties at York. IRIS supports the sustainability-related research of York faculty and brings academics together, encouraging interdisciplinary collaboration. IRIS is governed by an executive drawn from across the University.
Key Learning Strategies for Environmental Education, Citizenship and Sustainability