Common Understandings 

A healthy and sustainable future is possible


We are all in this together


Healthy systems have limits. Tap into the power of limits; constraints drive creativity


Recognize and protect the commons for future generations


Reconcile individual rights with collective responsibilities


Diversity makes our lives possible (cultural, ecological, political, gender)


Create change at the source not the symptom


Think 1000 years


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It all begins with a change in the thinking


Live by the natural laws


We are all responsible


It takes a community

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 Education for Sustainability Performance Indicators 

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•Cultural preservation and Transformation: preservation of history and identity and practices; wisdom of the older generations

•Responsible Local and Global Citizenship: rights, actions and responsibilities associated with leadership toward a healthy and sustainable community

•The Dynamics of Systems and Change: a system is made up of two parts in a continuous relation with one another over time; changing one affects the other; systems thinking = inform their future choices  ‘’if ...then......’’

•Sustainable Economics:  shift towards integrating the economics, natural amd social systems to maintain life on the planet. Cyclic versus linear systems

•Healthy Commons: those that we all share and depend on (air, water, biodiversity, climate regulation, collective future, water, public health, heritage sites, top soil, etc..) recognize their value and their important and viatl value in our lives and for the future. They assume the rights and responsibilities towards them

•Natural Laws and Ecological Principles: students see themselves interdependent with one another, all living things and natural systems. Put knowledge and understanding into use in service of their lives, their communities and the places in which they live

•Inventing and Affecting the Future: implement, design and assess actions in the service of best practices that they envision for the future

•Multiple Perspectives:  draw from multiple perspectives to co-create with diverse stakeholders shared and evolving visions and actions in the service of a healthy and a sustainable future


•Strong Sense of Place: recognize and value the relationships between the social, economic and architectural history of our place that contributes to its continuous health.