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Authors

National Wildlife Federation, EcoLeaders

Grades

9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College

Subjects

Science, Social Studies, Biology, Earth and Space Sciences, Civics, Engineering

Resource Types

  • Articles and Websites
  • Interactive Media

Regional Focus

North America, United States

Ecoleaders Career Center

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Synopsis
  • This career center resource includes an eco-career planning tool, job sector breakdowns, and interviews with individuals in green careers to help students understand the vast opportunities associated with sustainability. 
  • For educators and guidance counselors, there is a toolkit available with resources to help facilitate students in their career exploration journey.
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • With the Career Planning Tool, students can conveniently house their insights and learning as they research sustainable careers that may interest them.
  • Students will benefit from the many personal accounts of individuals with experience in green careers.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students must create a free account to use the career planning tool.
  • Students who want to take the reflection surveys linked in the career planning tool must create accounts on some additional platforms.

Differentiation

  • Students can use the career sector outlooks as sources for creating presentations to inform others about one of the sectors.
  • Guidance counselors can use this resource for career planning with students.
  • Math students can create graphs to compare data from the job sectors, such as salary and outlook.
  • The job sector sections provide a multitude of avenues for further learning, as the sectors relate to environmental justice, green building, clean energy, green infrastructure, ecosystem services, adaptation and mitigation strategies, the role of agriculture in climate change, and many other topics that science or social studies teachers can cover in an additional lesson or unit.
  • After reading about student-led sustainability projects, students can work in groups to develop and propose a project for their school.
Scientist Notes
This resource has a collection of tools, articles, and resources that allow readers to explore different green/ environmentally conscious career paths. The resource gives readers an idea of how wide the scope of green careers is and how many different sectors and industries focus on the environment. Registration is required to access the site, but it is free to do so. This resource is recommended for teaching.
Standards

This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • HS-ESS3-2. Evaluate competing design solutions for developing, managing, and utilizing energy and mineral resources based on cost-benefit ratios.
      • HS-ESS3-4. Evaluate or refine a technological solution that reduces impacts of human activities on natural systems.
    • ETS1: Engineering Design
      • HS-ETS1-3. Evaluate a solution to a complex real-world problem based on prioritized criteria and trade-offs that account for a range of constraints, including cost, safety, reliability, and aesthetics, as well as possible social, cultural, and environmental impacts.
    • LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
      • HS-LS2-7. Design, evaluate, and refine a solution for reducing the impacts of human activities on the environment and biodiversity.
  • English Language Arts
    • Reading: Informational Text (K-12)
      • RI.CI.9–10.2 Determine one or more central ideas of an informational text and analyze how it is developed and refined over the course of a text, including how it emerges and is shaped by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.
      • RI.CR.11–12.1 Accurately cite a range of thorough textual evidence and make relevant connections to strongly support a comprehensive analysis of multiple aspects of what an informational text says explicitly and inferentially, as well as interpretations of the text.
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