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Auburn University Office of Sustainability


9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College


Science, Social Studies, Biology, Economics

Resource Type

  • Videos, 4 minutes, 36 seconds, CC, Subtitles

Regional Focus


The Sustainability Compass

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  • This video describes the sustainability compass, which is a way to visualize the four pillars of sustainability: nature (North), economy (East), society (South), and wellbeing (West).

Teaching Tips


  • The video is short and easy to follow.
  • It provides a visual way of learning about the sustainability compass.

Additional Prerequisites

  • It should serve as a supplement to other lesson materials.


  • This can be used as an opportunity to introduce the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
  • Students can brainstorm ways to be more sustainable individually, as a school, and as a community.
  • This video relates to the concept of doughnut economics which can be further explored in this video, this webinar, or this activity.
Scientist Notes
Students can learn how to live within the limits of the natural world. The resource provides great insights into sustainability. It is recommended for teaching.

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

  • Social Studies
    • World History: Global Studies - Civics, Government, and Human Rights
      • 6.2.12.CivicsHR.6.b: Make an evidence-based argument on the tensions between national sovereignty and global priorities regarding economic development and environmental sustainability and its impact on human rights.
    • World History: Global Studies - Economics, Innovation, and Technology
      • 6.2.12.EconGE.6.a: Evaluate efforts of governmental, non-governmental, and international organizations to address economic imbalances, social inequalities, climate change, health and/or illiteracy.
  • English Language Arts
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • SL.II.11–12.2 Integrate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) in order to make informed decisions and solve problems, evaluating the credibility and accuracy of each source and noting any discrepancies among the data.
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