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Environmental literacy for K-12 students; inspiration for the rest of us.

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Teaching ​and Empowering Students​ to Value and Sustain Their Natural World​

through lessons and activities in:
The 4R's: Reducing, Reusing, Recycling and Refusing
Solar, Wind and Wave Energy
Energy and Resource Conservation
Watershed and Marine Stewardship
Equity in Climate Change Policy
Electric and Human-Powered Transportation Alternatives
Sustainable Food Production and Healthy Eating

The Project

Created by Teachers for Teachers

Integrated into core subjects

Power2Sustain is a non-profit organization that supports K-12 public, charter and independent schools in teaching environmental literacy by providing lessons, activities and programs free of charge. All activities are grade-leveled and aligned to the Common Core Content Standards. The environmental literacy concepts are integrated into English, Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, and even Social-Emotional lessons so that students learn to value and sustain their natural world, right along with learning the other core subjects.

At the end of the units of study, each student receives a reusable shopping bag and special fabric paint sticks and illustrates something they learned or a message that they have for their world. Empowering students with the knowledge and a voice, each bag "speaks" to the rest of us to begin to change our habits and conserve and sustain more often.

The project is open to any K-12 teacher in the US and abroad and is free of charge.
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Current Project Reach


K-12 Students






Parents & Families

Who We Are

How it Began

A project model for everyone

Power2Sustain is a registered non-profit educational organization that was founded in 2008 in New York City by a small group of public school teachers and administrators.  This group was concerned with the gap in environmental learning in K-12 schools. They believed that all students deserved the chance to learn about the issues and begin to problem solve, and set about creating a project model that they themselves would use.

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Additional Programs

In addition to the original Power2Sustain Project, we offer participating schools the option of an additional sustainability education program such as:




Zero-Waste Lunch Implementation ​

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Recycling Enhancement

 Walk/Ride Share to School Program

 Energy Reduction Campaign

Quarterly School and Home Waste Audit

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Sustainability Integration

Let us Help you Navigate

We understand the system

Part of Power2Sustain's mission is to help schools and school systems integrate sustainability policies and programs within their school culture as a whole and within their facilities and infrastructure. As public school educators for over 25 years, we understand the working of schools and education systems and are eager to help your community navigate these systems for efficient and comprehensive sustainability integration. For more information and consultation please click the button below.

News & Updates


Bagito: Beyond Plastic-Free

Reusable products made with earth-friendly materials and upcycled plastic waste

Support the Power2Sustain programs by buying a Bagito. Bagitos are full-sized reusable shopping bags that stuff down into a micro-size pouch and are designed to hang on your key ring; making them very hard to forget!

Made from 100% rPet (recycled plastics), strong and durable, a meaningful percentage of each bag sale goes directly to the Power2Sustain project.


Imprint your school's logo/message on Bagitos and sell them as a fundraiser. Your school makes 50% in profits and supports Power2Sustain at the same time. Contact us for more info: or call (831)-536-4160

Thank you to our supporters and collaborators:​

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