This resource provides tools teachers need to plan and complete on-the-ground projects to create more sustainable urban areas. Projects can run from simple gardens to more complex green infrastructure, and use natural systems as models.

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Sustainable Urban Design: Educator’s Toolkit for Project-Based Learning offers detailed information on three categories of sustainable urban design: the creation of urban habitats; changes in grounds management; and green stormwater infrastructure. It allows educators of all grade-levels to:
• Learn more about green infrastructure.
• Scope the feasibility of conducting a sustainable urban design project with students on school grounds or in the community.
• Determine the type of project best suited for a given location.
• Identify community partners to engage in the design and/or implementation of such a project.
• Identify funding sources for projects.
• Explore how to maintain projects over the long-term.
• Use projects as part of a learning lab or outdoor classroom in perpetuity.

For lesson plans for project-based learning, the toolkit provides links to related resources found in Nature Works Everywhere. Of particular interest to teachers looking to learn from nature is Sustainable Cities: Nature-Based Solutions in Urban Design.

The Nature Conservancy’s Nature Works Everywhere website is filled with dozens of additional resources including information about different ecosystems, connecting to nature, the relationship of native peoples to the land and nature, interviews with scientists, and project-based activities.

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