LSF's Quarterly Newsletter
  Fall 2011   



Fall is just around the corner and classes start next week. Learning for a Sustainable Future has an array of exciting events, informative workshops, and relevant resources to help embed ESD into classrooms across Canada. 


To celebrate our 20th Anniversary, LSF will be hosting the What's Worth Knowing: Health and the Environment Symposium on November 16th in Toronto. This exciting event will bring together 150 key policy makers to discuss the role of formal education in mitigating health care costs.   


We have added new classroom resources to giving you lots of great ideas to help you keep your students engaged! The Hot Topic for September is Ozone Day on September 16 and the early September Nature Guide features cicadas.  


Visit EcoLeague  and Project FLOW  to check out funding opportunities for school action projects.
There is lots more information about LSF's other initiatives below!!


Pamela Schwartzberg

Executive Director

LSF's 20th AnniversaryCelebrating 20 years!!  
2011 marks LSF's 20th anniversary. In celebration of this milestone, LSF invites you to tell us how we have helped you to embed ESD into your classrooms, communities and lifelong learning.
Send us your stories, pictures, and videos and we will post them on the LSF sites ( or share your experiences with us on Facebook and Twitter. 
Jack Layton Award for Youth Action in Sustainability

Jack LaytonLSF was very saddened by the passing of Jack Layton. Dr. David Bell, Chair of LSF, was Jack Layton's PhD supervisor, mentor and friend. To honour Jack Layton's passion for optimism and hope in creating a more sustainable future, LSF has established the Jack Layton Award for Youth Action in Sustainability. The award will be presented to an individual student or group of students (K-12), who have responded to community challenges with creative energy, responsible citizenship and innovative action. The 2011 award will presented at the 10th Annual LSF State of Education for Sustainable Development Gala on Tuesday, November 15, 2011. For details on applying for the 2012 Award, please visit
Symposium2011What's Worth Knowing: Health and the Environment Symposium

2011 ESD Symposium  

Learning for a Sustainable Future (LSF) is hosting the 2011 What's Worth Knowing: Health and the Environment Symposium on November 16, 2011, in collaboration with BMO Financial Group and the Institute for Research and Innovation in Sustainability (IRIS) at York University.  


The Symposium will mobilize knowledge about the links between health, the economy and the environment, positioning education as a vehicle for improving health outcomes.  

This event will engage 150 policy makers, education leaders, healthcare professionals, academics, and business leaders interested in health issues pertaining to toxins, food, air quality, technology and social inequality. The symposium will culminate in recommendations for curriculum and education policy development.  


Please join us for this important event!   


Registration: $125


For more information please visit our website ( or contact Sabreena Delhon at, 1-877-250-8202.

R4RResources for Rethinking (
ESD Classroom Resources at your Fingertips!

Resources 4 Rethinking has a new look and new resources to help teachers bring ESD into their classrooms.


Monthly Feature:  

Ozone Day is September 16th, 2011. View the R4R resources to bring this important UN day into your classroom.

New R4R Resources include:
Project FLOWFLOWProject FLOW
For the Love Of Water

Are you concerned about the quality of your drinking water? Is your local riverbank littered with debris? Are you passionate about reducing the use of plastic water bottles at your school? If water issues are your focus, than LSF's Project FLOW is the answer!!

Project FLOW provides workshops and resources for teachers, and funding of up to $3000 to support your water action project. For project ideas, eligibility criteria, and application forms please visit

The deadline for Project FLOW funding applications is November 1st, 2011.

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Linking Education to Action

Funding for Sustainability Action Projects
Want to start a school-wide vermicomposting initiative? Make your own cloth bags out of old jeans? Plant native species in the schoolyard? Or start a litterless lunch campaign? Sustainability action projects are eligible for up to $400 of funding through LSF's EcoLeague program! Please visit for details. The deadline for submitting applications is November 1st, 2011.


York Region District School Board (YRDSB) Youth Forum: October 18th

LSF and YRDSB are hosting a Youth Forum for secondary schools in York Region. Watch for registration information coming soon!


London Youth Forum: Oct 24th  

LSF is hosting a Youth Forum in London, Ontario on October 24th for elementary classes from schools in the greater London Area. Release time is available for the first 30 schools who register! Thanks to 3M for making the London Youth Forum possible. 

StepOutsideStep Outside
Your Guide to Nature's Events

Fall is a great time to get out into nature. Step Outside will help you take your students on a field trip without even leaving the school yard!!

All Step Outside guides are linked to R4R resources which will help you extend the learning - and make the curriculum connections.
This week's guide is all about cicadas.

Read about one teacher's experience with his class and squirrels! Try it out today, and then share your success stories with us. 

Visit to sign up for the guides.
Aviva Community Fund Aviva      
Learning for a Sustainable Future is excited to once again partner with Aviva Insurance for the launch of the 2011 Aviva Community Fund.

The Aviva Community Fund is a competition created to inspire local or national ideas to create positive changes within communities across Canada. Individual Canadians or charitable organizations can submit an idea for a cause within their community they feel passionate about and then become actively involved in promoting the cause to start making change happen. The top ideas, as chosen by Canadians, have a chance to share in $1,000,000 of funding.

LSF's Resources for Rethinking ( database provides great ideas for school action projects that you can use to create your submission with your class.

Submit your idea September 26. Voting begins October 3.
Check out all the LSF Programs:

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How to Contact LSF...
Questions? Comments? Innovative ideas? Please contact:
Randall Brown
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