The Sustainability Handbook
This beautifully designed pack, published in 2007, is crammed full of information and ideas on how Design and Technology teachers and students can contribute to creating a more sustainable world. Its aims are to "enable students to produce great designs and great products based on sustainability principles".
The pack is split into four main sections which look at why sustainable design is important, the social, economic and environmental choices that should be considered when designing a product, practical ideas for making your school more sustainable and activities for students.
This final section is jam-packed with engaging lesson ideas centered on the Six Rs - rethink, refuse, reduce, reuse, repair and recycle. Each activity has links to further information and a key to indicate which areas of D&T it is suitable for, and which of the "Sustainable Schools" doorways it meets. A tools section also contains different ideas on how to evaluate projects and provides details of where to get more information from. The book is promoted at Key Stage 3 and 4 but activities can be adapted for other levels too.
This is an essential pack for D&T teachers to understand sustainability issues, run exciting lessons and encourage students to develop innovative designs that help to make the world a better place. (Review by Global Dimension)