• Views 77
  • Favorites
Photo via Unsplash

Database Provider


Shelburne Farms


6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th


Science, Social Studies, Visual and Performing Arts

Resource Type

  • Artwork

Regional Focus




The Big Ideas of Sustainability

Ask a Question

  • This poster simplifies the main concepts and ideas of sustainability into one easy-to-follow poster.
  • The main ideas are summarized and connect to the three dimensions of sustainability identified: environmental integrity, social vitality, and economic prosperity.
Teaching Tips


  • Each idea and concept is defined on the poster.
  • This resource serves as an excellent introductory tool to the intersectionality of sustainability. 

Additional Prerequisites

  • The concepts are not listed in any specific order.
  • The three dimensions of sustainability at the top of the poster are not defined.


  • It may be best to help link concepts like "equilibrium" and "cycles" to sustainability as a class, as it might be unclear to students how certain concepts tie into sustainability and its dimensions.
  • It is essential that students understand that many of these concepts like "Diversity" and "Limits" apply to both humans and the natural world even though their definition may not obviously suggest this.
  • This poster can be used in science classes during lessons about ecology and climate change, in civics classes during lessons about the importance of inclusion and diversity in decision making and the impacts of environmental degradation on different peoples, and in economics classes during lessons about the role of economic growth in development and climate change.
Scientist Notes
This poster presents basic ideas in sustainability science. The idea is suitable for students to plan for immediate, short-term, and long-term sustainability action in their community. This resource is recommended for teaching.
  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • 5-ESS3-1. Obtain and combine information about ways individual communities use science ideas to protect the Earth’s resources and environment.
      • MS-ESS3-3. Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.
      • HS-ESS3-4. Evaluate or refine a technological solution that reduces impacts of human activities on natural systems.
  • Related Resources


    Login to leave a review