Honeywell joins coalition to inspire students about sustainability

Honeywell joins coalition to inspire students about sustainability

 October 04, 2023

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Working for an employer that places great emphasis on sustainability can be very rewarding.

As a Founding Partner, Honeywell joins with Discovery Education and further industry and non-profit partners to launch the Sustainability Education Coalition that aims to empower classrooms and communities with hands-on learning opportunities that actively engage students in building a more sustainable future.

Creating a more sustainable future 

Many of today’s students seek to be involved in creating a more sustainable future, but classrooms and educators need high-quality, relevant learning materials to connect today’s challenges to tomorrow’s problem solvers. As such, Honeywell has joined with Discovery Education via the Sustainability Education Coalition, a transformative partnership addressing a growing sustainability education gap in K-12 classrooms across the United States and beyond.

Broader awareness of sustainability topics

“The Sustainability Education Coalition offers the opportunity to create broader awareness of sustainability topics, which is central to Honeywell's belief that everyone can play a part in moving towards a more sustainable future society," said Honeywell Chief Scientist for Sustainability, and the executive sponsor for the program, Gavin Towler.

Teachers need support to teach about climate change

Many US teachers want to educate on climate change but need training and reliable resources. Recent statistics reveal a concerning trend: while a large majority of teachers recognize the importance of teaching students about climate and sustainability, only half of them are currently addressing these vital topics within their classrooms. According to a 2019 NPR poll, 86 percent of educators agree that it’s important to teach students about climate change, but fewer than half of them are speaking about climate change with their students. 75 percent of educators say that they do not have the resources or training to teach about the climate crisis.

Exposing students to STEM career paths is key

Career opportunities tied to sustainability are on the rise. From robotics to data science, exposing students to career paths in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) early on can help inspire their futures. The same goes with career paths that pertain to solving sustainability-related challenges. The World Economic Forum's Future of Jobs Report emphasizes the growing importance of green skills, such as environmental science, renewable energy, and sustainable development, in the job market of the future. The International Labor Organization estimates that the green economy could create 24 million jobs worldwide by 2030.

Focusing on the environment, economy and society

The Sustainability Education Coalition will provide content and resources for teachers. The coalition will empower over 10 million students by 2030 to become global citizens for sustainable development, by connecting K–12 students to relevant educational concepts and content that brings to life the intersections of the environment, economy and society.

Bridging industry and classrooms

The coalition will use a five-pronged approach to drive forward sustainability education. 

The coalition will bridge industry and classrooms at unprecedented scale through:

  • Equitable access to high quality learning resources: investing in under-resourced schools, so students can benefit from the best-in-class Discovery Education Experience
  • Innovative community engagement pathway: introducing global challenges through a local lens; ensuring students can connect concepts to their local communities
  • Challenge-based learning informed by partners: delivering engaging, high-quality resources and learning experiences for students
  • National visibility: working to promote a national conversation to elevate sustainability education
  • Research and impact framework: launching impact studies to measure trends and progression of Sustainability attitudes

The Sustainability Education Coalition foundation partners are a mix of industry and non-profit organizations committed to closing the sustainability learning gap and include Honeywell, LyondellBasell, Nucor, Subaru, and the National Environmental Education Foundation in partnership with Discovery Education.

Work for a sustainability-focused employer 

Honeywell innovates to solve the world’s toughest ESG challenges.

It's dedicated to driving the transformation to a sustainable future. 

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