School Business Affairs July-August 2020

asbointl.org SCHOOL BUSINESS AFFAIRS | JULY/AUGUST 2020 23 Weaving Sustainability Personnel into Education Strategies for increasing sustainability education in your district by focusing on personnel. By Richard Weeks SUSTAINABILITY V isitors to the Smithsonian Institution in Wash- ington, D.C., may have had the opportunity to watch curators painstakingly care for our country’s original flags. As curators stitch new thread into centuries-old fabric, their mission is not to create something new but to preserve and ensure the sur- vival of something very old. In her book Repair: The Impulse to Restore in a Frag- ile World , American philosopher Elizabeth V. Spelman writes about our need to fix broken things, from dis- abled cars to fractured relationships. It is in our nature, she says, to try to ensure the survival of things after they have degenerated from their ideal state. Maybe that’s why many of us can relate to sustainabil- ity education—it places students in the forefront of sav- ing the planet. Visionary administrators, activist parents, and crusading students are pressing school boards to address environmental concerns by adding sustainability employees to district payrolls. Table 1 identifies some of the sustainability employ- ees in today’s schools. The list includes long-standing certified and nonlicensed staff positions that have been RAWPIXEL.COM/STOCK.ADOBE.COM

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