Facing the Future partners with schools, districts, organizations, corporations, and education initiatives across the United States and beyond. To learn more, please contact Kimberly Corrigan.

Facing the Future and U.S. Green Building Council’s Center for Green Schools

FTF is proud to partner with The Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council so all students attend green schools—healthy, safe, inspiring. The Center works directly with staff, teachers, faculty, students, ambassadors, elected officials and communities so that all schools are sustainable places to live and learn, work and play.

FTF is a contributing author of the Center’s National Action Plan for Educating for Sustainability. This plan brings the strongest champions of Education for Sustainability together with one voice committing to a series of actions that will ensure that by 2040, every student graduating from a U.S. K-12 school will be equipped to shape a more sustainable future. Download the Plan.

FTF also supports the Center’s Green Apple Day of Service each September—choose a school service project and join this global movement powered by students, teachers and volunteers so young people have clean and healthy air to breathe, energy and resources are conserved, and they can be inspired to dream of a brighter future.

Facing the Future and McKinstry promote energy conservation, efficiency and student leadership development 

In today’s competitive, cooperative, and interconnected world, students need key skills, content knowledge, and core competencies to tackle contemporary issues. McKinstry’s powerED program promotes energy efficiency and waste reduction in K-12 facilities and through their People.Power. Planet campaign teachers and students become change agents and role models for energy efficiency. FTF provides readings and classroom lessons to strengthen the impact of the campaign throughout the school community.

Facing the Future and Dot to Dot create elementary resources

Dot-to-Dot Children’s Books contracted with Facing the Future to create a one-week interdisciplinary unit, Connecting Students to the World: Engaging Students: Engaging K-3 Lessons on Literacy, Science, and Social Studies. These K-3 lessons can be used alongside Endangered Species, Empowered Communities, a children’s book series created by Dot-to-Dot Children’s Books.

Facing the Future and Story of Stuff Project develop a unit on consumption

The Story of Stuff Project contracted Facing the Future to create a 2-week unit for high school students—Buy, Use Toss? A Closer Look at the Things We Buy. This series of ten fully-planned, interdisciplinary, high school lessons lead students through an exploration of the materials economy. The lessons relate to the video, The Story of Stuff, created by Annie Leonard. The full unit has been downloaded by more than 22,000 educators since its release and nearly 10,000 have downloaded single lessons.

Facing the Future and Snow Leopard Trust promote snow leopard conservation

Snow Leopard Trust contracted with Facing the Future to create a one-week unit—Engaging Students in Conservation: Protecting the Endangered Snow Leopard—for middle school students around snow leopard conservation. Nearly 5,000 educators and over 120,200 students have benefited from these lessons!

Facing the Future is leading the national K-12 Sector of the U.S. Partnership of the UN Decade for Education for Sustainable Development

The U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable DevelopmentFacing the Future’s Partnerships & Professional Development Director, Kimberly Corrigan, is co-chairing the national K-12 and Teacher Education sector of the U.S. Partnership for the UN Decade for Education for Sustainable Development committee. The U.S. Partnership is a non-partisan, multi-sector network of over 300 organizations working on education for sustainability throughout the nation.

Washington State's Office of Education (OSPI) selected Facing the Future to draft state sustainability education standards

Facing the Future was contracted by the Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction to generate recommendations for the future development of K-12 Environmental and Sustainability Education learning standards. These standards are used by districts, schools, teachers, and students across Washington State to integrate effective research-based Environmental and Sustainability Education into their teaching and learning. 

Facing the Future and the Hewlett-Packard Company bring climate change curriculum to classrooms

The Hewlett-Packard Company contracted with Facing the Future to write climate change curriculum units for middle and high school students. Educators and students throughout the U.S. reviewed and tested the lessons and experts from the University of Washington, the Hewlett-Packard Company, and the World Wildlife Fund reviewed the student readings. These 2-week curriculum units, called Climate Change: Connections and Solutions for middle and high school, encourage students to think critically about climate change and to collaborate to devise solutions.

Facing the Future and Scholastic promote climate change curriculum unit

 Scholastic partnered with Facing the Future and the Hewlett-Packard Company in the development and marketing of climate change curriculum units for middle and high school. This partnership facilitated expanded marketing efforts. Scholastic designed classroom posters that included lessons from the units. The posters were mailed to 100,000 middle and high school teachers in public schools around the U.S.

The climate change units have been downloaded by 20,352 educators. Using conservative estimates, this means that over 508,800 students were reached through the curriculum units in the first 5 years of their availability. 

Facing the Future partners with Technology Access Foundation

Facing the Future is working with the Technology Access Foundation Academy (TAFA) in the Federal Way School District. Facing the Future provides curriculum materials and professional development to assist TAFA faculty in finding ways to integrate global sustainability across their STEM curriculum. this includes professional development workshops on bridging the achievement gap, incorporating service learning, and teaching about climate change. Facing the Future staff offer ongoing support to TAFA faculty and consultations on curriculum and implementation strategies to improve content delivery.


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We equip and motivate students to develop critical thinking skills, build global awareness, and engage in positive solutions for a sustainable future through hands-on curricula and professional learning.

Facing the Future is an
independent program of WWU