New Unit Available: Sustainable Economics- The Triple Bottom Line

Sustainable Economics: The Triple Bottom Line is an integrated, project based unit of study initially designed and piloted in a fourth/fifth grade classroom at the Sustainability Academy at Lawrence Barnes School.   This unit was designed using the lens of sustainability– that is, looking at the decisions consumers and producers make through the triples lens of the environment, the economy, and from an equity perspective.  The first half of the unit focuses on our decisions as consumers.  Students are introduced to the variety of factors that can be considered, including source, process, quality, and price, and delve further into the considerations of each of these factors.  Students participate in lessons that explore the impacts of these factors on the environment, economy, and people.  In the second phase of the unit, students switch gears and become producers as they applying their learning from phase one.  Students brainstorm a product, conduct market research, develop a business plan, and then carry their plan into production.
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