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- BFI's The Fuller Challenge 2015
- Overview: Schools Learn EfS

- Cloud Professional Development

- EcoSchools USA Award Winner

- Events and Conferences

- Partner Highlights

- Ridge & Valley (NJ) Teaching Position


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The Fish Game Facilitator's Kit includes the Fish Game and instructions for  facilitating and debriefing the game, as well as the PowerPoint so that you can implement the Fish Game in your class or organization.

The Fish Game Playing Cards & SCH'ish! NEW! 2 Games in 1! This class- room set of 6 decks of cards is designed to be used along with the Fish Game Kit. Replace your paper cut outs of fish with these playing cards, and engage your students in a learning activity that transforms their thinking about the role they play in contributing to a sustainable future. Turn the cards over for SCH'ish!, the School of Fish Brain Break Game of memory and logic - fun for all ages! (Sch’ish! instructions included)


The Understanding Mental Models Facilitator's Guide & Cards Deck meet the demand for a deeper exploration (post the fish game experience) of the mental models of un-sustainability, the mental models of sustainability, and the brain based strategies for “paradigm shifting” from one to the other.


EfS Alignment Charts & Protocol

NEW! Our re-usable EfS Alignment Charts and Pre-Printed Post Its will save you time and provide the structure for the detail educators will need to move seamlessly from aligning to designing and/or innovating units of study.


Ridge and Valley Charter School
Teacher/Guide Position

Ridge and Valley Charter School (, a K-8 public school in N.W. New Jersey, seeks innovative, experienced teachers/guides with strong team building and leadership skills to work as part of an energetic and collaborative team mentoring students in an experiential, multi-age setting. Our mission is to cultivate interconnectedness by immersing children in the natural world through an innovative outdoor experiential, project based curriculum, with an integrated ecological and sustainable living focus. All teachers/guides and students spend significant time outdoors, in all weather, including overnight expeditions. NJ certification accepted, but not required. Please send resume and cover letter to: Ridge and Valley Charter School 1234 Rt. 94, Blairstown, N.J. 07825 Phone: 908-362-1114 Fax: 908-362-6680 or email:



Preparing Schools and Communities for Change

MARCH 2015  


The Buckminster Fuller Institute formally announces the Call for Proposals to the 2015 Fuller Challenge


Jaimie P. Cloud has accepted the role of Senior Advisor to the Buckminster Fuller Institute's The Fuller Challenge. Launched in 2007, the Fuller Challenge has defined an emerging field of practice: the whole systems approach to understanding and intervening in complex and interrelated crises for wide-scale social and environmental impact. The entry criteria have established a new framework through which to identify and measure effective, enduring solutions to global sustainability’s most entrenched challenges. The rigorous selection process has set a unique standard, gaining renown as "Socially-Responsible Design's Highest Award." Submit your strategies and solutions by March 31, 2015 learn more


OVERVIEW: The Cloud Institute | Schools Learn EfS


The Cloud Institute's work with schools revolves around curriculum, instruction and assessment for Education for Sustainability (EfS). EfS is defined as a transformative learning process that equips students, teachers, and school systems with the new knowledge and ways of thinking required to achieve economic prosperity and responsible citizenship while restoring the health of our living systems.

Education for Sustainability has multiple, positive effects on student achievement, school culture, community vitality, and ecological integrity. Young people experience a greater awareness of community and a greater appreciation of the democratic process, and teachers respond confidently and with an improved outlook. EfS contributes to improved relationships between the schools, parents and the community, and neighborhoods benefit from improved air quality, reduced waste, and decreased energy use.
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The Cloud Institute offers 1-2 day onsite interactive workshops for faculty, students and/ or parents, and year-round consulting and coaching for administrators and teachers. Contact us today to schedule a complimentary 30-minute phone or Skype consultation to discuss your school's readiness for an EfS program. contact us


Cloud Institute Professional Development Opportunities - Summer 2015


Intro to EfS Workshop Join us for the popular Introduction to EfS One Day Workshop. Play the Fish Game, network and become inspired about the possibility of educating for a sustainable future. NJ educators earn 7 professional development credit hours for this workshop. Sunday, July 26th - 9am - 5pm in New York City.


Summer Design Studio Ideal for curricula and community program designers, SDS offers structured time, space, coaching and peer reviews to develop units and protocols that educate for sustainability. Participants gain access to expertise, resources and tools required to develop curricula, protocols or action plans designed to implement EfS change initiatives in schools and communities. The Intro to EfS Workshop is included in the cost of the Summer Design Studio. Join us July 26th - 31st.


Contact us today to discuss group rates and early-bird discounts: contact us


Edgemont Montessori Elementary School Awarded Eco-Schools USA Bronze Award


Students, staff, and parents at the Edgemont Montessori School in Montclair are playing their part in reducing waste pollution, protecting trees, and producing less toxic chemical emissions. The school was recently awarded the Bronze Award by the National Wildlife Federation’s Eco-Schools USA Program. This international program recognizes and provides free resources to schools integrating sustainability into the curriculum and on school grounds. Through the Eco-Schools program, schools select from 10 environmental focus areas or pathways to work on such as energy efficiency, biodiversity, and sustainable foods. continue reading


Learn more about Eco-Schools USA HERE


Events and Conferences

March 4-7 2015 | Virginia Beach, VA The Green Schools National Network has created a “culture of collaboration,” as a result of year-round networking and partnerships, and through an annual national conference.  We bring together like-minded people committed to the creation and support of healthy, green and sustainable schools.

Be part of the largest gathering of K-12 green school advocates in the nation. Join Jaimie Cloud and others for inspiring speakers, solutions Summits, breakout Session and pre and post conference events.


Partner Highlights


Sustainable Learning Environment Supplier Profile: Natural Pod

At Natural Pod, we’re makers of sustainably made learning environments for school-aged children, early learning, pre-school, kindergartens, daycares, libraries and common spaces. We make furniture and toys that are beautiful, designed for the rigors of play and most importantly, that children love using to interact with, explore and learn. As part of our profile today with The Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education, we’re introducing ourselves to your community with a special offer for U.S. customers. Learn more about


Beyond Green Sustainable Food Partners

Beyond Green Sustainable Food Partners provides sustainably produced meals and snacks to preschool and grade school students, in addition to offering consulting to commercial and institutional kitchens that mirrors our own sustainability practices that emphasize financial sustainability and working within budgets. In doing so, Beyond Green aims to incite a society-wide understanding about the relationships between food, health, community, our economy, and our environment to improve the sustainability of our local and global food systems. We believe that our conscientiousness in delivering high quality food is imperative for young people to achieve their highest potential by preparing them to make responsible decisions about their food and food systems. Empowering children through good food is just the beginning of building a strong educational foundation that will affect generations to come. Learn more about


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The Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education prepares K-12 school systems and their communities to educate for a sustainable future by inspiring educators and engaging students through meaningful content and learner-centered instruction. Our services include: consulting and leadership development; professional development and coaching; curriculum design, assessment, mapping, and alignment, and facilitating school and community partnerships.

We define Education for Sustainability (EfS) as a transformative learning process that equips students, teachers, and school systems with the new knowledge and ways of thinking we need to achieve economic prosperity and responsible citizenship while restoring the health of the living systems upon which our lives depend. EfS has multiple, positive effects on student achievement, school culture, community vitality, and ecological integrity.

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