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• Building Solidarity Networks: Make a list of strategic partners, friends and community members that can assist in your campaign or initiative. Invite them to a special dinner or potluck to build relationships. Solidarity NYC is a great example:

Micro-Greens Market – Use your workplace or school to organically grow herbs and sell them to local restaurants or spaces in your commu- nity. Involve local youth, develop a business plan and procure growing space to start a small crop of herbs like basil, thyme, rosemary or mint. Grow, harvest and distribute to local restaurants and use the funds to further sustainability projects in your community.

• Developing Creative Strategies: Using this Action Guide as inspiration, develop strate- gies and interventions for sustainability in your neighborhood. Experiment, pilot or test project ideas with friends and expand your efforts through research and conversation. Visit the Center for Creative Activism’s database of strategies for helpful tips and ideas:

Farm to School – Develop a farm to school program in your school district. Use the Center for Nutrition’s online tool kit ( as a guide for partnering with local farmers and producers around the region. Start small by replacing frozen food items with a few farm-fresh produce items. Organize cooking classes and workshops to engage students and families. 

• Documenting Progress: Document your activi- ties using a video or photo blog, twitter and other social media. Invite friends online to view and comment on photos to get them involved in your crusade for a greener world.

The table below outlines a collection of Common Core learning goals in science, math, language arts and social studies that align with the S.O.S. Action Guide’s activities and concepts. Learning goals specific to each grade area were selected based on their relationship to citizen science, interdisciplinary forms of collaboration, science and technology integrations (STEAM), and creative approaches to communication in both informal and classroom settings. Although this table is by no means comprehensive it provides a touchstone for teachers to build and adapt their own lesson plans around state-required content. For a full list of Common Core standards visit

Common Core Standards Alignment Subject Grades K – 5 Area

Grades 6 – 8

Grades 9 - 12

Science NA CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.1; CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.9-10.3; RST.-8.3; RST.6-8.9 RST.9-10.7; RST.11-12.3; RST.11-12.7 Math CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.K.MD.A.1; CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.6.SP.A.1; CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.HSG.MG.A.3 2.G.A.1; 2.MD.A.4; 3.MD.D.8; 6.G.A.4; 7.G.B.6 5.MD.C.3 Language CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.K.10; CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.6.1; CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.9-10.6; Arts RL.2.3; RL.3.6; RL.5.7 RL.8.2 RL.11-12.1 NA Social Studies





CCSS.ELA-LITERACY RH.9-10.4; RH.11-12.7

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