Global Sustainability Partnership

Education Outreach

The Global Sustainability Partnership is a one-of-a-kind collaboration between the University of South Florida Patel College of Global Sustainability and Hillsborough County Public Schools.

Working with the myriad of researchers, teachers, faculty and experts of the multiple organizations, the Global Sustainability Partnership provides unique and rigorous problem-based learning opportunities for the students of our local communities.

Upcycled Sustainable Flowers
Upcycled sustainable flowers created by
Young Middle Magnet School students.

What we do:

  • Create lesson plans based on teacher needs and the expertise of the USF Patel College
  • Coordinate guest speakers
  • Facilitate a mentorship program with USF students
  • Organize field trips
  • Organize and lead teacher workshops
  • Host special science events and innovation fairs
  • Create case studies based on USF research
  • Emphasize the importance of sustainable development


Garnering University of South Florida Patel College expertise and resources to support the Hillsborough County Public School District to enhance global sustainability curricula to create global problem solvers in the local community. Read more about the Partnership in the USF Oracle.


Coordinated through the USF Patel College, the Global Sustainability Partnership will expand the knowledge and awareness of global sustainability issues for local K-12 students through problem-based learning methods based on research generated from the University of South Florida while also providing meaningful mentorship opportunities, sustainability-related field trips, guest speakers, joint events and grant proposals to further student knowledge of global environmental issues.


Grade Level Themes

Lesson Plans

  • Bird Beaks
  • Cold War Impact on Native American Populations
  • Food Miles Learning Activity
  • A Hike in the Woods
  • Oily Currents
  • Native Species Ratios
  • Florida is Sinking!
  • The History of a Block
  • War Gardens For Victory
  • What’s in your Water?
  • Did Weather Win the War?
  • Change in Population of Gray Wolves
  • Outdoor Sustainability Activities

  • Outdoor Sustainability Activities Manual
  • Eagle Eye
  • Eating a Rainbow
  • Fallen Log Exploration
  • Solar Oven Pizza Boxes
  • Pollinator Habitats
  • Waste Awareness
  • Recent News

    2/27/14 Dowdell sustainability field trips to USF

    12/06/13 Global Sustainability Partnership students present environmental research projects

    11/11/13 Global Sustainability Partnership in full force at Florida’s Green Schools Conference

    11/07/13 Global Sustainability Partnership visits local Manatee Viewing Center

    11/02/13 Global Sustainability Partnership “gears up for gardening” at Dowdell fall festival

    10/25/13 Global Sustainability Partnership camping trip another success

    For more information, contact: Melissa Wolfe, Communications and Marketing Coordinator(.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)).

    Students from Dowdell Middle Magnet School explore local ecosystems.
    Students from Dowdell Middle Magnet School
    explore local ecosystems.