CLC Faculty Resources

Faculty Toolkit

Want to participate in Sustainable Lake County? Here are some project ideas to get you started. There are project ideas for various disciplines, but there is a lot of cross-over and flexibility, so please don't think that you are limited to these ideas or the projects listed in your specific discipline. You are welcome to implement any of these ideas, or develop a Sustainable Lake County project of your own. If you have an idea for a project that you would like to be included on this site, please contact us!

How to Get Involved

We encourage you and your students to showcase your classroom projects at this year's Sustainable Lake County Fair on Earth Day, Monday, April 22, 2024. This is an excellent way to for your students to display their work, network with one another, and gain valuable presentation skills.

Visit the Sustainability Fair page to learn more.

Topics to Consider

Steps to Participate

Step 1: Collect all projects/works to be showcased from your students. Please make sure that you gather the following information:

Step 2: Ask all students/participants to sign the Voices of Lake County liability form to share their work and collect all signed waivers. Visit the Sustainability Fair page to download the waiver and register for the fair.

Step 3: Reach out to to coordinate the collection of works and waivers.

Please coordinate with us prior to March 31, 2024, or as soon as you have a plan!

Project Ideas

Please check back, as this page will be updated throughout the 2023-2024 academic year.

All Disciplines


Method and practice:

Consider methods and practice of sustainability in the arts. How do artists set limits on their materials in order to create the work? Ask students to focus in on a set of materials related to sustainability in their lives, and create new art from those materials. Students can set rules for themselves, such as collecting 1 week’s worth of trash and creating a “self-portrait of refuse.” Or collect items from a specific environment  - park, yard, local stream, somewhere after a public event and recreate a portrait of the space with the items (see Duke Riley below).


Concept and story:

Consider how art reflects topics of sustainability through concept, representation, story, and/or form. Students might consider creating a project that documents a local issue or community members they know who may have been impacted by an environmental issue. Students might consider creating work that is transformed by natural elements in the process. 




Storytelling (Video, photography, media, writing, podcasts)

Develop a 4-5 minute video that communicates the issue with the public. You can use interview footage, documentary style footage, voiceover, or other strategies we’ve worked on this semester. This can be an issue that your group believes the public should have more knowledge about. If working with a non-profit, you might agree on a message that they would also like the public to know about.  (Modify to fit course objectives and media.)