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!

We are accepting submissions from anyone affiliated with CLC, but strongly encourage faculty to integrate a Sustainable Lake County project into their fall 2023 and/or spring 2024 courses. We want to highlight the voices of our diverse student population!

How to Get Involved

Incorporate a project into your classroom and showcase it at our spring Sustainable Lake County Fair! This is an excellent way to for your students to share their work and network with local community organizations.

Some general topics to consider:

Steps to Participate

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 fall 2023 semester.

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. 



·      LaToya Ruby Frazier’s projects address topics of industrialism, Rust Belt revitalization, environmental justice, access to clean water, workers’ rights and more through photography, video, performance, installation and books. Video resources:


·      Ana Mendieta’s work includes photography, film, video, drawing, sculpture and site-specific installations. Themes include exile, displacement, and a return to the landscape. Her well-known body of work “siluetas” inscribe her body into the landscape, and are transformed by natural elements.


·      Mark Dion’s work examines the ways in which dominant ideologies and public institutions shape our understanding of history, knowledge and the natural world. He creates installations of various collections to question the objectivity of the scientific voice in contemporary society. Video resources:


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.)