Green/Sustainability, Knowledge and Skill Project

Environmental awareness is an important asset needed to engage in a broad range of industries. Green/sustainability knowledge and skills, therefore, are a vital component of preparing students to thrive in the marketplace of the 21st century. CTE courses and programs have a major responsibility for helping students gain such knowledge and skills. To assist in this effort, MPR Associates, Inc., with funding from the U.S. Department of Education and in collaboration with the National Career Technical Education Foundation (NCTEF) and Vivayic, Inc., led the Green/Sustainability Knowledge and Skills project. It provides supplemental standards that complement the Career Clusters Knowledge and Skills Statements for the 16 Career Clusters.

These supplemental statements help states and local programs incorporate a set of green/sustainability standards into all career clusters to prepare students for green occupations. In addition, the initiative developed industry-specific, additional standards for the six Career Clusters that are expected to experience the greatest need for green workers.
These six Career Clusters are: Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources; Architecture & Construction; Information Technology; Manufacturing; Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics; and Transportation, Distribution and Logistics. The standards also include definitions of many of the commonly used terms found in each of the six specific clusters. Development of these standards was informed by technical working groups of industry experts representing the six clusters. These standards are designed to assist teachers in their CTE programs and classes in providing students the
knowledge and skills needed to work with green-industry components in their various fields.


The standards are available at