Facilitator’s Guides

The Facilitator’s Guides for each of the six modules are all arranged in the following way.


• Module Goals – These participant centered goals are good to keep in mind as you move through preparing and facilitating each module. They are the primary “takeaways” for participants.

• Preparation – This section includes things for the facilitator to do prior to the module. This might include getting images ready, either with AV equipment or by printing the images for participants to view. This might also include printing articles for participants to read. Because of copyright law, some of the articles that we suggest to read are only available online and are not reproduced within the Facilitator Guide. If this is the case for a module you are facilitating, just go to one of the web links provided and print enough copies for your use. Finally, it is a good idea to supplement some of what is provided with specific information for your city or area of the country. For example, if you are facilitating the module on climate change, you may want to look up some statistics for how climate change is affecting the area in which you and your participants live. This is also a good time to consider what some of your specific goals are for this Forum Series in your context. What other materials or information do you need to achieve your goals for your context? For example, if you are trying to build a LEED Certified building, you may want to look up some cost saving analyses for other building projects in your area.

Time — All of the modules are designed to take one hour, and time suggestions are listed for each section of the module. As the facilitator, it is your job to keep the session on     time. If you have more time than an hour, there are suggestions for extra activities to do at the end of each module in the Expansion Pack.

Resources — The Preparation section also includes suggestions for websites that contain information relevant to the module. If you are unfamiliar with the topic you are facilitating, it is a good idea to check some of these resources out.

• Module Outline – This section provides a brief overview of the sections included in the body of the module. This section is helpful because it provides a broad overview of how the module will proceed.

• Learning Outcomes – These goals are the specific tasks that participants will accomplish throughout the module. These are also good to keep in mind as you prepare to facilitate.

• Materials Needed – This section lists the materials that are needed to complete each module. Many modules require a whiteboard, chalkboard, or large piece of paper and writing implements. Some modules suggest using AV equipment, but could also be completed using printed images and writing.


The Body of each module is where the bulk of learning and facilitating takes place. Each module is organized a little differently, with a mix of Mini Lectures, Games, Readings/ Videos, Research, Exercises, and Discussions. Make sure to read all the way through the Facilitator’s Guide prior to the session so that you know what is coming and how you will proceed. This will also help you with time management. Always begin by introducing yourself, the Tensions-in-Sustainability Forum Series, and the goals or purpose of the specific module you will be teaching before jumping in to the different activities and discussions. Tell participants what they will do, then do it, and to conclude, tell them what they did.

Concluding Remarks

Each module ends with some Concluding Remarks to wrap up. Always encourage participants to ask questions and to continue conversations and research on their own time.

Teaching Materials

Teaching Materials are located at the end of the Facilitator’s Guides. These materials are needed to complete each module. This could include images to show participants, articles to read, definitions of words, or example products from some of the activities.

Expansion Packs

Expansion Packs contains a few suggestions for extra activities to do to tailor the Forum to your group. There are Expansion Pack activities that are specifically for businesses, and others that are specifically for faith congregations. Some activities promote or require access to the outdoors. If you have longer than one hour with a group, consider adding an Expansion Pack activity to fill the time and to give the participants a way to practically apply the knowledge, insight, and relationships they have developed. There is also a section of Additional Resources to turn interested participants to.