WASHINGTON – The Smithsonian Science Education Center has developed “Sustainable Communities! How will we help our community thrive?” a new community research guide for youth ages 8-17. The guide, which is based on the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals, aims to help young people explore how they can make a difference in their communities through topics such as inclusion, urban planning, housing, transportation, resource use and waste.
Throughout the guide, young people are introduced to a wide variety of perspectives, develop research skills and learn from real scientists from around the globe, while discovering the value of their existing knowledge and feelings about their communities. They are guided to understand different aspects of sustainable communities through scient