Gloucestershire workshop on Education for Sustainability in Higher Education

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A workshop titled ‘Facing the Future: Education for Sustainability in Higher Education’ was held at the University of Gloucestershire on 25 June 2013.

The workshop explored ways of reframing the curriculum and education while providing opportunities for discussion on the potential of EfS and its role within the future HE landscape. It was informed by the findings and experiences from the six projects funded under the University’s Learning for Sustainable Futures awards scheme in 2012-13, which investigated ways to understand and embed Education for Sustainability (EfS) principles in the curriculum and student support.

Following welcome and introduction by Professor Stephen Marston (Vice Chancellor), Professor Stephen Hill (Dean of Teaching and Learning Innovation) and Professor Daniella Tilbury (Director of Sustainability), three interactive sessions took place:

  • Reframing the curriculum
  • Making subject connections
  • Students, sustainability and learning dynamics

Ann Finlayson, Director of SEEd (Sustainability and Environmental Education) and former Commissioner for Education and Capability Building for the Sustainable Development Commission, facilitated the interactive sessions.

The Learning for Sustainable Futures scheme supports the University’s commitment to progressing EfS as an educational priority, as reflected in the Strategic Plan 2012-2017. It is a joint initiative of the Sustainability Team and Teaching and Learning Innovation.

Photographs by Asitha Jayawardena

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Learning for Sustainable Futures Awards

Education for Sustainability: A Guide for Educators on Teaching and Learning Approaches

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Essex workshop: Development and Change in India

SML-JointImg-EssexESI-IndiaPlease note that this event has been cancelled due to reasons beyond the control of the ESI.

 

A workshop titled ‘Development and Change in India’ will take place at the University of Essex (Room 4S.6.28 in Colchester Campus) on 26 June 2013.

Part of a collaboration between The Essex Sustainability Institute (ESI) of the University of Essex and Jawaharlal Nehru University New Delhi, this workshop will explore how communities adapt and navigate the complex terrain of ‘development-induced change’ with a focus on India.

The speakers will include:

  • Professor Amita Singh (Centre for the Study of Law and Governance, Jawaharlal Nehru University): Assessing development through the Ecosystem Well-being Index (EWI)
  • Professor Sachidanand Sinha (Centre for the Study of Regional Development, Jawaharlal Nehru University): Development and Displacement of Land-based Communities: The tribal population of Central India
  • Professor Fiona Marshall (Science, Technology & Policy Research Unit and STEPS Centre, University of Sussex): Living on the edge: Perspectives on Sustainability in Peri-Urban India

Papers will be followed by facilitated roundtable discussion and a post-event dinner courtesy of the ESI.

The event will be facilitated by Professor Steffen Boehm and Dr Zareen Bharucha of the ESI.

Contact Dr Zareen Bharucha: zpbhar@essex.ac.uk

Image adapted from the ESI website

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Essex Sustainability Institute (ESI)

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Centre for the Study of Law and Governance, Jawaharlal Nehru University

Centre for the Study of Regional Development, Jawaharlal Nehru University

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UCL Conference: Denaturalising nature, just sustainabilities and an ‘Environment Domain’

SML-joint-UCLEI-postconfThe inaugural Annual Conference of The Environment Institute of University College London (UCL), titled ‘Responding to Environmental Complexity: A Showcase of UCL Research,’ took place on 17 and 18 June 2013.

Day 1 opened with an introduction/welcome by Professor David Price, UCL Vice-Provost (Research). Three sessions on Climate, Ecology and Risk followed. The day ended with a keynote lecture on ‘Denaturalising nature’ by Professor John Law, Professor of Sociology at the Open University UK.

On Day 2, a brief welcome by Professor Yvonne Rydin, Director UCL Environment Institute and Chair of Planning Environment and Public Policy, UCL Bartlett School of Planning, was followed by three sessions on Energy, Environmental Justice, and Infrastructure and Governance. Then, Professor Julian Agyeman, Professor and Chair, Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning (UEP), Tufts University, delivered a keynote lecture on ‘Just sustainabilities: policy, planning and practice.’

Bringing the conference to a closure, Professor Price emphasised that universities should generate wisdom, that is, judicious application of knowledge for the good of humanity. He highlighted how UCL is delivering this through its four Grand Challenges of Sustainable Cities, Global Health, Intercultural Interaction and Human Wellbeing and revealed that the Environment Institute would be expanded further to an ‘Environment Domain.’ Finally, he led a round of applause for the UCLEI team, including Professor Rydin and Marianne Knight (Deputy Director).

The two-day conference came to an end with the launch of Professor Agyeman’s latest book Introducing just sustainabilities: Policy, planning and practice amid a drinks reception.

 

Photographs by Asitha Jayawardena

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Professor Rydin chairing a session

Professor Agyeman delivering keynote of Day 2

Professor Price bringing the conference to a closure

 

UCL Environment Institute banner from website

 

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An introduction to Introducing just sustainabilities: Policy, planning and practice

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WORKSHOP: Facing the Future: Education for Sustainability in Higher Education

SML-Joint-Glos-EfS-WSA workshop titled ‘Facing the Future: Education for Sustainability in Higher Education’ will be held at the University of Gloucestershire on 25 June 2013.

This event will be informed by the findings and experiences from the six projects funded under the University’s Learning for Sustainable Futures awards scheme in 2012-13 in order to investigate ways to understand and embed Education for Sustainability (EfS) principles in the curriculum and student support. The workshop will explore ways of reframing the curriculum and education while providing opportunities for discussion on the potential of EfS and its role within the future HE landscape.

Ann Finlayson, Director of SEEd (Sustainability and Environmental Education) and former Commissioner for Education and Capability Building for the Sustainable Development Commission, will facilitate the Interactive sessions

The Learning for Sustainable Futures scheme supports the University’s commitment to progressing EfS as an educational priority, as reflected in the Strategic Plan 2012-2017. It is a joint initiative of the Sustainability Team and Teaching and Learning Innovation.

The top photograph adapted from the cover of the EfS guide for educators (please see below for downloading)

The bottom one is from the workshop webpage

 

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Workshop webpage

Learning for Sustainable Futures Awards

Education for Sustainability: A Guide for Educators on Teaching and Learning Approaches

 

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Manchester Metropolitan tops People & Planet Green League 2013

SML-GL-MMU-EnvtpageManchester Metropolitan University is the greenest university in the UK, according to the People and Planet Green League 2013 published in The Guardian today.

 

The ranking of the Green League 2013 was based on the environmental and ethical performance of 143 universities, allocating them scores for their policy and performance.

 

The top 20 universities are:

1 Manchester Metropolitan University

2 University of Plymouth

3 University of Gloucestershire

4 University of Worcester

5 University of Brighton

6 University of Greenwich

7 Nottingham Trent University

7 Oxford Brookes University

9 University of Bradford

9 University of Central Lancashire

11 Bournemouth University

12 Aston University

13 University of Exeter

14 Sheffield Hallam University

15 Newcastle University

16 Staffordshire University

17 Canterbury Christ Church University

17 University of Reading

17 University of Salford

20 Bangor University

20 University of Bedfordshire

 

The top five leaps up the table are:

  1. University of Sheffield (up 63 places to 56th)
  2. University of Glasgow (up 47 places to 77th)
  3. University of Cumbria (up 45 places to 81st)
  4. University of Leeds (up 43 places to 58th)
  5. University of Reading (up 42 places to 17th)

 

Image adapted from the Environment page of Manchester Metropolitan University

 

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The complete Green league 2013 table (on People and Planet website)

 

Articles in The Guardian

The Green league 2013: which universities are top of the class? (Main article)

The firsts and the ‘fails’ in the 2013 Green League of universities

Ethical studies

 

Environment page of Manchester Metropolitan University

 

 

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UCL Conference: Responding to Environmental Complexity

SML-UCL-confEnvironment Institute of University College London (UCL) will hold its inaugural Annual Conference 2013 at UCL on 17 and 18 June 2013.

UCL has embedded inter-disciplinary research within its four Grand Challenges of Sustainable Cities, Global Health, Intercultural Interaction and Human Wellbeing and this conference will showcase the best of its current environmental research.

Day 1 will comprise three panel sessions on Climate, Ecology and Risk, followed by a Keynote Lecture by Professor John Law.

Day 2 will comprise three panel sessions on Energy, Infrastructure & Governance, and Environmental Justice, followed by a Keynote Lecture by Professor Julian Agyeman.

A poster exhibition will be also take place throughout the event.

Image adapted from conference webpage

Conference webpage

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Sustainable University News: 100 posts, 4000 hits

SML-scrn-SUOSS-News-130319The Sustainable University News and Info website reached two milestones last week – 100 posts and 4000 hits.

One of the seven satellite websites of The Sustainable University One-stop Shop, this website was launched in December 2011. It publishes news related to Sustainability in Higher Education (SHE) and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), mainly with a UK focus. The posts are tagged so that they could be searched using key words such as names of universities.

This website also contains useful links, including:

  • Sustainability webpages of universities
  • Sustainability websites of other organisations related to SHE
  • Courses related to sustainability or ESD
  • Resources on Sustainability
  • Blogs on sustainability
  • Networks related to SHE

Although it is meant to be part of the wider Sustainable University One-stop Shop experiment, this news and info website has now grown to be a popular resource for news on SHE and ESD, particularly in the higher education sector in the UK.

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