Nottingham tops UI GreenMetric World University Ranking 2013 – Bradford, Plymouth, Bath and Bangor in Top 20

SML-GreenMetricsThe University of Nottingham has topped UI GreenMetric World University Ranking 2013 while four other British universities, namely Bradford (fourth), Plymouth (seventh), Bath (15th) and Bangor (19th) are in Top 20.

An initiative of Universitas Indonesia (UI), this world ranking in its fourth year attracted 301 universities from 61 countries, building on last year’s 215 universities from 49 countries.

The ranking is based on six categories with weightings as follows:

  • Setting and Infrastucture (15%)
  • Energy and Climate Change (21%)
  • Waste management (18%)
  • Water usage (10%)
  • Transportation (18%)
  • Education (18%)

The Top 20 universities are:

1 University of Nottingham (UK)

2 University College Cork National University of Ireland (Ireland)

3 Northeastern University (US)

4 University of Bradford (UK)

5 University of Connecticut (US)

6 Universite de Sherbrooke (Canada)

7 University of Plymouth (UK)

8 University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (US)

9 University of California, Davis (US)

10 North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University (US)

11 University of California, Los Angeles (US)

12 Universidad de Alcala (Spain)

13 York University (Canada)

14 University of California, Berkeley (US)

15 University of Bath (UK)

16 Universiti Putra Malaysia (Malaysia)

17 University of California Merced (US)

18 University of Melbourne (Australia)

19 Bangor University (UK)

20 Linkoping University (Sweden)

Image from UI GreenMetric World University Ranking website

 

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UI GreenMetric World University Ranking 2013 – complete list http://greenmetric.ui.ac.id/id/page/ranking-2013

UI GreenMetric World University Ranking website http://greenmetric.ui.ac.id/

University of Nottingham | Sustainability http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/sustainability/index.aspx

University of Bradford | Ecoversity http://www.bradford.ac.uk/ecoversity/

University of Plymouth | Sustainability http://www1.plymouth.ac.uk/sustainability/Pages/default.aspx

University of Bath | Energy, Environment and Sustainability http://www1.plymouth.ac.uk/sustainability/Pages/default.aspx

Bangor University | Sustainability http://www.bangor.ac.uk/sustainability/index.php.en

 

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Sustainability in Guardian University Awards 2014: LSE, Loughborough, Northampton and Jamie in the fray

Guardian HE awardsLondon School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), Loughborough University and University of Northampton are in the shortlist for the Sustainability Project award in the Guardian University Awards 2014. Moreover, Jamie Agombar is among the seven nominations to the Inspiring Leader award.

Sustainability project, which is one of the thirteen award categories, has the following nominations:

  • London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE): Sustainable Projects fund
  • Loughborough University: Eat Your Campus
  • University of Northampton: Biodiversity Index

Jamie Agombar (Ethical and Environmental Manager, National Union of Students NUS) is in the shortlist of seven nominees for Higher Education’s Inspiring Leader award sponsored by the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education (LfHE).

The judges’ testimonial on Jamie, available on The Guardian website, is as follows:

“Jamie has developed NUS’s award-winning national sustainability programme, working with students’ unions, universities, communities and suppliers, while sitting on a range of key sector bodies. His energetic, focused, and incisive leadership has had a significant impact on the involvement of students in university efforts to address sustainability. From a Defra research project to the influential HEA/NUS survey into student attitudes and skills in sustainability, he champions a vision of students leaving tertiary education committed to resolving social and environmental issues through what they do in their lives.”

The others in the shortlist are:

  • Robert Burgess, vice-chancellor, University of Leicester
  • Wendy Hall, professor of computer science, University of Southampton
  • Tricia King, pro-vice-master for student experience and director of external relations, Birkbeck, University of London
  • Alan Langlands, vice-chancellor of University of Leeds and former chief executive of Higher Education Funding Council for England
  • Chris Snowden, vice-chancellor, University of Surrey, and president of Universities UK
  • Richard Taylor, chief operating officer, Loughborough University and former deputy registrar at University of Leicester

The winner will be selected through votes of the members of the Guardian Higher Education Network and voting will close on 31 January.

The winners of the Guardian Awards will be announced on 26 February 2014.

Image from The Guardian website  

 

More….

Shortlist of Awards http://www.theguardian.com/higher-education-network/2013/dec/11/guardian-university-awards-2014-shortlist

Inspiring Leader Award (and voting) http://www.theguardian.com/higher-education-network/competition/2014/jan/14/higher-education-inspiring-leader-vote

Guardian Higher Education Network http://www.theguardian.com/higher-education-network

 

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Newcastle University’s £50 million ‘living lab’ project to develop the future Smart City

????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????Newcastle University announced in December 2013 an ambitious £50 million project to create a ‘living lab’ for trialling new technologies and systems in the endeavour to develop the smart city of the future.

Based on Science Central in the heart of Newcastle, the project will change the face of Newcastle city centre where all elements ranging from traffic through energy to buildings will work together to improve the user experience while reducing the carbon footprint. Putting users at its heart, the project will combine digital ingenuity and scientific expertise with social innovation.

Working alongside policy makers, businesses and public organisations, the university’s plans will put ‘the first science on Science Central’ – the hub for digitally enabled urban sustainability research. Among the plans is an Urban Observatory for monitoring the urban environment, pulling together different data (e.g. traffic flow, air quality, extreme weather) required for real-time decision making.

‘Over the next four years, we hope to see Science Central grow to become an exemplar of urban sustainability research,’ says Professor Chris Brink, Vice-Chancellor Newcastle University, ‘bringing together academia, organisations, industry, democracy and communities to develop solutions that will make a difference to people’s lives across the globe.’

Professor Philip Taylor, who is leading the Newcastle University part of the Science Central project, views the project as taking a dynamic and ambitious city like Newcastle and using it as ‘a test bed to create a world-leading example of urban sustainability that others can follow.’

Fiona Standfield, Director of Newcastle Science City, responsible for the delivery of Science Central, emphasises that the project also reflects ‘the ambitions of the North East to play a vital role in the delivery of globally important R&D projects.’

Another project linked to this is the £2 million Cloud Computing Centre for integration and analysis of big data sets.  According to Professor Paul Watson, Director of Newcastle University’s Digital Institute, a big challenge of a ‘smart city’ is how to analyse data in such a way that it becomes meaningful and useful.

Although the £50 million research facility will be complete and functioning by 2017, some of its research projects have already started. These include:

  • £3.5 million i-BUILD Centre, led by Professor Richard Dawson, set up to understand interactions between energy, water, transport, waste and digital technology systems
  • £2 million grid–scale energy storage test bed, led by Professor Philip Taylor, to pave the way for the future of Smart Grids and energy storage across the UK
  • £1.3 million MyPLACE project, led by Professor Peter Wright, to develop and test a digital platform and toolkit for the public to engage with local councils and other organisations more effectively in the research, planning and design of the urban environment

The University’s presence on Science Central is part of its commitment to the Science City partnership with Newcastle City Council.

Image from Newcastle Science Central website (http://www.newcastlesciencecentral.com/)

 

More

£50 million ‘living lab’ takes smart cities to the next level (news post on Newcastle University website) http://www.ncl.ac.uk/sustainability/news/item/million-living-lab-takes-smart-cities-to-the-next-level2

£50 million investment brings first science to Science Central http://www.newcastlesciencecentral.com/news-and-media/news/50-million-investment-brings-first-science-science-central/

Science Central: Newcastle University invests £50m http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-25340546

£50 million investment for Science Central development http://www.itv.com/news/tyne-tees/update/2013-12-11/50-million-investment-for-science-central-development/

Newcastle University unveil £50m investment into Science Central http://www.thejournal.co.uk/business/business-news/newcastle-university-unveil-50m-investment-6394506

Newcastle Science Central website http://www.newcastlesciencecentral.com/

Newcastle Science City website http://www.newcastlesciencecity.com/ | Twitter: NCL Science City @NCLScience

Newcastle Institute for Research on Sustainability http://www.ncl.ac.uk/sustainability/#/ | Twitter: Sustainability@NCL @NCLSustainable; Professor Philip Taylor (Director) @rolyatlihp

Digital Institute at Newcastle University https://digitalinstitute.ncl.ac.uk/ | Twitter: Digital Institute @digitalinst

Newcastle City Council http://www.newcastle.gov.uk/home/

i-BUILD Centre http://www.ncl.ac.uk/press.office/press.release/item/a-smarter-way-to-deliver-our-urban-infrastructure

Grid–scale energy storage test bed http://www.ncl.ac.uk/press.office/press.release/item/leading-by-example-science-central-key-to-energy-storage-and-smart-grids-of-the-future

 

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Five questions and 100 delegates from 15 countries: COPERNICUS conference on higher education, sustainability and ESD

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COPERNICUS Alliance Conference on Leadership in a Changing World: Higher education, sustainability and the new Global Action Programme on ESD (Education for Sustainable Development) was held at the University of Gloucestershire UK on 10-11 January 2014.

This international conference, attended by 100 delegates from over 15 countries from Europe (including UK, Spain, Germany, Sweden, France, Czech Republic, Finland, Poland, Italy, Austria, The Netherlands, Denmark) and outside (e.g. Jamaica, USA, Kenya, Australia, Canada), took place during a major transition period for ESD globally, namely the end of the UN Decade on Education for Sustainable Development (DESD, 2005-2014) and the beginning of the new Global Action Programme on ESD.

The two-day event was structured around the following themes:

  • Day 1: University Leadership for Sustainability
  • Day 2: Student Leadership for Sustainability and COPERNICUS Alliance (CA)

 

University Leadership for Sustainability (Day 1)

The conference started with a welcome by Professor Steven Marston, Vice-Chancellor, University of Gloucestershire.

In her opening address, Professor Daniella Tilbury (Chair of the UNESCO Monitoring and Evaluation Group for the DESD and President of COPERNICUS Alliance) emphasised that, with a focus on global platforms, institutional development and student leadership for sustainable development in higher education, the conference was underpinned by five questions:

  • What have been the major changes and shifts in higher education towards sustainability over the last ten years?
  • What does the future hold for universities and colleges engaged with this agenda?
  • What role will the new Global Action Programme on ESD play in advancing change for sustainability in higher education?
  • How do we extend the circle of the committed and build partnerships for change?
  • How do you understand transformation for sustainable development in higher education?

The morning of Day 1 featured three keynotes:

  • Dr Alexander Leicht (UNESCO, Chief of ESD Section, France): The Global Action Programme on ESD and UNESCO ESD plans in post-DESD
  • Mahesh Pradhan (United Nations Environment Programme UNEP and Founder of its Global University Partnerships on Environment and Sustainability GUPES, Kenya): Ambitions and achievements of UNEP’s GUPES
  • Dr Geoff Scott (Emeritus Professor of Sustainability at the University of Western Sydney and Co-Chair of the Sustainable Futures Leadership Academy SFLA, Australia): Findings of the Turnaround Leadership for Higher Education study

An interactive panel discussion, chaired by Dr. Alex Ryan (CA, UK), followed, directing the delegates to five discussion groups on the following:

  • Learning from the UN Decade of ESD
  • The desirable outlook of the new kind of higher education
  • Education and diversity
  • Partnerships for connecting higher education system to wider community
  • Leadership in higher education

The afternoon began with two parallel sessions.

The first parallel session comprised sessions under three themes:

Whole-institutional approaches:

  • Enhancing higher education for sustainable development by advantaging a developed change management process for universities, Tove Holme, Novia University of Applied Sciences, Finland
  • Implementation of sustainable development in higher education: Evidence from 70 universities, Professor Rodrigo Lozano, Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, The Netherlands
  • A viral approach, Jean-Christophe Carteron, KEDGE Business School, France
  • A research plan for modelling organisational transformation towards sustainability at higher education institutions, Alex R Shelley, International Centre for Integrated Assessment and Sustainable Development (ICIS), The Netherlands

Partnerships for sustainability

  • Partnerships for change: ESD in practice in Welsh Higher Education, Lara Hopkinson, Cardiff University, UK
  • Sustainable cities: opportunities for building partnerships through European Green Capital, Chris Willmore, University of Bristol, UK
  • Building a partnership for change: The connecting children and nature network, Nicola Kemp, Canterbury Christ Church University, UK

Teaching and learning for sustainability:

  • Widening the geography of learning; reflecting on community based learning in sustainability education, Kenny Lynch, University of Gloucestershire, UK
  • Politechnolopis: Let’s be designers of out future, not its victims, Maja Ewa Nowak, Wroclaw University of Technology, Poland
  • From the human-environment theme towards sustainability: The case of Danish University Geography, Thomas Skou Grindsted, Roskilde University, Denmark
  • Through global learning and teaching towards sustainability, Birgitta Nordén, Malmö University, Sweden

The second parallel session covered two themes:

Whole-institutional approaches:

  • Achievements of the environmental sustainable development at University of Granada, Carolina Cardenas, University of Granada, Spain
  • Education for Sustainable Development at the University of West England, Bristol, Professor James Longhurst and Dr Georgina Gough, University of West England, UK
  • Higher education and the challenge of sustainability: The Central European case, Jana Dlouhá, Charles University, Czech Republic
  • In transition USC: A programme for the promotion of participation to improve university sustainability, Tamara Miguéns, Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Higher education and sustainability networks:

  • The UN SDSN project and the MED-Solutions Network, Dario Piselli, University of Siena, Italy
  • Contributing to partnerships of change: The International Sustainable Campus Network, Dr Bernd Kasemir, USA
  • Sustainability in Canadian post-secondary education: a comparative analysis of how institutions are engaging with sustainability, Philip Vaughter, The Sustainability Education Policy Network, University of Saskatchewan, Canada
  • Sustainability at University of Siena: Greening USiena and a model of cooperation between stakeholders, Dario Piselli, University of Siena, Italy

The afternoon of Day 1 saw three more keynotes:

  • Dr Lorna Down (Teacher Education Expert at the University SML-CorpConf-SubPicof West Indies, Jamaica): Outcomes of a Teacher Education project on curriculum innovation in sustainability in Jamaica
  • Professor Javier Benayas (Co-ordinator of RISU [Network of sustainability indicators in higher education] at the Iberoamerican Network of Universities for Sustainability [ARIUSA] and Executive Secre­tary of CADEP-CRUE [Sustainability working group within the Conference of Rectors of Spanish Universities], Spain): Work of ARIUSA and progress on one of its flagship projects on sustainability indicators
  • Dr Ingrid Mulà (CA Co-ordinator, UK): Ambitions and plans of the UE4SD project

The keynotes were followed by an interactive panel discussion chaired by Dr Simon Burandt (Leuphana University of Lüneburg and CA, Germany).

The day’s dialogues and outcomes were summarised by Professor Dr Clemens Mader (Visiting Professor for Environment and Sustainability in the Region at Leuphana University of Lüneburg and Vice-President of CA, Germany).

Day 1 ended with closing words by Maxine Melling Pro-Vice Chancellor (Operations) University of Gloucestershire.

 

Student Leadership for Sustainability (Day 2)

Day 2 began with a welcome by Professor Tilbury and featured four keynotes in the morning:

  • Jamie Agombar (Ethical and Environmental Manager, National Union of Students NUS, UK): Students and sustainability
  • Felix Spira (Co-founder of RootAbility, Germany): Maastricht University Green Office concept
  • Dr. Zoe Robinson (Director of Education for Sustainability at Keele University, UK): A report of the international conference on Student Action for Sustainability held at Keele in October 2013
  • Tom Newman (Students Union, University of Gloucestershire UK): Greener Gloucestershire Project

The keynotes session was followed by an interactive panel discussion, chaired by Iain Patton (CEO Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges EAUC, UK).

Finally, a session on student sustainability projects and research, chaired by Professor Jiri Dlouhy (CA, Czech Republic), took place:

  • Student research on energy literacy, Dr Wendy Miller, Plymouth University UK
  • University students as active and engaged citizens, Dr Salvador Calabuig, University of Girona, Spain
  • Action plus reflection = learning: The role of embedded activity in transformational learning, Chris Willmore, University of Bristol UK
  • What do staff and students make of Sustainable Development, and what can we do about it? Dr Neil Gordon, University of Hull, UK

 

COPERNICUS Alliance AGM (Day 2)

The conference was followed by the CA Annual General Meeting.

COPERNICUS Alliance (CA) is a European network of higher education institutions that aims to re-orient their programmes and research towards sustainable development while promoting best practice on sustainable management of university campuses. It also seeks to build partnerships with business, government agencies and civil society to progress sustainability at the local and global level.

CA’s origins run back to the 1993 COPERNICUS Charta, which has so far been endorsed by 326 European universities, showcasing their commitment in leading change for sustainable development. In 2011, an updated version of the COPERNICUS Charta, namely COPERNICUS Charta 2.0, was developed and this calls for a greater commitment of universities in re-orienting themselves towards sustainable development.

Images created from photographs by Asitha Jayawardena

 

More…

Copernicus Alliance website http://www.copernicus-alliance.org/

UNESCO ESD page http://www.unesco.org/new/en/education/themes/leading-the-international-agenda/education-for-sustainable-development/

UNESCO ESD website http://en.unesco.org/themes/education-sustainable-development

UNESCO World Conference on ESD 2014 (Japan, 10-12 November 2014) http://www.unesco.org/new/en/unesco-world-conference-on-esd-2014/

Rio+20 Treaty on Higher Education http://hetreatyrio20.com/

Global Universities Partnership on Environment and Sustainability (GUPES) of UNEP http://www.unep.org/training/programmes/gupes.asp

Global University Partnership on Environment and Sustainability (GUPES) http://www.gupes.org

UNEP Greening Universities Toolkit http://www.unep.org/Training/docs/Greening_University_Toolkit.pdf

Turnaround Leadership for Sustainability in Higher Education http://www.uws.edu.au/bringing_sustainability_to_life/sustainability/research/turnaround_leadership_for_sustainability_in_higher_education

ARIUSA http://www.ariusa.net/

Students’ Green Fund website of NUS (National Union of Students) UK http://www.studentsgreenfund.org.uk/

RootAbility http://rootability.com/en/homepage/

 

Related posts on The Sustainable University Diary blog (ESD reflections)

The starting point of our sustainability crisis? http://esddiary.wordpress.com/2013/06/10/the-starting-point-of-our-sustainability-crisis/

Who depends on whom? A game of plates http://esddiary.wordpress.com/2013/07/08/who-depends-on-whom-a-game-of-plates/

 

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Pathways to a sustainable university http://su-notes.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/pathways-to-sustainable-university.html

EDUCATION pathway to a Sustainable University (Part 1): curriculum content and delivery http://su-notes.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/education-pathway-to-sustainable.html

Opportunities for integrating sustainability across curricula (Part 2 of EDUCATION pathway to a Sustainable University) http://su-notes.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/opportunities-for-integrating.html

University of Planetshire approach to integrating sustainability across the curriculum (Part 3 of EDUCATION pathway to a Sustainable University) http://su-notes.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/university-of-planetshire-approach-to.html

Outputs of the University of Planetshire Approach to integrating sustainability across the curriculum (Part 4 of EDUCATION pathway to a Sustainable University) http://su-notes.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/outputs-of-university-of-planetshire.html

Will it work? – The University of Planetshire Approach to integrating sustainability across the curriculum (Part 5 of EDUCATION pathway to a Sustainable University)

http://su-notes.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/will-it-work-university-of-planetshire.html

 

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UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)

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UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) will be held in Aichi-Nagoya in Japan from 10 to 12 November 2014.

Organised by UNESCO and the Government of Japan with advice from an International Steering Group of twelve ESD experts from around the world, the conference will mark not only the end of the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (UN DESD, 2005-2014) but also an important milestone for pointing the way ahead.

UNESCO, which is the lead agency for the UN DESD (2005-2014), is coordinating global efforts to address, through education, the social, environmental, economic, and cultural challenges of the 21st century. In this process, it focuses on three key issues – climate change, biodiversity and disaster risk reduction – as entry points for promoting sustainable development practices through education.

Under the motto ‘Learning Today for a Sustainable Future’, the conference will pursue four objectives:

  • Celebrating a Decade of Action
  • Reorienting Education to Build a Better Future for All
  • Accelerating Action for Sustainable Development
  • Setting the Agenda for ESD beyond 2014

This three-day conference will comprise a high-level segment, plenary sessions, workshops, side events and exhibitions.

Its plenary sessions are:

  • Celebrating a Decade of Action: The opening plenary will celebrate ESD successes and highlight the urgent need for ESD
  • Reorienting Education to Build a Better Future for All – ESD as an integral element of quality education: Plenary II will illustrate that quality education calls for integrating sustainability principles into education and will also make the case for ESD’s contribution to education for global citizenship
  • Accelerating Action for Sustainable Development – enhancing the sustainable development agenda through education: Plenary III will highlight ESD’s catalyst function for taking action on sustainability issues such as climate change, disaster risk reduction and biodiversity loss
  • Setting the Agenda for ESD beyond 2014: The closing plenary will draw conclusions from the Conference discussions for ESD work after the UN Decade in 2014

Its workshops, amounting over 30, are grouped under four clusters:

Cluster I: Celebrating a Decade of Action will showcase successful and inspiring initiatives in: ESD concept | ESD policy | Contribution of ESD in meeting the internationally-agreed development goals | Development of local initiatives and multi-stakeholder networks for ESD | Innovative teaching and learning approaches to ESD | Mobilizing partnerships for ESD | Monitoring and evaluation of the DESD and ESD 

Cluster II: Reorienting Education to Build a Better Future for All will discuss ESD as an integral element of quality education in: Early childhood care and education | Primary and secondary education | Higher education and research | Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET)/ Green skills | Teacher education | Non-formal and community learning | Information and Communications Technology (ICT) | Innovative learning spaces and opportunities for ESD | ESD as a new vision of education 

Cluster III: Accelerating Action for Sustainable Development will discuss ESD as a critical lever for advancing policies and practices in: Water and sanitation | Oceans | Energy | Health | Agriculture and food security | Biodiversity | Climate change | Disaster risk reduction (DRR) | Sustainable consumption and production (SCP) | Green economy in the context of poverty eradication | Sustainable cities and human settlements 

Cluster IV: Setting the Agenda for ESD beyond 2014 will focus on articulating the post-2014 ESD framework in relation to: Promoting holistic 21st-century competencies | Integrating ESD in policy at different levels | Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) | Role of local initiatives in advancing ESD | Whole-institution approaches to ESD | Catalyzing support for ESD | Monitoring and reporting frameworks of ESD beyond 2014 

In the side events of the conference stakeholders will be able to present their ESD projects and programmes. Its exhibitions will showcase successful ESD projects from around the world.

The conference will also see the launch of the third and final assessment report of the UN DESD. The report will take stock of the growth of ESD throughout the Decade, give an updated picture of ESD at the Decade’s end and share lessons learnt and draw conclusions for future ESD activities. In the course of the Decade, UNESCO published two reports in 2009 and 2012, focusing on contexts and structures for ESD and processes and learning for ESD, respectively.

Prior to the conference, from 4 to 8 November 2014, a set of Stakeholder Meetings will bring together key ESD stakeholder groups such as UNESCO, ASPnet schools and youth representatives.

Discussions and preparations for ESD after the UN DESD are moving forward and UNESCO will be developing a roadmap for implementation of the Global Action Programme on ESD, which will be discussed at this conference.

Image adapted from the conference website

 

More…

Conference website http://www.unesco.org/new/en/unesco-world-conference-on-esd-2014/

UNESCO ESD website http://en.unesco.org/themes/education-sustainable-development

ESD page on UNESCO website http://www.unesco.org/new/en/education/themes/leading-the-international-agenda/education-for-sustainable-development/

UNESCO ESD e-module http://www.unesco.org/new/en/education/themes/leading-the-international-agenda/education-for-sustainable-development/esd-e-module/

Key UNESCO publications on ESD http://www.unesco.org/new/en/education/themes/leading-the-international-agenda/education-for-sustainable-development/publications/

UNESCO on Twitter (@UNESCO) https://twitter.com/unesco | UNESCO on FaceBook https://www.facebook.com/unesco | UNESCO on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/UNESCO

 

Related posts on The Sustainable University Diary blog (ESD reflections)

The starting point of our sustainability crisis? http://esddiary.wordpress.com/2013/06/10/the-starting-point-of-our-sustainability-crisis/

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Pathways to a sustainable university http://su-notes.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/pathways-to-sustainable-university.html

EDUCATION pathway to a Sustainable University (Part 1): curriculum content and delivery http://su-notes.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/education-pathway-to-sustainable.html

Opportunities for integrating sustainability across curricula (Part 2 of EDUCATION pathway to a Sustainable University) http://su-notes.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/opportunities-for-integrating.html

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Outputs of the University of Planetshire Approach to integrating sustainability across the curriculum (Part 4 of EDUCATION pathway to a Sustainable University) http://su-notes.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/outputs-of-university-of-planetshire.html

Will it work? – The University of Planetshire Approach to integrating sustainability across the curriculum (Part 5 of EDUCATION pathway to a Sustainable University)

http://su-notes.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/will-it-work-university-of-planetshire.html

 

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