Sustainability leadership is all around us, says Director SD at Canterbury Christ Church University

SML-HEA-CCCU-postevent‘There is leadership all around us for building a sustainable future,’ said Dr Peter Rands (Director of Sustainability Development, Canterbury Christ Church University CCCU) at a workshop on ‘Grassroots and green shoots: a green academy inspired ESF (education for sustainable futures) initiative’, held at Blake Hall College, London on 16 May 2014.

 

Hosted as part of the Workshop and Seminar Series 2013/2014 of the Higher Education Academy (HEA), the event mainly focused on the ‘Futures Initiative’ (FI), an innovative approach to sustainability and environmental responsibility developed at CCCU.

 

The day began with an introduction by a representative from the HEA, who emphasised on the importance of embedding Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) on all aspects of the higher education curriculum.

 

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Dr Stephen Scoffham (Director FI) introduced the FI as a forward-looking initiative and a futures agenda that aims to build a wider culture of sustainability within the institution through a set of staff development programmes. He outlined what FI had involved, namely capacity building, supporting sustainability and reframing the curriculum. He also presented ‘Exploring Sustainability’ (http://www.canterbury.ac.uk/exploring-sustainability), the recently launched website to support the process of facilitated engagement.

 

Dr Peter Rands outlined CCCU’s wider sustainability endeavour. On the FI, he presented ‘Strawberries and cream: nurturing creativity’, the fruitful journey of a creative and pragmatic approach. Reflecting upon the FI’s journey so far, he said the university has planted fifty strawberry plants, referring to the 50 funded projects under this initiative.

 

Dr Nicola Kemp (CCCU) together with Dr Scoffham explored the FI process. Dr Karen Shepherdson (CCCU) talked on ‘Yurtworks… or pulling out the plug’, presenting an FI-funded project on Photography.

 

Small group activities, facilitated byDr Scoffham and Dr Adriana Consorte-McCrea (CCCU), gave the participants the opportunity to reflect on what had attracted them to the sustainability agenda in the first place as well as on their connection to nature, each other and themselves.

 

The workshop helped the delegates to reflect on how a bottom-up or grassroots approach to embedding sustainability might work within their own institutions.

 

Photographs by Asitha Jayawardena

 

 

More…

 

Event page http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/events/detail/2014/Seminars/Themes/GEN969_CCC

 

Event programme http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/assets/documents/seminars/2013-14/Themes2013-2014/GEN969_CCC/Canterbury_Prog_GEN969v2.pdf

 

Contact emailThematic.Seminar@heacademy.ac.uk

 

Green Academy | Higher Education Academy (HEA) http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/resources/detail/sustainability/ESD_2014/Green_Academy

 

Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) | The HEA http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/education-for-sustainable-development

 

Sustainability | CCCU http://www.canterbury.ac.uk/projects/sustainable-development/index.asp

 

Education for Sustainable Futures (ESF) | CCCU http://www.canterbury.ac.uk/projects/sustainable-development/ESD/Education_for_sustainable_futures.asp

 

The Futures Initiative (FI) | CCCU http://www.canterbury.ac.uk/projects/sustainable-development/ESD/The_futures_initiative.asp

 

Exploring Sustainability website | CCCU http://www.canterbury.ac.uk/exploring-sustainability

 

The Green Academy | CCCU http://www.canterbury.ac.uk/projects/sustainable-development/ESD/Green_Academy.asp

 

 

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