UK Stakeholders for Sustainable Development UKSSD CONF | Unlocking UK’s potential: from ambition to transformation

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The annual conference of the UK Stakeholders for Sustainable Development (UKSSD) will take place in London (ICAEW, Chartered Accountants’ Hall, Moorgate Place, London EC2R 6EA) on 1 March 2017 from 08:30 to 17:00.

 

Under the theme ‘Unlocking the UK’s potential: from ambition to transformation,’ the conference will explore how to translate the ambition of the 17 Goals and 169 Targets of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into transformational action for the UK.

 

Hosted by The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), the event will bring together academics, businesses, NGOs, professionals, government and public under one banner: transformational action on SDGs for the UK.

 

The day’s programme comprises a main programme in Grand Hall and a sub programme (at selected times) of parallel sessions in Council Chamber and Breakout Spaces. The event will feature keynotes and a variety of sessions ranging from plenaries, presentations, drop-in surgeries and breakout spaces delivered by UKSSD partners.

 

Main programme (Grand Hall)

 

The proceedings will start with a welcome by ICAEW President Hilary Lindsay, followed by an introduction to UKSSD.

 

Keynote speakers are:

  • Amanda Mackenzie OBE (CEO of Business in the Community)
  • Lord Bates (Minister of State, Department for International Development)
  • Michael Green (CEO of Social Progress Imperative)

 

Panel 1, on Transforming communities, comprises Dr Jane Davidson (Chair/ University of Wales Trinity Saint David UWTSD), Richard Couldrey (Transition Network), Ian Townsend (Bristol Green Capital Partnership), Conor Moloney (Carter Jonas), Katharine Knox (Joseph Rowntree Foundation) and Sara Mahmoud (Shelter). They will share their experience of advancing sustainable development at the local level.

 

Panel 2, on Transforming lives, comprises John Elkington (Chair), Professor Kate Pickett (Equality Trust), Mike Barry (Marks & Spencer), Trewin Restorick (Hubbub) and Pragna Patel (Southall Black Sisters). Focusing on some of the key challenges facing UK society today, such as poverty, inequality, climate change and over-consumption of resources, the panellists will explore how the SDGs might be used as a framework for understanding how these issues interact, and how addressing the Goals comprehensively can transform lives in the UK.

 

Tanya Steele (Chief Executive of WWF-UK) will deliver closing remarks.

 

Session in Council Chamber

 

The parallel session in the Council Chamber, titled ‘Making the Sustainable Development Goals stick’, will help delegates better understand the goals and principles that underpin them while highlighting their relevance to the UK. It will be delivered by Open University, Impact International and Newcastle University.

 

Breakout spaces

 

Breakout spaces will be as follows:

  • Devolution, Brexit and the Sustainable Development Goals | ESRC Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP) and Sustainability East
  • Raising awareness and creating ownership of the Sustainable Development Goals in UK schools and beyond | Pearson
  • Ensuring cross-sector collaboration for delivery of the Sustainable Development Goals | Institution of Environmental Sciences and Koreo
  • Nothing about us, without us: Getting the public involved in the Sustainable Development Goals | Foundation for Democracy & Sustainable Development and Involve
  • Utilising the Sustainable Development Goals to secure UK nutrition and food leadership | Food Foundation

 

UK Stakeholders for Sustainable Development (UKSSD)

 

UK Stakeholders for Sustainable Development (UKSSD) is an open platform that supports public, private and voluntary organisations, with a mission: To inspire and support all stakeholders to transform the UK into a sustainable society. This multi-stakeholder network comprising academics, businesses, NGOs, and government at all levels, helps to facilitate the delivery of the SDGs in the UK.

 

UKSSD membership is free and requires no commitments

 

NOTE: This post is entirely based on the content of the UKSSD Conference website. Logos and graphics are from relevant websites.

 

 

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UK SSD Conference website http://www.ukssdconference.com/

 

Conference programme http://www.ukssdconference.com/programme.html

 

UK Stakeholders for Sustainable Development (UKSSD) http://ukssd.co.uk/ | @ukssdnetwork

 

The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) https://www.icaew.com/ | @ICAEW

 

United Nations:

 

The Global Goals http://www.globalgoals.org/ | @TheGlobalGoals

 

 

New websites of the Sustainable University Experiment

 

Sustainability through Science & Research COMMUNICATION (Knowledge journalism)

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The Sustainable University: Progress and prospects | Handbook to ‘the University of the Future’ http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20141002095117-101066234-the-sustainable-university-progress-and-prospects-handbook-to-the-university-of-the-future

 

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Global Goals: Local Action | SDGs to reign at EAUC Conference 2017

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Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will reign in the 21st annual conference of The Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC) at Lancaster University on 28-30 March 2017.

 

This year’s theme, ‘Global Goals: Local Action,’ recognises the critical role that universities and colleges have to play in confronting climate change and realising the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs/Global Goals) on a local level within their communities.

 

This three-day event will bring together delegates from all areas – environmental management, estates and facilities, finance and procurement as well as curriculum leaders and students – from further and higher education sector.

 

The programme features several keynotes and plenary sessions; six interactive workshop sessions, amounting to 36 workshops; facilitated networking events; the Conference Dinner and the Exhibition.

 

“The SDGs are the world’s new to-do list and this conference will inspire and empower universities and colleges to take the step-change needed,” says Iain Patton (CEO EAUC) on the conference website. “Our students and their learning are instrumental in delivering the Global Goals and shaping all our futures. Students have the commitment and energy, so it’s up to us in the lecture room and on the campus to ensure they leave our institutions with the knowledge and skills they need to become effective agents of global understanding and local action.”

 

Pre-conference day | 28 March

 

The pre-conference day (28 March), which starts noon, comprises workshops and socials.

 

The pre-conference day (28 March) will start at noon, with two parallel sessions:

  • Leading Today, For Our Tomorrow: Part of the EAUC Executive Leadership Series: Wendy Purcell (Harvard University), Peter Rands (Canterbury Christ Church University) and Iain Patton (CEO – EAUC), with contributions from Jim Longhurst (University of the West of England) and Jane Davidson (University of Wales Trinity Saint David)
  • EAUC Emerging Sustainability Leaders Programme Session: Gill Slater (University of Worcester), Selina Fletcher (Coventry University) and Katy Boom (University of Worcester)

 

A pre-conference workshop will follow:

The Rocky Road to Carbon Reduction – Lancaster’s Carbon Management Plan.

 

The day will end with a pre-conference social.

 

Day 1 | 29 March

 

Day 1 will comprise welcome speeches, a keynote session, four workshop sessions (24 workshops), pod sessions, the Exhibition and the Conference Dinner (sponsored by Carbon Credentials).

 

Welcome speeches:

  • Iain Patton, Conference Chair and EAUC CEO)
  • Professor Andrew Atherton, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Lancaster University
  • Paul Lewis, Chief Operating Officer, Carbon Credentials (Headline Sponsor)

 

Keynote Session:

Global Goals: Local Action – the vital role the education sector has in changing mindsets: Malcolm Preston (PwC), Stephen Sterling (University of Plymouth) and Wendy Purcell (Board Director/Trustee – EAUC)

 

The day’s four workshop sessions are as follows:

 

Workshop Session 1:

  • Towards a healthy and sustainable university: maximising synergy and co-benefits
  • Developing mass sustainability engagement programmes for staff and students
  • The carbon journey – embedding sustainability into all second year student
  • How can we engage our students in city/area transformation?
  • The Loughborough Cup – another inspiring winner
  • The renewably-powered, fossil-free campuses of the future

 

Workshop Session 2:

  • SWell (sustainability & wellbeing) staff and student engagement programme
  • Innovating locally, transforming globally: education for sustainable development at Abertay
  • Incorporating the Sustainable Development Goals into institutional business decision-making
  • Measuring sustainable development research in your institution
  • Passivhaus – accepting the challenge
  • Encouraging emergence (instead of chasing the behaviour change golden bullet)

 

Workshop Session 3:

  • The F Word(s): Feet; Fridges; Food; Fingers; Free
  • The sustainable university summit – pursuing quality education with students as partners
  • The Next Chapter for FHE Sustainability: EAUC Living Labs Research Launch
  • Telling the world – sustainability reporting on a crowd sourced platform
  • Exodus – dealing with what’s left behind
  • Achieving excellence in a sustainable university refurbishment

 

Workshop Session 4:

  • Edible campus enterprise
  • Creating the university of the future: NTU and the global goals
  • Local actions – what policies will have the greatest impact?
  • Space to think
  • Why you should cry over spilt milk
  • The long road to carbon neutrality

 

Day 2 | 30 March

 

Day 2 will comprise the EAUC AGM, two keynote sessions, International Green Gown Awards Ceremony, two workshop sessions (12 workshops) and pod sessions.

 

The two keynotes:

  • Better Places for People: The Pivotal Role of Education in Creating Sustainable Cities and Communities: Maria Adebowale-Schwarte (Director, Living Space Project and Clore Social Leadership Environment Fellow) and Julie Hirigoyen (CEO, UK Green Building Council)
  • Government and Education: Facilitating Transformational Delivery of the Global Goals?: Mary Creagh MP (Chair of the UK Environmental Audit Select Committee)

 

Mary Creagh MP will present the awards in the International Green Gown Awards Ceremony.

 

The day’s two workshop sessions are as follows:

 

Workshop Session 5:

  • Communicating Sustainability Using Multimedia (video clips, films and images)
  • Measuring Sustainability Literacy
  • Reporting with Purpose: Being distinctive, strategic and relevant in your sustainability reporting
  • A New Fairtrade Universities and Colleges Standard
  • Back to Basics – Are you Legally Compliant?
  • The World’s Most Sustainable University 2050: Energy
  • SDG Charter Development

 

Workshop Session 6:

  • Lessons from 10 Years of Behaviour Change
  • Creating a Green Business Cluster
  • ‘Braking’ the Habit of a Lifetime – The Incredible Journey
  • Taking the Hard Road – Making a Freecycling App from Scratch
  • Creating a Climate for Change

 

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The EAUC is a not-for-profit charity with a membership of over 200 universities and colleges, advancing sustainability in the UK tertiary education sector.

 

Note: Logos from respective websites. Text is based on the content on http://www.eaucconference.org.uk

 

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EAUC Conference 2017 | Registration http://www.eaucconference.org.uk/registration

 

EAUC Conference 2017 | Programme http://media.wix.com/ugd/4f82e3_a6c2a292c8044e5591ca8852710d474e.pdf

 

International Green Gown Awards Ceremony http://www.greengownawards.org/events/international_green_gown_awards_ceremony

 

The Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC) http://www.eauc.org.uk/

 

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New websites of the Sustainable University Experiment

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Sustainability Communication website | https://sustycomm.wordpress.com/

 

Sustainability Education and Engagement through STORYTELLING

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sustainability Storytelling website | https://sustystory.wordpress.com/

 

From Sustainable University News website | #SUnews

 

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Green Gown Awards 2014 | Leadership award to Professor Bailey; three awards to Plymouth https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/11/10/green-gown-awards-2014-leadership-award-to-professor-bailey-three-awards-to-plymouth/

 

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Education for Sustainability (EfS) | Pioneering LSBU course celebrates 21st anniversary

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[NOTE: Text, photographs and graphics by Asitha Jayawardena (http://uk.linkedin.com/in/asithaj) as part of his Sustainable University One-stop Shop Experiment (http://www.sustainableuni.kk5.org/) recognised in UNEP Greening Universities Toolkit (http://www.sustainabilityexchange.ac.uk/files/unep_greening_university_toolkit-final-small_size.pdf, page 61). Other sources of photographs are mentioned under the relevant graphic.]

 

Is the education that we are providing adequate to face the challenges that we are facing today? asked Professor Stephen Sterling (Professor of Sustainability Education at the Centre for Sustainable Futures, Plymouth University) in his keynote speech at the 21st anniversary celebratory conference of the EfS programme at London South Bank University (LSBU) held at LSBU on 13 January 2017.

 

Titled ‘Celebrating 21 Years of EfS: Moving forward in an age of global uncertainty’, the event brought together academics, students, alumni and practitioners, who collectively reflected on the impact of EfS and looked forward to future developments in this important field of education.

 

The programme featured a keynote, talks, panel discussions, workshops, stories from current students and alumni of the course, a poster exhibition and a celebratory reception.

 

Welcome and introduction

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Welcome

 

Welcoming the participants, Professor Patrick Bailey (Deputy Vice Chancellor LSBU) highlighted that sustainability is so complex that no single area of expertise can solve the wicked problems associated with it, emphasising the need for an interdisciplinary approach.

 

He said that it is social justice that needs to be at the heart of sustainability, so that everything else would follow, even environmental protection.

 

He revealed that he doesn’t believe in climate change because it is not a religion and that, like himself, we all should become climate change critics. He said that there is 98% certainty that climate change is happening and 95% certainty that it is human-driven and warned that the consequences of not taking this clear evidence into account would be very serious.

 

He congratulated the outgoing course director, Professor Ros Wade, who had been at the helm of the course for the last 21 years from the very beginning.

 

Introduction

 

Dr Jaya Gajparia, the new director of the EfS programme, gave an overview of the course.

 

She said that the EfS course, which offers postgraduate courses from Continued Professional Development (CPD) to Masters level with a range of flexible study modes, including distance learning, spans the theory and practice of EfS, enabling students to explore and expand the role that EfS can play in educational, social, political and economic change.

 

She also said that the course, which is designed for anyone interested in paving the way for a more sustainable world by way of understanding, educating or promoting sustainability, comprises six modules, with case studies and readings from a range of global regions; they are designed to be applicable to any type of educational or country context.

 

Moreover, she talked about the roots of the course, which lie the 1992 UN Earth Summit in Rio, Brazil, where a commitment was made to integrate environmental and development concerns in the emerging concept of sustainability while emphasising the importance of education’s role in building a sustainable world. In response to this, she said, a group of development and environmental organisations – with the financial contributions from WWF-UK, Oxfam and the EU – got together with LSBU and the eventual result was this EfS programme.

 

Finally, she observed that, over the last 21 years, the world’s first ever Masters programme of this kind has continued to grow steadily as a dynamic interface between theory and practice in EfS, with students and alumni from all continents – except Antarctica!

 

Panel discussion

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The panels discussion was on ‘Reflections on the past, planning for the future.’

 

The panel, chaired by Professor Stephen Sterling (Plymouth University), comprised Professor Ros Wade (LSBU), Dr Paul Vare (University of Gloucestershire), Betty Okot (Alumni from Uganda/ Keele University), Safia Minney (People Tree) and Professor Craig Barker (LSBU). The panellists answered the chair’s questions and then, in the end, questions from the audience.

 

Professor Ros Wade, outgoing course director, observed that this EfS course has been a collaboration from the very beginning – between environmental and development educators, between academia and NGOs and so on.

 

She said that EfS not being a fixed discipline or field, the course has been developed in line with solving real world problems, based mainly on practice, enabling students to explore and expand the role of EfS in their own personal and professional journeys.

 

To her, transformatory aspect is key to the course although which brings in tensions, such as allowing for transformation, emergence, openness and originality vs. learning outcomes.

 

She revealed that it was people who made the course a resounding success, especially the students.

 

She also mentioned Journeys around Education for Sustainability, the book that the course published in 2008 from the work of the course participants and directors.

 

Betty Okot (Keele University), an alumna from Uganda, talked about how the EfS course made her a confident agent of change, elaborating on her work in making positive change in community policing in Uganda.

 

Dr Paul Vare (University of Gloucestershire) emphasised that the economic goal is too narrow for education and that critical thinking should play a key role of education.

 

Safia Minney (founder of People Tree) suggested that more pressure should be exerted on governments and corporations to battle modern slavery and that the movie ‘True Cost’ should be shown to teachers.

 

Professor Craig Barker (Dean, School of Law and Social Sciences, LSBU) said that many countries takes responsibility seriously but international law is constrained by political will.

 

Course impact | Stories from students and alumni

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The session on the impact of the course was chaired by Dr Glenn Strachan (LSBU), who himself was a student on the course and then a co-director.

 

Students and alumni from Lesotho, Rwanda, UK and Cameroon (on Skype) shared their stories. The course has helped them in different ways, including:

  • Enhancing thinking and practice
  • To become what one wanted to be (now this student wants help others to become what they want to be)
  • To look deeply into the alternatives to the mainstream
  • To effect personal change for good in their own life and space
  • To become confident and effective agents of change

 

Sustainability at LSBU

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James Whittingham (Sustainability Manager at LSBU) outlined the university’s 3C-framework that drives sustainability change by addressing both hearts and minds of the LSBU community; the framework comprises campus, curriculum and community.

 

Students’ posters were on display during the lunch break.

 

Workshops

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(Poppy Flint’s photograph is from her LinkedIn profile)

 

A parallel session comprised two workshops and an exhibition:

  • Poppy Flint (This is Rubbish) on the anti-food waste edible educational programme
  • Alia Al Zougbi (HEC Global Learning Centre) on a global learning approach to teaching about refugees
  • Whole Earth Exhibition at LSBU (led by Rebecca Drahota, Annie Nilisson and Malin Lundberg)

 

‘Whole Earth?’ exhibition, launched in autumn 2015 at the Eden Project, is hosted by universities and schools in the UK and Scandinavia. It is a partnership between Hard Rain Project, the National Union of Students (NUS) and the Environmental the Association of Universities and Colleges (EAUC).

 

UK Commonwealth Scholarship Commission’s contribution to sustainable development

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(Main photograph from the Flickr photo album of Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the UK https://www.flickr.com/photos/cscuk/albums/72157676161994213)

 

Two representatives from the UK Commonwealth Scholarship Commission, which funds the African Scholarship programme of the course, outlined its contribution to sustainable development and empowerment through its scholarship scheme.

 

The RCE movement and Education for Sustainability (EfS)

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Professor Ros Wade (Chair, London Regional Centre of Expertise RCE in Education for Sustainable Development ESD) revealed how the existence of the course at LSBU was instrumental in the development of LSBU as the host of the RCE London, which is part of the UN University’s global RCE network. She drew attention to the European RCE meeting 2016 that RCE London and LSBU hosted in June last year.

 

Keynote | Future challenges for EfS

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What’s wrong with education today? Is the education that we are providing adequate to face the challenges that we are facing today? asked Professor Stephen Sterling, delivering the keynote on the future challenges for EfS.

 

Today, conventional knowledge is not adequate, he observed, emphasising that extraordinary times require extraordinary responses. He viewed the birth of this course as an example of such an extraordinary response from environmental and development education communities.

 

Good education should enable us to question assumptions, including our own, as this course encourages its students to do so, he said.

 

Future challenges for EfS are numerous, he said, taking tension as an example, between fragmentation and integration. Other challenges that he had mentioned include staying within fixed boundaries, issues related to labels and identities and obtaining better co-evaluation with society.

 

Although much more needs to be done, what EfS/ ESD (Education for Sustainable Development) has achieved in the last couple of decades is phenomenal, he observed. For instance, he said, in the 1990s EfS/ ESD was almost non-existent but today it enjoys global influence at the UN level.

 

Presentation of certificates

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After the keynote, Professor Sterling awarded certificates to the students who had participated in a recent residential of the course.

 

The day ended with a celebratory reception.

 

Note: All logos and screenshots are from respective websites.

 

 

More…

 

London South Bank University (LSBU)

 

RCE London | @RCELondon https://londonrcenews.wordpress.com/

 

WWF-UK @wwf_uk https://www.wwf.org.uk/

 

Oxfam UK @oxfamgb http://www.oxfam.org.uk/

 

Plymouth University | Centre for Sustainable Futures (CSF) @PlymouthCSF https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/your-university/sustainability/sustainability-education

 

University of Gloucestershire | Sustainability @UniGlosSustain http://sustainability.glos.ac.uk/

 

Keele University | Green Keele | @GreenKeele https://www.keele.ac.uk/greenkeele/

 

People Tree | @PeopleTree http://www.peopletree.co.uk/

 

HEC (Humanities Education Centre) Global Learning Centre @HECglobal http://www.globallearninglondon.org/

 

This is Rubbish @foodwaste http://www.thisisrubbish.org.uk/

 

Hard Rain / Whole Earth? exhibition http://www.hardrainproject.com/

 

Eden Project @edenproject http://www.edenproject.com/

 

Environmental the Association of Universities and Colleges (EAUC) @TheEAUC http://www.eauc.org.uk/

 

National Union of Students (NUS) | Sustainability http://sustainability.nus.org.uk/

 

The Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the UK @CommSchols http://cscuk.dfid.gov.uk/

 

 

New websites of the Sustainable University Experiment

Sustainability Education and Engagement through STORYTELLING

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Sustainability Storytelling website | https://sustystory.wordpress.com/

 

Sustainability through Science & Research COMMUNICATION (Knowledge journalism)

Sustainability Communication website | https://sustycomm.wordpress.com/

 

From The Sustainable University News website

 

ESD London Conference | Sustainability is a core theme in higher education today and will remain so tomorrow, says VC LSBU https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/06/15/esd-london-conference-sustainability-is-a-core-theme-in-higher-education-today-and-will-remain-so-tomorrow-says-vc-lsbu/

 

Newcastle Conf | Public engagement as a promoter of policymakers’ uptake of sustainability research findings? https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2016/11/14/newcastle-conf-public-engagement-as-a-promoter-of-policymakers-uptake-of-sustainability-research-findings/

 

Limits to growth, audacity of hope and moral imagination reign at CUSP Reinventing Prosperity event in London https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2016/12/11/limits-to-growth-audacity-of-hope-and-moral-imagination-reign-at-cusp-reinventing-prosperity-event-in-london/

 

Universities have an obligation to empower graduates to deal with climate change, says Porritt at LSBU https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2015/10/20/universities-have-an-obligation-to-empower-graduates-to-deal-with-climate-change-says-porritt-at-lsbu/

 

LSBU and RCE London host European RCE Meeting 2016 https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2016/09/27/lsbu-and-rce-london-host-european-rce-meeting-2016/

 

Delivering ESD and graduate attributes through Hybrid Problem-Based Learning https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/07/16/delivering-esd-and-graduate-attributes-through-hybrid-problem-based-learning/

 

Complexity, Interdisciplinarity and Sustainable Prosperity shine at Food-Energy-Water-Environment Nexus Conference 2015 https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2015/12/07/complexity-interdisciplinarity-and-sustainable-prosperity-shine-at-food-energy-water-environment-nexus-conference-2015/

 

From The Sustainable University Library

 

LSBU MSc in Education for Sustainability | How it enriched my perspective http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140507110247-101066234-lsbu-msc-in-education-for-sustainability-how-it-enriched-my-perspective

 

Education for Sustainability MSc at LSBU | A pioneer that brings together environment, development and education http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140905133659-101066234-education-for-sustainability-msc-at-lsbu-a-pioneer-that-brings-together-environment-development-and-education

 

The Sustainable University: Progress and prospects | Handbook to ‘the University of the Future’ http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20141002095117-101066234-the-sustainable-university-progress-and-prospects-handbook-to-the-university-of-the-future

 

Sustainability Engagement | Seven INNOVATION secrets discovered through my Sustainable University experiment https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/sustainability-engagement-seven-innovation-secrets-my-jayawardena

 

A university aspiring to do better in SUSTAINABILITY? The SUS (Sustainable University Support) Model as a helping hand? https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/university-aspiring-do-better-sustainability-sus-hand-jayawardena

 

New QAA/HEA ESD Guidance | Complementing UK Quality Code for Higher Education http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20141005134854-101066234-new-qaa-hea-esd-guidance-complementing-uk-quality-code-for-higher-education

 

Why universities should lead their wider communities’ sustainability endeavours | Three reasons https://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140606053309-101066234-why-universities-should-lead-their-wider-communities-sustainability-endeavours-three-reasons

 

A green tale of four UK universities | HEA Green Academy workshops – Worcester, Canterbury Christ Church, Bristol and Nottingham https://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140718111751-101066234-a-green-tale-of-four-uk-universities-hea-green-academy-workshops-worcester-canterbury-christ-church-bristol-and-nottingham

 

 

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The Sustainable University (SU) One-stop Shop | http://www.sustainableuni.kk5.org/

SU News https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/

The Sustainable University Support (SUS) Model https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/university-aspiring-do-better-sustainability-sus-hand-jayawardena

LinkedIn Group | SUSTAINABILITY | Education, Research & Engagement https://www.linkedin.com/groups/8102240/profile

Twitter | https://twitter.com/sustainableuni1 | #SustySTORY #SustyCOMM #SUSmodel #SUnews #AlienLETTER #GreenSTARS

Asitha on LinkedIn | http://uk.linkedin.com/in/asithaj/