UK academics’ sustainable development book launched at the UNEP

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Searching for Resilience in Sustainable Development: Learning Journeys in Conservation, a new book by two UK academics Professor Daniella Tilbury and Dr John Blewitt, was formally launched at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Headquarters in Nairobi Kenya on 27 November 2013. Professor Tilbury attended the event.

The launch, chaired by Mahesh Pradhan (Director of UNEP’s Global Universities Partnerships for Sustainability and Head of UNEP’s Environmental Education and Training Unit), was opened by Dr Elizabeth Mrema (Director, Division of Environmental Policy Implementation, UNEP).

The formal yet colourful occasion with traditional African celebrations, attended by 200 people, received valuable endorsements from UN officials, including Prof Kazuhiko Takemoto (Director of ESD, Institute of Advanced Studies, United Nations University, Tokyo).

The book examines how resilience may be created within our world’s web of ecological, socio-economic and cultural systems. Documenting emerging trends and future pathways for the conservation and sustainable development movement post Rio+20, it arrives at diverse but connected conclusions and questions related to the resilience of people and planet. Moreover, reflections about education and its contribution to sustainable development underpin most of its chapters.

Dr Blewitt is Co-Director of MSc Social Responsibility and Sustainability, Aston University, and a member of the IUCN Commission on Communication and Education. Professor Tilbury is Director of sustainability at the University of Gloucestershire, Chair of the UNESCO Monitoring and Evaluation Group for the DESD (Decade of Education for Sustainable Development) and President of COPERNICUS Alliance of Universities.

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Book on the Routledge website http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415524896/

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NEW BOOK: Searching for Resilience in Sustainable Development: Learning Journeys in Conservation https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/08/05/new-book-searching-for-resilience-in-sustainable-development-learning-journeys-in-conservation/

Tyndall Climate Change Conference: Radical Emission Reduction https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/12/04/tyndall-climate-change-conference-radical-emission-reduction/

COPERNICUS conf: Leadership in a Changing World: Higher education, sustainability and the new Global Action Programme on ESD

https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/12/03/copernicus-conf-leadership-in-a-changing-world-higher-education-sustainability-and-the-new-global-action-programme-on-esd/

UCL symposium focuses on Sustainable Resources for Sustainable Cities https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/11/14/ucl-symposium-focuses-on-sustainable-resources-for-sustainable-cities/

Climate change adaptation is an investment for the future, says Lord Krebs https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/07/11/climate-change-adaptation-is-an-investment-for-the-future-says-lord-krebs/

‘Climate Change: what sorts of knowledge for what sort of politics?’ https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2012/04/12/climate-change-what-sorts-of-knowledge-for-what-sort-of-politics/

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Higher Education’s role in building a sustainable world http://su-notes.blogspot.co.uk/2013_05_01_archive.html

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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NEW BOOK: Searching for Resilience in Sustainable Development: Learning Journeys in Conservation

SML-ResilienceBookSearching for Resilience in Sustainable Development: Learning Journeys in Conservation, a new book written by Dr John Blewitt and Professor Daniella Tilbury, examines how resilience may be created within our world’s web of ecological, socio-economic and cultural systems.

Documenting emerging trends and future pathways for the conservation and sustainable development movement post Rio+20, the book arrives at diverse but connected conclusions and questions related to the resilience of people and planet. Moreover, reflections about education and its contribution to sustainable development underpin most of its chapters.

The book will see two launch events in the UK and Kenya.

A public discussion and book launch will take place in Meeting Room 1 of the Library of Birmingham on 31 October 2013, 6.30 to 8.30pm, with the participation of a number of organizations, including The Schumacher Institute, Library of Birmingham, Sustainability West Midlands, E.ON, Localise West Midlands, the Royal Society of Arts, Pop Up Foundation, RailTrack/Quest for Solutions, Routledge-Earthscan, RCE Severn (UN endorsed Regional Centre for Sustainability Education) and Aston University.

Another launch will be held at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya on 23 November 2013, coinciding with the International Conference of the Regional Centres of Expertise (RCEs) in Education for Sustainable Development (ESD).

Dr Blewitt is co-director of MSc Social Responsibility and Sustainability, Aston University, and a member of the IUCN Commission on Communication and Education. Professor Tilbury is director of sustainability at the University of Gloucestershire and president of Copernicus Alliance of Universities.

 

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New website: The Guide to Quality and Education for Sustainability in Higher Education

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An online resource, titled ‘The Guide to Quality and Education for Sustainability,’ went live at http://efsandquality.glos.ac.uk in December 2012.

Developed as the core output for the project Leading Curriculum Change for Sustainability: Strategic Approaches to Quality Enhancement, a two-year project funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), this resource aims to share practice and insights from this initiative.

The project, which successfully concluded in September 2012, operated through an institutional arm (a consortium of five universities comprising Gloucestershire, Aston, Brighton, Exeter and Oxford Brookes) and a sector arm (working with Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education [QAA], Higher Education Academy [HEA] and an Expert Advisory Board chaired by QAA).

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CONFERENCE: Quality Assurance, Enhancement and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD): Creating a Framework for Dialogue

A national conference Quality Assurance, Enhancement and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD): Creating a Framework for Dialogue was held on 2 July 2012 at Aston University, UK. Anthony McClaran, CEO of the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA), delivered the keynote address ‘ESD and the quality landscape – policy, practice, priorities.’

 

A panel discussion on ‘ESD and quality – pathways and perspectives’ was followed by three parallel workshops on Leadership and change, Capacity building and CPD and National guidance on ESD. The programme also included an ESD and Quality Chat Show on student engagement and graduate profiles.

The conference was informed by Leading Curriculum Change for Sustainability: Strategic Approaches to Quality Enhancement, a project funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). This two-year project, scheduled to end in September 2012, is a result of the recognition of the need for strategic work to scale up efforts on ESD through the quality assurance and enhancement systems of higher education. Led by the University of Gloucestershire, the project operates through an institutional arm (a consortium of five universities comprising Gloucestershire, Aston, Brighton, Exeter and Oxford Brookes) and a sector arm (working with QAA, Higher Education Academy and an Expert Advisory Board chaired by QAA).

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CONFERENCE: Quality Assurance, Enhancement and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD): Creating a Framework for Dialogue

A national conference, titled ‘Quality Assurance, Enhancement and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD): Creating a Framework for Dialogue,’ will be held on 2 July 2012 at Aston University, UK. Anthony McClaran, CEO of the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA), will provide the headline presentation at this event, which will involve keynote speakers, plenary discussions and interactive workshops.

The conference is informed by Leading Curriculum Change for Sustainability: Strategic Approaches to Quality Enhancement, a project funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). This two-year project, scheduled to end in September 2012, is a result of the recognition of the need for strategic work to scale up efforts on ESD through the quality assurance and enhancement systems of higher education. Led by the University of Gloucestershire, the project operates through an institutional arm (a consortium of five universities comprising Gloucestershire, Aston, Brighton, Exeter and Oxford Brookes) and a sector arm (working with QAA, Higher Education Academy and an Expert Advisory Board chaired by QAA). The conference will bring together findings and insights emerging from the project.

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Nottingham Trent tops People and Planet Green League 2011

Nottingham Trent University topped the 2011 People and Planet Green League. It assessed the environmental and ethical performance of 142 universities in the UK. 

Gloucestershire, Worcester and Plymouth secured the next three places with Bournemouth and Greenwich tied at the fifth place. Last year, Bournemouth and Greenwich were 20th and 61st, respectively.

The top 20 universities are:

1 Nottingham Trent University

2 University of Gloucestershire

3 University of Worcester

4 University of Plymouth

5=Bournemouth University

5=University of Greenwich

7 Bath Spa University

8=University of East Anglia

8=University of Hertfordshire

8=Leeds Metropolitan University

8=University of Central Lancashire

12 Aston University

13 Edinburgh Napier University

14=University of Bradford

14=De Montfort University

14=University of Huddersfield

17 Manchester Metropolitan University

18 Kingston University

19 University of Ulster

20 University of Wales Institute, Cardiff

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