University of Gibraltar to host an international conference in Higher Education for Sustainable Development

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A three-day conference, titled ‘Universities as Beacons of Change: Education for Sustainability lighting up pathways for a new world,’ will take place at the University of Gibraltar, Gibraltar, UK, from 27 to 29 June 2016.

 

This international event, which is expected to bring together over 150 delegates interested in teaching and learning and sustainable development in higher education, will be structured around a number questions such as:

  • How can universities become beacons of change and good practice in Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)?
  • What type of teaching approaches and professional skills are needed to enable university educators to develop ESD in their own organisations?
  • How can we support university educators to develop professional competences in ESD?
  • What are the connections between ESD, professional development and quality enhancement in higher education?

 

The programme includes keynotes, parallel sessions and a Welcome. Among the confirmed keynote speakers are:

  • Dr Alexander Leicht (Chief of Section, Education for Sustainable Development, UNESCO Paris)
  • Prof Heila Lotz-Sisitka (Murray & Roberts Chair of Environmental Education and Sustainability at Rhodes University, South Africa)
  • Prof Nick Foskett (Chair of Academic Board, University of Gibraltar and Former Vice-Chancellor of Keele University, UK)
  • Prof Rodrigo Lozano (Subject Editor for the Journal of Cleaner Production and Assistant Professor at the University of Utrecht, the Netherlands)
  • Dr Fernando Galván Reula (President of CRUE-Sostenibilidad and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Alcalá, Spain)
  • Prof Daniella Tilbury (Director of UE4SD and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Gibraltar, Gibraltar)
  • Adriana Valenzuela (Ms.) (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Secretariat, Focal Point – Education, Training and Public Awareness)
  • Fabrice Millet (Chief, ASYCUDA Programme, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development)

 

Its organizers/sponsors are the University of Gibraltar, the University Educators for Sustainable Development (UE4SD) project and EU’s Lifelong Learning Programme.

 

Note: The photo part in the graphic is from the conference brochure.

 

 

More…

 

Conference webpage on UE4SD website http://www.ue4sd.eu/gibraltar

 

Conference contact conference@unigib.edu.gi

 

University of Gibraltar http://www.unigib.edu.gi/

 

 

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UNEP Greening Universities Toolkit | A global resource for advancing green and sustainable campuses https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/23/unep-greening-universities-toolkit-a-global-resource-for-advancing-green-and-sustainable-campuses/

 

The Sustainable University: Progress and prospects | Handbook to ‘the University of the Future’ https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/24/the-sustainable-university-progress-and-prospects-handbook-to-the-university-of-the-future/

 

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LSBU MSc in Education for Sustainability | How it enriched my perspective https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/17/lsbu-msc-in-education-for-sustainability-how-it-enriched-my-perspective/

 

A PBL toolkit for Sustainability Education | A Keele-Manchester-Staffordshire collaboration https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/23/a-pbl-toolkit-for-sustainability-education-a-keele-manchester-staffordshire-collaboration/

 

Why universities should lead their wider communities’ sustainability endeavours | Three reasons https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/17/why-universities-should-lead-their-wider-communities-sustainability-endeavours-three-reasons/

 

 

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New book | Professional development of European university educators on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2016/02/01/new-book-professional-development-of-european-university-educators-on-education-for-sustainable-development-esd/

 

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Five questions and 100 delegates from 15 countries: COPERNICUS conference on higher education, sustainability and ESD https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/01/13/five-questions-and-100-delegates-from-15-countries-copernicus-conference-on-higher-education-sustainability-and-esd/

 

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New book | Professional development of European university educators on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)

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A new book, titled Leading Practice Publication: Professional development of University Educators on Education for Sustainable Development in European countries, was launched at COPERNICUS Alliance Conference on Evaluation and Assessment of Higher Education for Sustainable Development in Madrid Spain in November 2015.

 

This book, which brings together – for the first time – best practice in higher education professional development and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), presents 13 best practice examples from 10 European countries, namely Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Germany, Greece, Latvia, Poland, Spain and the UK. It is the result of nearly two years of work (2013-2015) on the EU-funded project University Educators for Sustainable Development (UE4SD).

 

The book | Leading Practice Publication

 

This publication aims:

  • To provide an overview of the best practice examples of professional development opportunities for European university educators in the area of ESD
  • To inspire the reader to engage in supporting further developments in this field

 

It is structured around six main chapters:

  • PURPOSE highlights the importance of the higher education (HE) sector in addressing the challenges of sustainable development and in educating the future generation of leaders.
  • POLICY provides an overview of ESD strategy documents and current global developments including the UN Decade on ESD, the Global Action Programme and the UNECE Strategy on ESD.
  • PRINCIPLES deals with basic principles of ESD, teacher competences, quality enhancement and professional development at HE level.
  • EXAMPLES presents information on the selection process and development of the 13 best practice examples from 10 European countries providing university staff development on ESD.
  • REFLECTION summarises on the 13 case studies and provides an overview of key lessons learned.
  • PATHWAYS concludes with key messages and recommendations for future developments.

 

This publication is expected to serve as a reference point for current best practice in this important field of European higher education.

 

Two best practice examples from the UK

 

Among the 13 best practice examples are two from the UK:

  • Green Academy programme
  • Learning for Sustainable Futures programme

 

Green Academy programme, run by UK’s Higher Education Academy (HEA), is a change programme that brings together staff teams from different universities to plan, develop and implement ESD institution-wide change initiatives.

 

Learning for Sustainability Futures programme of the University of Gloucestershire provides professional development in ESD for both teaching staff and staff who support student learning.

 

The project | UE4SD

 

The University Educators for Sustainable Development (UE4SD) project (2013 to 2016), funded by the European Commission under Lifelong Learning Programme Erasmus Academic Networks (2013–2016), comprises 53 partners from 33 countries across Europe, divided into four regions.

 

The lead partner, the University of Gloucestershire (UK – North Hub), works closely with three core partners: the Autonomous University of Madrid (Spain – South Hub); Charles University in Prague (Czech Republic – East Hub); and Leuphana University of Lüneburg (Germany – West Hub). Moreover, activities of this project are closely associated with COPERNICUS Alliance – the European Network of Higher Education for Sustainable Development.

 

The project comprises three distinct stages, building an understanding of the situation at European HEIs and developing an effective response.

 

The first stage (2014) mapped the status of ESD in higher education and existing ESD professional development opportunities for university educators in Europe. The resulting four regional reports (UE4SD North, West, South, East), which summarised national mapping exercises conducted by the 53 partner institutions, were compiled as part of the State of the Art Report (link below for free download). This report analysed the situation and drew conclusions for all 33 countries across Europe. The mapping exercise showed that ESD is gaining importance in higher education across Europe, but the understanding of ESD and approaches to it differ.

 

The second stage (2015–2016) includes the development of practical resources for university educators in ESD, building upon the experience gained from the mapping stage of the project. This Leading Practice Publication and an associated Online Platform of Resources are part of this stage. The Online Platform of Resources is a collection of good practice examples of professional development opportunities for European higher education.

 

The third stage (2016) will include the development of an Academy for ESD in Higher Education based on the methodological materials and other resources collected in the first two stages.

 

Note: Logos in the graphic are from respective websites; cover of publication from the UE4SD website

 

 

More…..

 

News post on UE4SD project website http://www.ue4sd.eu/outcomes/111-leading-practice-publication-launched-at-the-ue4sd-annual-conference-in-madrid

 

Leading Practice Publication launched in Madrid http://www.copernicus-alliance.org/resources/news-archive/126-leading-practice-publication-launched-in-madrid

 

Leading Practice Publication PDF (free download) http://www.ue4sd.eu/images/2015/UE4SD-Leading-Practice-PublicationBG.pdf

 

Full reference

UE4SD (2015) Leading Practice Publication: Professional development of university educators on Education for Sustainable Development in European countries. Editors: Kapitulčinová, D., Dlouhá, J., Ryan, A., Dlouhý, J., Barton, A., Mader, M., Tilbury, D., Mulà, I., Benayas, J., Alba, D., Mader, C., Michelsen, G., Vintar Mally, K. Charles University in Prague, Prague, 136 pp.

 

Green Academy programme https://www.heacademy.ac.uk/workstreams-research/themes/education-sustainable-development/green-academy

 

Learning for Sustainable Futures programme (brochure) http://www.glos.ac.uk/docs/download/Sustainability/Learning-for-sustainable-futures-LSF-brochure.pdf

 

COPERNICUS Alliance Conference 2015 in pics http://www.copernicus-alliance.org/resources/news-archive/125-ca-conference-2015-in-photos

 

European Commission | Lifelong Learning Programme http://ec.europa.eu/education/tools/llp_en.htm

 

 

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Five questions and 100 delegates from 15 countries: COPERNICUS conference on higher education, sustainability and ESD https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/01/13/five-questions-and-100-delegates-from-15-countries-copernicus-conference-on-higher-education-sustainability-and-esd/

 

Universities have an obligation to empower students 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/

 

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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/

 

New website: The Guide to Quality and Education for Sustainability in Higher Education https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2012/12/13/new-website-the-guide-to-quality-and-education-for-sustainability-in-higher-education/

 

New TOOLKIT: Problem-Based Learning: A Case Study of Sustainability Education https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/10/24/new-toolkit-problem-based-learning-a-case-study-of-sustainability-education/

 

 

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Education for Sustainability MSc at LSBU | A pioneer that brings together environment, development and education https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/23/education-for-sustainability-msc-at-lsbu-a-pioneer-that-brings-together-environment-development-and-education/

 

New QAA/HEA ESD Guidance | Complementing UK Quality Code for Higher Education https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/24/new-qaahea-esd-guidance-complementing-uk-quality-code-for-higher-education/

 

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UNEP Greening Universities Toolkit | A global resource for advancing green and sustainable campuses https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/23/unep-greening-universities-toolkit-a-global-resource-for-advancing-green-and-sustainable-campuses/

 

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A report that spans 53 institutions in 33 European countries | ESD professional development in higher education

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A recently published report, titled ‘State of the Art Report: Mapping opportunities for developing Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) competences in the UE4SD partner countries’, shows that ESD has earned recognition in higher education across Europe and a growing number of universities have formal commitments to ESD as part of corporate sustainability activities. Reflecting on the status of ESD professional development in higher education, the report also notes the variety of approaches in use, examples of innovative practice, and the need for clearer focus on professional competences in ESD.

This report, published in November 2014, is part of a three-year project entitled University Educators for Sustainable Development (UE4SD), funded by the European Commission under the Lifelong Learning Programme – Erasmus Academic Networks and led by the University of Gloucestershire.

UE4SD, the project

UE4SD is a partnership of higher education institutions (HEI), organisations, agencies and associations across Europe and beyond. This project’s 54 partners across 33 countries in Europe come from four regional hubs: The North region (coordinated by the University of Gloucestershire, UK), the West region (Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Germany), the South region (the Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain), and the East region (Charles University Prague, Czech Republic). Among the partners of this project are two UK universities – University of Gloucestershire and London South Bank University (LSBU). Moreover, activities of this project are closely associated with COPERNICUS Alliance – the European Network of Higher Education for Sustainable Development.

Exploring pathways for progressing sustainability innovation in higher education, UE4SD seeks to improve professional development opportunities for university educators in ESD. It strives to develop professional competences and academic leadership capabilities in ESD and to enable teaching staff to reorient curricula and prepare students for understanding and applying their professional and global responsibilities in sustainable development. UE4SD aims to establish a leading expert group in ESD competences in higher education in Europe and a platform for sharing the expertise of network partners with the aim of informing policy and practice.

The report

This 54-page report – authored by Marlene Mader, Gerd Michelsen, Clemens Mader and Simon Burandt (Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Germany); Daniella Tilbury and Alex Ryan (University of Gloucestershire, UK); Jana Dlouhá, Andrew Barton and Jiří Dlouhý (Charles Universty Prague, Czech Republic), and David Alba and Javier Benayas (Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain) – analyses the findings of four regional reports, which summarized the national mapping exercises conducted by 53 UE4SD partner institutions in 33 European countries.

This study identified existing policy developments and strategic commitments for ESD in higher education across the different countries, and collected the examples of best practice in supporting professional development in this area.

This report will inform the second and third phases of the project, which seek to develop a leading practice publication on professional development in ESD for university educators and an online platform of resources. These outputs will in turn support the establishment of an Academy for ESD in Higher Education.

Graphic created using images from UE4SD website

 

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Download report (PDF) http://www.ue4sd.eu/images/RegionalMapping/UE4SD_State-of-the-art-report.pdf

Press release on the report http://www.ue4sd.eu/outcomes/press-releases-2/89-press-release-esd-professional-development-of-university-educators

Referencing the report: UE4SD (2014) Mapping opportunities for professional development of university educators in Education for Sustainable Development: A state of the art report across 33 UE4SD partner countries. Authors: Mader, M., Tilbury, D., Dlouhá, J., Benayas, J., Michelsen, G., Mader, C., Burandt, S., Ryan, A., Barton, A., Dlouhý, J., and Alba, D., University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham, 53 pp.

University Educators for Sustainable Development (UE4SD) http://www.ue4sd.eu/

COPERNICUS Alliance http://www.copernicus-alliance.org/

 

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Sustainability in UK higher education | Ten great moments in 2014 https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/sustainability-uk-higher-education-ten-great-moments-2014-asitha

My Top Ten posts in 2014.. on Sustainability in Higher Education & ESD https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/my-top-ten-posts-2014-sustainability-higher-education-jayawardena

Ten ways to supplement QAA-HEA Guidance on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)? Some food for thought http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20141015094227-101066234-ten-ways-to-supplement-qaa-hea-guidance-on-education-for-sustainable-development-esd-some-food-for-thought

As UN Decade of ESD ends, Global Action Programme (GAP) on ESD begins… http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20141010093657-101066234-as-un-decade-of-esd-ends-global-action-programme-gap-on-esd-begins

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

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

Green Gown Awards | An international celebration of sustainability in tertiary education https://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/green-gown-awards-international-asitha

Is UK Higher Education taking a GREEN turn? Sector bodies, student community, award schemes and universities – a look at their recent activity http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140812094439-101066234-is-uk-higher-education-taking-a-green-turn-sector-bodies-student-community-award-schemes-and-universities-a-look-at-their-recent-activity

Positioning itself at the pinnacle of global higher education | Can UK higher education use sustainability as a vehicle? http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140817165316-101066234-positioning-itself-at-the-pinnacle-of-global-higher-education-can-uk-higher-education-use-sustainability-as-a-vehicle

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

UNEP Greening Universities Toolkit | A global resource for advancing green and sustainable campuses http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140831181150-101066234-unep-greening-universities-toolkit-a-global-resource-for-advancing-green-and-sustainable-campuses

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

Embedding sustainability in the curriculum – Gloucestershire style | Nine projects, from Fashion through Sports to Religion http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140901134854-101066234-embedding-sustainability-in-the-curriculum-gloucestershire-style-nine-projects-from-fashion-through-sports-to-religion

A PBL toolkit for Sustainability Education | A Keele-Manchester-Staffordshire collaboration http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140904124448-101066234-a-pbl-toolkit-for-sustainability-education-a-keele-manchester-staffordshire-collaboration

Embedding sustainability in Civil Engineering curriculum | Some bricks for thought http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140819151549-101066234-embedding-sustainability-in-civil-engineering-curriculum-some-bricks-for-thought

A visual celebration of good practice in sustainability | 40 photos from 18 UK universities http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140709082957-101066234-a-visual-celebration-of-good-practice-in-sustainability-40-photos-from-18-uk-universities

Sustainability | A balancing act? Four of them? https://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140409090334-101066234-sustainability-a-balancing-act-four-of-them

Making sense of sustainability (or sustainable development) | A look at seven definitions http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140414095133-101066234-making-sense-of-sustainability-or-sustainable-development-a-look-at-seven-definitions

Sustainability-oriented poetry | Ten unforgettable pieces from Byron to Tennyson http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140421183727-101066234-sustainability-oriented-poetry-ten-unforgettable-pieces-from-byron-to-tennyson

Sustainability-oriented quotes and sayings | Twenty gems from Native Americans to Einstein http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140524074906-101066234-sustainability-oriented-quotes-and-sayings-twenty-gems-from-native-americans-to-einstein
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Gloucestershire event | Turning tides in Education for Sustainability (EfS) across higher education

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An annual event, titled ‘Turning tides in Education for Sustainability (EfS) across higher education,’ will take place at the University of Gloucestershire on 2 July 2014.

 

This event will share EfS project experiences at the University of Gloucestershire and EfS innovations in educational thinking and academic practice at several other universities.

 

The day will begin with a welcome by Maxine Melling (Pro-Vice Chancellor), followed by an Introduction to Learning for Sustainable Futures Scheme by Professor Daniella Tilbury (Dean and Director of Sustainability). Professor Sharon Turnbull (Leadership Trust) will outline the aims of the event: Progressing EfS across higher education.

 

The programme features three sessions

  • Culture, community and curriculum – new pathways
  • Learning from our experiences – institutional development in EfS
  • Raising the stakes – improving student experiences

 

Session 1: Culture, community and curriculum – new pathways:

  • EfS and Fashion: Designing EfS into the Curriculum | Satyen Patel/ Nick Sargeant, School of Art & Design, University of Gloucestershire (UoG)
  • Using EfS through Online Learning in Philosophy of Religion | Dr Roy Jackson, School of Humanities, UoG
  • Bringing Community Projects into the Curriculum through EfS | Ben Moreland, School of Sport & Exercise, UoG

 

Session 2: Learning from our experiences – institutional development in EfS

  • The Futures Initiative | Dr Stephen Scoffham & Dr Peter Rands, Canterbury Christ Church University
  • ESD strategies and programme development plans | Kathryn Foot, Royal Agricultural University
  • Institution-wide curriculum projects initiative | Will Bowen-Jones, University of Worcester
  • Learning for Sustainable Futures scheme | Dr Alex Ryan, UoG

 

Session 3: Raising the stakes – improving student experiences

  • Social Learning for EfS: the Open Voice initiative | Bruce Goodwin, Senior Chaplain, Student Services, UoG
  • EfS Competencies Portfolio for Students | Richard Millican/Tim Morgan, Institute of Education & Public Services
  • Student Voices for EfS in the Business School | Tom Newman, Opportunities Manager, Student Union, UoG

 

A chat show, comprising Q&A with project leaders on Embedding EfS in the Curriculum, will also take place.

 

During lunch, Dr Ingrid Mula (Copernicus Alliance) will deliver a presentation on an EU-funded project, the University Educators for Sustainable Development (UE4SD).

 

The day will end with a discussion groups session on ‘Student and sector influences and EfS futures’, followed by a plenary discussion.

 

Image adapted from the event programme

 

 

More…

 

Event programme http://insight.glos.ac.uk/sustainability/news/Documents/LFSF%20July2014%20Event%20Programme%20FINAL.pdf

 

Sustainability Education | University of Gloucestershire http://insight.glos.ac.uk/sustainability/Education/Pages/default.aspx

 

Sustainability | University of Gloucestershire http://insight.glos.ac.uk/sustainability/Pages/default.aspx

 

University Educators for Sustainable Development (UE4SD) http://www.ue4sd.eu/

 

 

Related posts on The Sustainable University News & Info website (this website)

 

Gloucestershire workshop on Education for Sustainability in Higher Education https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/06/26/gloucestershire-workshop-on-education-for-sustainability-in-higher-education/

 

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/

 

Five questions and 100 delegates from 15 countries: COPERNICUS conference on higher education, sustainability and ESD https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/01/13/five-questions-and-100-delegates-from-15-countries-copernicus-conference-on-higher-education-sustainability-and-esd/

 

New website: The Guide to Quality and Education for Sustainability in Higher Education https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2012/12/13/new-website-the-guide-to-quality-and-education-for-sustainability-in-higher-education/

 

CONFERENCE: Quality Assurance, Enhancement and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD): Creating a Framework for Dialogue https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2012/07/03/conference-quality-assurance-enhancement-and-education-for-sustainable-development-esd-creating-a-framework-for-dialogue/

 

ESD has made inroads in new pedagogical ideas in future flexible higher education – HEA report https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/11/25/esd-has-made-inroads-in-new-pedagogical-ideas-in-future-flexible-higher-education-hea-report/

 

UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/01/06/unesco-world-conference-on-education-for-sustainable-development-esd/

 

Informal communication has a key role in sustainability-oriented institutional change, says Green Academy Lead at Worcester https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/06/02/informal-communication-has-a-key-role-in-sustainability-oriented-institutional-change-says-green-academy-lead-at-worcester/

 

Sustainability leadership is all around us, says Director SD at Canterbury Christ Church University https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/05/21/sustainability-leadership-is-all-around-us-says-director-sd-at-canterbury-christ-church-university/

 

Disciplines speak ‘Sustainability’ in different languages, says ESD academic lead at Bristol https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/05/15/disciplines-speak-sustainability-in-different-languages-says-esd-academic-lead-at-bristol/

 

Online learning is a driver for sustainability, says Dr Speight at HEA-Nottingham seminar https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/03/10/online-learning-is-a-driver-for-sustainability-says-dr-speight-at-hea-nottingham-seminar/

 

HEFCE London event: NHS Sustainable Development jab to higher education https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/02/03/hefce-london-event-nhs-sustainable-development-jab-to-higher-education/

 

Three years of innovation in sustainability in higher education and ESD | The Sustainable University One-stop Shop https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/04/02/three-years-of-innovation-in-sustainability-in-higher-education-and-esd-the-sustainable-university-one-stop-shop/

 

London South Bank University (LSBU) in Africa: Education for Sustainability (EfS) Residential 2013 https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/12/13/london-south-bank-university-lsbu-in-africa-education-for-sustainability-efs-residential-2013/

 

QAA/HEA ESD Guidance Document for UK higher education goes under consultation https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/11/07/qaahea-esd-guidance-document-for-uk-higher-education-goes-under-consultation/

 

UNEP publishes Greening Universities Toolkit https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/08/07/unep-publishes-greening-universities-toolkit/

 

Times Higher Education Awards 2013: Greenwich wins Outstanding Contribution to Sustainable Development https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/12/01/times-higher-education-awards-2013-greenwich-wins-outstanding-contribution-to-sustainable-development/

 

HEA-NUS Report 2013: Student attitudes towards and skills for sustainable development https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/10/03/hea-nus-report-2013-student-attitudes-towards-and-skills-for-sustainable-development/

 

New TOOLKIT: Problem-Based Learning: A Case Study of Sustainability Education https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/10/24/new-toolkit-problem-based-learning-a-case-study-of-sustainability-education/

 

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/

 

 

Related ESD posts on LinkedIn (#asiLI)

 

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

 

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

 

A game of plates at ‘Growth vs. Earth’ Café | Who depends on whom? http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140407045738-101066234-a-game-of-plates-at-growth-vs-earth-caf%C3%A9-who-depends-on-whom?

 

Sustainability | A balancing act? Four of them? https://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140409090334-101066234-sustainability-a-balancing-act-four-of-them

 

Making sense of sustainability (or sustainable development) | A look at seven definitions http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140414095133-101066234-making-sense-of-sustainability-or-sustainable-development-a-look-at-seven-definitions

 

Sustainability-oriented poetry | Ten unforgettable pieces from Byron to Tennyson http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140421183727-101066234-sustainability-oriented-poetry-ten-unforgettable-pieces-from-byron-to-tennyson

 

Sustainability-oriented quotes and sayings | Twenty gems from Native Americans to Einstein http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140524074906-101066234-sustainability-oriented-quotes-and-sayings-twenty-gems-from-native-americans-to-einstein

 

 

Related posts on The Sustainable University Notes blog

 

Education’s role in addressing sustainability and ESD http://su-notes.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/educations-role-in-addressing.html

 

Higher Education’s role in building a sustainable world http://su-notes.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/higher-educations-role-in-building.html

 

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

 

 

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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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/

 

Related posts on The Sustainable University Notes blog

Education’s role in addressing sustainability and ESD http://su-notes.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/educations-role-in-addressing.html

Higher Education’s role in building a sustainable world http://su-notes.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/higher-educations-role-in-building.html

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

 

Related posts on The Sustainable University News & Info website

UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/01/06/unesco-world-conference-on-education-for-sustainable-development-esd/

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/

Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) London Conference 2014: Call for Papers https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/11/11/education-for-sustainable-development-esd-london-conference-2014-call-for-papers/

HEFCE consultation on Sustainable Development Framework until 7 February 2014 https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/12/17/hefce-consultation-on-sustainable-development-framework-until-7-february-2014/

House of Commons launch: UK’s Rio+20 Manifesto to strengthen education’s role in sustainable development https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/12/09/house-of-commons-launch-uks-rio20-manifesto-to-strengthen-educations-role-in-sustainable-development/

Online consultation on QAA/HEA draft guidance on ESD for UK higher education open until 3 January 2014 https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/11/29/online-consultation-on-qaahea-draft-guidance-on-esd-for-uk-higher-education-open-until-3-january-2014-2/

ESD has made inroads in new pedagogical ideas in future flexible higher education – HEA report https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/11/25/esd-has-made-inroads-in-new-pedagogical-ideas-in-future-flexible-higher-education-hea-report/

London South Bank University (LSBU) in Africa: Education for Sustainability (EfS) Residential 2013 https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/12/13/london-south-bank-university-lsbu-in-africa-education-for-sustainability-efs-residential-2013/

QAA/HEA ESD Guidance Document for UK higher education goes under consultation https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/11/07/qaahea-esd-guidance-document-for-uk-higher-education-goes-under-consultation/

UNEP publishes Greening Universities Toolkit https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/08/07/unep-publishes-greening-universities-toolkit/

Times Higher Education Awards 2013: Greenwich wins Outstanding Contribution to Sustainable Development https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/12/01/times-higher-education-awards-2013-greenwich-wins-outstanding-contribution-to-sustainable-development/

Green Gown Awards 2013 – Winners and Highly Commended https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/11/13/green-gown-awards-2013-winners-and-highly-commended-2/

HEA-NUS Report 2013: Student attitudes towards and skills for sustainable development https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/10/03/hea-nus-report-2013-student-attitudes-towards-and-skills-for-sustainable-development/

New TOOLKIT: Problem-Based Learning: A Case Study of Sustainability Education https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/10/24/new-toolkit-problem-based-learning-a-case-study-of-sustainability-education/

Keele Conference on Student Action for Sustainability https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/10/14/keele-conference-on-student-action-for-sustainability/

New website: The Guide to Quality and Education for Sustainability in Higher Education https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2012/12/13/new-website-the-guide-to-quality-and-education-for-sustainability-in-higher-education/

CONFERENCE: Quality Assurance, Enhancement and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD): Creating a Framework for Dialogue https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2012/07/03/conference-quality-assurance-enhancement-and-education-for-sustainable-development-esd-creating-a-framework-for-dialogue/

Gloucestershire workshop on Education for Sustainability in Higher Education https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/06/26/gloucestershire-workshop-on-education-for-sustainability-in-higher-education/

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/

NUS announces 25 Students’ Green Fund projects in England https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/08/14/nus-announces-25-students-green-fund-projects-in-england/

UK workshop on Turnaround Leadership for Sustainability in Higher Education https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2012/06/13/uk-workshop-on-turnaround-leadership-for-sustainability-in-higher-education/

Severn RCE workshop on Sustainability Leadership in Higher Education https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2011/12/29/severn-rce-workshop-on-sustainability-leadership-in-higher-education/

 

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

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

This international conference will take 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. Bringing together CA members and signatories of the Rio+20 Treaty on Higher Education, it welcomes participants interested in the future of higher education for sustainability.

With a focus on global platforms, institutional development and student leadership for sustainable development in higher education, the conference will ask questions such as:

  • 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 two-day event is structured around the following themes:

  • Day 1: University Leadership for Sustainability
  • Day 2: (a) Student Leadership for Sustainability (b) COPERNICUS Alliance

Day 1 will begin with a welcome by Professor Steven Marston, Vice-Chancellor, University of Gloucestershire. In her welcome address, Professor Daniella Tilbury (Chair of the UNESCO Monitoring and Evaluation Group for the DESD and President of COPERNICUS Alliance) will share the headlines from the UNESCO Higher Education Report that will inform the DESD Final Report and dialogues at the World Conference on ESD to be held in Nagoya in November 2014.

The day will feature six keynotes, three in the morning and three in the afternoon:

  • Dr Alexander Leicht (TBC) (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
  • Dr Lorna Down (Teacher Education Expert at the University of 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 first day will also include an interactive panel discussion, discussion groups and parallel sessions. Professor Clemens Mader (Visiting Professor for Environment and Sustainability in the Region at Leuphana University of Lüneburg and Vice-President of CA, Germany) will summarise the day’s dialogues and outcomes and will also share insights on the transformational role of higher education as outlined in the Rio+20 Treaty on Higher Education, an initiative coordinated by CA.

Day 2, which will start with a welcome by Dr. Ingrid Mulà (CA, UK), will see three keynotes in the morning:

  • Jamie Agombar (Ethical and Environmental Manager, National Union of Students NUS, UK): Results of a study that captures a national picture of university student expectations in ESD, new Students’ Green Fund and Intelligent Energy Europe project
  • 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

The day will also see an interactive panel discussion and a session on sharing of student sustainability projects and will end with CA Annual General Meeting (for CA members only).

The reflections and proposals arising from the conference will be presented to the organisers of the World Conference on ESD to be held in November 2014 in Nagoya, Japan.

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.

Image is adapted from the cover of the conference brochure

 

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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 section 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 satellite websites of the Sustainable University One-stop Shop

Blog/ reflective diary

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

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/

News

Online consultation on QAA/HEA draft guidance on ESD for UK higher education open until 3 January 2014 https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/11/29/online-consultation-on-qaahea-draft-guidance-on-esd-for-uk-higher-education-open-until-3-january-2014-2/

Times Higher Education Awards 2013: Greenwich wins Outstanding Contribution to Sustainable Development https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/12/01/times-higher-education-awards-2013-greenwich-wins-outstanding-contribution-to-sustainable-development/

ESD has made inroads in new pedagogical ideas in future flexible higher education – HEA report https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/11/25/esd-has-made-inroads-in-new-pedagogical-ideas-in-future-flexible-higher-education-hea-report/

Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) London Conference 2014: Call for Papers https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/11/11/education-for-sustainable-development-esd-london-conference-2014-call-for-papers/

QAA/HEA ESD Guidance Document for UK higher education goes under consultation https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/11/07/qaahea-esd-guidance-document-for-uk-higher-education-goes-under-consultation/

UNEP publishes Greening Universities Toolkit https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/08/07/unep-publishes-greening-universities-toolkit/

Green Gown Awards 2013 – Winners and Highly Commended https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/11/13/green-gown-awards-2013-winners-and-highly-commended-2/

HEA-NUS Report 2013: Student attitudes towards and skills for sustainable development https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/10/03/hea-nus-report-2013-student-attitudes-towards-and-skills-for-sustainable-development/

New TOOLKIT: Problem-Based Learning: A Case Study of Sustainability Education https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/10/24/new-toolkit-problem-based-learning-a-case-study-of-sustainability-education/

Keele Conference on Student Action for Sustainability https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/10/14/keele-conference-on-student-action-for-sustainability/

New website: The Guide to Quality and Education for Sustainability in Higher Education https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2012/12/13/new-website-the-guide-to-quality-and-education-for-sustainability-in-higher-education/

CONFERENCE: Quality Assurance, Enhancement and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD): Creating a Framework for Dialogue https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2012/07/03/conference-quality-assurance-enhancement-and-education-for-sustainable-development-esd-creating-a-framework-for-dialogue/

Gloucestershire workshop on Education for Sustainability in Higher Education https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/06/26/gloucestershire-workshop-on-education-for-sustainability-in-higher-education/

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/

NUS announces 25 Students’ Green Fund projects in England https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/08/14/nus-announces-25-students-green-fund-projects-in-england/

UK workshop on Turnaround Leadership for Sustainability in Higher Education https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2012/06/13/uk-workshop-on-turnaround-leadership-for-sustainability-in-higher-education/

Severn RCE workshop on Sustainability Leadership in Higher Education https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2011/12/29/severn-rce-workshop-on-sustainability-leadership-in-higher-education/

 

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Rio+20 Treaty on Higher Education: Engaging Communities of Learning in Change for Sustainability

GUNi-eventRio+20 Treaty on Higher Education: Engaging Communities of Learning in Change for Sustainability, a side event of the 6th International Barcelona Conference on Higher Education  organised by the Global University Network for Innovation (GUNi), will be held at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, in Barcelona on 13 May 2013.

 

This event, co-organised by COPERNICUS Alliance and the United Nations University Advanced Studies Institute (UNU IAS), through its Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) initiative, aims to discuss the Rio+20 Treaty on Higher Education and to share innovative practice in sustainability in higher education.

 

The participants can select one panel from each of the following two groups:

  • Whole institution approach to sustainable development; Social responsibility
  • Learning for sustainable development; Community engagement and outreach

 

The plenary will be on ‘Leading transformational change in higher education.’

 

The event’s outcome will be a publication to be launched at the end of the year.

 

Image from Rio+20 Treaty on Higher Education website

 

More…

 

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