LSBU and RCE London host European RCE Meeting 2016

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The European RCE Meeting 2016 (#RCELondon2016) took place at London South Bank University (LSBU) on 23-24 June 2016.

 

Hosted by LSBU and the London Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), this two day event was attended by nearly 50 participants and most were representatives from 17 RCEs across Europe, which are part of the global RCE network of the United Nations University.

 

The first day of the meeting began with a brief outline by Professor Ros Wade (Chair, RCE London) and Professor Pat Bailey (Deputy Vice Chancellor and Sustainability Lead at LSBU) welcomed the participants to LSBU.

 

During the day, the participants focused on finding synergies in the European RCE community and on tackling thematic challenges under the current policy frameworks COP21, SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) and TTIP. Moreover, they strived to identify the roles that RCEs can play in the GAP (Global Action Programme on ESD) and SDGs while exploring opportunities for collaboration within RCEs and beyond. They also considered the challenges that lie ahead.

 

In the meantime, they did not forget to share and celebrate the excellent work that European RCEs are doing across the continent, sometimes with non-European partners.

 

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Among the key elements of the first day’s programme were:

  • Setting the global context – Implications for RCEs | Dr Hugh Atkinson (Schumacher Institute of Sustainable Solutions)
  • Poster session: RCEs – state of the art: What is going on in Europe?
  • Report back from visit to UNESCO | Dr Jaya Gajparia (LSBU)
  • Working groups (world café) on key issues and GAP/ SDG priority areas
  • Transition Town Movement: linking local communities, local action with global issues | Hilary Jennings (Transition Town Movement)
  • Workshop: Skills for ESD | Dr Glenn Strachan (LSBU) and Betsy King

 

Day Two, with a focus on celebrating Refugee Week, mainly comprised a workshop and discussion forum on the issue of migration and refugees and implications for the role of RCEs. A draft position paper ‘Education as a Tool for Responding European Refugee Crisis’ prepared by Dr Pinar Guner (LSBU) was discussed by the participants.

 

Among the key elements of the second day’s programme were:

  • Refugee Stories | Alia Alzougbi (HEC Global Learning Centre, London)
  • Key points from and purpose of the draft position paper for RCEs | Dr Pinar Guner (LSBU) (Resource person: Professor Gaim Kibreab, LSBU)
  • Group Discussion: What is the role for RCEs? | Facilitators: Ros Wade and Lynn Vickery
  • Preparation for the next Global RCE Conference | Facilitators: Lynn Vickery and Hugh Atkinson

 

A report of the meeting was sent for dissemination by the RCE Service Centre.

 

The next European RCE meeting will be hosted by RCE Dortmund in Germany in 2018.

 

Photographs by Asitha Jayawardena

 

More…

 

Photos of the European RCE Meeting 2016 in London https://londonrcenews.wordpress.com/photos-european-rce-meeting-2016/

 

LSBU to host European RCE Meeting 2016 in London on 23-24 June https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2016/06/18/lsbu-to-host-european-rce-meeting-2016-in-london-on-23-24-june/

 

RCE London website https://londonrcenews.wordpress.com/

 

RCE London on Global RCE Network website http://www.rce-network.org/portal/london

 

London South Bank University (LSBU) | Sustainability http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/about-us/sustainability

 

 

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From The Sustainable University Library

 

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/

 

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 game of plates at ‘Growth vs. Earth’ Café | Who depends on whom? https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/01/30/a-game-of-plates-at-growth-vs-earth-cafe-who-depends-on-whom/

 

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/

 

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/

 

A green tale of four UK universities | HEA Green Academy workshops – Worcester, Canterbury Christ Church, Bristol and Nottingham https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/17/a-green-tale-of-four-uk-universities-hea-green-academy-workshops-worcester-canterbury-christ-church-bristol-and-nottingham/

 

As UN Decade of ESD ends, Global Action Programme (GAP) on ESD begins… https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/24/as-un-decade-of-esd-ends-global-action-programme-gap-on-esd-begins/

 

 

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LSBU to host European RCE Meeting 2016 in London on 23-24 June

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The European RCE Meeting 2016 (#RCELondon2016) will take place at London South Bank University (LSBU) on 23-24 June 2016.

 

In this two-day event hosted by the London Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and LSBU, participants will focus on finding synergies in the European RCE community and on tackling thematic challenges under the current policy frameworks COP21, SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) and TTIP. They will also aim to identify within the GAP (Global Action Programme on ESD) key priority areas in which RCEs can collaborate.

 

Day Two will centre around Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) and migration issues. With a focus on GAP Priority Action Area 5, i.e. accelerating sustainable solutions at local level, a plan from the RCE perspective will be drawn for encouraging local communities and municipal authorities to develop community-based ESD programmes.

 

The programme of the event, which will open with a welcome and introduction to London RCE and London Southbank University Professor Pat Bailey (Deputy Vice Chancellor and Sustainability lead at LSBU), will feature a number of speakers, including:

  • Dr Hugh Atkinson (Schumacher Institute of Sustainable Solutions)
  • Hilary Jennings (Transition Town Movement)
  • Dr Glenn Strachan (LSBU)
  • Dr Deborah Andrews (LSBU)
  • Alia Azoubhy (Humanities Education Centre)
  • Professor Gaim Kibreab (LSBU)
  • Dr Pinar Guner

 

Members of European RCEs as well as anyone interested in becoming an RCE in Europe is also welcome to attend this meeting.

 

For the Agenda, please click here Agenda for European RCE meeting 2016

 

For free registration, please visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/european-rce-meeting-2016-tickets-23808359444

 

Notes

  • Coordination of notes and report: Professor Ros Wade and Lynn Vickery (LSBU)
  • Vox pops video clips and photos: Dr Jaya Gajparia
  • Logos in the graphic are from respective websites.

 

More….

 

News post on the RCE portal http://www.rce-network.org/portal/european-rce-meeting-2016

 

London RCE website https://londonrcenews.wordpress.com/

 

London RCE on Global RCE Network website http://www.rce-network.org/portal/london

 

Global Action Programme (GAP) on ESD http://www.unesco.org/new/en/unesco-world-conference-on-esd-2014/esd-after-2014/global-action-programme/

 

Accelerating sustainable solutions at local level – Priority Action Area 5 http://en.unesco.org/gap/priority-action-areas/local-level

 

COP21 Paris http://www.cop21.gouv.fr/en/

 

The Transatlantic Trade Investment Partnership (TTIP) http://ec.europa.eu/trade/policy/in-focus/ttip/

 

Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) http://www.unesco.org/new/en/education/themes/education-building-blocks/technical-vocational-education-and-training-tvet/

 

London South Bank University (LSBU) | Sustainability http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/about-us/sustainability

 

 

#AlienLETTER series | Sustainability education through storytelling-driven letter writing

 

#AlienLETTER 1 | Paris climate change deal costs Earth a galactic award, reveals an alien letter to the UN https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/paris-climate-change-deal-costs-earth-galactic-award-un-jayawardena

 

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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/

 

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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/

 

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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)

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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

 

 

From The Sustainable University News website | #SUnews

 

A report that spans 53 institutions in 33 European countries | ESD professional development in higher education https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2015/02/11/a-report-that-spans-53-institutions-in-33-european-countries-esd-professional-development-in-higher-education/

 

Gloucestershire holds event on Student Experience with EfS – with Plymouth, UEA & Wales TSD as guests https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2015/06/18/gloucestershire-holds-event-on-student-experience-with-efs-with-plymouth-uea-wales-tsd-as-guests/

 

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/

 

Formally launched! QAA-HEA ESD Guidance for UK higher education providers https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/10/24/formally-launched-qaa-hea-esd-guidance-for-uk-higher-education-providers/

 

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/

 

 

From The Sustainable University Library | #LibrarySU

 

A green tale of four UK universities | HEA Green Academy workshops – Worcester, Canterbury Christ Church, Bristol and Nottingham https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/17/a-green-tale-of-four-uk-universities-hea-green-academy-workshops-worcester-canterbury-christ-church-bristol-and-nottingham/

 

Embedding sustainability in the curriculum – Gloucestershire style | Nine projects, from Fashion through Sports to Religion https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/23/embedding-sustainability-in-the-curriculum-gloucestershire-style-nine-projects-from-fashion-through-sports-to-religion/

 

Paris climate change deal costs Earth a galactic award, reveals an alien letter to the UN (Sustainability education through storytelling-driven letter writing | #AlienLETTER series) https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2016/01/05/paris-climate-change-deal-costs-earth-a-galactic-award-reveals-an-alien-letter-to-the-un/

 

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/

 

Ten ways to supplement QAA-HEA Guidance on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)? Some food for thought https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/24/ten-ways-to-supplement-qaa-hea-guidance-on-education-for-sustainable-development-esd-some-food-for-thought/

 

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/

 

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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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International “Learning for the Future” Conference on ESD (The Netherlands)

SML-Rhine-Muse-ConfInternational “Learning for the Future” Conference on Creating Open Educational Regions for ESD (OPEDUCA) through School Community Collaboration (CODES) will be held in Maastricht / Kerkrade, The Netherlands from 13 to 16 May 2013.

A cooperation of the EU Codes Project, the European RCE Alliance and Environment and School Initiatives (ENSI), the conference will focus on the relevance and working of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in the region.

 

Working towards the 2015-2025 era (i.e. the aftermath of the UN Decade for ESD 2005-2014), the conference will take up initiative to explore, share and formulate a joint vision to take ESD further.

 

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Conference website

 

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