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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Welcome and introduction

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Welcome

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Introduction

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Panel discussion

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Course impact | Stories from students and alumni

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

 

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

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

 

Sustainability at LSBU

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

 

Students’ posters were on display during the lunch break.

 

Workshops

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

 

A parallel session comprised two workshops and an exhibition:

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

 

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

 

UK Commonwealth Scholarship Commission’s contribution to sustainable development

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

 

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

 

The RCE movement and Education for Sustainability (EfS)

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

 

Keynote | Future challenges for EfS

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Presentation of certificates

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

 

The day ended with a celebratory reception.

 

Note: All logos and screenshots are from respective websites.

 

 

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London South Bank University (LSBU)

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

New websites of the Sustainable University Experiment

Sustainability Education and Engagement through STORYTELLING

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

 

Sustainability through Science & Research COMMUNICATION (Knowledge journalism)

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

 

From The Sustainable University News website

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

From The Sustainable University Library

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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Celebrating 21 years of Education for Sustainability (EfS) at London South Bank University (LSBU)

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The 21st anniversary celebratory conference of the Education for Sustainability MSc programme at London South Bank University (LSBU) will take place at LSBU’s Clarence Centre for Enterprise and Innovation (SE1 6FE) on 13 January 2017 from 9.30am to 6 pm.

 

This free event will celebrate 21 years of Education for Sustainability MSc at LSBU, reflecting on the impact of EfS and looking forward to future developments in this important field of education.

 

It will feature a keynote, talks, panel discussions, workshops, stories from current students and alumni, a poster exhibition and a celebratory reception.

 

Speakers and panellists

 

Among the speakers and panellists so far confirmed are:

  • Professor Stephen Sterling, Plymouth University (keynote)
  • Safia Minney, the founder of People Tree
  • Naomi Namara Karekaho, National Environment Management Authority Uganda

 

Professor Stephen Sterling, Professor of Sustainability Education at the Centre for Sustainable Futures, Plymouth University, will deliver the keynote speech on the importance of Education for Sustainability (EfS) work in an age of global uncertainty. A former Senior Advisor to the UK Higher Education Academy on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), and a National Teaching Fellow, Professor Sterling has worked in environmental and sustainability education in the academic and NGO fields nationally and internationally for over three decades, including as a consultant and advisor on UNESCO’S ESD programmes.

 

Safia Minney, the founder of People Tree, will speak to us about her work, the challenges and barriers we face today and the role of education in creating social change. Well-known in the Fair Trade movement, Safia is recognised internationally as the pioneer of sustainable fashion and as an Outstanding Social Entrepreneur by the World Economic Forum. Safia launched Global Village in 1991 in Japan, out of which People Tree was born, and then in London in 2000.  People Tree was the world’s first fashion company to achieve organic and Fair Trade certification.

 

Naomi Namara Karekaho, an alumna from Uganda, will share the impact of EfS in her work at the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) in Uganda. She has 14 years of experience in the communication and education sectors is currently the Corporate Communications Manager at the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA), a public institution that uses information to empower Uganda’s public to actively and proactively participate in the utilisation of the country’s natural resources to ensure social and economic freedom.

 

Education for Sustainability MSc at LSBU

 

Designed for anyone interested in paving the way for a more sustainable world by way of understanding, educating or promoting sustainability, the Education for Sustainability (EfS) programme at LSBU offers postgraduate courses from Continued Professional Development to Masters level with a range of flexible study modes, including distance learning. It deals with the theory and practice of EfS, enabling students to explore and expand the role that EfS can play in educational, social, political and economic change.

 

All modules, with case studies and readings from a range of global regions, are designed to be applicable to any type of educational or country context:

  • An Introduction to education for sustainability
  • Values and participation in EFS; from local to global
  • Leadership, learning and climate change: the sustainability revolution
  • Theory and perspectives on environment and development
  • Science and culture in education for sustainability
  • Researching education for Sustainability
  • Dissertation (MSc only)

 

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

 

Over the last 21 years, the course – the world’s first ever Masters programme of this kind – has continued to grow steadily as a dynamic interface between theory and practice in EfS, both within and outside the UK. For example, its existence at LSBU has been instrumental in the development of LSBU as the host of a United Nations Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) in Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), namely the RCE London.

 

The event is free to attend but prior registration is required. Please visit the Eventbrite page below.

 

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Event page on LSBU website | Celebrating 21 years of Education for Sustainability http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/whats-on/celebrating-21-years-efs-130117

 

Registration | Eventbrite page https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/celebrating-21-years-of-efs-tickets-29435959748

 

Professor Stephen Sterling https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/staff/stephen-sterling

 

Safia Minney http://www.safia-minney.com/ | @SafiaMinney

 

Education for Sustainability MSc at LSBU:

 

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

 

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

 

New websites of the Sustainable University Experiment

 

Sustainability through Science & Research COMMUNICATION

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

 

Sustainability Education and Engagement through STORYTELLING

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

 

From The Sustainable University News website

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

From The Sustainable University Library

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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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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

 

 

#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

 

#AlienLETTER 2 | Earth could learn from Milky Way’s Galactic Convention on Successful Life https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/earth-could-learn-from-milky-ways-galactic-convention-jayawardena

 

#AlienLETTER 3 | Mother Nature is in charge but humanity can take control of her https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/mother-nature-charge-humanity-can-take-control-her-3-jayawardena

 

 

From The Sustainable University News website

 

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

 

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

 

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/

 

Researching the way for a Sustainable Prosperity | Surrey-led CUSP Centre begins journey https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2016/03/31/researching-the-way-for-a-sustainable-prosperity-surrey-led-cusp-centre-begins-journey/

 

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

 

Sustainable Lifestyles conference | Good life of the good person is only possible in a good society, says Prof Jackson https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/06/09/sustainable-lifestyles-conference-good-life-of-the-good-person-is-only-possible-in-a-good-society-says-prof-jackson/

 

UCL Grand Challenges celebration | How does Civilisation get to 22nd century without collapse? asks Professor Price https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/10/21/ucl-grand-challenges-celebration-how-does-civilisation-get-to-22nd-century-without-collapse-asks-professor-price/

 

 

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

 

#AlienLETTER 2 | Earth could learn from Milky Way’s Galactic Convention on Successful Life https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/earth-could-learn-from-milky-ways-galactic-convention-jayawardena

 

#AlienLETTER 3 | Mother Nature is in charge but humanity can take control of her https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/mother-nature-charge-humanity-can-take-control-her-3-jayawardena

 

 

From The Sustainable University News website

 

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

 

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

 

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/

 

Researching the way for a Sustainable Prosperity | Surrey-led CUSP Centre begins journey https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2016/03/31/researching-the-way-for-a-sustainable-prosperity-surrey-led-cusp-centre-begins-journey/

 

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

 

Sustainable Lifestyles conference | Good life of the good person is only possible in a good society, says Prof Jackson https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/06/09/sustainable-lifestyles-conference-good-life-of-the-good-person-is-only-possible-in-a-good-society-says-prof-jackson/

 

UCL Grand Challenges celebration | How does Civilisation get to 22nd century without collapse? asks Professor Price https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/10/21/ucl-grand-challenges-celebration-how-does-civilisation-get-to-22nd-century-without-collapse-asks-professor-price/

 

 

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/

 

Sustainability-oriented poetry | Ten unforgettable pieces from Byron to Tennyson https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/17/sustainability-oriented-poetry-ten-unforgettable-pieces-from-byron-to-tennyson/

 

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/

 

Can’t fit 7 billion into a six-bed (space) hotel? But we live as if we could….! https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/23/cant-fit-7-billion-into-a-six-bed-space-hotel-but-we-live-as-if-we-could/

 

Three BIG business leaders, one BIG concern | Can they all be wrong? https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/23/three-big-business-leaders-one-big-concern-can-they-all-be-wrong/

 

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/

 

Sustainability-oriented quotes and sayings | Twenty gems from Native Americans to Einstein https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/17/sustainability-oriented-quotes-and-sayings-twenty-gems-from-native-americans-to-einstein/

 

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/

 

Making sense of sustainability (or sustainable development) | A look at seven definitions https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/17/making-sense-of-sustainability-or-sustainable-development-a-look-at-seven-definitions/

 

‘A cylinder of oxygen, please!’ | Why we should be worrying about natural resources https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/17/a-cylinder-of-oxygen-please-why-we-should-be-worrying-about-natural-resources/

 

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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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/

 

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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Universities have an obligation to empower students to deal with climate change, says Porritt at LSBU

BIG-PorrittAtLSBU-posteventUniversities have a binding, moral obligation to ensure that their graduates not only understand the dynamics of climate change but also are capable of dealing with its challenges, said eminent environmentalist and writer Jonathon Porritt CBE at an event on 13 October 2015 hosted by London South Bank University (LSBU).

The event, titled ‘Higher Education No Longer Needs to Protect the Environment’, started with an introduction by Professor Patrick Bailey, Deputy Vice Chancellor LSBU.

Jonathon Porritt started with a spiritual tone, referring to recent Pope Francis statement on the importance of nature. Before moving to sustainability in higher education, he talked about a range of environmental and sustainability issues in the wider world.

His commentary was followed by a Q&A session, run by Professor Bailey and Andrea Smith, Ethical and Environmental Officer of the student union. The evening of discussion came to an end with a networking session with refreshments.

The write-up below has been crafted using what Jonathon Porritt and Professor Bailey said in the event.

Jonathon Porritt is Co-Founder of Forum for the Future, Chancellor of Keele University, former Chairman of the UK Sustainable Development Commission and former Director of Friends of the Earth.

Before joining LSBU as Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Patrick Bailey was Pro Vice Chancellor Environment and Sustainability at Keele University and received the Leadership Award in Green Gown Awards 2014.

 

We should get students excited about green innovation, says Jonathon Porritt

Over the last several decades, the environment agenda has moved from a minority fringe to a majority viewpoint. However, what we can see today is all key global environmental indicators going in the wrong direction. Moreover, climate change, which is the most formidable challenge, overshadows other critical environmental issues, such as air pollution and ocean acidification.

A reason for our failure in the environmental front is how we see nature. Nature has intrinsic rights regardless of its value to human beings but we continue to look at it through a utilitarian lens.

We in the West don’t usually ask deep, philosophical questions about nature but non-western cultures, particularly indigenous communities, have developed a deeper understanding of the human-nature relationship over generations. For example, drawing from his cultural thought, Bolivian president has called for an International Court of Climate Justice and Mother Earth in the run up to the Conference of Parties (COP21) in Paris later this year.

Another reason for our failure is that no one in the UK knows how to do politics without economic growth; even Green Party is struggling here.

However, there are rays of hope, at least outside the UK. For instance, we can see an incredible surge of renewable innovation around the world, especially in Africa, South America, the Middle East and South Asia. This renewable energy revolution is unstoppable although unfortunately Britain seems to be heading backwards.

Moreover, we can be somewhat optimistic about COP21 Paris, particularly because two big players – the US and China – are stitching things up for good.

Turning to sustainability in higher education, universities have a binding, moral obligation to ensure that their graduates understand climate change and that they are capable of dealing with its challenges.

How are UK universities doing? Most are doing well in Estates and in their respective local communities. However, their performance is not equally satisfactory in their core business, i.e. Teaching and Research.

One reason is that universities are odd organisms. In a company, when CEO embraces sustainability, he or she can use their influence to get all aboard. In a university, however, although the vice chancellor looks equivalent to the CEO in a company, he or she would not be able to use the normal levers to drive the sustainability agenda in their institution. In universities, the command and control approach simply would not work and innovation is the way forward.

What can universities do? There are many opportunities to engage the university community with sustainability, particularly students. For instance, induction can be used to engage the news students with the environment agenda. Another is getting students excited about green innovation.

However, universities should first act as good examples. That’s why divestment (i.e. getting investment out of fossil fuels) is so important. Stepping beyond that, as the National Union of Students (NUS) advocates, what should follow divestment is socially responsible investment in, say renewable energy. Here, a wonderful motivator for universities is RE100, which is a global initiative that engages, supports and showcases influential companies committed to using 100% renewable power. In short, divest from bad stuff and invest in good stuff.

 

Sustainability can be built into any subject, says Professor Bailey

Having started at LSBU last year, I am initially engaged in somewhat ‘superficial’ projects, still signposting the way. Those who come to our university should get a sense that we are taking care of what is around us.

On making a university more sustainable, my advice is, start doing things that are relevant to different parts of the university instead of going for one big drive for making the university more sustainable. Three to four projects a year would be good.

Embedding sustainability in the curriculum is much more challenging but is possible because sustainability can be built into any subject. However, it is a long term project.

A university is a community, mainly comprising students and staff. So our students are not our customers. Finding the right ways to engage the student body with sustainability is critical for making a university more sustainable.

Note: Photographs by Asitha Jayawardena.

 

More…

News post on LSBU website http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/about-us/news/higher-education-no-longer-needs-to-protect-the-environment

LSBU to host Jonathon Porritt lecture | ‘Higher Education No Longer Needs to Protect the Environment’ | #PorrittAtLSBU https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2015/09/24/lsbu-to-host-jonathon-porritt-lecture-higher-education-no-longer-needs-to-protect-the-environment/

Jonathon Porritt | website http://www.jonathonporritt.com/, twitter @jonathonporritt

Forum for the Future https://www.forumforthefuture.org/

UK Sustainable Development Commission (archive site) http://www.sd-commission.org.uk/

London South Bank University (LSBU):
• Sustainability https://www.lsbu.ac.uk/about-us/sustainability
• Education for Sustainability MSc / PgDip https://www.lsbu.ac.uk/courses/course-finder/education-sustainability-msc

Keele University:
• Green Keele https://www.keele.ac.uk/greenkeele/
• Sustainability Hub https://www.keele.ac.uk/keelehub/
• Education for Sustainability https://www.keele.ac.uk/greenkeele/educationforsustainability/

Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21/CMP11) http://www.cop21.gouv.fr/en | #COP21

RE100 http://there100.org/ | @theRE100

Jonathon Porritt book | The World We Made http://uk.phaidon.com/store/general-non-fiction/my-world-your-future-9780714863610/

From The Sustainable University Library

Posts on The Sustainable University Library, tagged
• LSBU https://librarysu.wordpress.com/tag/lsbu/
• Keele https://librarysu.wordpress.com/tag/keele/
• ESD https://librarysu.wordpress.com/tag/esd-education-for-sd/
• Sustainable University https://librarysu.wordpress.com/tag/sustainable-university/

Sustainability in UK higher education | Ten great moments in 2014 https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/24/sustainability-in-uk-higher-education-ten-great-moments-in-2014/

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/

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/

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/

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/

From The Sustainable University News website

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

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

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/

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/

HEFCE wants Sustainable Development (SD) to be central to HE, says new SD framework will influence future funding https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2015/01/27/hefce-wants-sustainable-development-sd-to-be-central-to-he-says-new-sd-framework-will-influence-future-funding/
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Asitha on LinkedIn | http://uk.linkedin.com/in/asithaj/

LSBU to host Jonathon Porritt lecture | ‘Higher Education No Longer Needs to Protect the Environment’ | #PorrittAtLSBU

BIG-Porritt-event-NEWA public lecture titled ‘Higher Education No Longer Needs to Protect the Environment’ by internationally-renowned environmentalist Jonathon Porritt CBE will take place at London South Bank University (LSBU) on 13 October 2015 from 17:15 to 19:30.

At this event hosted by LSBU, Jonathon Porritt will discuss the future of sustainability in higher education, and what it means to the higher education community. The lecture will be followed by a question time and a networking session with refreshments.

Commenting on the LSBU website, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Pat Bailey, who is a career-long advocate of sustainability and environmental change in Higher Education, said: “The University sector is standing at a crossroads with regard to our sustainability commitments, and to have such an eminent environmentalist as Jonathon Porritt explain the ramifications of the path we take next promises to be an enlightening and potentially controversial evening of discussion.”

The event is open to all and free to attend but prior registration is required.

Jonathon Porritt is Co-Founder of Forum for the Future, former Chairman of the UK Sustainable Development Commission and Chancellor of Keele University.

Notes: LSBU logo is from LSBU website and the photograph of Jonathon Porritt is from Forum for the Future website.

More…

News post on LSBU website http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/about-us/news/higher-education-no-longer-needs-to-protect-the-environment

Event page on LSBU website https://www.lsbu.ac.uk/whats-on/sustainability-higher-education-131015

Registration page on Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/higher-education-no-longer-needs-to-protect-the-environment-tickets-18530679762

Jonathon Porritt | website http://www.jonathonporritt.com/, twitter @jonathonporritt

Forum for the Future https://www.forumforthefuture.org/

UK Sustainable Development Commission (archive site) http://www.sd-commission.org.uk/

London South Bank University (LSBU):
• Sustainability https://www.lsbu.ac.uk/about-us/sustainability
• Education for Sustainability MSc / PgDip https://www.lsbu.ac.uk/courses/course-finder/education-sustainability-msc

Keele University:
• Green Keele https://www.keele.ac.uk/greenkeele/
• Sustainability Hub https://www.keele.ac.uk/keelehub/
• Education for Sustainability https://www.keele.ac.uk/greenkeele/educationforsustainability/

From The Sustainable University Library

Posts on The Sustainable University Library, tagged:
• LSBU https://librarysu.wordpress.com/tag/lsbu/
• Keele https://librarysu.wordpress.com/tag/keele/
• ESD https://librarysu.wordpress.com/tag/esd-education-for-sd/
• Sustainable University https://librarysu.wordpress.com/tag/sustainable-university/

Sustainability in UK higher education | Ten great moments in 2014 https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/24/sustainability-in-uk-higher-education-ten-great-moments-in-2014/

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/

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/

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/

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/

From The Sustainable University News website

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

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/

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/

HEFCE wants Sustainable Development (SD) to be central to HE, says new SD framework will influence future funding https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2015/01/27/hefce-wants-sustainable-development-sd-to-be-central-to-he-says-new-sd-framework-will-influence-future-funding/

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

Sustainable University News & Info http://www.sunewsinfo.wordpress.com
Sustainable University Library https://librarysu.wordpress.com
ESD Group on LinkedIn http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Sustainability-Education-Engagement-ESD-Planetshire-8102240
Asitha on LinkedIn | http://uk.linkedin.com/in/asithaj/