Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) has an important role to play in helping people to understand and accept the need for significant changes to the way the country operates socially and economically, and the changes needed to ensure a sustainable future for everyone. It can also make an important contribution in helping people to understand and agree to make the kinds of behavioural changes necessary to make sustainability work. Informed choices can only be made by people who understand the problems and dilemmas and who know the cost of whichever course of action is decided upon.
The United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), the lead agency for the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014) states:
“Education for Sustainable Development allows every human being to acquire the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values necessary to shape a sustainable future.
Education for Sustainable Development means including key sustainable development issues into teaching and learning; for example, climate change, disaster risk reduction, biodiversity, poverty reduction, and sustainable consumption. It also requires participatory teaching and learning methods that motivate and empower learners to change their behaviour and take action for sustainable development. Education for Sustainable Development consequently promotes competencies like critical thinking, imagining future scenarios and making decisions in a collaborative way.
Education for Sustainable Development requires far-reaching changes in the way education is often practised today.”
South West Energy Centre is a unique multi award winning facility providing advice, guidance and training to industry and consumers in all matters relating to the Low Carbon Sector
Education for sustainable development was utilised to address environmental and health concerns within the existing care curriculum framework.
Over the last 5 years, Blackpool and The Fylde College (B&FC) has taken on the challenge of integrating sustainability across every corporate department and curriculum area.
This project supports families in-need by transforming run-down and derelict properties into modern and affordable homes in the community.
The Green Trail is an induction activity that raises awareness of the importance of environmental sustainability by familiarising students with the College and its grounds
E-Collegey was launched at Uxbridge College in 2012 to boost participation in green activities and encourage awareness of sustainability issues.
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Case study from Truro and Penwith college on leading to learn and learning to lead: from sustainability to employability, greening the local economy
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A case study from an LSIS funded project at Accrington and Rossendale College where they implemented their sustainable development strategy.
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A case study from Sussex Downs College where an online learning tool was developed (SustainIT) to minimise carbon footprint.
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A case study based on an LSIS project from Blackpool and the Fylde College based on an LSIS project about Student Entitlement to Education for Sustainable Development.
A case study exploring how Bedford College built its capacity embed sustainability into all its functions, at all levels, by securing commitment and engagement from all senior...
LSIS project case study from North Warwickshire and Hinckley College of an interactive e-learning training tool, for promoting and embedding effective practice in sustainability.
A case study of New College Stamford stepping up in sustainability project.
This project focused on setting up Sustainability Champions who will take forward the sustainability agenda, engage staff and embed projects into specific curriculum areas
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