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.”
A case study from South Thames College about a project that supported the engagement of the College with sustainability organisations within the local community to promote...
A case study from South Staffordshire College about their project which extended carbon reduction/energy saving activities across all campuses.
A case study from an LSIS funded project at City College Coventry where a low-cost, high-value video guide to learning for sustainability was produced.
A case study exploring how Cambridge Regional College developed and embedded learning material relating to sustainability within Academies.
This project aimed to measure the electricity consumption in 5 student residential hostels, using the results to raise awareness that individual actions can impact energy usage
Between 2010 and 2013, LSIS provided grants to support 63 projects which aim to embed effective approaches to sustainable development. This is a case study from Lewisham College.
Between 2010 and 2013, LSIS provided grants to support 63 projects which aim to embed effective approaches to sustainable development. This is a case study from Leicester College.
A job description and person specification for Dumfries and Galloway College's Research & Development Technician
GreenCow GreenCow is a world-class, innovative facility designed to support world-leading research programmes to combat climate change. It measures GHG emissions in ruminants...
Lewisham College Trade Union Studies Department and the construction union UCATT were founding members of the Green Skills Partnership for London (GSPL).
The results of a EAUC CaSPr State of the Campus Survey which was sent to those responsible for Estates Management Statistics (EMS) and eMandate returns in each University and...
The guide is designed to provide an overall strategy for water conservation through various stages of planning and using a building within colleges.
In October 2010 Northern Ireland’s South Eastern Regional College (SERC) opened a brand new Environmental Skills Centre on its refurbished and extended Ards Campus.
Case studies from the winner and highly commended for the Colleges category from the 06/07 Green Gown Awards
The Carbon Management Plan commits the College to a target of reducing CO2 by 25% by 2015 & underpins potential financial savings to the institution of £58553 per year by...
Here are template documents from Wiltshire College, to support to 2012 Annual Conference workshop, "The road to excellent operations is paved with internal environmental...
A link to the Elmwood Campus page on the SRUC website, this is a great example of the working EMS in the sector.
In this EAUC Member Spotlight, see how Sheffield College is one of the city's greenest major developments to date.
In this EAUC Member Spotlight, see Wigan & Leigh College's focus on waste, ESD, energy and travel.
In this EAUC Member Spotlight, see how Warwickshire College have holistically embedded sustainability throughout the college.