Using the campus for learning about sustainability an Education Development

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7 Steps to: Using the campus for learning about sustainability

Overview

Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) is an increasingly important feature of Higher Education which poses new challenges for teaching and learning. Recent Plymouth University (PU) research suggests that to implement ESD effectively, universities should adopt sustainability as an institution-wide agenda which links curriculum, campus, community and culture (CSF, 2008).

However, despite the centrality of campus operations to ESD, most university campuses are poor examples of sustainable estates and few institutions have invested in developing campus-based learning opportunities. Indeed, there has been a prevailing notion that ‘the typical campus is … the source of no useful learning’ (Savanick et al., 2008:668).