Welcome to the DANS Resources page!
DANS and the Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium (HEASC) have created the Sustainability Learning at Colleges and Universities discussion forum (a Google Group) where you can post questions, discuss ideas, and get insights from others.
Table of Contents for Resources Below - see also CALLS TO ACTION
- General Recommended Resources
- Resources by Discipline
- Resources that Cross Disciplines
- Learning Outcomes and Accreditation Criteria
- International Resources
- Sample of News and Media Coverage
- Greening Your Meetings and Conferences
- Green Careers
- Additional Links
You may find these resources to be helpful for general guidance:
- Sustainability Improves Student Learning - contains hundreds of learning activities
- Curriculum Resources and the Academic Commons - from AASHE
- Council for Undergraduate Research (CUR) - CUR Quarterly Fall 2014 Issue (“Undergraduate Research in Support of Sustainability”). For additional articles on this topic see CURQ on the Web.
The American Anthropological Association offers a number of publications related to sustainability, such as:
- "Anthropology as the Key to Sustainable Science" - interview with anthroplogist Charles Redman
- "Citizenship and Sustainability" - toward global-reach curricula
- "Cultivating Sustainability Through Anthropology" - University of Idaho's Campus Trash Project
- "Campus Food Projects: Engines for a More Sustainable System?" - by Peggy Barlett
The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) encourages educators to teach about topics related to sustainability through two publications:
1) BioScience: AIBS's monthly journal found online at http://www.aibs.org/bioscience/bioscience_online_2013.html. Sustainability and conservation science are frequently topics of the feature articles and contributed peer-reviewed papers. Examples include:
- Social Norms and Global Environmental Challenges: The Complex Interaction of Behaviors, Values, and Policy Dr. Ann Kinzig, Dr. Paul Ehrlich, Prof. Lee J. Alston, Prof. Kenneth Arrow, Prof. Scott Barrett, Prof. Timothy G. Buchman, Dr. Gretchen C Daily, Dr. Bruce R Levin, Prof. Simon Levin, Prof. Michael Oppenheimer, Elinor Ostrom, Prof. Donald Saari
- Urban Biodiversity Gains New Converts Richard BlausteinBioScience, Vol. 63, No. 2 (February 2013), pp. 72-77
- The Challenge of Lignocellulosic Bioenergy in a Water-Limited World John S. King, Reinhart Ceulemans, Janine M. Albaugh, Sophie Y. Dillen, Jean-Christophe Domec, Regis Fichot, Milan Fischer, Zakiya Leggett, Eric Sucre, Mirek Trnka, Terenzio Zenone BioScience, Vol. 63, No. 2 (February 2013), pp. 102-117
- What Is Conservation Science? byPeter Kareiva, Michelle Marvier BioScience, Vol. 62, No. 11 (November 2012), pp. 962-969
- Creating a Sense of Urgency Robert D. Morris BioScience, Vol. 62, No. 11 (November 2012), pp. 992-994
2) AIBS published an article about the SISL project: "Teaching Biology for a Sustainable Future"
3) ActionBioscience.org: is AIBS's free educational online publication to promote bioscience literacy by examining issues that will:
- motivate the public to play an active role in bioscience education
- show how developments in bioscience research can affect everyone
- promote an understanding of biogeography and the biodiversity of life
- engage the public to reflect on the relationship between human activity and the natural course of evolution
- promote global ecological awarenessadvance formal and informal bioscience education
- encourage students to pursue studies in the biosciences
4) The National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT) has infused sustainability into a number of their activities and communications.
- The National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT) released an official statement on the teaching of sustainability issues. You can find the statement here.
- NABT highlighted teaching resources related to the May issue of The American Biology Teacher that featured sustainability as a dominant theme.
- "How Do We Teach Sustainability in a Politically Unengaged Community"
- Journal Editorial (PDF)
- Journal Article (PDF)
- E-newsletter (PDF)
- Sustainability Here and Now - editorial in Bioscience v.60, p.403
- Sustainable Landscapes
- The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) maintains an Ethics & Sustainability Resource Center with numerous tools, publications and other resources.
- The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) Sustainability Conference: Sustainable business has become a strong standard across industries, not just in terms of being "green" but also by being socially and ethically responsible. Learn more about sustainable business and AACSB's work in this area through this sustainability conference.combines a diverse group of experts and educators to discuss elements of sustainable business, corporate social responsibility, ethics, and special initiatives to implement effective changes at business schools and corporations.
- Net Impact - an organization of business students and practitioners using their business skills to tackle the world’s toughest problems includes their Guide to Social & Environmental Issues in Graduate Business Programs
- Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) provide framework for academic institutions to advance corporate social responsibility through the incorporation of universal values into curricula and research. The PRME is coordinated by a Steering Committee constituted of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International), the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD), the Aspen Institute's Business and Society Program, the European Academy for Business in Society (EABIS), the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), the Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative (GRLI), Net Impact and the United Nations Global Compact.
- Beyond Grey Pinstripes is a biennial survey and alternative ranking of business schools. Our mission is to spotlight innovative full-time MBA programs that are integrating issues of social and environmental stewardship into curricula and research.This global guide provides an overview of how MBA programs bring environmental, social, and ethical issues management into their curricular and extracurricular programs.
Sustainability oriented business-teaching materials and resources:
- International Federation of Accountants - Sustainability Framework and other recent publications on sustainability and accounting profession
- CasePlace - resource for up-to-date case studies, syllabi and innovative MBA teaching materials on business and sustainability from corporate governance to sustainable development.
- World Business Council for Sustainable Development - (WBCSD) is a CEO-led, global association of some 200 companies dealing exclusively with business and sustainable development
- BELL Teaching Case Studies - BELL teaching cases explore sustainability related business challenges and capture business decisions that identify environmental challenges as business development opportunities.
- Natural Step Case studies
- Center for Sustainable Systems - case studies
- Entrepreneurs for Sustainability - Success Stories
- Sustainability Statement signed by C6 (the six national chemistry organizations from around the world) C6 is made up of ACS (USA), CSJ (Japan), GDCh (Germany), KNCV (Netherlands), RSC (England) and SFC (France).
- EcoChem - an inspiring video on Green Chemistry
The American Chemical Society (ACS) offers these resources:
- Green Chemistry Educational Resources -links to books, online resources and downloadable activities
- Chemistry for a Sustainable World - portal to activity within the discipline of chemistry
- Green Chemistry and Sustainable Energy Summer School
- Schools with Green Chemistry Programs
- Policy Statement to Promote Science & Environmental Stewardship
- Statement on the Sustainability of the Chemical Enterprise
- ACS Presidents Pledge Support For Sustainable Development
- Committee on Environmental Improvement - charged with promoting the Society's as well as
the public's awareness and active concern for protecting and improvingthe quality of human health and the environment.
Michigan Green Chemistry Clearinghouse - Green chemistry classroom resources including textbooks, syllabi, exams, etc.
Textbooks that incorporate green chemistry/sustainability topics include:
- Chemistry in Context, a non-majors undergraduate chemistry text published by ACS
- Chemistry for Changing Times, a non-majors undergraduate chemistry text published by Pearson/Prentice Hall
International Environmental Communication Association (IECA):
- Environmental Communication: A Journal of Nature and Culture
- Proceedings of the biennial Conference on Communication and Environment
- Bibliographies relating to environmental communication.
- Listing of calls for papers, proposals, nominations, etc. from the world of environmental communication.
- Listing of events, including conferences, workshops, etc. relating to environmental communication.
- Jobs postings for positions related to environmental communication, academic and non-academic.
- List of academic journals in the field of environmental communication.
- List of courses in environmental communication with links to descriptions, syllabi, and web sites for courses.
- List of academic programs in environmental communication with links and descriptions.
- List of organizations, such as associations, research centers, etc. that are working on aspects of environmental communication.
Communicating climate change and sustainability:
- The Psychology of Climate Change Communication: A Guide for Scientists, Journalists, Educators, Political Aides, and the Interested Public. Center for Research on Environmental Decisions (CRED) at Columbia University, 2009.
- Embedding Ecodesign and Sustainability in Mainstream Design Curriculum . EcoDesign Centre (Wales) -Interdisciplinarity, design thinking & sustainable development: strategies for UK higher education
- Environmental Design Research Association
August 29, 2012
Oakland, CA— New Village Press (newvillagepress.net) proudly announces that Sharon Gamson Danks’s book, Asphalt to Ecosystems: Design Ideas for Schoolyard Transformation, has been honored with an American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) 2012 Professional Award and will be featured in the September issue of Landscape Architecture Magazine.
In Asphalt to Ecosystems, Sharon Danks shows educators, planners, and designers how to transform our neighborhood school grounds from gray slabs of concrete into green outdoor spaces for active learning, play, and exploration of the natural world. With more than 500 inspiring photographs from nearly 150 schools in 11 countries, this guidebook showcases innovative outdoor learning spaces and provides a practical framework for change, as well as ways to weave teaching resources into the landscape and revitalize minds, bodies, and communities.
The ASLA Professional Awards honor the top public places, residential designs, campuses, parks, and urban planning projects from across the US and around the world, with particular focus on the environmental sensitivity and sustainability of the projects. Asphalt to Ecosystems has been awarded honors in the Communications category, which recognizes achievement in communicating landscape architecture works, technique, and theory. The ASLA 2012 Professional Awards Jury pronounced it “the most comprehensive and usable book. It’s got great ideas that people can actually translate into practice.” New Village Press would like to congratulate Sharon Danks on this prestigious acknowledgement of Asphalt to Ecosystems’ viability as a blueprint for a new paradigm of play and learning.
The September issue of Landscape Architecture Magazine featuring the award winners can be found online. ASLA’s press release and online coverage of the awards can be found here: http://www.asla.org/2012awards.
Abel, D.C. and R.L. McConnell. 2011. A visit to the True Cost Bistro. J. Mngmt. Contr. 22: 481-485. Visit to the True Cost Bistro was written to provoke thought about the unappreciated nature of what economists call externalities. At its core, this theatrical vignette is about consumption and the decisions we make with little or no concern for their social and environmental impacts. Performances invariably lead to vibrant discussions about globalism, sustainability, invasive species, economics, poverty and privilege, and the role of government, to name a few. Although it is based on science,
A Visit to the True Cost Bistro is more a creative endeavor than academic essay.
10xE (a.k.a Factor-Ten Engineering) is a project of Rocky Mountain Institute, which aims to help engineers, architects and their clients attack resource-intensive design problems such as manufacturing processes, buildings and vehicles using RMI's whole-system principles, in order to produce fundamentally better results. 10xE currently offers design principles and a growing set of case studies - many of them derived from Rocky Mountain Institute's experience base.
- Factor Ten Engineering Design Principles
- Factor Ten Engineering Case Studies
- Factor Ten Engineering Website
American Society for Engineering Education:
American Society of Civil Engineers:
- ASCE Committee on Sustainability
- Education for Professional Practice
- Policy Statement 418 - The Role of the Civil Engineer in Sustainable Development
- Civil Engineering and Sustainability Resources
- Sustainabilitiy Resources
- Developing e-Learning Materials for Sustainable Construction Management
- Sustainability in engineering educational materials database includes syllabi and lesson plans about sustainability in engineering
English and Creative Writing
North East Environmental Studies Discussion Group NEES@LISTSERV.URSINUS.EDU
Sustainability and Creative Writing
Prompt: If you were to make a list of literary works of the imagination published in the first 12 years of this century (poetry, fiction, drama, and "creative nonfiction") that you might argue have exerted (or could possibly exert if seen in this light) the most impact on thought and action in the emerging field of "sustainability," what would they be?
- Paul Greenberg, Four Fish: Last of the Wild Food, [nonfiction, 2010] USA.
- Barbara Kingsolver, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, [nonfiction, 2007] USA.
- Ellen Meloy, Eating Stone: Imagination and the Loss of the Wild [creative non-fiction, 2006] USA .
- Michael Pollan, The Omnivore's Dilemma [nonfiction, 2006] USA.
- Kathleen Dean Moore, Pine Island Paradox, [creative nonfiction /philosophy of nature, 2004] USA.
- Gary Nabhan, Coming Home to Eat: The Pleasures and Politics of Local Food,[nonfiction, 2002] USA.
- Eric Schlosser, Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal, [nonfiction, 2002] USA.
- Terry Tempest Williams, All works [nonfiction, poetry, essays 1984-2010] USA
- Winona LaDuke, Last Standing Woman, [novel, 1999],All Our Relations: Native Struggles for Land and Life, [essays, 1999], The Winona LaDuke Reader, [essays, 2002], Food is Medicine, [non-fiction, 2003?], USA.
- T. C. Boyle,When the Killing's Done, [novel, 2011], A Friend of the Earth, [novel, 2000] USA.
- John Felstiner, Can Poetry Save the Earth? [poetry anthology, 2009] USA.
- Mary Oliver, "The Summer Day," [poem, 2008] USA.
- George Perkins Marsh, Man and Nature [nonfiction, 1864] USA.
- John Wesley Powell, Exploration of the Colorado River and its Tributaries, [nonfiction, 1875] USA.
- Anton Chekhov, "Uncle Vanya" and "The Cherry Orchard" [plays,1896 and 1904], "The Steppe" [novella, 1888] Russia.
- Leo Tolstoy, "How Much Land Does a Man Need?" [short story, 1886] Russia.
- Vasily Dokuchaev, "The Russian Steppes" [nonfiction, 1891] Russia.
- Peter Kropotkin, Mutual Aid: A Factor in Evolution [nonfiction,1902] Russia.
- List of Environmental Programs offered at Colleges and Universities (maintained by Brown University's Center for Environmental Studies)
- Journal of Industrial Ecology of particular interest to those interested in life cycle assesement
- A Network for Sustainable Development Education in the Humanities
- ASU Institute for Humanities Research focus on Humanities and Sustainability
- Mathematics Awareness Month
- Mathematics of Planet Earth 2013 - a year-long program to publicize and promote the role of mathematics in developing a better understanding of dynamic processes affecting Planet Earth, ranging from geophysical systems governing climate to economic and financial activity.
- One teacher's approach to teaching sustainability in Calculus I
Interdisciplinary approaches with math:
- Statement on Education for a Sustainable Future (American Association of Physics Teachers)
- American Psychological Association - links to more than 200 citations dealing with sustainability.
- APA Report: Psychological Factors Help Explain Slow Reaction to Global Warming
- Research about influencing sustainability behaviors - Psychology Matters
- Teaching concepts of Sustainability: (see articles on pg.1 and p.21) Psychology Teacher Network Newsletter Spring 2007
- Society's Grand Challenges - Insights from Psychological Science
The Science Directorate has put together three booklets: Prolonging
Vitality, Global Climate Change, and Health Disparities. Each booklet
describes how psychological science is already contributing and will
continue to play a large role in addressing each of these challenges.
- Sustained efforts for sustainability by Dr. Cynthia Belar (APA Monitor)
- Teaching Psychology for Sustainability: A Manual of Resources
- International Association for Applied Psychology
- US: APA Division 34 Population & Environmental Psychology
- Intl: International Association for People-Environment Studies
- Intl: International Association of Applied Psychology, Division of Environmental Psychology
- Target Article in Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice
- Environmental Sustainability at Work: A Call to Action
TIP articles on I-O and Environmental Sustainability
- Campbell, J. E., & Campbell, D. E. (2005). Eco-I-O psychology? Expanding our goals to include sustainability. The Industrial-Organizational Psychologist, 43, 23–28.
- DuBois, C. L. Z., & DuBois, D. (2010). A call for I-O leadership in “going green.” The Industrial and Organizational Psychologist, 48.
- Huffman, A. H., Watrous-Rodriguez, K. M., Henning, J. B., & Berry, J. (2009). “Working” through environmental issues: The role of the I-O psychologist. The Industrial-Organizational Psychologist, 47, 27–35.
SIOP Professional Practice Series
- Resources on Environmental Health - includes links to lectures, open-access journals, open courseware, and research organizations, professional organizations, and public awareness organizations focused on the connections between environmental and human health.
- AAR Focus on Sustainability
- AAR Board Sustainability Narrative
- AAR syllabus project website
- Forum on Religion and Ecology
American Sociological Association:
- Environmental Sociology
- Graduate Programs in Environmental Sociology and Environmental Studies
- Environmental Sociology Scholarly Journals
- Modules in Climate Education for Faculty in All Disciplines: Using NASA data, the National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE) has developed Climate Change Education Modules for use in general education courses on climate change. Colleges and universities across the country can readily adopt and adapt them. They were developed as part of the Climate Change Education Initiative by NCSE's Council of Environmental Deans and Directors and funded by a NASA Global Climate Change Education grant. All disciplines can include climate change information in their teaching. Contact Andy Jorgensen at email@example.com for more details.
- A Guide to Climate Resiliency & The Community College, released by the American Association of Community Colleges’ (AACC) Sustainability Education and Economic Development (SEED) Center and the Center on Wisconsin Strategy (COWS), positions two-year colleges as a community’s best resource in addressing the urgent conversations around the impacts of climate change, extreme weather, and attendant emergencies. As a workforce developer, a community educator, and convener, the community college should be central to designing a coherent and sustainable local response to these threats.
- CAMEL is a FREE, COMPREHENSIVE, INTERDISCIPLINARY, MULTI - MEDIA RESOURCE for educators, providing over 200 interdisciplinary topic areas and numerours resource types to give the educator the tools they need to teach CLIMATE CHANGE causes, consequences, solutions and actions. The Educator is able to build their own personal website, invite others and collaborate around teaching materials, strategies and assessment. It is a three year funded collaborative project supported by the National Science Foundation.CLEAN Community and Collection! Join the Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network to be a part of the climate and energy education discussion and activity with other scientists, educators, policy makers, community leaders, students and engaged citizens at http://cleanet.org/clean/community/index.html and also explore the CLEAN Collection of educational resources (http://cleanet.org/clean/educational_resources/index.html) which includes nearly 600 educational resources for grades 6-16 which are all scientifically sound and pedagogically effective thanks to a careful review process.
CLEAN Teaching Climate and Energy Science (http://cleanet.org/clean/literacy/index.html) provides a guide for educators built off the original climate and energy literacy frameworks. Educators can find summaries of each principle, possible challenges when teaching the principle, suggested pedagogic approaches for each grade level for grades 6-16, and relevant teaching materials from the CLEAN reviewed collection. Look for connections to the Next Generation Science Standards coming soon!
- Forum on Science and Innovation for Sustainable Development - An online community that facilitates information exchange and discussion among groups of individuals, institutions, and networks engaged in the field of science and technology for sustainability.
- Education for Climate Neutrality and Sustainability: Guide for ACUPCC Institutions
- Center for Science, Technology and Congress
Ecoliterate: How Educators Are Cultivating Emotional, Social, and Ecological Intelligence (Jossey-Bass, 2012), by Daniel Goleman, Center for Ecoliteracy director Lisa Bennett, and executive director Zenobia Barlow.
Efforts are underway to link sustainable living educators through Sustainable Living Education National Network of natural resource and extension professionals, who will investigate, educate, and model sustainable living practices to individuals, families, institutions, businesses, camps, and schools. Sustainable living embodies a thoughtful approach to leading fulfilling, productive, and environmentally responsible lives. Successful sustainable living balances economic, social, and environmental needs while meeting the needs of the present generation without compromising the needs of future generations.
Here is an example of lesson plans in multiple disciplines developed by faculty at Miami Dade as a result of their professional development in ESD.
- 'Sharing stories of People Taking Action' - Readings to Build a Self Concept of Engagement in Sustainability Solutions (Word doc, 2pp.)
- Reusable learning objectives for education about sustainable development (Search by keywords for related topics)
- Education for Climate Neutrality and Sustainability: Academic Guidance for ACUPCC Institutions - This document is a very useful resource for all faculty interested in teaching sustainability.
- Going Green: The Vital Role of Community Colleges in Building a Sustainable Future and Green Workforce - A resource from the National Council for Workforce Education and the Academy for Educational Development.
- Interdisciplinary Student Projects for a Sustainable Future - models and resources any professor or student can use.
- Environmental Literacy and Sustainability as Core Requirements: Success Stories & Models - article on infusing sustainability throughout the curricula and across disciplines.
- Interdisciplinary Hiring, Tenure and Promotion - a resource from the National Council for Science and the Environment to assist individuals and institutions in promoting inter-disciplinary scholars throughout their careers.
- P3: People, Prosperity and the Planet Student Design Competition for Sustainability (US EPA)
- Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities SENCER
- Cutting Edge – civic engagement skills with science, part of a very large
geoscience professional development project
- Environmental Communication Network 2 - a free network for professionals interested in improving communication around environmental affairs and sustainability.
- Filmography of mostly feature films that invoke environmental themes or in which aspects of nature figure prominently.
- ESD: Strategic Consultations Among English Higher Education Institutions - This new report contains the findings of a series of consultations and seminars at three English higher education institutions.
Green Classroom Professional Certificate Program. The program of the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council encourages sustainable practices in classrooms to further the mission of creating green schools for everyone within this generation.Green classroom professionals advocate for healthier, more environmentally responsible places in which to work and teach. With the Green Classroom Professional Certificate, the classroom will turn into a living laboratory, creating foundational awareness of greener lifestyles, energy savings, and environmental health in students and educators. (added 3-26-12)
- Science Careers in Sustainability
- Survey of University-Based Sustainability Science Programs
- Climate Resources
- Sustainable Development
- Net Impact - an organization of students and alumni using their skills to tackle the world’s toughest problems. See their Guide to Social & Environmental Issues in Graduate Business Programs
- P3: People, Prosperity and the Planet Student Design Competition for Sustainability (US EPA)
- Interdisciplinary Student Projects for a Sustainable Future: models and resources any professor or student can use.
GREENR is an interdisciplinary web portal for environmental and sustainability studies for libraries from Gale-Cengage Learning. GREENR is designed to have the look and feel of a Web site with all of the peer-reviewed articles and periodical content of a heavy-duty library database, in addition to including video, podcasts, statistics, and an interactive map.
- GREENR product site: Through this site, members can learn about GREENR, find info on the Academic Advisory Board, and request a trial for their libraries.
- Global Environment Watch: This short screencast describes GREENR as part of the Global Environment Watch, which can be included with Cengage textbook adoption bundles.
- GREENR product site: Through this site, members can learn about GREENR, find info on the Academic Advisory Board, and request a trial for their libraries.
Ask your campus library to purchase this 2014 title. Focus on Educating for Sustainability: Toolkit for Academic Libraries. This edited collection captures the current status and future direction of libraries’ commitment to advance the focus of educating for sustainability. Designed as a toolkit of best practices, case studies, and activities ready for implementation within academic libraries.
Green and Sustainability Standards for Career Pathways - from the National Association of State Directors of Career and Technical Education, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy . This information is applicable to all career pathways and can be used in all discipines. Additional specific standards are included for: Architecture and Construction; Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources; IT; Manufacturing; Transportation, Distribution and Logistics; STEM.
- Bibliography on Sustainability Learning Outcomes
- Handbook of Sustainability Literacy - a free multimedia resource and paperback book
- ACPA Sustainability Taskforce Student Learning Outcomes (pdf)
- Curriculum for the Bioregion with Sustainability Learning Outcomes (Evergreen State College, WA)
- Presentations Delivered at Northwest Commission's Annual Conference: Feb. 22, 2008
- Sustainability Criteria in Accreditation and Sustainability Outcomes in Higher Education
- Sustainable Curriculums by Elizabeth Redden, Inside Higher Ed (11/12/08)
The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) estimates that in 2012 there were as many as 5.7 million people employed either directly or indirectly in the renewable energy sector. Yet despite this, there remains a critical shortage of skilled personnel to design, develop, finance, build, operate and maintain renewable energy projects. This shortage represents one of the greatest barriers to the wider diffusion of renewable energy technologies. The IRENA Renewable Energy Learning Partnership (IRELP) was formed to increase awareness of and broaden access to educational opportunities and resources in the fast-growing sector. IRELP is the largest hub for renewable energy education and training, currently offering free access to a global database of more than 2,500 workshops, courses, degree and certificate programs, webinars and training guides. In order to compliment these education and training opportunities, IRELP has recently launched a global internship database with the intent of helping students, aspiring professionals and future decision makers embark on rewarding renewable energy careers. The project as a whole has witnessed dramatic growth since its inception in April 2012. On average, IRELP now receives over 20,000 visits per month, with active users in more than 190 countries. IRELP has also established a large online community through social media networks with more than 100,000 followers. Nearly half of IRELP users have been from Asia, 24% from Europe, 12% from the Americas, 11% from Africa and 1% from Oceania.
IRELP confirms the steady increase in the number of renewable energy educational opportunities worldwide. However, IRELP data also shows a significant disparity in the geographical distribution of renewable energy education and training being offered. For example, within IRELP’s global education and training database, 39 per cent of the programs are offered in Europe, compared to only 4 per cent offered in Africa. In an aim to increase the number of RE programs offered worldwide, IRELP will develop an online curriculum development forum which will bring together stakeholders in academia, government and industry to share lessons and best practice in the development of renewable energy curricula.
Global trends in education are showing declining interest is STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education and occupations. This trend is particularly concerning for the renewable energy sector as engineers and technicians are currently in extremely high demand, and will continue to be so as renewable energy deployment accelerates globally. Perhaps just as importantly, women and minorities in STEM programmes and occupations remain underrepresented. In the near future, IRELP will also launch its career centre which will feature renewable energy job profiles, career paths, inspiration career stories, information on where to find jobs, and more.
UN Entities Launch Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (March 9, 2012) Five UN entities have launched the Higher Education Sustainability Initiative aimed at committing leaders of the international academic community to develop sustainable practices for Higher Education institutions, ahead of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20). The UN Academic Impact (UNAI), UN Environment Programme (UNEP), UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), UN Global Compact (UNGC) and UN University (UNU), together with the UN-supported Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME), have launched the initiative, which calls on leaders of Higher Education institutions to sign a Declaration of Commitment to Sustainable Practices of Higher Education Institutions. The Declaration commits them to, inter alia, the teaching of sustainable development concepts as part of the core curriculum. The initiative notes that because Higher Education institutions educate and train decision makers, they play an important role in building more sustainable societies and have a special responsibility to provide leadership on education for sustainable development.The Declaration that institution leaders are invited to sign also commits them to: encourage research on sustainable development issues; “green” campuses by, among other things, reducing the environmental footprint through energy, water and material resource efficiencies in buildings and facilities; support sustainability efforts in the communities in which they reside; and exchange knowledge and experiences, and report regularly on progress and challenges, through international frameworks, such as the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development. [UNCSD News Release][The Declaration]
Global Universities Partnership on Environment and Sustainablility - aims to promote the integration of environment and sustainability concerns into teaching, research, community engagement, the management of universities including greening of university infrastructure/facilities/operations, as well as to enhance student engagement and participation in sustainability activities both within and beyond universities.
United Nations University Regional Centers of Expertise - a network of existing formal, non-formal and informal education organisations, mobilised to deliver education for sustainable development (ESD) to local and regional communities. A network of RCEs worldwide will constitute the Global Learning Space for Sustainable Development. RCEs aspire to achieve the goals of the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD, 2005-2014), by translating its global objectives into the context of the local communities in which they operate.
- A Threat So Big, Academics Try Collaboration by Claudia H. Deutsch, New York Times - Article discusses the increase in discipline collaboration to address sustainability challenges.
- Getting Schools to Think and Act Green - Sonja Steptoe, Time Magazine - article on sustainability and higher education (focus is on the greening component)
- Sustainability: Education for a Sustainable Future - Debra Rowe, Science
- Beyond Pledges and Light Bulbs by Larry Edward Penley, Inside Higher Ed
- 'Scholarship Reconsidered' as Tenure Policy by Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed
- This Man Wants to Green Your Lab - Science
- Sustainability Film Series (PDF) - Association of College Unions International
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This is a sample of journals related to sustainability and education for sustainability - it does not purport to be comprehensive.
- Community Works Journal - is published by Community Works Institute in support of teaching practices that build community. The Journal features essays and reflections along with curriculum overviews that highlight the importance of place, service, and sustainability to a relevant and meaningful education.
- Greenhouse Gas Measurement & Management - brings together information on the application of methods and techniques to estimate, measure, account and audit greenhouse gases, with experiences on their management and control. This includes experiences in implementing market-based instruments (such as the clean development mechanism and joint implementation) to achieve emission reduction objectives at all levels.
- Sustainability - is an international and cross-disciplinary, scholarly, Open Access journal of the environmental, cultural, economic and social sustainability of human beings, which provides an advanced forum for studies related to sustainability and sustainable development. It is published by Molecular Diversity Preservation International (MDPI) online monthly.
- Sustainability: Science, Practice, & Policy - is a peer-reviewed, open-access journal that provides a platform for the dissemination of new practices and for dialogue emerging out of the field of sustainability. This e-journal fills a gap in the literature by establishing a forum for cross-disciplinary discussion of empirical science as well as practice and policy developments related to sustainability. Sustainability facilitates communication among scientists, practitioners, and policy makers who are investigating and shaping nature-society interactions and working towards sustainable solutions.
- Sustainability: The Journal of Record - meets the needs of the rapidly growing community of professionals in academia, industry, policy, and government who have the responsibility and commitment to advancing one of the major imperatives of this young century.The Journal provides the information and resources to foster collaboration, between sustainability managers, educators, corporate executives, administrators, policy makers, economists, and technology innovators who have the mandate to address and move forward the imperatives of the preservation and sustainability of global resources.
- Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development - is an online, international, peer-reviewed publication focused on the practice and applied research interests of agriculture and food systems development professionals and scholars.
- The Journal of Sustainable Product Design - is a peer-reviewed, multi-disciplinary journal that focuses on the theoretical, methodological and practical dimensions of sustainable and eco-product and service design and development. The journal is published four times each year and is supported by an international Editorial Board. The editors welcome contributions that are based on solid research, as well as 'blue sky' and 'out of the box' thinking. The journal provides a forum for leading-edge thought and new ideas.
- Journal of Sustainability Education - serves as a forum for academics and practitioners to share, critique, and promote research, practices, and initiatives that foster the integration of economic, ecological, and social-cultural dimensions of sustainability within formal and non-formal educational contexts.
- The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability - creates a place for the publication of papers presenting innovative theories and practices of sustainability. The journal is cross-disciplinary in its scope, a meeting point for natural and social scientists, researchers and practitioners, professionals and community representatives. This journal is peer-reviewed and supported by rigorous, criterion-referenced article ranking and qualitative commentary processes, ensuring that only intellectual work of significance is published.
- Journal of Sustainable Development - is a peer-reviewed journal, published by Canadian Center of Science and Education. The journal publishes research papers in the fields of environmental science, environmental technologies, environmental economics and policy, ecology and sustainable development. The journal is published in both printed and online versions. The online version is free access and download.
- International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education - is the world's first fully-refereed journal on the theory and practice of sustainable development in higher education. Since over 600 universities worldwide have committed themselves to sustainability by signing international agreements and conventions such as the Halifax Declaration, the Talloires Declaration and the Copernicus Charter for Sustainable Development (signed to date by over 240 European universities), this journal shall be of special interest to them.
- Ecology and Society - is an electronic, peer-reviewed, multi-disciplinary journal devoted to the rapid dissemination of current research.
- The Electronic Journal of Sustainable Development - is a biannual, peer-reviewed journal, available online at no charge. This multidisciplinary journal addresses the issue of 'sustainable development' and how it can be achieved. It publishes scholarly articles in the realms of public policy, science, economics and the law as they relate to the concept of sustainable development and its various facets (i.e., human well-being, economic growth, environmental quality, natural resource use and management, innovation, and technological change).
- International Journal of Sustainability Communication: Research and Practice for a Sustainable Future - is a peer-reviewed, multilingual e-journal for sustainability communication. The title stands for its particular focus in the current debate on sustainable transformation processes. The open access journal offers a communication platform for researchers and practitioners to approach strategies for urgent questions regarding the future. Connecting science and practice, the editors publish scientific papers and reports of projects and initiatives. For this reason, the e-journal creates a trans- and interdisciplinary portal for social and educational scientists, economists, media and communication scientists, and communication practitioners (e.g. mediation, public relations, consulting, educational institution).
- Journal of Cleaner Production - serves as an interdisciplinary, international forum for the exchange of information and research results on the technologies, concepts and policies designed to help ensure progress towards sustainable societies. It aims to encourage industrial innovation, new and improved products, and the implementation of new, cleaner processes, products and services. It is also designed to stimulate the development and implementation of prevention oriented governmental policies and educational programs.
- Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal
- AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) - provides a selection of journals that frequently cover topics of interest to the science and technology for sustainable community.
Below are just a few of the many resources available for greening your professional meetings and conferences. For additional resources for greening meetings visit the Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium (HEASC)
HEASC Sustainable Meetings & Conferences Report (PDF) - Report to help HEASC members understand the trends occurring in the green meeting industry and to provide the best resources for helping members implement sustainable practices in their own meetings and conferences.
Sustainable Meetings and Conferences Questionnaire June 07 (Word) - created for the Association of College and University Housing Officers International (ACUHO-I) as a list of criteria that could be included in an RFP when seeking venues (hotels or conference facilities) for meetings and conferences. It was assembled from several sources including the Convention Industry Council's 'Green Meetings Report', CERES' 'Green Hotels Resource Guide', and the National Recycling Coalition's 'Green Meetings Policy'. The document may be downloaded for use in writing RFPs. It is divided into functional sections for ease of use and modification of portions that are applicable to hosting events.
- Case Sudy Narrative - Sustainable Event (pdf) - California State University, Chico - The first university course in North America to achieve BS-8901 certification
- CSA Z2010-10 Requirements and guidance for organizers of sustainable events
- Greening the Meeting Science (10/05/07)
- US EPA Green Meetings / Conference Initiative
- Earth Watch Institute: Green Event Resources
- Sustainable Meetings and Conferences Questionnaire
- Sustainability Career Resources - developed by HEASC, DANS, and the US Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development
- Green careers and degrees
- E-newsletter of the Higher Education Academy (UK)
- Sustainable Development Partnerships web site of the U.S. government
- Big Picture TV - an online media channel that streams free video clips of global leaders in sustainability. Features a growing archive of internationally renowned names including scientists, environmentalists, politicians, journalists, academics and activists
- ACADEMIA.EDU - network for academics and researchers
- Raisin Bread Culture - food for thought on importance of systems thinking to creating a sustainable world
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