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Connecting Sustainability Competences and Pedagogical Approaches

  • AASHE (PA)
  • Tecnológico de Monterrey (Nuevo Leon)

Research into and practice of Higher Education for Sustainable Development (HESD) have been increasing during the last two decades. These have focused on providing sustainability education to future generations of ...

  • Posted March 11, 2019
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Sustainability Education and Organizational Change: A Critical Case Study of Barriers and Change Drivers at a Higher Education Institution

  • Kennesaw State University (GA)

Integrating sustainability within institutions of higher education can have a tremendous impact on students, faculty, and the larger community. Sustainability efforts also experience many barriers to implementation within higher education ...

  • Posted March 6, 2019
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Higher Education for Professional and Civic Values: A Critical Review and Analysis

  • University of Otago (Otago)

Education for sustainable development (ESD) is generally thought to involve some degree of education for particular professional and civic values, attitudes and behaviours (leading to, as examples, being environmentally, socially ...

  • Posted March 4, 2019
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How to Measure Procedural Knowledge for Solving Biodiversity and Climate Change Challenges

  • University of Göttingen

To cope with biodiversity and climate change challenges, Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) needs to emphasize knowledge that considers multiple perspectives. Optimizing teacher education requires knowledge about the prerequisites of ...

  • Posted March 4, 2019
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Towards a Definition of Environmental Sustainability Evaluation in Higher Education

  • Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (Madrid)
  • Universidad de Granada

Sustainability is increasing their presence at universities, so it is convenient to reflect on the impact and effectiveness that university sustainability actions are having. Several authors have recognized mature experiences ...

  • Posted March 4, 2019
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Seeking sustainability competence and capability in the ESD and HESD literature: an international philosophical hermeneutic analysis

  • University of Otago (Otago)
  • University of Vechta
  • Leuphana University of Lüneburg

Education for sustainable development (ESD) and higher education for sustainable development (HESD) are complex, multidisciplinary fields of enquiry, drawing on concepts and terms from different disciplines and languages. Although the ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2019
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Sulitest: A collaborative initiative to support and assess sustainability literacy in higher education

  • Kingston University London
  • KEDGE Business School (Bordeaux)

This paper highlights the contribution of the Sulitest (the Sustainability Literacy Test) to the global agenda of integrating sustainability into higher education. The Sustainability Literacy Test is an open online ...

  • Posted Feb. 25, 2019
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Experiential approaches to sustainability education: towards learning landscapes

  • Cardiff University
  • KU Leuven

Purpose This paper aims to critically reflect the current specialist discourse on experiential approaches to higher education for sustainable development (HESD). Limitations to the current discourse are identified, and as ...

  • Posted Feb. 25, 2019
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About the Triggering of UN Sustainable Development Goals and Regenerative Sustainability in Higher Education

  • University of Turin
  • Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts

Humans are at the center of global climate change: The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are igniting sustainability with proactive, global, social goals, moving us away from the Brundtland ...

  • Posted Jan. 25, 2019
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Higher education for sustainable development: actioning the global goals in policy, curriculum and practice

  • University of Queensland (QLD)
  • United Nations University

Higher education for sustainable development (HEfSD) is being significantly shaped by the global sustainability agenda. Many higher education institutions, responsible for equipping the next generation of sustainability leaders with knowledge ...

  • Posted Dec. 11, 2018
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Toward designing sustainability education programs: a survey of master’s programs through semi-structured interviews

  • University of Tokyo
  • Osaka University

With the emergence of sustainability science as an academic field, sustainability education (SE) has increasingly been discussed in terms of nurturing students’ competencies to bring about environmental innovation and global ...

  • Posted Dec. 11, 2018
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Higher education for sustainable development in Flanders: balancing between normative and transformative approaches

  • Open University of the Netherlands
  • University of Antwerp

This paper provides critical reflections on higher education for sustainable development (HESD) from a philosophical perspective. A theoretical framework is developed, based on John Dewey’s thoughts on the aim ...

  • Posted Dec. 11, 2018
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Critical Thinking Development—A Necessary Step in Higher Education Transformation towards Sustainability

  • University of Presov

Education for sustainable development has been addressed by professionals, authorities, and a number of research studies in the last decades, and yet the results are not clearly visible. Teachers as ...

  • Posted Nov. 29, 2018
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Teetering on the Brink: Subversive and Restorative Learning in Times of Climate Turmoil and Disaster

  • Sustainability Frontiers

Unchecked climate change poses a self-inflicted existential risk to humanity as it exacerbates the multiple-crisis syndrome facing global society. In international policy, education for sustainable development is widely flagged as ...

  • Posted Nov. 15, 2018
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(Education for) Sustainable Development in Geography Education: review and outlook from a perspective of Germany

  • Université du Luxembourg (Luxembourg)
  • University of Hamburg

Nearly 15 years after the Rio Conference and 10 years after the Lucerne Declaration on Geographical Education for Sustainable Development we are interested to what extent the goals of this ...

  • Posted Nov. 13, 2018
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Organizing reflection to address collective dilemmas: Engaging students and professors with sustainable development in higher education

  • University of Central Oklahoma (OK)
  • Mackenzie Presbyterian University

Critical reflection and transformative learning theories generally place emphasis on individual change, giving little consideration to the organizational and societal aspects. Consequently, it is individual and not collective dilemmas that ...

  • Posted Nov. 13, 2018
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How Higher Education is approaching its commitment to sustainability through sustainability courses

  • Western Michigan University (MI)

For over a decade, the concepts of education for sustainable development have been recognized by many higher education institutes. A significant number of higher education institutions have signed agreements and ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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Sustainability segmentation of business students: Toward self-regulated development of critical and interpretational competences in a post-truth era

  • UC Leuven-Limburg
  • Open University of the Netherlands
  • University of Antwerp

This article adds insights in students' attitudes toward sustainability, with specific focus on students in business management/marketing. It builds upon a number of conceptual interpretations and barriers for change ...


147 Practical Tips for Teaching Sustainability: Connecting the Environment, the Economy, and Society 2nd Edition

  • Colorado State University (CO)

Forewords by David Orr and by AASHE's inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Dr. Anthony “Tony” Cortese in recognition for his tremendous impact in advancing sustainability in higher education.

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  • Posted Sept. 19, 2018
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Education for Sustainable Development Goals: Learning Objectives

  • UNESCO

This publication is designed as a guide for education professionals on the use of ESD in learning for the SDGs, and consequently to contribute to achieving the SDGs. The guide ...

  • Posted July 13, 2018
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The UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development: business as usual in the end

  • Cornell University (NY)
  • London South Bank University
  • Wageningen University
  • De Montfort University
  • University of Gothenburg

An analysis of the literature supporting the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development and a sample of its key products suggests that it failed to acknowledge or challenge neoliberalism ...

  • Posted June 28, 2018
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Measuring education for sustainable development: Experiences from the University of Bristol

  • University of Bristol

The purpose of this paper is to explore how education for sustainable development (ESD) was measured in the taught curriculum at the University of Bristol (UoB), providing comparison to other ...

  • Posted June 28, 2018
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Researching Higher Education for Sustainable Development: Plan A, Plan B and Moving Beyond Thought-Limiting Clichés

  • University of Otago (Otago)

This paper explores Higher Education for Sustainable Development from a research perspective, and attempts to distinguish progress based on research outcomes, from that based on concerns, commitments, intended outcomes and ...

  • Posted June 26, 2018
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Aiming for Full Coverage—Integrating Sustainability Education into All Undergraduate Courses at La Trobe University, Australia: Achievements, Lessons Learnt and Barriers Addressed

  • La Trobe University (Victoria)

In 2012, La Trobe University committed to ensuring that every undergraduate student, across all disciplines, will have significant and assessed experience of three ‘Essentials’ of learning: Sustainability Thinking; Global Citizenship ...

  • Posted June 20, 2018
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Academic staff development as a catalyst for curriculum change towards education for sustainable development: an output perspective

  • Leuphana University of Lüneburg
  • RMIT University

Implementing education for sustainable development (ESD) in university curricula poses a new challenge to the academic system. In recent years many universities have undertaken activities towards its implementation and numerous ...

  • Posted June 20, 2018
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Higher education for sustainability: can education affect moral perceptions?

  • University of Gothenburg

A considerable literature looks at universities’ approaches to integrating sustainable development into teaching and learning, but less is known about how Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) affects student attitudes, values ...


Cultivating the Globally Sustainable Self Summit Series - Advancing Education for Sustainable Development Through Research and Practice

  • James Madison University (VA)

The Cultivating the Globally Sustainable Self Summit Series is a multi-year, multi-institution initiative that promotes transformative teaching, training, and learning in research and practice (www.jmu.edu/summitseries). The innovative ...


Dismantling a local School to Prison Pipeline with Education for Sustainable Development

  • University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (TX)

UTRGV’s collaboration with an alternative school and its subsequent integration of education for sustainable development has been transformative for the country’s most vulnerable and marginalized youth.

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Towards integrated sustainability in higher education – Mapping the use of the Accelerator toolset in all dimensions of university practice

  • University of Calgary (AB)
  • Vert Energy Group
  • Uppsala University
  • Charles University

The role of individual change agents and the human dimension in general are increasingly being acknowledged as critical elements in sustainability integration at higher education institutions. Yet few studies focus ...


The Personal Context of Student Learning for Sustainability: Results of a multi-university research study

  • Victoria University (Victoria)

The UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD, 2005–2014) was an important framework and catalyst for increasing Sustainable Development (SD) efforts within academic institutions, worldwide. Tertiary institutions began ...


Systems Structure of Education for Sustainable Development in Higher Education Institution

  • National University of Malaysia

To understand the enactment of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in higher education institution (HEI) and why very unequal ESD activity that mostly focused on campus greening rather than on ...

  • Posted April 17, 2018
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Exploring the Interface of Marketisation and Education for Sustainable Development in English Higher Education

  • Keele University

This thesis explores the ideological and the practical relationship between Marketisation and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in English higher education (HE) – focusing on the political-economic ideology of Neoliberalism and ...

  • Posted April 11, 2018
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Education for Sustainable Development- Just do it: Guidelines for designing Education for Sustainable Development

  • Wageningen University

Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) is focused on the development of knowledge, skills, attitudes and values necessary in creating a sustainable future (UNESCO, 2005). Teachers are being asked to devote ...

  • Posted April 11, 2018
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Business versus Sustainability: A qualitative study focused on Swedish business students’ perceptions of business sustainability and its relation to action competence as part of UN’s Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)

  • University of Gothenburg

Across the world it is recognized that businesses have to become more sustainable. Different sustainability initiatives have started to emerge in educational settings, but still few educators are able to ...

  • Posted April 11, 2018
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Insights into responsible education for sustainable development: The case of UWE, Bristol

  • University of the West of England, Bristol

In this paper, we argue that it is opportune to revisit profound questions about the purpose, nature and value of higher education in society at a juncture where the context ...

  • Posted March 12, 2018
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Beacons, Not Towers: How Higher Education Can Help Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

  • United Nations University

Higher education is often idealized as a tool for implementing sustainable development. Yet the structures of higher education institutions (HEIs) often inhibit the types of problem solving and pedagogical design ...

  • Posted Feb. 22, 2018
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Education of Sustainable Development Competence in Higher Education Institution

  • Vytautas Magnus University

The present paper aims at exploring the role of higher education institution (HEI) on education of sustainable development competence (SDC). Considering the connection of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), it ...

  • Posted Feb. 20, 2018
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Education for Sustainable Development: Business modelling for flourishing

  • OCAD University (ON)
  • Halmstad University

As companies and other organizations increasingly recognize society’s demand for greater social and environmental sustainability, university and college business schools have responded with new pedagogic approaches. Business schools have ...

  • Posted Feb. 20, 2018
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Designing a sustainability-driven entrepreneurship curriculum as a social learning process: A case study from an international knowledge alliance project

  • University of Vechta
  • University of Gothenburg
  • Masaryk University
  • Vienna University of Economics and Business

Integrating Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in higher education curricula requires innovative ideas and approaches how to combine educational, sustainability and disciplinary knowledge, skills, experiences, and motivations. Curriculum developers are ...

  • Posted Feb. 20, 2018
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Sustainability-oriented higher education networks: Characteristics and achievements in the context of the UN DESD

  • University of Zurich

Higher education institutions (HEIs) are, as a sector, an important actor in society and their role in sustainability transition has been acknowledged. However, their commitments to sustainability expressed through the ...


Towards a Theory-Based Framework for Assessing the Mainstreaming of Education for Sustainable Development: A Case Study of Teacher Education Institutions in Botswana

This article presents the development of a theory-based framework for exploring the ways in which different teacher education institutions in Botswana have worked towards the infusion of education for sustainable ...

  • Posted Dec. 22, 2017
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Rogative Learning in Education for Sustainable Development: Environment, Human Rights and Democracy

  • University of Gothenburg

The question underlying the investigation in this paper is how within a context of education for sustainable development it is possible to learn about the environment, human rights and democracy ...

  • Posted Dec. 22, 2017
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Why It Matters How We Frame “Education” in Education for Sustainable Development

  • University of Otago (Otago)

We analyzed two educational frameworks that seek to embed “education for sustainable development” into higher education (HE). Both identify that HE is failing to educate graduates able to address the ...

  • Posted Dec. 22, 2017
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Education for sustainable development in higher education: evaluating coherence between theory and praxis

  • Universidade Aberta

Universities are an important part of the process of change taking place in society. However, this is often overshadowed by these institutions giving priority to technocratic models in the relationship ...

  • Posted Dec. 12, 2017
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If a tree falls: business students' reflections on environmentalism

  • The Hague University of Applied Science

Environmental advocacy has a difficult position within environmental education (EE) and education for sustainable development (ESD). Proponents of pluralistic approaches to education see advocacy as a form of indoctrination. However ...

  • Posted Dec. 11, 2017
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‘Doing the Sustainable Development Dance’: Tracing a Critical Route from the Education for Sustainable Development Movement to Environmental Justice in Legal Education

  • University College London (London)

The UN’s Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) (2005–14) is nearly over. This has triggered a range of initiatives in schools and, increasingly, in higher and further ...

  • Posted Dec. 11, 2017
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Revisiting Education for Sustainable Development (ESD): Examining Anthropocentric Bias Through the Transition of Environmental Education to ESD

  • Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

Environmental education scholars have hailed the emergence of the discourse of education for sustainable development (ESD) as a progressive transition in the field. The author argues that there are some ...

  • Posted Dec. 11, 2017
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Examining the literature to reveal the nature of community EE/ESD programs and research

  • Denison University (OH)

Interest in community environmental education (EE) and community education for sustainable development (ESD) is increasing, as evidenced by the increase in studies examining community EE/ESD approaches and NAAEE’s ...


In Their Own Words and by the Numbers: A Mixed -Methods Study of the Advancement of Sustainability in American Higher Education

  • Florida Atlantic University (FL)

A call for the urgent implication due to the increasingly hostile environment is pressing. All social sectors should respond to the change with active participation. Notably, 'higher education institutions are ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Higher Education for Sustainability in Asian Contexts

  • Nanyang Technological University (Singapore)

This poster reviews recent work developments in Higher Education for Sustainability (HEfS) and Education for Sustainable Development in monsoon Asia. Monsoon Asia accounts for over half the world's population ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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