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Walter Leal Filho

This book, prepared in connection with the European Year of Lifelong Learning and the UNESCO International Conference on Adult Education in Hamburg, outlines some ideas related to lifelong learning and the environment, dealing with environmental issues in contexts such as adult education, community-based education, and quality of learning. A balanced emphasis to formal and nonformal education is given. The book also contains case studies illustrating how environmental adult education is dealt with in a sample of industrialised and developing countries, offering a wider view of the theme and of its diversity.
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Teaching Sustainability at Universities

Towards curriculum greening

Walter Leal Filho

It is now beyond any doubt that higher education institutions around the world are beginning to recognize that they have a unique responsibility towards the goal of sustainability. Universities are an integral part of the global economy and since they prepare most of the professionals who are occupying key positions today and who will do so in the future, they are uniquely positioned to influence the direction we choose to take as a society. This book, published in cooperation with the University Leaders for a Sustainable Future (ULSF), documents a wide range of works undertaken in respect of sustainability teaching, with inputs from various authors from countries as varied as Brazil, Mexico, Latvia, South Africa, UK, Spain, The Netherlands, Canada and the United States. Via the descriptions of approaches, methods and projects, it shows how different universities in various parts of the world are facing the challenge of sustainability in respect of teaching. It is a state-of-the-art publication, with a strong technical substance distributed over 31 chapters and in excess of 570 pages. It is a valuable tool to university lecturers, researchers, administrators, university students and other professionals concerned with the implementation of a sustainable development dimension as part of university curricula.
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This book presents an overview of experiences, projects and approaches related to employment in the environment sector and of trends related to sustainability. It also contains an article on career prospects for women in the field of engineering, of which environmental engineering is an important component. This publication, prepared as part of the project «Careers in Engineering» funded by the EU’s LEONARDO Programme, documents a variety of experiences on environmental training useful to those involved with curriculum development, curriculum planning and other aspects of environmental education.
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It is widely acknowledged that sustainable development is a long-term goal, which both individuals and institutions (and countries!) need to pursue. This important theme is characterized by an intrinsic complexity, since it encompasses ecological or environmental considerations on the one hand, and economic matters, social influences and political frameworks on the other. This makes provisions in respect of education for sustainable development a particularly challenging task, but one which is feasible and achievable, provided the right elements are put into place. This book is an attempt to foster the cause of education for sustainable development, by documenting and disseminating experiences from different parts of the world, where learning for, about and through the principles of sustainability is taking place, in various sets and contexts, in both industrialized and developing nations. A special feature of this book is that it not only presents a wide range of philosophies, approaches, methods and analyses with respect to education for sustainable development across the world, but also documents and disseminates concrete case studies, which show how education for sustainable development may be realized in practice.
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Walter Leal Filho

This book introduces several concepts and initiatives which show the applied nature of environmental engineering in various countries and contexts. Prepared as part of the Programme for Environmental Engineering in Europe (PREENE) the book goes beyond the approach of classical themes and instead focuses on issues such as lifecycle analysis, waste management, environmental law, regulations, eco-efficiency and environmental ethics, also providing an overview of future trends and scenarios. It supplies an important source of reference for university students, engineers, practitioners and all those interested in the practicalities of environmental conservation.
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Sustainability and University Life

Second, revised edition

Walter Leal Filho

Prepared in cooperation with the Association of University Leaders for a Sustainable Future (ULSF), this book presents a number of case studies and experiences which illustrate how higher education institutions (e. g. universities and colleges) may pursue sustainability. A wide range of views and perspectives illustrate how, via projects, networks, academic programmes, curriculum greening initiatives and student involvement, higher education institutions in various countries (for example the United States, United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany, France) are trying to bring sustainability closer to their institutional lives.
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This book, prepared in the context of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD), also known as Rio+20, contains the papers submitted to the World Symposium on Sustainable Development at Universities (WSSD-U-2012), which took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on 5 and 6 June 2012. It pursues the following main aims: to document and disseminate experiences from universities all round the world regarding education for sustainable development; to foster the exchange of information, ideas and experiences acquired in the execution of projects; and to introduce methodological approaches and projects which aim to integrate the topic of sustainable development in the curriculum of universities. Last but not least, a further aim is to document and disseminate the wealth of experiences available today, providing a truly global coverage. Sustainable Development at Universities: New Horizons is a highly comprehensive publication on sustainability in higher education. It is meant to go beyond a description of the current state of knowledge, and shall open the way for new thinking and new horizons in what is a rapidly expanding field, of central interest to both industrialised and developing countries.
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Education for Sustainable Development presents a vision of education that seeks to empower people to assume responsibility for creating a sustainable future. There are many different stakeholders in sustainable development whose participation is essential if long-term developments are to be achieved: governments and intergovernmental bodies, the mass media, the civil society and non-governmental organizations, the private sector and formal education institutions (i.e. schools, universities, research and training institutes). But despite the need for concerted efforts, truly cross-sectoral and interdisciplinary projects and practical activities are seldom seen. In addition, there are few publications where the subject matters of education, innovation and communication – as they apply to sustainable development – are approached in an integrated way. This book combines approaches, methods and analyses which illustrate the contribution of innovation, education and communication to the cause of sustainable development. It is prepared as part of the INTERREG IIIB (North Sea) Project «SmartLIFE», a partnership between three EU regions – Germany, Sweden and the UK. It is also a further means of support to the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development, since there is a paucity of academic and at the same time practice-related books which go over and above the theory of education and of sustainable development and move on to address the various problems related to it.
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This handbook introduces concepts, ideas and methods of sustainability research based on real examples. It is divided into four sections. One part deals with theoretical aspects of sustainability and refers to theoretical approaches to sustainability research. Another section elaborates on more practical approaches to sustainability research, offering views and perspectives from various researchers, illustrating how regulations, laws and political frameworks influence sustainability. A third part treats education for sustainability and presents research and practical projects, showcasing how sustainability research may focus in formal and non-formal education. The final section draws some conclusions based on the body of experiences and knowledge gathered by the authors. This handbook will be of great use to educators, scientists, researchers, politicians, environment activists, teachers and others interested in sustainability and in the implementation of results of sustainability research.