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Sustainable Development at Universities: New Horizons

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Edited By Walter Leal Filho

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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Foreword .................................................................................................................................. 15 I. Implementing Sustainable Development in the Curriculum Chapter 1 Building Sustainability Leaders: A Framework to Prepare Students to Thrive on Complexity and Lead Transformative Changes Michael Shriberg ...................................................................................................................... 19 Chapter 2 Fostering Rapid Transitions to Education for Sustainable Development through a Whole-System Approach to Curriculum and Organizational Change Cheryl J. Desha and Karlson ‘Charlie’ Hargroves ................................................................. 29 Chapter 3 Promoting Education for Sustainable Development through Grassroots Action in Malta: An Example of NGO-University Collaboration Paul Pace ................................................................................................................................. 47 Chapter 4 Convergence and Confluence: A Systems Thinking Approach to Integrated Sustainability in Higher Education Jennifer Thompson and Amelia Mayahi ................................................................................... 59 Chapter 5 Bridging the Gaps to Develop Graduate Capabilities for Sustainability Anne Sibbel ............................................................................................................................... 71 Chapter 6 Experiencing Transformation in Sustainability: A Student Perspective Jennie Winter, Debby Cotton and Vivien Grant ...................................................................... 85 Chapter 7 Enabling University Leaders to Serve as Role Models for Sustainable Development Chris Shiel ................................................................................................................................ 97 Chapter 8 Making Education for Sustainability Work on Campus: The Proposals of the Roundtable on Environmental Systems and Sustainability Michael A. Reiter, Will J. Focht, Paul A. Barresi, Susan Gill, Richard C. Smardon, Susan L. Baker, Kimberly D. Reiter, Eric Fitch, Terry Rolfe and Sue Bumpous .................. 109 6 Table of Contents Chapter 9 Monitoring Changes in the Sustainability Attributes of Higher Education Students in a New Zealand University Kerry Shephard, John Harraway, Brent Lovelock, Sheila Skeaff, Liz Slooten, Mick Strack and Tim Jowett ................................................................................................... 117 Chapter 10 Needs for Tailored Knowledge and Skill-Based Education for Sustainable Development: Balkan Environment Life Leadership Standards Courses Anđelka Mihajlov...

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