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World Trends in Education for Sustainable Development

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Edited By Walter Leal Filho

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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Making Education for Sustainability Work on your Campus: The Roundtables on Environmental Systems and Sustainability

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Michael A. Reiter, Will J. Focht, Paul A. Barresi, Sue Bumpous, Richard C. Smardon, Kimberly D. Reiter Abstract Purpose: The Roundtable (RT) on Environmental Systems and Sustainability is an effort to strengthen the programs in interdisciplinary environmental education in colleges and universities, and as a result enhance their standing in academia. The RT seeks to develop a series of proposals that can be used both as a model for develop- ing IEE programs in higher education and as a potential template for certification. Design/methodology/approach: Academics, practitioners, and administrators involved in environmental higher education, including members of national and international organizations such as the Interdisciplinary Environmental Associa- tion and the North American Association for Environmental Education, organized a series of roundtables on interdisciplinary environmental education in order to ad- dress issues of field identity, name, core competencies, program structure, ad- ministrative requirements, and certification. All recommendations from the RT were developed as a series of consensus-based living proposals for distribution to a wider academic audience for feedback and refinement. The proposals are also being utilized in several trials as models for program design or redesign. Findings: “Environmental Systems and Sustainability” (ESS) is proposed as the name for the academic domain, a supradisciplinary field designed to understand and preserve the health and integrity of the interface between human and natural systems. Roundtable attendees agree that both specialist and holistic approaches are needed to address environmental issues, and that ESS seeks to provide the latter. The human-nature interface is seen as the focus...

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