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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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Integrated Theoretical and Practical MSc Education for Sustainable Industrial Development

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Jurgis Staniskis, Valdas Arbaciauskas Abstract Purpose: To ensure long-term capacity building in the field of sustainable industrial development, a new MSc program in Environmental Management and Cleaner Production was developed in the framework of the BALTECH consortium, which consists of technical universities in the Baltic Sea region. The program started at Kaunas University of Technology in September 2002. The purpose of the paper is to present this program as an example for effective education for sustainable industrial development at MSc level. Design/methodology/approach: The paper includes a description of the MSc. Program in Environmental Management and Cleaner Production as well as the main guiding principles for the structure of the program and the way the pro- gram’s subjects are related to the concept of industrial ecology. Findings: Due to the fact that the number of companies applying different preventive environmental measures is increasing, there is a growing demand for engineers with high competence in technologies for cleaner production and integrated environmental management. The MSc program presented here makes it possible to satisfy this demand. Originality/value: The paper presents a practically tested approach to the integra- tion of theoretical and practical education for sustainable development. Introduction The focus of environmental work has shifted over the past few decades from dealing exclusively with the emissions and wastes of industrial production to include overall environmental responsibility and performance of all types of enterprises, whereby the environmental properties of products are becoming more and more important. Environmental issues today affect all types of enter- prises....

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