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World Trends in Education for Sustainable Development


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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On-Campus Innovation for Sustainability: Evolution of Sustainable Development on the Joondalup Campus, Edith Cowan University (ECU), Western Australia


John Renner Abstract Purpose: Sustainability and its close equivalent, sustainable development, are now part of global thinking and local action. This paper examines policies and practices surrounding sustainability on a new campus of an Australian university, 25 kilome- ters north of Perth City. Though the focus of the paper is local, guidelines may be drawn from the paper for application on any other university campus. Design/methodology/approach: This is a sequential study covering twenty-five years of development and illustrating how on-campus action for sustainability reflected changing environmental priorities. Findings: The paper attempts to profile the current on-campus achievements for sustainability and to highlight opportunities for the future, recognizing that action for sustainability will last for the life of the campus. Originality/value: Although the paper focuses on the principles of sustainability and their application on one small part of the globe, the policies and practices discussed provide a frame of reference for other campuses world-wide. Preamble “Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compro- mising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” (WCED Report 1987: 87) “It has been said that our biggest challenge in the 21st century is to take an idea that seems abstract, sustainable development, and turn it into a daily reality for all the world’s people.” (Kofi Annan 2001) 128 John Renner The purpose of this paper is to report progress towards sustainability on one university campus in Australia. It chronicles the evolution of sustainability prac- tices from scratch on...

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