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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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Greening the Waste Stream: A Case Study in Applied Environmental Analysis at Pomona College

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Char Miller, Bowen Close Abstract Purpose: This paper presents the pedagogical initiatives associated with, and the practical outcomes of, a multi-student independent study that analyzed the cam- pus waste stream and developed real-world solutions in accord with the college’s sustainability commitments and goals. Design/methodology: The paper reviews the course structure, presents research findings and the individual student-developed solutions, and assesses their ability to reduce the campus’s waste stream. Findings: Developing a class to audit the campus waste stream offers students an unusual educational opportunity to apply theoretical insights to, and test these against, a real-world problem; their analyses and projects have also helped the college more sustainably manage its waste stream. Originality/value: This paper identifies the practical and educational advantages for participating students and the particular benefits the institution will derive from their waste-stream research. Introduction At the September 2006 opening convocation at Pomona College, President David Oxtoby posed a number of critical questions about the global economy and mass consumerism that he hoped the class of 2010 would wrestle with over the next four years. “Is growth in and of itself desirable?” he asked rhetorically. “Are there limits to growth? Can we begin an urgently needed dialog on the move toward a sustainable world?” (Oxtoby 2006). His queries were not unique; many around the world had been raising similar concerns about the consequences of 252 Char Miller, Bowen Close and limits to growth, particularly in light of the scientific evidence connecting human behavior to global warming and climate change...

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