Education for Sustainable Development link collection

Education for Sustainability

Competencies for ESD teachers

This is a key text for the Prof E Sus project outlining the competencies needed by Education for Sustainable Development teachers and first developed by UNECE.

Published 2008

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A pedagogy for sustainability education

By Rick Medrick


Sustainability Education is intended to provide learning, training, and practical experience, in both formal and non-formal settings, that fosters personal development, community involvement, and action for change in our human and natural worlds. Grounded in our experience of the world, Sustainability Education must mirror both the patterns present in our natural environment and the conditions present in our human society with the intention of preparing us for uncertain and rapidly transforming world conditions. Nature is the source of our identity as living beings and society the medium for expressing this. The conditions and needs for our survivability as a species and society will change depending on circumstances and through events that may be outside our control. Our success will depend upon our ability to respond in ways that value personal initiative, responsibility, creativity, commitment, and collaboration with others.

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How to be a more effective agent of change. In the video you see the Sustainability Compass and Pyramid in action. The website gives you access to the resources to carry out the same exercises.
Active learning methodology

The Images and Objects Toolkit is for facilitators and teachers interested in education for sustainable development. The booklet includes step-by-step instructions for planning and implementing Education for Sustainable Development activities by using images and objects, together with a starter kit of sample images.

This is a key publication for the Prof E Sus project.

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An ecology of mind

W. Bloom Jeffrey , (2013) “An ecology of mind: teaching – learning complex systems”, Kybernetes, Vol. 42 Iss: 9/10, pp.1346 – 1353

– The purpose of this paper is to show how to enact a Batesonian system to teaching an ecology of mind course.

– The approach develops a practical framework for teaching with examples of teaching approaches and student work.

– The overarching approach involves a depth-abstraction-abduction model. This model was used to engage students in examining a variety of transdisciplinary phenomena with emphasis on contexts, meaning, multiple perspectives, stories, relationships and systems, patterns, and epistemology. Epistemological shocks and shifts were a common occurrence.

Close the loop: SDG 12

Online course offered by the United Nations System Staff College

Close the Loop: SDG 12 online course

An online course that provides participants with hands-on understanding of sustainable consumption and production, and its role as a stand-alone Sustainable Development Goal in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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Competences for sustainable development

Yoko Mochizuki, Zinaida Fadeeva, (2010) “Competences for sustainable development and sustainability: Significance and challenges for ESD”, International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, Vol. 11 Iss: 4, pp.391 – 403

– The purpose of this paper is to draw attention of the education for sustainable development (ESD) community to recent discussions on competence approaches and to examine the adequacy of a competence‐based model as the means of achieving educational and societal transformation towards sustainability. The paper analyses and highlights some important aspects of case studies of the contributing authors to the special issue.

– The paper is based on the review of relevant literature and reflections on the articles that constitute this special issue. It also reflects the authors’ observations through their extensive interactions with theoreticians, practitioners and policy makers on ESD in the context of the United Nations decade of education for sustainable development (DESD) and higher education for sustainable development (HESD).


Competencies for ESD Teachers

A handbook for school teachers that includes teacher competencies and suggestions for teacher training.

This is a key text for the Prof E Sus project.


A Leonardo EU project
6 training modules providing basic knowledge about sustainable processing in industrial laundries.

The use of this site and the training modules is free of charge. It is addressed to laundry managers, quality and technical managers of laundries. The tool can also be applied for initial and further training of laundries employees and apprentices. The learning contents are also integrated in the curriculum of the universities of the project partnership.
Education for Sustainable Development link collection
Collection of links on education for sustainable development curated by Sven Åke Bjørke in Norway.

Sven Åke Bjørke teaches environment issues, sustainable development and ICT supported education at the Department of Global Development and Planning, Faculty of Social Sciences, the University of Agder. He has especially worked on the development of a pedagogy adapted for internationalized online education in the MSc Development Management.