Education and Actions for a Sustainable World . Debra Rowe President. [email protected] Professor Renewable Energies Technologies and Psychology www.ceret.us U.S. Designee World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics Sustainability Group www.wfcp.org Co-coordinator
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ProfessorRenewable Energies Technologies and Psychology
World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics Sustainability Group
Higher Education Associations’ Sustainability Consortium
Disciplinary Associations Network for Sustainability
Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education
without compromising the ability of
future generations to
meet their own needs”
World Commission on Env. and Development. (1987). Our Common Future. England: Oxford University Press.Sustainable Development is often defined as:
Education for a Sustainable Society:“enables people to develop the knowledge, values and skills to participate in decisions …, that will improve the quality of life now without damaging the planet for the future.”
What Businesses call “The Triple Bottom Line”
Public Choices and
Applied Knowledge/ Technological
Private Choices and
We are the first generation capable of determining the habitability of the planet for humans and other species.
The typical general core requirements and the typical curricula are crucially inappropriate
life supporting resources
life supporting resources
Climate change = = Civilization Disruption
Disruption of food production and the food chain
More extreme weather events
Disruptions of ecosystems, including water supplies
Spread of disease e.g. West Nile, Malaria
Submersion of land masses –
was 1 to 4 foot sea level rise - now up to 48 feet
50% of world’s population lives on the coasts
Sources: Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, EPA
In addition to climate change, according to the
Millennium Ecosystem Assessment,
all ecosystems are stressed and threatened.Effects in Our Lifetime
U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development:
Convene, Catalyze and Communicate
Sector Teams: Business, Higher Education, K-12, Communities, Faith, Youth…
Signed by over 600 presidents & chancellors in all 50 states
model climate neutrality for society
educate and engage students to solve climate crisis and address sustainability challenges
ACE–Am. Council on Ed. Development:
AASCU – State Colleges and Universities
AACC – Am. Ass. of Community Colleges
AAC&U – Assoc. of American Colleges and Universities
6. ACUHO-I - Housing
10. SCUP – College and University Planners
11. ACUI – Student Unions
12. ACPA – Student Affairs
13. NACA –
14. NACS – Campus Stores
AND OTHERSGREAT NEWS!!! We’ve created a National Trend in higher education
ACPA main sustainability page, student flyer, primer, list of possible campus activities, and chart of learning outcomes!
American Psychological Association Development:
Engineering (civil, mechanical, eng. ed.)
Career and technical education
American Association for the Advancement of Science
More…Disciplinary Associations Network for Sustainability – DANSwww.aashe.org/dans
Very exciting – tell your faculty!
1. Collaborative Media Project
2. Legislation for Sustainability
3. Real World Problem Solving for Sustainability
President Obama: society.$500 million for green jobs training Climate Change: U.S. can’t have watered down legislation; possibly 1% for education = billions from auctioned creditsSenators eliminated funding for energy efficient retrofits in education and federal buildings.We are engaged, but not enough, in educating legislators about legislation for sustainability
Building self-concepts in staff and students: society.You can help change society!!Imagine students and staff literate in the real world sustainability challenges and engaged in the solutionsProvide the models and opportunities for practicing the changing of behaviors and policies
Imagine a country where all college students get involved in helping to solve our societal problems through their academic assignments and residential/student activities.
Change agent Skills
No more armchair pontificators
New and Remodeled Buildings and community planning
Pledges, Targets, Resolutions
1. “Campus Sustainability Catalyzing Days”: Targeted Meetings plus Faculty/Staff Development
2. Capturing the Shifting Campus Culture on Video to Promote More Positive Change
Plan B 3.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization
Downloadable from www.earth-policy.org
You are contributing to the following goal:
Staff, students and others know how to and choose to be more environmentally, socially and economically responsible and shift the systems.
Where? In the personal, business, community and governmental spheres.
Ex. – UNC ICARE, Fair Trade, Campus Climate Challenge, Issues Campaigns, Sustainable Living, Campus Ecology- NWF, Student Green Fees, Divestment (ex: Sudan), Nike (tell the stories to shape self-concepts)
Work with residential life: Each student participating in a campaign as a freshman, and then organizing a campaign.
ESD is a guiding principle in the European Union.
A requirement for all graduates in Sweden.
We want to learn from all of you!
November, 2008 AASHE conference, 2,000+ in attendance – Raleigh, NC
Subscribe to the free AASHE weekly bulletin and listservs!
Doing nothing is a destructive decision!
There are people you can talk to about how to create success.
1. The human population is not educated enough about sustainability issues and solutions.
We can choose a sustainable future