Education for Sustainability
The emergence of Education for Sustainability is relatively recent, and continues to evolve. Education for Sustainable Development grew from a history of Environmental Education. Education for Sustainability links environmental, social and economic thinking with an expanded emphasis now on holistic thinking, futures, and ecological and social justice. This develops the knowledge, competencies and worldviews necessary for people to contribute to more sustainable patterns of living for all species. Education for Sustainability aims to be transformative, of people and human thinking, drawing on systemic thinking, collaboration, ethics and values, critical thinking, and life-long learning.
SUSTAINed - The Network for Australian Tertiary EFS Practitioners
This Australian network was established in 2014 to enable tertiary EfS practitioners to collectively engage in the development of sustainability education in the tertiary sector in Australia. The network provides a forum for communication, shared teaching and research ideas, resource and project development and advocacy. La Trobe University hosts a website dedicated to the SUSTAINed network.
Click here to access the SUSTAINed Network website and the interest group hubs.
To kickstart the network an online sypmposium was held in October, 2014.The focus of that sypmosium was Linking and Leveraging based on Professor Geoff Scott's work on Leadership for sustainability education. The key questions are outlined below. There will be another symposium in April 2015.
- How can tertiary educators shift sustainability thinking into action?
- How can we best share ideas, practices and resources?
- How do we build a productive and sustainable network of tertiary sustainability educators?
- How do we make best use of the Learning and Teaching Sustainability website?
- How can we 'link and lever' for the best possible practices and outcomes?
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Turnaround Leadership for Sustainability in Higher Education
Universities play a central role in addressing key challenges of social, economic and environmental sustainability. For this role to be delivered effectively it is critical to identify not only what strategies are most productive but also how to ensure they are successfully led and implemented. This project seeks to apply the proven change leadership framework developed in the ALTC's 'Learning Leaders in Times of Change' project to the distinctive area of effective turnaround leadership for sustainability in higher education.