Presentation on theme: "Education for sustainable development"— Presentation transcript:
1 Education for sustainable development David BeardsSenior Policy Officer, Learning and Teaching
2 SFC Corporate PlanObjective 4: Sustainable development in Scotland’s colleges and universities“Require and support colleges and universities to implement strategies to ensure the sustainability of their productive capacity including their financial, human, physical and environmental resources”“..we will promote sustainable development in colleges, universities and the Council’s own operations in line with the UN Decade of Education for sustainable development...”
3 Support agenciesHigher Education AcademyScottish Further Education UnitEnvironmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC)Campus Sustainability Project (CaSPr)..and not forgetting AUDE, SSDF…
4 Higher Education Academy activities Subject networksInter-disciplinary workInstitutional focus/ESD strategy frameworkUK work, and Scottish projects (subject-specific, generic and inter-disciplinary developments)Future priorities…?
5 Environmental Association of Universities and Colleges Guides on campus bio-diversity, waste management, hazardous wasteESD community of practiceCampus sustainability programme: a ‘one stop shop’ for advice and guidance on sustainable development
6 CaSPr: Campus sustainability Promoting best practice in:sustainable constructionenergy performancesocially responsible investmentbiodiversitysustainable procurementtransport managementRegular workshops/seminars
7 CaSPr work programme for 2007-08: launch of web-based resource materials and guidancepromoting the use of recycled content in construction projectsa study in environmental assessment methods and development of guidance
8 SFC Estates workMajor campus projects: Queen Margaret University, John Wheatley College, Lauder CollegeNew guidance for senior managers on SD and estates managementPost-occupancy evaluation in sustainable development projectsRecycled content in construction projectsCentral Energy Efficiency Fund (CEEF) funding
9 Developing policy areas… Sustainable communitieslocal partnershipsstudents leading positive changeResearch-teaching linksHow can cutting edge SD research inform teaching and learning?
12 SD Research projects (a selection..) Transport research; Carbon Storage; Timber (Napier)Env. Sustainability; Rural Development (Aberdeen)Inter-disciplinary research capacity (Edinburgh)Renewable Energy (Glasgow)Waste and Pollution (Paisley)Env. History and Policy (Stirling)Gas Hydrate research (Heriot-Watt)Integrated energy; Hydrogen & related applications (Strathclyde)Conservation science; Eco and Env. Modelling (St Andrews)
13 ESD in Scotland’s colleges SQA guidance on embedding sustainable development in coursesNew coordinator post (based at SFEU) to support colleges in responding to SQA guidance, and to work with communities of practiceCollege campus projects:ASPIRE Centre, Lauder CollegeHaghill Campus, John Wheatley College
14 SFC internal operations Reducing use of cars, paper, energyIncreasing use of public transport, video conferencing for meetingsMore recyclingMore energy efficient staff and officesMindful of bio-diversityMore sustainable procurement