Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)
Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) is currently a top priority across all Higher Education. There is an increasing focus on curriculum development so that sustainability is mainstreamed and integrated throughout.
The meaning of sustainable development is contested territory but the most commonly cited definition, from the Brundtland Report, runs as follows : “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs” or “not cheating on the kids”. The concept also carries with it overtones of social equity, future-oriented thinking and a commitment to a quality of life that seeks to harmonise economic and environmental aspirations.
- The 2010 Student essay: How have sustainability issues had an impact on your learning experience as a student?
Download essay award winner: Jonathan Little(49KB).
- Developing Participative ESD to Enhance the Links between Sustainability Literacy, Sustainability Competencies and Employability (Grant, UWE), 2008.
- The Pharmacy department at University Bradford have revised their curriculum accordingly - See Newsletter 31, September 2010