Educational Opportunities

Educational Opportunities


Sustainability.

Thinking more.
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SDG Academy

SDG Academy

Educational resources from the worlds leading experts on sustainable development.

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The Age of Sustainable Development, Columbia University

The Age of Sustainable Development, Columbia University

“The Age of Sustainable Development” is a free open online course that gives students an understanding of the key challenges and pathways to sustainable development – that is, economic development that is also socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable.

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Destination 2017

Education for Sustainability: A Transformative Learning Experience

Description: Sustainability, the challenge of meeting “the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs” (Brundtland Report, 1983), is a multi-faceted concept that impacts our daily lives, engages our students, and can enrich any classroom curriculum. Through an understanding of (1) systems dynamics, (2) scale, (3) long-term development, (4) tradeoffs, and (5) interdisciplinary collaboration/participation, we can prepare students to meet the complex problem solving and critical thinking skills required to thrive in the 21st century (Future of Jobs Report, World Economic Forum, 2015). Join us for an exploration of sustainability concepts, challenges, and practices to enhance learning in your classroom.

Participants will:

  • define foundational concepts of sustainability including systems dynamics, scale, long-term development, tradeoffs, and interdisciplinary collaboration/participation
  • connect the impact of individual behavior on broader social, environmental, and economic systems and ultimately on quality of life
  • create instructional materials that apply foundational concepts of sustainability to your classroom

Destination 2018

Sustainability: Thinking Critically about Quality of Life

Description: Valencia defines sustainability as resilient economic, social, and environmental systems that enhance  quality of life for all community members present and future. In this track, you will use sustainability as a way of looking at the world, and evaluating challenges and solutions through the lens of (1) systems thinking, (2) equity, (3) scale, (4) tradeoffs, and (5) collaboration and participation. To prepare students to meet the complex problem solving and critical thinking skills required to thrive in the 21st century (Future of Jobs Report, World Economic Forum, 2015), join us for an exploration of sustainability concepts, challenges, and practices to enhance learning in your classroom.

Participants will:

  • define foundational concepts of sustainability including systems thinking, equity, scale, tradeoffs, and collaboration and participation
  • apply sustainability concepts to foster complex problem solving, critical thinking and creativity using current, relevant global challenges and local solutions
  • create instructional materials that integrate foundational concepts of sustainability in your curriculum to prepare students to thrive in the 21st century