How can we practically put Education for Sustainability into action?

UNESCO provides a useful list of learning objectives for each of the 17 Sustainability Development Goals (SDG) and discusses how these can be achieved.

The Higher Education Academy (HEA) offers  general and practical advice about teaching and  learning, assessment and the learning environment. There is a useful checklist for all educators:

Questions that educators may ask themselves

Reflecting on Sustainability/Sustainable Development

  • How does education for sustainable development relate to my subject area or discipline?
  • To what extent am I already covering sustainable development issues?  How can I make those features more explicit?
  • What types of sustainable development case studies exist within, and are applicable to, my discipline?

Engaging Students

  • How can I help students develop interdisciplinary thinking and encourage them to take a holistic approach?
  • If many of my students perceive sustainable development as solely or primarily an environmental issue, how can I ensure they understand the balance between society, economy and environment?
  • The words ‘sustainability’ and ‘sustainable development’ do not resonate with the vocabulary commonly used in my discipline. What alternative words and concepts could I use to engage my students

The Learning Environment

  • How can I provide learning opportunities that have authenticity, enabling students to relate their knowledge and skills to real-life problems, both locally and globally?
  • How can I provide learning opportunities that begin to make a difference to sustainability, such as project work or service learning?