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Resource: Higher Education Paving the Way to Sustainable Development

The International Association of Universities (IAU) has launched a report of its 2016 global survey on Higher Education and Research for Sustainable Development (HESD). They surveyed 120 higher education institutions worldwide with a goal of understanding the key role higher education plays in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The results underline that universities are involved in sustainable development and integrate it in their strategic development plans. However, there is still room for progress. In this publication you will find inspiring sustainability initiatives undertaken by IAU Members worldwide, so get inspired and commit to the SDGs!

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Resource: United 4 Smart Sustainable Cities

The United for Smart Sustainable Cities (U4SSC) collaborative initiative has published a new publication on “Connecting cities and communities with the Sustainable Development Goals.” Sixteen United Nations bodies contributed to the development of reports focusing on how cities can use information and communication technologies to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

For a free copy, click here.

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Green Teacher – Video Submissions

For many years, youth educators around the world have shared their innovative learning activities and teaching strategies in Green Teacher magazine.  In 2011, we launched a popular webinar series as a way of providing another medium for sharing great green teaching strategies.   In 2016, we taped our first 6 videos, which we will be releasing in the coming months.  Now in 2017, we’re officially welcoming anyone and everyone to send us short videos.  Once published on YouTube, we’ll highlight your video(s) on our website and in our social media.   Keep your videos between 3 – 10 minutes in length.  Five minutes is an ideal length, whereas longer ones usually lose viewers.

For information click here.

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Resource: SAGE’s Young Adult LAB

SAGE announces its new Young Adult Leadership Advisory Board (LAB), a team of eleven young leaders who strongly believe in our mission and programs. Over the next year, our LAB Leaders will share advice and encouragement to strengthen our workshops and trainings, and find new ways to connect younger and older generations to give forward together. Click here to meet our LAB Leaders.

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Resource: Beyond Doom and Gloom – Engage in Climate Solutions

Are you or your students worried about climate change? Are you connecting your students to high impact solutions? This initiative uses expert, easy-to-use materials that involve students in important civic engagement solutions.  They can be used in any course and in campus activities. Visit the students’ page (including a motivating two-minute video), the educators’ page, and the webinar to see how you can be part of reducing doom and gloom and share opportunities for progress.

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GreenPrint for Becoming a Green, Healthy, and Sustainable School

In the green schools movement, we talk a lot about creating healthy learning environments, spaces that are water and energy efficient; have superior indoor air quality; and produce little to no waste. We also talk a lot about how we can use these spaces as learning tools to teach students 21st century skills and how to be better environmental and community stewards. However, in our attempts to hold up sustainable school environments as models of the future, we often neglect to consider the third pillar of a green, healthy, and sustainable school: the health and well-being of students and staff. Learn more in Green Schools National Network’s GreenPrint for Becoming a Green, Healthy, and Sustainable School.

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Education for SDGs – Learning Objectives

UNESCO, as the United Nations’ specialized agency for education, is entrusted to lead and coordinate the Education 2030 Agenda, which is part of a global movement to eradicate poverty through 17 Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. Education, essential to achieve all of these goals, has its own dedicated Goal (#4), which aims to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.”

This new publication targets educators, policy-makers, and curriculum developers. It contains learning objectives and suggestions for classroom activities to address each of the SDGs as well as guidance on how to integrate Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) into policies and teaching.

To download the publication, click here.

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UN Environment Live

UN Environment Live is a free, dynamic, open access, on-line platform for sharing data and knowledge to keep the environment under review. Environment Live supports environmental policy through foresight, outlooks and assessments and providing capacity building for countries to achieve the Goals of Agenda 2030 and Sustainable Development.

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