Sussex Estates and Facilities

Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)

At SEF, we recognise the role Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) can play in supporting improvements in sustainability at the University. We have taken steps to engage with University academic staff to move this issue forward, including the distribution of a summary outlining the benefits of ESD in terms of improving the University's sustainability.

There are already actions undertaken by academic staff that fall well within an ESD framework, however encouraging these actions and making them more recognisable would put Sussex more directly in-line with other institutions within the sector. The benefits of ESD have also been recognised by a diverse number of Higher Education bodies, such as the QAA and the NUS, through to experts involved the Sussex Sustainability Research Programme (SSRP), and in various schools across campus.

Moving towards an institutional framework or strategy for ESD would help codify the actions already taken within the University, and steps are being taken by academic staff members towards this.