The role of universities in contributing to a sustainable future has been quite clear since Agenda 21 – our shared prosperity is at risk if we do not find more sustainable ways of living and working. Universities have an important role to play through research, developing a greener campus, in the community and through the learning we provide.
At BU, we have taken our contribution seriously. We have made great strides in the environmental management of our estates, in line with BU 2018 to “ensure our environmental credentials are held in high esteem.” We also have some excellent research that focuses on issues of unsustainability and the identification of possible solutions. We have academics building capacity in the community.
BU 2018 also states, that we shall “ensure that graduates develop a global perspective and understand the need for sustainable development by seeking to embed sustainable development across the curriculum.” It comments on our “holistic approach to SD” and emphasises that we are “inspiring our students and staff to enrich the world.”
CEL challenged faculty staff from across the University to submit case studies illustrating examples of embedding SD into the curriculum, with prizes of a £75 donation to a charity for the winner, and a £25 donation for the runner up per faculty.
Faculty of Science and Technology: Adrian Newton, Chris Shiel, Elena Cantarello and Kathy Hodder
Faculty of Media and Communication: James Fair and Annie East
Faculty of Management: Nicole Ferdinand, Nigel Williams and Liz Gordon
Faculty of Science and Technology: Chris Shiel and Elena Cantarello
Faculty of Management: Sean Beer