Sustainability in the Estates Office have been running an environmental accreditation scheme within the University called ‘Green Impact’, to date over 70 teams across both academic departments as well as support services have been involved. Sustainability has also been supporting the HEA ‘Green Academy’ programme.
With this backdrop Sustainability via Green Impact and the Green Academy is sponsoring a new Teaching Award on Education for Sustainability. This will be presented as part of the University Teaching Awards and will also have an award at the Green Impact Awards.
The award will provide case studies of best practice within the University as well as raise awareness relating to Education for Sustainability.
This award aims to recognize academics that have shown innovation in integrating education for sustainability into current teaching; this can be in any discipline.
The concept of sustainability focuses on achieving human wellbeing and quality of life, pursued through the maintenance, care and equitable use of natural and cultural resources. Terminology around sustainability is by necessity extremely complex and highly contested, with definitions varying according to context and perspective.
Education for sustainability asks us to reflect upon the impact of our disciplines on respect for environmental limits, the attainment of a healthy and just society, effective and participative governance and a strong stable economy. It is education which links the theory to how we as individuals make choices and decisions. It makes explicit the links between the way issues are explored in theoretical discussions and the practice of how we run our Schools and the experience students have around the campus and beyond.
i. Deans are invited to ask Faculty Education Directors to coordinate the nomination of one individual in the Faculty to go forward to the final stage of selection. The Faculty need not nominate an individual for the award if: no candidates come forward, or, it is felt that the candidates do not meet the quality threshold.
ii. A sub-group of the University Education Committee, chaired by the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education), will determine the one winner of the award.
Recipients of the award will be judged in relation to their contribution to enhancing the student experience of sustainability at the University of Bristol.
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