Sustainable Education"Perhaps never before have the needs of human society and the objectives ofeducation been so closely linked, nor has education ever had so compelling arationale and so urgent a responsibility to contribute to the societal changeneeded to ensure the survival of the planet and a sustainable future" (Jean Perrar, Learning for a Sustainable Future, Canadian Schoolnet, 1998.) Trevor Tanaka
The Importance of Sustainable Education• Today’s youth (as part of the “energy generation”) should be better educated on the importance of sustainability and clean energy and how sustainable/clean energy practices will lead to future job opportunities and ultimately to an improved quality of life today and into the future.• The ability to support and sustain ourselves in today’s world depends on our ability to adapt to the global changes going on around us.• The ability of regions to sustain themselves will be dependent on the cooperation and shared knowledge and visions among the regions.
Sustainable Education in Our Community The Kohala Center Kamuela, Hawaii• Independent, nonprofit, community-based center for research, conservation, and education.• Vision: a state of pono, in which individuals realize their potential, contributing their very best to one another, to the community, and to the ‘aina (the land) itself, in exchange for a meaningful and happy life.• Educational programs include Kahalu`u Bay Education Center (ReefTeach and Citizen Science) and Hawaii Island School Garden Network.
Sustainable Education in Our Local SchoolsWest Hawaii Explorations Academy (Public Charter School) Kailua-Kona, Hawaii • Mission: To provide learning opportunities through integrative, hands-on, self-selected projects related to authentic, real world problems. • Campus is mostly outdoors and is part of the Natural Energy Lab of Hawaii Authority complex, which is a research park • WHEA student, Wainani Traub, was first youth delegate from Hawaii to attend Annual Youth Leadership Summit for Sustainable Development at Martha’s Vineyard and was a speaker at the APEC Voices Summit in Honolulu in November 2011 • First school to participate in the State of Hawaii Sustainable Agriculture Skill Panel Forum
Hawaii Preparatory Academy (Private School) Kamuela, Hawaii• Go Green Initiative: help the school and community create a healthy and sustainable future for generations to come through education• Adopted five-year sustainability action plan that included sponsoring an island-wide Global Network and Student Congress for Sustainability for high school students and teachers in June 2008 and becoming a net zero energy consumer by 2012• Courses Offered: AP Environmental Science, Advanced Environmental Science, Agro-Ecology and Sustainable Food Systems, and Energy
Hawaii Preparatory Academy Energy Lab• First building in Hawaii to achieve LEED Platinum Certification• Living Building Challenge Participant• Uses only 30 percent of the energy it captures enabling it to provide energy for the rest of the school’s 220-acre campus• 480 sensors that measure and control energy and water use, amount of CO2 in each room, artificial lighting and natural air flow, making the Lab “a living building”• A 24-kilowatt array of roof-mounted photovoltaic solar panels produces 100 percent on-site renewable energy for the Lab on a net annual basis• A radiant cooling system that uses colder nighttime air to chill water and to cool warm areas during the daytime
Incorporating Sustainability into Curriculums Teachers need to be trained and supported Schools need support from government Sustainability should not be limited as isolated topics or as an extra club or event • New Jersey Sustainable Schools Network Goal is to promote education for a sustainable future in all schools in New Jersey Unity Charter School: One of the New Jersey Sustainable Schools that creates curriculum by incorporating sustainability into the New Jersey Core Curriculum Standards (NJCCCS).
Sustainable Education For All Public High School Students in Hawaii• Resolution 25, which is pending before the Hawaii Board of Education, proposes to incorporate sustainability and clean energy units and related technologies as a part of the public high school Science Curriculum.• Resolution 25 is important because: Our ability to compete in the global marketplace is related to the ability of our educational system to prepare students in science, technology, engineering, and math. The U.S. is falling behind in rapidly growing clean energy industry and our educational system and workforce are not prepared to compete.
Sustainable Higher EducationMany colleges offer sustainability programs and degrees.Arizona State University School of Yale University, ConnecticutSustainability Yale Sustainable Food Project manages anDoctors of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in organic farm on campus and runs diverseSustainability programs that support exploration andMaster of Arts (M.A.) in Sustainability academic inquiry related to food andMaster of Science (M.S.) in agriculture.Sustainability Offers Green Event, Green Workplace, Green Labs, and Green Athletic Teams Certificates. Lane Community College, Oregon Offers degree programs in energy management, Renewable Energy Technology, and Water Conservation with a sustainable focus.Arizona State Global Institute of Sustainability
Sustainable Education Worldwide ESD (Education for Sustainable Development)• The United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD) 2005-2014 is a global initiative led by UNESCO Goal is to reorient education worldwide. China has designated 1,000 schools as experimental schools for ESD. Japan has included ESD into its national curriculum guidelines and promotes ESD through more than 300 UNESCO Associated Schools. Every university in Sweden is required by law to teach sustainable development.• The Baltic Sea Project of the Associated Schools seeks to increase student awareness in the nine countries of the Baltic region on the different environmental and sustainability problems facing communities.• Moncton High School, New Brunswick Implemented ESD initiative that adopted UNESCO’s principles and ideas