Timeline of Calls for Higher Education to Take the Lead in Fostering Sustainability

Robert Turner, 6/16/22

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1990 -  The Talloires Declaration – Association of University Leaders for a Sustainable Future

1991 - What Is Education For? Six Myths About the Foundations of Modern Education, and Six New Principles to Replace Them – David Orr

1995 - The Essex Report: Workshop on the Principles of Sustainability in Higher Education – The President's Council on Sustainable Development

1998 - A Strategy to Accelerate the Shift to Sustainability through Higher Education – University Leaders for a Sustainable Future

2002 - “Sustainability” in Higher Education: From Doublethink and Newspeak to Critical Thinking and Meaningful Learning – Arjen Wals and Bob Jickling

2002 - Environmental Literacy and Sustainability as Core Requirements: Success Stories and Models – Debra Rowe

2003 - The Critical Role of Higher Education in Creating a Sustainable Future – Anthony Cortese

2004 - Higher Education, Sustainability, and the Role of Systemic Learning – Stephen Sterling

2006 - American College & University President's Climate Commitment – Second Nature

2008 - A Call to Action: Core Commitments – Association of American Colleges and Universities

2009 - Sustainability as an Organizing Principle for Higher Education – Tom Kelly

2010 - Sustainability Curriculum in Higher Education: A Call to Action – The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education

2011 - Climate Change Starter’s Guidebook: An Issues Guide for Education Planners and Practitioners – United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

2011 - Higher Education’s Role in Adapting to a Changing Climate – Second Nature and the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment

2011 - Higher Education in the World 4 – Higher Education’s Commitment with Sustainability: From Understanding to Action – Global University Network for Innovation

2011 - The Urgent Need for Universities to Comprehensively Address Global Climate Change Across Disciplines and Programs – John Lemons

2012 - The Education We Need for the World We Want – RIO +20 Education Group

2012 - Peoples’ Sustainability Treaty on Higher Education – Peoples’ Sustainability Treaties

2012 - What Colleges and Universities Need to Do to Advance Civic Scientific Literacy and Preserve American Democracy – Jon Miller

2013 - Teaching for Turbulence – Michael Maniantes

2014 - Nagoya Declaration on Higher Education for Sustainable Development – United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

2014 - The Greening Universities Toolkit V2.0 – United Nations Environment Programme

2014 - Higher Education for Strong Sustainability – Rick Clugston and Wynn Calder

2014 - Universities as Potential Actors for Sustainable Development – Michael von Hauff and Thuan Nguyen

2014 -  How Universities Can Help Create a Wiser World: The Urgent Need for an Academic Revolution – Nicholas Maxwell

2014 - Integrating Environmental Sustainability into Universities – Meredith Ralph and Wendy Stubbs

2016 - How to Do Transition in your University or College – Transition Network

2016 -  Barriers in Restructuring University Curriculum for a Sustainable Future – Chakraborty et al.

2017 - Higher Education in the World 6 - Towards a Socially Responsible University: Balancing the Global with the Local – Global University Network for Innovation

2017 - Sustainability as the Organizing Principle for Service-Learning and Community Engagement (SLCE) – The SLCE Future Directions Project

2017 - Education for A Sustainable Future, Benchmarks: For Individual and Social Learning – Jamie Cloud

2017 - EarthEd: Rethinking Education on a Changing Planet – Erik Assadourian

2017 - Can We Meet the Sustainability Challenges? The Role of Education and Lifelong Learning – Arjen Wals and Aaron Benavot

2017 - Identifying and Overcoming Obstacles to the Implementation of Sustainable Development at Universities – Walter Filho et al.

2018 - Facing the Climate Change Catastrophe: Education as Solution or Cause? – Network for International Policies and Cooperation in Education and Training

2018 - Mobilising Different Conversations About Global Justice in Education: Toward Alternative Futures in Uncertain Times – Andreotti, V et al.

2019 -  Taking Action on Climate Crisis: An Urgent Call to Educators - Educators for Climate Action

2019 - Sustainable Development Primer for Higher Education Presidents, Chancellors, Trustees and Senior Leaders – The Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium

2019 - Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI) – Sustainable Development Goals Knowledge Platform, United Nations

2019 - Higher and Further Education Institutions Across the Globe Declare Climate Emergency – The Alliance for Sustainability Leadership in Education, Second Nature and the UN Environment’s Youth and Education Alliance

2019 - Adapting Universities and Colleges to a Changing Climate: Making the Case and Taking Action – The Alliance for Sustainability Leadership in Education

2019 - EI Statement on Student Action on Climate Change – Education International

2019 - Open Letter to Vice-Chancellors, UUK and UKRI – Help Us Take Action on Climate Change NowTransitionLab.Earth

2019 - Action Plan 2019-2020 – Copernicus Alliance

2019 - Sustainability in Higher Education: What More Can Universities Do? – QS Quacquarelli Symonds

2019 -  Rethinking the Modern University – Marcus Ford

2019 - Greta is Coming: Sterling College President Stands with Students Across the World – Matthew Derr

2019 - Bildung in the 21st Century—Why Sustainable Prosperity Depends Upon Reimagining Education – Jonathan Rowson

2019 -  Building New Foundations: The Future of Education from a Degrowth Perspective – Nadine Kaufmann, Christoph Sanders and Julian Wortmann

2020 - Strengthening Sustainability Programs and Curricula at the Undergraduate and Graduate Levels – Committee on Strengthening Sustainability Programs and Curricula at the Undergraduate and Graduate Levels

2020 - The Role of Education in Taming Authoritarian Attitudes – Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce

2020 - Sustainability Competences: A Systematic Literature Review – Publications Office of the European Union

2020 - The Little Book of Green Nudges: 40 Nudges to Spark Sustainable Behaviour on Campus – United Nations Environment Programme, GRIDArendal and Behavioural Insights Team

2020 - The Role of Universities in a Sustainable Society. Why Value-Free Research is Neither Possible Nor Desirable – Markus Volgt and Christoph Weber

2020 - Democracy Is Under Duress – Valerie Smith and Jonathan Alger

2020 - Conceptualizing Environmental Citizenship for 21st Century EducationHadjichambis, A et al.

2020 -  From “Education for Sustainable Development” to “Education for the End of the World as We Know It” – Stein, S et al.

2020 - Transforming the University to Confront the Climate Crisis, Part 1 – John Foran

2021 - Education for Action: How Adapting Our Learning Can Tip the Climate Scales in 2021 – Green Growth Knowledge Platform

2021 - The Planetary Health Education Framework – The Planetary Health Alliance

2021 - Beyond Doom and Gloom: Climate Solutions – Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education

2021 - Race to Zero for Universities and Colleges – The Alliance for Sustainability Leadership in Education, The United Nations Environment Programme, and Second Nature

2021 - Global Climate Letter for Universities and Colleges – The United Nations Environment Programme

2021 - Higher Education – The U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development

2021 - Global Learning and Intercultural Competence as Imperatives for the Future of Higher Education: Reducing inequities and creating effective global problem-solvers - Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA) to the UNESCO Futures of Education initiative

2021 - The Pedagogy of Transition: Educating for the Future We Want - Great Transition Initiative

2021 - Current Climate Education is Inadequate – Teach the Future

2021 -  The Task of Education as We Confront the Potential for Social and Ecological Collapse – Vanessa Andreotti

2021 -  Educating for the Future We Want – Stephen Sterling

2021 - A New Agenda for Higher Ed – David Orr

2021 -  Fostering Sustainability Out of a Pandemic: Pathways for Higher Education to Create a More Resilient Institution and Society

2021 - Fostering Institutional Sustainability Out of the Pandemic: The Role of Teaching Centers and Faculty Developers - Kelsey Biting, Chelsie Romulo, Robert Turner, and Scott Wertz