Seminar: ‘Strengthening the role of the Irish Higher Education community in support of sustainable development’

Date: 28 November 2001
Venue: The Development Studies Centre, Kimmage Manor, Dublin

A one day seminar presented by FEASTA, the Foundation for the Economics of Sustainability,
Tipperary Institute and The Development Studies Centre, Kimmage Manor

Wednesday 28th November 2001, 09.30 to 15.30 at the Tipperary Institute, Thurles, Co Tipperary

Workshops and Speakers included:
Richard Douthwaite, author of The Growth Illusion and Short Circuit: Strengthening Local Economies in an Unstable World.

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Earlier in 2001, the Higher Education and Training Awards Council (HETAC) issued a set of guidelines for course providers about contributing to the protection and improvement of the environment through the promotion of awareness of global and local environmental issues. These guidelines offer a number of positive suggestions whereby Higher Education institutes can play a crucial role in promoting environmental awareness and education for sustainability, both at the level of curriculum and course development, and in terms of institutions improving their own environmental performance. The guidelines are applicable across all four disciplines in designated institutions, namely:

  • Science
  • Engineering
  • Business
  • Humanities

This seminar offered a forum whereby interested educators and institutions can come together to explore ways in which we can best respond to these guidelines and to identify what our needs are in terms of meeting the challenge of sustainablility. There was maximum opportunity for participation and a set of workshops dealt with more specialised interests.

Further information:
The organisers acknowledge the support of Tipperary Institute and the Higher Education and Training Awards Council (HETAC) towards the costs of running this event.

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