Education for Sustainable Development at Manitoba Colleges and Universities: Results from an institution-wide survey and president interviews across Manitoba's 11 institutions of higher education

By Gabriel A. Huppé, Heather Creech, Carolee Buckler on April 26, 2013

In response to the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), Manitoba's Department of Education has made a commitment to reorient the formal K-12 education system towards sustainability.

Manitoba Education asked the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) to conduct a study of how ESD concepts and practices are being pursued within colleges and universities in Manitoba, in order to further ESD implementation at the K-12 level. The aim is to gain a better understanding of what opportunities for education for sustainability are available within the province in post-secondary institutions. The study also explores whether Manitoba campuses reflect a "whole school" learning environment, in which course content is reflected in the daily operations of the campuses around them (as per the approaches now being taken in several K-12 school divisions across the province). There are excellent sustainability initiatives present in Manitoba's colleges and universities. However, it would appear that, to date, a comprehensive view of ESD implementation within universities and colleges in Manitoba has not been compiled.

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IISD, 2013