Partnership in Education for a Sustainable
To coincide with the United Nations Decade of Education
for Sustainable Development, the Association of American
Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) and the Association
of University Leaders for a Sustainable Future (ULSF)
recently announced the launch of a historic partnership.
Together, these two organizations will act as a catalyst
and incubator for new ideas, campus-based innovations,
research, and collaborations to advance student and
campus commitments to sustainable development. “Bringing
together the resources, experience, and perspectives
of these two organizations will help move this urgent
work forward in exciting ways,” said ULSF Senior
Fellow Debra Rowe, who is facilitating the partnership.
AAC&U is entering into the partnership as part
of its Shared Futures: Global Learning and Social Responsibility
initiative. Shared Futures emphasizes the need to provide
students with the knowledge and commitment to be socially
responsible citizens in a diverse democracy and interconnected
world, while sustainable development envisions a world
that emerges at the intersection of a strong economy,
flourishing environment, and healthy society.
“Taking global learning seriously means engaging
students with the most pressing intellectual, ethical,
and civic questions of our time,” notes AAC&U
Senior Vice President Caryn McTighe Musil. “In
exploring education for sustainable development we hope
to demonstrate the relevance of liberal education to
the real-world challenges we all face in the twenty-first
For more information about the partnership, contact
either Kevin Hovland at AAC&U (Hovland@aacu.org)
or Debra Rowe at ULSF (firstname.lastname@example.org).