International Conference “Sustainability Matters!”
On October 3, 2015, experts and speakers from Germany and the USA presented the current state of research regarding Sustainability and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). The conference provided a hands-on approach to ESD. Various outreach programs, best-practice examples of designing and implementing projects for students, and integrating new perspectives in the classroom and/or the whole school were presented. The presentations made the participants from all over the US aware of the different fields of ESD and updated them on the latest research. The experts gave new impulses as well as strengthened the participants’ motivation to connect teaching sustainability with their own subject (German, STEM, etc.) and work across the curricula.
“Sustainability Matters!” offered the unique opportunity to increase technical knowledge about sustainability-related issues (such as energy, climate, water, and biodiversity). At the same time, the participants learned about how practical and easy it is to integrate sustainability into their daily life.
In the afternoon, various Chicago organizations presented their sustainability-related outreach programs and highlighted best practice examples.
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Nancy Tuchman
The Role of Education in Advancing Sustainability: Loyola University Chicago as a Case Study
Nancy Tuchman, Ph.D., is Founding Director of the Institute of Biology at Loyola University Chicago. Her interests include human impacts on aquatic ecosystems and she is presently exploring ecological impacts of invasive plant species on Great Lakes coastal wetland ecosystems.
Dr. Jesko Hirschfeld
Natural, Artificial and Virtual Water Flows in Germany and Their Illustration for Education for Sustainability
Institute for Ecological Economy Research (IÖW), Berlin, Germany, specializes on water management.
Dr. Aaron Durnbaugh
How does Loyola address climate change?
Director of Sustainability at the Institute, specializes in energy efficiency and strategic planning.
Jaimie P. Cloud
„Sustainabilizing” your Curriculum
Founder and President of the Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education in New York City.
Chicago Conservation Corps (C3) Student Clubs: Bringing Community-Based Environmental Activism to Chicago’s Schools
School Partnerships Coordinator at the Chicago Academy of Sciences and its Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.
Bryan Soto and Helma Wardenaar
“A Holistic Approach to Sustainable Education and to Education for Sustainability”
Academy for Global Citizenship is a Chicago Public Charter School, located on the underserved Southwest side of Chicago, whose innovative and holistic approach to education and sustainability aims to foster systemic change and inspire the way society educates our future generations.
Mark Hauser and Lisa Volesky
Friends of the Chicago River: Forming a Sustainable Relationship Between Teachers, Students, and Their Watershed
Mark is Education Manager of Friends of the Chicago River. Lisa teaches Honors Biology and AP Environmental Science at Northside College Preparatory High School in Chicago.
The conference took place at the
Goethe-Institut Chicago, 150 N Michigan Ave., Suite 200, Chicago, IL 60601
The conference was supported by
Friends of Goethe, Door to Door Organics, Haribo and Loyola University Chicago.