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Education for Sustainable Development


Education for Sustainability ensures a better future for everyone by equipping students, teachers, and school systems with the knowledge and ways of thinking we need to achieve economic prosperity and responsible citizenship while restoring the health of the living systems upon which our lives depend.

As defined by UNESCO, Education for Sustainable Development aims to help people develop the attitudes, skills, perspectives, and knowledge to make informed decisions and act upon them for the benefit of themselves and others, now and in the future. ESD helps the citizens of the world to learn their way to a more sustainable future.

Graphic provided by Richard D. Frisbie, Purdue University

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A worldwide movement focused on reorienting teacher education exists to address ESD. Teacher educators in the United States are becoming increasingly engaged with this work.

The United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD; 2005–2014) as defined by UNESCO, its lead agency, seeks to integrate the principles, values, and practices of sustainable development into all aspects of education and learning, in order to address the social, economic, cultural, and environmental issues faced in the 21st century.

Kappa Delta Pi acknowledges the right of all children to receive a quality education as part of a universal human right. In an increasingly interconnected world facing current and future economic, environmental, and social challenges, KDP is particularly interested in advancing the integration of ESD in both teacher preparation and PreK–12 classrooms.

Reorienting Teacher Education to Address Sustainability: The U.S. Context

KDP’s Call to Action


United States Teachers of Education for Sustainability (USTESD) – Affiliate KDP Chapter

Information and Resources on Sustainability
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