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Welcome to the December edition of the SEEd e-newsletter. Here, you will find news on sustainable development in the Education sector and sustainable schools, ESD, environment news, sustainability news, jobs, funding and any upcoming events, courses or consultations.

Understanding the value of Sustainable School Building

Many members of SEEd are teachers who will spend a great deal of time inside school buildings. SEEd went to find out if constructing a school sustainably could help to avoid the overheating of classrooms, poor ventilation and dark, inflexible learning spaces of older buildings? Read more →
Pauline Rutter, SEEd Project Manager
SEEd News and Members News

SEEd News

  • SEEd Facilitation for LfS and Transformation 2015: This is the 4 day course that will enable you to work with groups on sustainability issues! It combines social learning, facilitating groups creating new ideas and practices to help them sustain their ideas and work. Dates: 9/10th January  2015 (Part 1) and 13/14th March 2015 (Part 2). Read more →
  • SEEd Policy Forum – 26th March 2015: Look out for details of SEEd's Policy Forum - “I don’t think that there is anyone who is more aware of the reality of the current context in which learning for sustainability is now struggling to maintain its hard won position in the day-to-day life of schools across England [than SEEd].”  Ben Hren, Waste Watch. Keep a look out on this page, more details soon →
  • National Sustainable Schools Conference – 2nd July 2015: In 2015 Bristol will be the European Green Capital. We are therefore partnering with the University of Bristol to deliver this National Conference in Bristol. Read more →
  • SEEd campaign to Embed Sustainability in the Education Act: Many organisations are getting behind the SEEd campaign to embed sustainability in the purpose of education. Read more →

SEEd Member News

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  • Energy and Environment Eco-Schools conference in Herefordshire – Morgan Phillips, Education Manager at Keep Britain Tidy reports on last month’s Energy and Environment Eco-Schools conference in Herefordshire - Highlights for me included “this brilliant drawing of a Sustainable School by Rupert Brakspear”. Read more →
  • RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 24 - 25 January 2015 – You can take part on your own or as a family, and you can even take part in your local park if you don't have a garden. To get involved, just pick an hour over the weekend of 24-25 January 2015 and tell us what you see. It couldn't be easier! Read more →
  • Learning in a Global Context: Part 1: Inspiring globally-minded teachers (London) 20 January 2015 – A one-day course for GLP Co-ordinators aimed to equip teachers to lead professional and personal development for global learning. Read more →
News and Research

Education and Environment News

  • The red lights are blinking on nature's dashboard The publication of the latest set of Defra UK Biodiversity Indicators this morning reveals a mixed picture for nature and wildlife. While some of the trends are improving others, particularly those covering the state of our species are deteriorating.  Read more →
  • Carpathian States Adopt Protocol on Sustainable Transport – From the 23-26 September 2014, Environment Ministers and other high-level government officials of the seven Carpathian States met in Mikulov, the Czech Republic, for the fourth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties Read more →
  • Growing Appetite for Meat 'Risks Climate Targets' – An "awareness gap" about emissions from livestock could hamper efforts to curb climate change, a report warns. Read more →
  • Sheikha Moza: The power behind Qatar's global lessons – The country's initial push for education was entirely practical, she says. Qatar needed to plan for a time when the oil and gas runs out - and that meant building an education system to support a different type of modern, knowledge-based economy. Read more →
  • COP20 UN Climate Change Conference December 2014 - Hear representatives from the French Student Network for Sustainable Development tell Responding to Climate Change (RTCC) about their goal for 100% of French students to be aware and involved in a commitment to sustainable development. Read more →

Research, Publications and Guidance

  • Personal Wellbeing Can Aid Environmental Sustainability, Dr Teresa Belton -  This thought-provoking and unusually wide-ranging book investigates the factors that are likely to incline individuals to enjoy lifestyles that are sustainable. Read more →


  • Geographical Association: Women and development - The empowerment of women has a key role to play in sustainable development. Entire communities benefit from gender equality, as closing gender gaps can enhance economic efficiency, make policies and institutions more representative, and improve development outcomes for the next generation. Read more →
School Stories and Events

Sustainable Schools Stories

  • RSPB working for nature -  SSA member RSPB has added  new resources to the SSA website. Find out about ‘RSPB Big Schools’ Birdwatch’ and ‘RSPB Wildlife Action Awards for Schools’. Read more →
  • The National Association of Field Studies Officers (NAFSO) -  Book now for the three day CPD Event 5-7 January 2015 at Castle Head Field Centre (FSC), Cumbria. Read more →
  • Learning Through Landscapes Professional Accreditation Training -Accredited training for experienced professionals who want to develop their knowledge and skills in supporting schools and early years settings to make the most of their outdoor areas. February 2015. Read more →
  • Ofsted case studies - Good practice resource ­ Using pupil premium to engage with parents ­ Robin Hood Primary School and Nottingham City Council Robin Hood Primary School has developed an innovative strategy that uses pupil premium funding to engage with families within its catchment area. Read more →


  • 'Voices of Transition' - Community Screening Launch - screen the documentary on Thursday 5th February 2015: “Voices of Transition educates, opens minds to new possibilities and presents a new vision of how our food system could be. As a historic transition unfolds, this film is a very powerful tool.” Rob Hopkins, co-founder of the Transition movement. Read more →
  • Deeper understanding of global citizenship - Tuesday 13th January 2015: The British Council's Connecting Classrooms programme, offers a series of free workshops of which any number of workshops can be attended.  This half day workshop supports teachers in further developing their understanding of global citizenship and its practice. Read more →
  • Online Practical Guide to CSR and Sustainable Development: The objective of this wholly online e-course is to introduce the participant to the concept of Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development today, operationalising the term and ensuring a cohesive definition of CSR and its applications to corporate sustainability. Read more →
  • School Travel (STARS) Conference : These seminars are run throughout the year on a wide variety of topics related to the promotion of sustainable travel with young people and school communities. They offer an excellent opportunity to learn from others in the field, share ideas and to network. Read more →
Take Part

Take Part

  • NI Science Festival - The NI Science Festival is delighted to announce a range of pre-release tickets for events taking place during the inaugural festival in 2015. These events, which are a mix of public and schools events for all ages. Read more →
  • Call for applications: Future Earth young scientists' networking conference 2015 - Early career scientists are invited to submit applications to participate in next year's Future Earth young scientists' networking conference on integrated science. Read more →
  • Bude for Food Assembly - Every week you'll find great products direct from quality local farmers, growers and producers. Order on-line, then on Wednesday come and meet the producers, collect your weekly shopping and and enjoy a new way to eat well while supporting local agriculture and producers. Read more →


  • BirdLife: BEVS Assistants 2015 - BirdLife are looking for new EVS volunteer assistants to join our international team protecting birds and their habitats and inspiring and educating people about birds and nature in the Maltese Islands. Assistants will be based in our offices and/or at our nature reserves. Read more →
  • Bring the natural world to life with PGL - Fantastic opportunities for geography, geology and ecology graduates to work in areas of outstanding natural beauty across the South Coast of England, Isle of Wight and Scotland's breath-taking Isle of Arran. Read more →
  • Sustainability Hub Manager - This is an excellent opportunity for a person committed to sustainability with experience in project management to complete a prestigious high-profile project. They will also play a key role in any planning for future developments. Read more →
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