The Green Academy — Teaching Climate Change — Sustainability implementation on all levels

Track B, Session 1 chaired by Aldilla Dharmasasmita

With research emphasis on Education for Sustainable Development Aldilla Dharmasamita represented the Green Academy of the Nottingham Trent University (NTU). The Green Academy is a part of the PRME working group on climate change and environment which pursues the objective to help business schools embedding climate change and environmental education in their teaching and training practices. Within the initiative of the Green Academy the group is working on three principles: Policy/strategy, teaching and cooperation. Policy templates for schools on how to implement climate change and other environmental issues into operational policies are developed, sharing of ideas, best practices and innovative training methods teach students to become change-makers and cooperation & partnerships enable the dialog between business schools and the private sector for future solutions on sustainability.

Several projects are initiated by the Green Academy:

  • Within the “Greenhouse Gas Management Project” at the NTU final-year business management students work together with companies on their emissions and develop innovative ideas on how companies can reduce their carbon emissions.
  • The Green Academy also offers the “Sustainability in Practice Certificate”, which is designed to increase employability and contribute to students sustainability literacy. Overall issues of the certificate this year are food, clothing and energy. Students have the chance to share their own thoughts on sustainability in their subject area and to engage with others, all without having to attend any lectures or seminars. More than 4.900 students already have received the certificate.
  • One program focuses on how to apply practical hands-on projects in real life. Students work on broad topics regarding sustainability such as the question on how to solve food sustainability in Nottingham. Another one produced pre-digested utensils for comparing the sustainability of different countries worldwide: The Carbon Crush Cards. Developed by economics PhD-students together with colleagues from the School of Arts and Humanities the cards explore issues around climate and define the current sustainability state of countries by categories such as carbon emissions, political power, population and carbon pledge.

Within the conference Aldilla Dharmasamita appealed the participants to rethink their business schools and come up with policies and teaching ideas on how to address climate change. Solutions ranged from KPI-wording in visions & missions and co-creation and sharing of teaching materials to changing everyday practices in order to uncover and change hidden curricular and incentives for teaching sustainable development.

Matthias Waldkirch from Jönköping University in Sweden criticised “It’s important to create the process as easy as possible to utilize sustainability in our teaching. Sustainability implementation takes time and resources and currently it is rather “punished” by the university by not enabling tackling sustainability any other way than doing it in our free time or research time.”