Environment, Development and Sustainability

, Volume 17, Issue 2, pp 315–330 | Cite as

UN decade on education for sustainable development (UNDESD): enabling sustainability in higher education

  • Robert Van WynsbergheEmail author
  • Janet Lynn Moore


Inspired by the UN decade on education for sustainable development, the Learning City designed an innovative curriculum and pedagogy to enable sustainability learning in a university classroom setting. We provide a brief overview of the project and then detail the classroom in regard to the five features that shape it. We also introduce the two major legacies of the Learning City and detail their relationship to the five features. The relevance of this work extends to many fields beyond sustainability education, including educational research, program evaluation, sustainability, urban policy, social capital, and the emerging field of the scholarship of teaching and learning.


Sustainability in higher education Transdisciplinarity and interdisciplinarity Community service learning 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Educational StudiesUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada
  2. 2.Centre for DialogueSimon Fraser UniversityVancouverCanada

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