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Sustainable Development

Leading and Learning for a Sustainable Future

This area is dedicated to sharing tools, resources, information and learning - offered by learning providers, by LSIS and by other partners and stakeholders - which can support individuals and organisations in the learning and skills sector in working, teaching and learning more sustainably. 

Seeing sustainable development as part of the improvement agenda

In 2010, LSIS launched "Leading and Learning for a Sustainable Future", a wide-ranging strategy to support the sector in responding to the challenge, recognising a growing appetite in the sector to understand, apply and champion sustainable thinking and practice.  In August 2011 we published an update to the strategy:

Leading and Learning for a Sustainable Future 2011 (PDF document, 203KB)

You can explore the different sections of the Sustainable Development area, and the different resources within them, through the links below.

Sustaining our Future Framework

The Sustaining Our Future framework aims to promote a shared understanding of sustainability in the sector, enabling all of us to more easily and objectively develop and implement a strategic response.

Sector-led projects and resources

The Stepping Up in Sustainability (SuS) and Cut the Carbon (CCF) Funds create opportunities for providers to develop and share successful approaches to sustainability and carbon reduction.

Reaching Forward Index

The Reaching Forward Index is an online self-assessment tool to objectively review your current practice and performance in sustainable development, and identify areas of strength and areas for development.

SORTED logoSorted

Hosted and managed by the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges, with LSIS support the Sustainability Online Resource for Training and Education (SORTED) provides an unrivalled depth of resources and information on sustainability and sustainable development, designed specifically for people and providers in the learning and skills sector. With support from LSIS, the EAUC has made a number of improvements to SORTED in August 2011, including an enhanced search facility and new resources.


Sustainability Leaders’ toolkit

The Sustainability Leaders’ Toolkit will help you to develop your understanding, knowledge and effectiveness as a sustainability champion through a range of tools and resources.  These can help you to understand the landscape of sustainability in your organisation, identify and engage your stakeholders, and develop the business case.

LSIS Regional Sustainability Advisers

The LSIS Regional Sustainability Advisers (RSAs) exist to help lead change in their region.  The RSAs will be ambassadors for embedding sustainability into organisational strategy, practice and performance, and for developing the capacity and capability of sustainability leaders to drive change.

To find your RSA and get in touch with them, please follow the link below:

LSIS research reports on sustainability

In July 2013 LSIS published three new research reports on sustainability which can serve to inform and serve FE and skills sector learning providers as they look to embed sustainability skills and education for sustainable development (ESD) in their learning provision:

  • Embedding Sustainability in Teaching Learning and Curriculum: This report explores the relevance of sustainability to education and training; the specific skills and knowledge that teaching staff require to embed sustainability; and barriers, challenges and solutions.
  • Sustainability Skills for Growth: This project explores sustainability skills, their relevance to employment, employers and business, and the opportunities challenges and barriers to the FE and skills sector in leading the development of those skills.
  • Springboards to Sustainability: This project assesses the impact of the 13 projects completed in the 2012-13 round of the LSIS Stepping Up in Sustainability Fund, as well as the key ingredients for success that could inform others looking to take forward similar projects.