The terms sustainability and 'sustainable development' are subject to many different interpretations and definitions with the definition outlined in the United Nations Brundtland Report (1987) being the one most widely recognised:

  • Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs
  • The United Nations World Summit (2005) affirmed the concept of three 'pillars' of sustainability - the economic, social and environmental factors that need to be taken into consideration, and their cultural context. 

Drawing on both the 1987 definition and its 2005 recalibration, the present HEA guidance defines education for sustainable development as follows:

“Education for sustainable development is the process of equipping students with the knowledge and understanding, skills and attributes needed to work and live in a way that safeguards environmental, social and economic well-being, both in the present and for future generations”.

Sustainability to Leeds Arts University is about operating within a framework, which helps educate our students about long-term, cultural, economic and environmental health and vitality together with the importance of linking social, financial, and environmental well being. 

Leeds Arts University Sustainability Award

This award is open to all current students studying at Leeds Arts University. The award recognises innovative and outstanding work that addresses environmental, social and ethical issues with sustainability running clearly through the thinking and approach. 

Click here to view the 'Sustainability Award Brief'.

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