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E S D Toolkit logo by Rosalyn McKeown, P H D
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Author's note
What is E S D?
Reorienting Education
Localizing the Global Initiative
Challenges and Barriers to E S D
Community Sustainability Goals
Case Study: Toronto, Canada Board of Education
Managing Change
Public Participation
Concluding remarks
Tools to Introduce the Concept of Sustainable Development
Tools to Create Community Goals
Tools to Reorient Education to Address Sustainability
Tools for Managing Change
Web resources

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The Education for Sustainable Development Toolkit will help schools and communities develop a process for creating locally relevant and culturally appropriate education. This Toolkit is based on the idea that communities and educational systems need to dovetail their sustainability efforts. Ideally, local educational systems can reorient existing curriculums to reinforce local sustainability goals.

The ESD Toolkit is an easy-to-use manual for beginning the process of combining education and sustainability. The ESD Toolkit has eight major components:

  • An introduction to sustainability.

  • A description of the major thrusts and components of education for sustainable development and a method of bringing ESD to the school level.

  • A discussion of 12 major issues that have slowed the progress of ESD.

  • A case study of the Toronto Board of Education's community consultation and subsequent curriculum revision that indirectly addressed ESD as a result of the citizens' visions and desires.

  • A description of management techniques for initiating change in schools.

  • A brief description of public participation methods for including the citizenry in community decisions regarding sustainability and ESD.

  • Exercises to help schools and communities to understand sustainability, create sustainability goals, reorient the curriculum to address sustainability, and initiate change within an educational system.

  • Links to other Web sites on sustainability, education for sustainability, historic United Nations documents, and communities that have developed sustainability plans.

The ESD Toolkit was cited in a recent statement by United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan.

The ESD Toolkit Web site uses a minimum of color and graphics to facilitate fast downloading and easy printing for users around the world.

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For your convenience, we have created a printable PDF version of the ESD Toolkit. It requires the free Adobe Acrobat Reader for viewing (download Acrobat Reader):

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We hope you find the ESD Toolkit helpful. We are very interested in your comments. Please be sure to contact us about your experiences using the ESD Toolkit:

Dr. Rosalyn McKeown

The Education for Sustainable Development Toolkit was made possible by a grant from the Waste Management Research and Education Institution.

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