Collaborating Across Institutions to Advance Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)

In 2020, the UGC launched a global CoP (community of practice) of faculty, students, and staff to explore ways to advance Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) through international partnerships, including creating online courses on the SDGs that students from around the world could take together as a form of virtual study abroad. The CoP currently comprises six institutions: Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, GA, United States), McGill University (Canada), Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (Mexico), University of Cape Town (South Africa), University of Geneva (Switzerland), and University of Edinburgh (Scotland). In this session, Georgia Tech and Tec de Monterrey will share key activities and takeaways from the CoP’s first year as well as some specific programs they have developed to advance multi-institutional collaboration for ESD at their own institutions. Presenters will include faculty, staff, and a student. At different points in the session, presenters will engage participants in conversations about opportunities and challenges that support their ability to advance ESD, particularly through curricular integration. Presentations and discussion will revolve around the question: How does multi-institutional collaboration add value to student learning for sustainable development? Ideas will be shared via Jamboard to encourage broad participation. The Jamboard, together with a variety of tools and platforms for advancing ESD, will be shared out after the session.


Luis Fernández-Carril (he/him), Sustainability and Climate Change Officer, Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education

Amy Henry (she/her), Executive Director of International Education, Georgia Institute of Technology

Rebecca Watts Hull, Service Learning and Partnerships Specialist, Center for Serve-Learn-Sustain, Georgia Institute of Technology

Thiago Esslinger (he/him), Georgia Tech undergraduate student, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, RCE Greater Atlanta Leadership Circle