At TU Dublin, 80+ students and 20+ staff took a deep dive into the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as part of our Education for Sustainable Development initiative, funded by the National Forum. The workshop was initially piloted by Andy Maguire, Lucia Walsh and Olivia Freemen with students on the PG Cert in Sustainability Leadership.
This workshop wasdesigned to promote engagement and increase understanding around the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set out in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by the UN General Assembly in 2015. Many of the Targets, Indicators and Associated meta-data are highly relevant for a variet of business contexts. By the end of this workshop (including the preparatory activities) students had navigated Goals, Targets, Indicators and Meta-data online, considering the significance of specific indicators and associated metadata for a context of their choosing. Students engaged in discussion in small groups and the class to further consolidate learning.
Ecah group were allocated one of the goals from the SDG framework. See https://sdgs.un.org/goals for an overview of all 17 SDG and explored the relevant metadata at https://unstats.un.org/sdgs/metadata/
Case study: Promoting reflection and behaviour change towards sustainability
Together with TU Dublin, we produced a case study showing why they started using Sulitest, how the team chose to do it and the impact already noticed. With students, they use Sulitest followed by a reflective piece, which “allows students to deeply think about sustainable development, explore the issues and what they mean to them.” This has pushed candidates to go beyond awareness towards action. In one of the courses, the professor asked the students, “‘have you changed any aspects of your lives due to this assignment?’ 78% of students said yes,” showing how the Sulitest tools can be used to promote a sustainable mindset AND behaviour change.
Full Case Study available here: [PDF]
Linda Mc Weeney and Mary Jane Webberley
Susan Rossney, Public Policy Officer with Chartered Accountants Ireland
Áine Martin HR, Purchasing and Green Manager at Hotel Doolin
Alan McInerney, Adobe, Risk Consultant
Brian O’Kennedy CEO of Clearstream Solutions
Linda Mc Weeney and Mary Jane Webberley organised a Sustainability webinar with 4 panelists for a very informative session on Sustainability, reporting of and impact on business, and the future trends in this area as part of TU Dublin Green week. Susan Rossney, Public Policy Officer with Chartered Accountants Ireland, Chair of the Institute’s Expert Working Group on Sustainability, and member of the Sustainability Expert Working Group of the Global Accounting Alliance. Áine Martin HR, Purchasing and Green Manager at Hotel Doolin, Ireland’s first and only certified carbon neutral hotel. Alan McInerney, Adobe, Risk Consultant In his previous role as a Manager with PwC Alan worked with some of Ireland’s leading companies assisting them to build out sustainability policies, best practices, and their sustainability reporting. Brian O’Kennedy CEO of Clearstream Solutions, a leading independent carbon management, and corporate sustainability consultancy. Clearstream helps many local and international companies to measure and report responsible business practices in their organisations, products, and supply chains. A passionate believer in the positive impact business can have on sustainability.
Nearly 300 attended the webinar and a survey was sent out after the webinar for the attendees to complete. The results of the survey showed a large increase in attendees knowledge about this subject area.