DESD Conference Presentations Sep 09, Turku

Documentations from the conference
Halfway through the UN-decade for Education for Sustainable Development
- Lessons learned and missions to follow in higher education
September 22-23, 2009, Turku, Finland

Organizers: Åbo Akademi University in collaboration with The Finnish National Commission for UNESCO.

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Barriers and Deficits with Implementing ESD

Barriers and Deficits with Implementing ESDA few months ago an international e-survey on the "Barriers and Deficits with Implementing ESD" was carried out. 108 international ESD experts plus 21 Japanese ones responded to the questionnaire.

The results of this survey will be presented in the upcoming Bonn ESD Conference. It is also already  "out online" at the following link:
It is a short, condense document (14 page long) with interesting outcomes presented in an appealing way.

It is recommend that ESD and administration professionals read it, as it presents some ot the challenges that need to be overcome, half way through the Decade for ESD.

Top 10 Myths about Sustainability

Top 10 myth about sustainabilityWhen a word becomes so popular you begin hearing it everywhere, in all sorts of marginally related or even unrelated contexts, it means one of two things. Either the word has devolved into a meaningless cliché, or it has real conceptual heft. “Green” (or, even worse, “going green”) falls squarely into the first category. But “sustainable,” which at first conjures up a similarly vague sense of environmental virtue, actually belongs in the second. True, you hear it applied to everything from cars to agriculture to economics. But that’s because the concept of sustainability is at its heart so simple that it legitimately applies to all these areas and more

Read more: Top 10 Myth about Sustainability an article in the Scientific American Magazine.

Google PowerMeter

Google Power MeterGoogle is in the final stages of fine-tuning their free PowerMeter software, set to inform users on just how much energy appliances use and comparing their energy consumption with that of their neighbours.

"Studies show that access to your household's personal energy information is likely to save you between 5–15% on your monthly bill, and the potential impact of large numbers of people achieving similar efficiencies is even more exciting. For every six households that save 10% on electricity, for instance, we reduce carbon emissions as much as taking one conventional car off the road."