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Environmental and Sustainability Education

Sustainability & Climate Action @ OISE

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Over the last decade, OISE has been taking steps to address growing concerns about climate change. Acknowledging that our world is now in a state of climate emergency and that there is a very limited time to shift to low-carbon ways of living (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, 2018), we recognize that all organizations must actively contribute to a more sustainable future. As one of the largest and most research-intensive faculties of education in North America, and as an integral part of the University of Toronto, OISE is well-positioned to support and mobilize the education sector in this critical mission. 

This Plan is the next step; with it we aim to align with the shifts towards sustainability taking place across the university while simultaneously recognizing the responsibility of each division to activate their expertise and networks to accelerate this transition.  

Plan Strands

Governance  & Institute Supports Facilities & Services Curriculum & Teaching Research Community Engagement & Outreach

We recognize that OISE’s focus on educational research, curriculum development, and pedagogy, distinctive from other faculties at the university, have informed the development of this Sustainability & Climate Action Plan (SCAP). Arrived at through broad consultation, this plan embeds Sustainability & Climate Action into five strands of the Institute’s work: Governance & Institutional Supports, Facilities & Services, Curriculum & Teaching, Research, and Community Engagement & Outreach. It brings a systems-thinking approach to how this plan can build on the key priorities of OISE’s Academic Plan to address the climate crisis through implementing adaptation and mitigation measures, minimizing OISE’s carbon footprint, and maximizing our local and global impact on the field of education.