Education for Sustainability in university studies: a model for reorienting the curriculum

Merce Junyent Pubill, Anna M. Geli

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A decisive factor for achieving a culture of sustainability is university training for future professionals. The aim of this article is to bring new elements to the process of reorienting university studies towards sustainability. Presented here is the ACES model (Curriculum Greening of Higher Education, acronym in Spanish), which is the result of a project involving a network of 11 European and Latin American universities. The methodology of the project is based on participatory action research. The ACES model is defined by 10 characteristics, detailed in this article, which can orientate a diagnosis of the level of curriculum greening and the design and application of the strategies and actions in order to facilitate incorporating the sustainability dimension in higher education. The potentialities and limitations found are also discussed. The ACES model has started a process for reorienting higher education studies towards sustainability
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)763-782
Number of pages20
JournalBritish Educational Research Journal
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2008


  • Education for sustainability
  • Higher education
  • Curriculum


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