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Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) takes many forms and varies widely between countries, states, and geographic regions. Although the content and prevalence of this education varies, all ESD should reorient the existing curriculum to address and increase awareness of issues related to sustainability, paying special attention to the local cultural, economic, and environmental conditions. By using regional issues and landmarks, students are exposed to pressing problems in both the natural and built environments. With the majority of the world's population living in cities, this study seeks to understand how to address complex issues in Sustainable Development (SD) and how to use the local built environment as a teaching tool regarding those issues. This study gathered data from 16 undergraduates and professors at Appalachian State University (ASU) where three focus groups and two interviews were held. Participants were tasked with discussing ways to increase student understanding and involvement in issues of urban sustainability and asked
to choose images that could be used to discuss urban ESD. Findings suggest that by
highlighting the best-to-worst continuum of urban sustainability, educators can develop an effective ESD based on regional issues and relevant landmarks. Additionally, findings indicate that using local examples of SD whereby humans and nature coexist could increase student understanding. Lastly, the pedagogies of Action Competence and Place-Based Education were affirmed. With the UN’s 2030 Agenda showing a need for holistic education addressing social, economic and environmental issues, understanding best practices for urban ESD could help address local challenges in a changing world. In a city such as Reykjavik, using the built environment as a teaching tool could bridge the gap between urban life and Iceland’s natural spaces. In U.S. cities, urban ESD could provide an alternative to Environmental Education centered around natural spaces that are growing farther and farther apart.
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