Bill Scott's blog

Thoughts on learning, sustainability and the link between them

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  • Bath Plummets in Green League

    For the third year running, the University has dropped in the People & Planet Green league.  From a dizzy 57th= in 2009, we are now 77th=, just scraping a 2.2, sharing this fame with Cardiff, Leicester, Westminster and Sunderland.  ...

  • Another Day, Another Quango ...

    On June 2nd, as the DfE website notes, it's the GTC whose time has come to an end.  Apart from its own, whose tears will be shed I wonder?  There's a useful list of (and comment on) what seem quite...

  • Sustainable Development – carved up in a different way

    In my recent visit to Sweden and the GRESD network (See Blog Postcard from Sweden) there was a presentation which threw new light on the issue of how one might think about SD without resorting to separating it out into...

  • New ESD Action Plan

    Scotland's Action Plan for the second half of the UN's Decade is available here.  More comment when I've read it.

  • School Design Futures Seminar

    In an earlier blog [ John Huckle Redux ] I mentioned that I was to make a presentation at a School Design Futures seminar.  A video of my talk can be found  here.

  • Calculating the Cost of your Curry

    A cautionary tale from today's SDRN Update: A new carbon footprinting tool, developed by researchers at the University of Manchester, suggests that lamb curry ready-made meals eaten in the UK amount to an annual carbon footprint equivalent to 5,500 car...

  • Postcard from Sweden

    I've spent the last few days working with the GRESD network in Uppsala.  This is a splendid group of Swedish PhD candidates and supervisors interested in ESD issues, one way or another.  Between them, the research comprises a rich mixture...

  • Goodbye to all the rainbows

    Farewell, then, DCSF; no more possibilities for jokes about soft furnishings and curtains; no more a colourful website; whatever the coalition turns out to be, it won't be a rainbow one it seems.  I'm told that the colour was drained...

  • The Dissolution of the Quangos

    The new government's promise to release the creative talents of those locked into quangos has started with QCDA.  The Secretary of State's letter confirming this is here.  There are two reasons, it seems to me, to applaud this: [i] it...

  • Evidence of impact of sustainable schools

    DCSF has recently published evidence of impact of sustainable schools that CREE has produced.  This sets out the educational and social benefits to young people of learning in a sustainable school. Written for school leadership teams, under five themes, it sets out 15 top tips based on...