USEFUL REFERENCES AND RESOURCES
The resources and references below have been suggested by the partner organisations.
We would always suggest that when you use a resource always find out and
tell pupils who has paid for its production. Increasingly the production
of educational resources is funded by private companies, sometimes ones
with a vested interest in the topic dealt with. For example there are many
resources on recycling, mostly produced or paid for by the packaging, materials
and waste disposal industries. Very few of them give much or any attention
to the most important issue - we have to consume less. Recycling is not
a magic solution that makes it acceptable to use materials as much as we
like. Recycling has an impact on the environment, so it is always better
not to buy unnecessary goods in the first place.
CENTRE FOR ALTERNATIVE TECHNOLOGY
1 Climate Change
www.unep.ch/ipcc/ Inter-governmental Panel on climate change.
www.rcep.org.uk The Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution
produced a report in 2000, ‘Energy the Changing Climate’. Go
to ‘Reports’, click on ‘twenty two reports’, go
down to the twenty second, click for further details.
Global Warming Debate - one of the ‘Issues’ series which
all contain short, illustrated articles by a number of different organisations,
giving a broad perspective. Photocopiable. £6.95 available from CAT
2 The Footprint
Sharing Nature's Interest’ - a wonderfully clear analysis of the ecological
footprint and what it means for us, and useful for teachers and students.
3 Background information for teachers and students
Energy Efficient Advice Centres. For your nearest EEAC consult
your local telephone directory or telephone Freefone 0800-512012
Development Education Centres. There are a number of these in different
parts of the UK, offering resources for teachers to borrow. For a list,
go to www.dea.org.uk
Groundwork operates in some places, offering schools advice on local environmental
improvement. Contact them at Groundwork, 85 Cornwall Street, Birmingham
B3 3BY or phone 0121-236-8565.
New Internationalist www.newint.org - Nov 2000 Sustainability No
329. You can search the index for topics and download materials.
The Issues series of books have a good range of views represented
in a set of short articles: available from CAT. The series includes, ‘A
Consumer Society’ and ‘Poverty and Equality’.
The Little Earth Book - £5.99 available from CAT
www.transport2000.org.uk - lots of interesting statistics about
Teaching and Learning for a Sustainable Future’. A teacher training
programme on sustainable development, available from the website or on CD
rom. Contains information, graphics and ideas. www.unesco.org/education/tlsf
The World Guide’, available as a book or CD ROM. A 600 page reference
book with up to date facts and information on 217 countries with related
maps, diagrams and statistics. £29.95
Vital Signs’ is produced annually by the Worldwatch Institute. It
provides comprehensive, user-friendly information on key trends & includes
tables and graphs that help readers assess the developments that are changing
their lives for better or for worse. www.earthscan.co.uk
‘UK Environment’ is produced by The Stationery Office and provides
recent information under 17 broad headings.
4 Action in school (& curriculum materials)
The Eco-schools programme is a European-wide initiative, designed
to help schools involve pupils in action to make their schools more sustainable.
It is a free award scheme. See www.eco-schools.org.uk
Safe Routes to Schools produces resources helping schools develop
schemes to reduce car use. www.saferoutestoschools.org.uk
Managing Energy’ is an invaluable resource full of material on measuring
energy use within the school and reducing it. Part of the TEP Science with
Technology series, available from CAT mail order.
How to make your school water efficient: a step-by-step guide’ - Environment
Agency (free from EA on 0845 933 3111).
Guide to funding sources for renewable energy in schools and colleges’ - a
useful DTI document, available on http://www.dti.gov.uk/renewable/: type
in the title on their search engine to bring up a pdf version of the report.
www.schoolenergy.org.uk www.create.org.uk has useful information
on energy education and energy saving.
run Schools Waste Action Clubs (see the school section on their website).
Their website also has a list
of educational resources and information sheets on waste topics
(both in the
information section of their website).
5 Teaching resources
Teaching about Energy.’ Produced by CAT and Southgate publishers in
Resources for Science and Technology teaching. It won the TES primary science
book of the year award in 2000.
One Small Step’. An extremely useful and readable book about understanding
and teaching clearly about environmental issues
Citizenship for the Future’ A wonderful, inspiring book based on many
years experience of working with students and children'
CAT pupil and teacher guides
Pupils guide to wind power.’
Pupils guide to solar power.’
Pupils guide to waterpower.’
Teachers guide to solar heating projects.’
Teachers guide to solar electricity projects.’
Teachers guide to wind power projects.’
Teachers guide to water powers projects.’
Renewable Energy in the School Grounds.’
Planet.com - an excellent series of short videos produced by C4
schools. Lively and very informative. They are usable with a range of ages.
www.globaldimension.org.uk DFID - resources for teachers with reviews
6 Other useful websites
World Resources Institute - www.wri.org particularly the Earth Trends
Friends of the Earth - www.foe.co.uk.
Food First has a lot of information about issues of food and hunger -www.foodfirst.org.
www.oneworld.net is a site with up to date information about news and issues.
it is run by a network of 1250 organisations working for global social justice.
Global Express is a rapid response information series for schools
on world events in the news. www.dep.org.uk/globalexpress/.
Panos Institute: www.panos.org.uk/.
ActionAid: www.actionaid.org/ materials for teachers and young people.
Christian Aid has resources for teachers www.christian-aid.org.uk and a
site for young people www.globalgang.org.uk.
WWF runs on-line discussions for pupils. www.wwflearning.co.uk
www.transport2000.org.uk - lots of interesting statistics about transport.
www.globaldimension.org.uk DFID - resources for teachers with reviews
7 Other organisations
Council for Environmental Education
The CEE is an umbrella organisation which provides a national focus
in England for those committed to education for sustainable development.
It provides information on a very wide range of sustainable development
resources through its website but also a range of newsletters and publications.
The Centre for Research, Education and Training in Energy . It
co-ordinates the Energy Education Forum (EEF) which includes the major
statutory and non-statutory organisations active in energy education.
It also produces EnergyWatch, a free termly newsletter to let teachers
know of recent developments in all branches of energy education and school
The Eco-Schools scheme provides a framework for involving the school
community in making the school a more sustainable place. The Award is
made to any school that meets certain criteria. Supported by Going for
Green in the UK, Eco-Schools is managed by ENCAMS (formerly the Tidy Britain
Group). The areas of activity vary from those which reduce our CO2 production,
like saving energy, to those which make the school a pleasanter place,
like collecting litter.
DEPARTMENT OF DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY, LOUGHBOROUGH UNIVERSITY
Baldwin, J. (1996) Bucky Works: Buckminster Fuller's Ideas for Today, John
Wiley & Sons Ltd
Manuals (can be photocopied)
Burall, P. (1991) Green Design, Design Council, London
Charter, M and Tischner, U (2001) Sustainable solutions: developing
products and services for the future, Greenleaf, Sheffield
Charter, M (1999) Greener marketing: a global perspective on greening
marketing practice, Greenleaf, Sheffield
Datschefski, E (2001) The total beauty of sustainable products,
Elkington, J. and Hailes, J. (1988) The Green Consumer Guide, Gollancz,
Mackenzie, D. (1991) Green Design: Design for the Environment,
Laurence King Ltd., London
Klostermann, J E M and Tukker, A (1998) Product innovation and
eco-efficiency: twenty-three industry efforts to reach the Factor
4, Kluwer Academic, Dordrecht
Ottman, J. (1997) Green Marketing - Opportunity for Innovation,
NTC Business Books, Illinois
Packard, V. (1963) The Waste Makers, Penguin, Middlesex
Papanek, V. (1985) Design for the Real World: Human Ecology and
Social Change, Thames and Hudson, London
Papanek, V. (1995) The Green Imperative: Ecology and Ethics in
Design and Architecture, Thames and Hudson, London
Papanek, V and Hennessey, J (1977) How things don't work, Pantheon
Books, New York
RMIT. (1997) Introduction to EcoReDesign - Improving the environmental
performance of manufactured products, RMIT, Melbourne, Victoria
Von Weizsacker, Lovins, E., Amory B. and Lovins L.H. (1998) Factor
Four - Doubling Wealth, Halving Resource Use, Earthscan Publications
Whiteley, N. (1994) Design for Society, Reaktion Books, London
World Commission on Environment and Development. (1987) Our Common
Future, Oxford University Press, New York
N B Charter and Tischner’s book published in 2001 (shown in bold)
provides a sound, up-to-date starting point for accessing relevant
literature. It also has a useful list of web addresses.
The following manual is based on pioneering work done at Delft
University in The Netherlands
Brezet H and van Hemel C (1997), Ecodesign: a promising approach
to sustainable production and consumption, UNEP
See also manuals on Eco-redesign from The Royal Melbourne Institute
The Journal of Sustainable Product Design is available via the
Pilkington Library. It was an e-journal from 1997-1999 and (after
a gap year) it has been relaunched in 2001 in hard copy. General information
the journal can be found at:
If you are accessing the e-journal then you will need the following information.
Password: ascotrace (use lower case)
The e-journal is in the form of pdf files.
Walker, S. (1999) The Attraction of Opposites: Reconciling Fashion
with Sustainability. In: IDSA Design Education Conference
www.idsa.org/whatsnew/99ed_proceed/paper022.htm Chicago, accessed 24th August 1999.
There are two web sites that provide good resources and links to
other web sites relevant to industrial design students. There are many good
web sites in this area, and these two provide links to most of them.
The Industrial Designers Society of America maintains an Environmental
Responsibility Section at: www.idsa.org/whatsnew/sections/ecosection/
A consortium of UK Universities has developed the demi Guide to Design
INTERMEDIATE TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT GROUP
ITDG produces materials for secondary schools. A resources catalogue
is available from the Education Unit (email [email protected] or phone
01926-634519) or through the website, www.itdg.org.uk. Go to the Education
link and then to Publications.
Three resources have been written specifically for Design and Technology,
which students may find useful in developing design ideas for AS or A2.
‘Live Well, Live Wisely,’ concentrates on environmental aspects
of sustainability and is priced £11.95.
‘Wall to Wall Design’ tackles the cultural and environmental
issues involved in building new homes. £12.95.
‘Sustainable Lifestyles’ deals with social and economic issues. £16.50.
The resources complement the Education Unit’s second website, www.stepin.org,
which contains 35 case studies of sustainable technology in action around
the world. It too, gives students possible starting points in thinking of