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Climate Change Inter-governmental Panel on climate change. 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 se
cond, click for further details.

The Footprint A quick and easy way of determining the impact your own lifestyle has on the planet. Students might find this easier to use than other methods. 'Sharing Nature's Interest’ - a clear analysis of the ecological footprint and what it means for us, and useful for teachers and students.

Background information for teachers and students
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 New Internationalist – Nov 2000 Sustainability No 329. You can search the index for topics and download materials. has lots of interesting statistics about transport.

'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.
‘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.

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 Safe Routes to Schools produces resources helping schools develop schemes to reduce car use.

‘Guide to funding sources for renewable energy in schools and colleges’ – a useful DTI document, available on type in the title on their search engine to bring up a pdf version of the report.
and have useful information on energy education and energy saving. Wastewatch 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).

Teaching resources - an excellent series of short videos produced by C4 schools. Lively and very informative. They are usable with a range of ages. DFID – resources for teachers with reviews by teachers.

Other useful websites World Resources Institute – particularly the Earth Trends section. Friends of the Earth Food First has a lot of information about issues of food and hunger 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. Panos Institute ActionAid - materials for teachers and young people. Christian Aid has resources for teachers and a site for young people: WWF runs on-line discussions for pupils. - lots of interesting statistics about transport. DFID – resources for teachers with reviews by teachers.

Other organisations

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 energy management

The Eco-Schoo
ls 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.


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 A consortium of UK Universities has developed the demi Guide to Design for Sustainability

Practical Action 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, Go to the Education link and then to Publications. The resources complement the Education Unit’s second website, which contains 35 case studies of sustainable technology in action around the world. It too, gives students possible starting points in thinking of design briefs.

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