Our work and the Sustainable Development Goals

The Alberta Council for Environmental Education knows that to create a sustainable future, we must think big and collaborate with groups who are working towards our goals both locally and globally. At ACEE, we recognize the importance of the Sustainable Development Goals set out by the United Nations in addressing global challenges.

Check out some of the ways in which our work aligns with the SDG’S by clicking on the icons below:

quality education goal 4       affordable and clean energy goal 7       climate action goal 13       Partnership for the goals goal 17

 

 

 

Quality education

Target(s)

  • By 2030, substantially increase the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship
  • By 2030, ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including, among others, through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development

How our work aligns with the target(s)

  • ACEE supports educators to bring more environmental and energy education to the classroom by providing training, access to resources and funding. This is achieved through our ongoing workshops, webinars and professional development events.
  • ACEE is helping teachers and educators learn the skills they need to be successful  in a changing energy climate by making energy education more accessible.
  • In 2014 ACEE created an Education Task Force, whose sought to answer the question “ what should students learn about energy and the environment?”. One of the main outcomes was the creation of the curriculum for a sustainable future.

 

Affordable and Clean Energy

Target(s)

  • By 2030, increase substantially the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix
  • By 2030, double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency

How our work aligns with the target(s)

  • ACEE has a commitment to advance both environmental education and energy education in lockstep, where energy includes the existing and conventional energy sources that have built Alberta over many decades - AND newer energy sources and practices such as energy conservation, efficiency, and renewables that help create a low carbon future.
  • ACEE has partnered with GreenLearning to bring the Energy revealed program to Alberta Schools. Energy revealed is a metering program which gathers baseline data on a school’s energy consumption in real-time. By making energy visible in schools, students can be challenged to increase energy efficiency in their classrooms. Projects such as energy revealed empower students to develop the skills required to be energy efficiency leaders and future energy managers.

Climate Action

Target(s)

  • Improve education, awareness-raising and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning.

How our work aligns with the target(s)

  • ACEE’s work focuses efforts through the K‐12 system to foster more informed inquiry about our environment including the way we live on the planet today and key actions to reduce our impact.
  • Through the development of our Connecting Classrooms to Experts project, ACEE will help advance classroom-lead climate action projects by connecting teachers and students to climate and energy experts who can offer the advice and expertise needed to turn these plans into a reality.

Partnership for the Goals

Target(s)

  • Enhance the global partnership for sustainable development, complemented by multi-stakeholder partnerships that mobilize and share knowledge, expertise, technology and financial resources, to support the achievement of the sustainable development goals in all countries, in particular developing countries
  • Encourage and promote effective public, public-private and civil society partnerships, building on the experience and resourcing strategies of partnerships 

How our work aligns with the target(s)

  • ACEE works collaboratively with over 200 organizations to promote an evidence‐based environmental conversation across Alberta leading to enhanced environmental and resource stewardship.
  • In 2018 ACEE hosted a Thought Leaders Forum, where multiple stakeholders came together to identify challenges and opportunities related to education around energy and the environment. Over Stakeholders include government officials, student voices, experts from the education and energy fields, First Nations, community groups, non-government organizations (NGOs) and academics
  • ACEE Partners with the Center for Global Education to deliver the Alberta Youth Leaders for Environmental and Energy Education (AYLEEE). Through AYLEEE, students have a platform from which they can take have their voices heard by potential community partners in order to advance environmental and energy leadership in their schools and their communities.