European Deans Council for Sustainable Development

Designing a Future in and through Universities

Project Overview

Why We Do What We Do

Higher Education is considered a pre-requisite in the advancement of sustainability due to their mandate of creating knowledge and forming new leaders with the competences and vision to foster change. However, HEI efforts, although echoed across national strategies and policies, remain at an operational level that has yet to transcend to a systemic embeddedness.

Therefore, the DECODE Sustainability project addresses the need of strengthening the link between HE and sustainability by providing HEIs with a suitable tool-based process to institutionalize SD at the department level and contribute to its impact.
Our Process

How we do the job

The European Deans Council for Sustainable Development has a clear pathway towards improving sustainability contributions in and through higher education.

DECODE HEI Sustainability Analysis

Developing a comprehensive analysis report on the current status of sustainability in European HEIs, including the definition of the topic, current measures/strategies developed, challenges, learnings, and future developments, among others.

DECODE Council and its Platform

Bringing together a community of European deans with the appropriate governance framework and a web-based platform (DECODE-Connect) on which the majority of the Council interaction and work, and the online Empowerment Program will take place.

DECODE Toolkit

Creating and collecting instruments (tools, methods, framework and approaches) to support systemic change in university departments, ultimately strengthening the academic units of HEIs’ contributions towards sustainability

DECODE Impact Pathways and Impact Roadmaps Framework

Creating a framework for generic Impact Pathways that university departments can use to advance their contributions to sustainability, and a framework for the creation of department-specific Impact Roadmaps (based on one of the generic Pathways) which will outline the specific steps to be taken by departments to promote positive change.

DECODE Empowerment Program for Impact Roadmap Design

Organizing an empowerment program designed for equipping deans and their representatives for sustainability with the right knowledge, skills and tools to design a department-specific Impact Roadmap.

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Our Comittments

Output Targets

These measurable results will be achieved through our Project Outputs and Events:

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Council Members

From at least 60 different institutions

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Instruments in the Toolkit

A collection of instruments and best practices supporting systematic change in university departments

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Generic Impact Pathways

A framework for pathways to advance departmental contributions to sustainability

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Impact Roadmap Designs

Guide actions to promote positive changes

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Deans & Representatives trained

through DECODE Empowerment training program

Project Partners

Who Are We?

DECODE Sustainability is an Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership Program co-funded by the European Commission. 

Discover who are behind the project.

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