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.
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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. 

Deans Council & Platform


Impact Pathways & Framework

Empowerment Program

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Our Comittments

Output Targets

These measurable results will be achieved through our

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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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