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Special Issue "Environmental Education for Sustainability"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 10 April 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Walter Leal Filho

Research and Transfer Centre, Sustainable Development and Climate Change Management, Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Hamburg, Germany
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Interests: sustainable development; sustainability research; information & communication; international studies; climate change

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The role played by environmental education, or education for sustainable development, as many call it, in pursuing and achieving sustainable development, is an important one. Environmental education encompasses education for, through and about the environment, with the ultimate aim of, not only leading to short-term, but to long-lasting, awareness, changes in behaviors and in lifestyles, which, combined, may lead towards a more sustainable world. In this context, it entails aspects as varied as curriculum development and planning, pre-service and in-service teacher education, content development and a healthy combination of theoretical teaching and field work.

The current debate on the role of environmental education in achieving sustainable development as a whole and in pursuing the Sustainable Development Goals in particular provide a good momentum to build the capability and the capacity to engage people in this fast-growing field. This Special Issue "Environmental Education for Sustainability" intends to document and promote scholarly research and projects that show how environmental education can help towards the implementation of sustainability efforts. Emphasis is given to both formal and non-formal education, as well as to innovative teaching methods, inclusive approaches and transformative processes which may lead to a better interaction between environmental education and sustainable development. Papers are welcome in one or more of the following areas:
* competences regarding environmental education for sustainability
* pedagogy and teachers´ training at the primary, secondary or tertiary levels
* school policies and school practices
* university curriculum and practices
* developing environmental awareness
* bridging the gap between environmental awareness and action
* fostering knowledge, skills and motivation
* strategies and action plans
* strengthening pathways in sustainable practice

Prof. Walter Leal Filho
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1400 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • environmental education
  • sustainability
  • curriculum
  • innovation
  • transformation

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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