University Centre for Environmental Studies and Sustainable Development (previously University Centre for Environmental Studies) is an interdisciplinary institution of the University of Warsaw. It was established in 1989 as a reflection that the complicated issues of the environmental protection and sustainable development cannot remain the domain of only one field. The Centre is strictly connected with inter-faculty course: Environmental Protection supervised by United Scientific Council representing various Faculties as Biology, Chemistry, Philosophy and Sociology, Physics, Geography and Regional Studies, Geology, History, Economic Sciences, Law and Administration.
The mission of the Centre is to advance and disseminate knowledge about solutions promoting social and economic development in harmony with environment. The Centre aims to raise the interest for sustainable development among students, the entire University community and various receivers outside academia. To achieve that aim one of our activities is a series of open lectures: Selected topics in environmental protection – sustainable development in theory and in practice. These lectures, organised every spring semester for over twenty years, are complemented by numerous publications, conferences and exhibitions. In all these activities we collaborate with many institutions that administer and regulate environmental protection, eg: the Ministry of Environmental and National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management, with academic and non-academic research institutions and with non-governmental organisations concerned with sustainable development and environmental protection.
The selected Centre’s projects with sources of their financing:
An Ideal City – sustainable city. Spatial planning in urban areas and its influence on climate change mitigation – National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management.
Education for Sustainable Development for Seniors – National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management.
Let’s talk about biodiversity – campaign to increase awareness on biodiversity and sustainable development in Poland – National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management.
BEAGLE – Biodiversity Education and Awareness to Grow a Living Environment – multilateral project of European Commission LLP/ Comenius.
Real time eLearning for pan-European classroom – multilateral project of European Commission SOCRATES Programme / Minerva.
Adult Education Teachers – Training in Education for Sustainable Development – multilateral project of European Commission SOCRATES Programme / Minerva.
Enhancing access for disabled people to environmental education – multilateral project of European Commission SOCRATES Programme / Youth programme.
Forms of Environmental Education in Armed Forces and their Impact on Creation of Pro-environmental Attitudes – NATO CCMS Pilot Study.
Education for Sustainability – an Interactive Learning Website – multilateral project of European Commission SOCRATES Programme / Minerva.
The University Centre is involved in the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development, 2005-2014. It was the Centre’s initiative was established informal Working Group for Promotion of UNDESD consisting of representatives of the University Centre, Ministry of National Education, Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Institute for Sustainable Development and Polish Committee of UNESCO.