The Sustainable Lifestyles Academy | UNEP

The UNEP Sustainable Lifestyles team focuses its efforts on the Sustainable Lifestyles Academy, a series of educational tools designed to train youth, youth educators, influencers and UNEP staff on capacity building for the transition to sustainable lifestyles. This project contributes to Global Opportunities for SDGs (GO4SDGs), which aims to accelerate the progress needed to meet the 2030 Agenda, particularly for SDG 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production) and SDG 8 (Decent Work and Green Economy). ). The Academy contributes to the implementation of tools and services to improve the capacity of countries and regions to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, in particular the Empowering Youth for Sustainable Living component.

The Academy currently supports three distinct lines of work to spread the science behind lifestyles: a self-paced learning module, a partnership with business schools, and an on-demand online gaming platform. By applying a “human lens” to sustainability, it hopes to empower individuals to question their aspirations and make better decisions to meet their needs.

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Learning module for sustainable lifestyles

The self-paced Sustainable Lifestyles module uses insights and messages from the United Nations Staff College online course Circular Economy and the 2030 Agenda, as well as research from Hot or Cool and UNEP. The module will last three hours and will be open to the public in early 2023. Its content is monitored and enriched by global and regional experts to ensure its quality and relevance. At the end of the year, a call for a first cohort will be published.

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My sustainable life challenge

My Sustainable Living Challenge (MSLC), launched on World Environment Day 2022, is a curated gamified online learning platform that drives behavior change through learning and action. With every question answered and action taken, newcomers to sustainable living learn how to live better and more easily. They can play alone or in teams to “feed” their digital tree, which grows as they act. The game is supported by experts who review, monitor and interact with the players. New versions of the game are expected for next year based on interest from regions and organizations to cover participants and costs.

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Ongoing cooperation with business schools

UNEP’s Sustainable Lifestyles team has a 3-year strategic partnership with ESCP Business School focused on co-creating a sustainable living theme within the Master (MSc) in Sustainability Entrepreneurship and Innovation program which aims to prepare entrepreneurs for the to prepare the development of the necessary new business models. In 2022, generic curricula, resources and lessons learned will be available. In July 2023, ESCP and UNEP will organize the second “Developing Curricula in Sustainability Entrepreneurship: Progress and Prospects” which will bring together 15 universities and business schools from around the world.