environmental sustainability

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Achieving environmental sustainability is one of the biggest challenges of our century. Humankind needs to change the way it interacts with the environment to ensure that the living world can support the needs of future generations. Scientific facts underline the urgency of the situation. Joint commitment and action by leaders around the world are crucial elements in achieving a shift in all aspects of society: economic, educational, scientific, cultural, and many more. Leadership is needed to support and carry change towards a more environmentally sustainable world.


In this spirit, the SHIFT partners aim to provide guidance that is specifically relevant to the cultural sector regarding the following aspects of UN SDG 13: 13.1 Strengthen resilience and adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards and natural disasters in all countries.
13.2 Integrate climate change measures in national policies, strategies, and planning.
13.3 Improve education, raising awareness, and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction, and early warning.

To navigate paths towards these targets, SHIFT partners have gathered material from various sources and developed two fact sheets which cultural leaders can use to become active in this area, as well as a certification scheme for cultural networks and platforms.


ELIA – globally connected European network for higher arts education led the work on how to achieve environmental sustainability in your work.


What to find:

  • Annotated Bibliography
  • Fact Sheets on Green Certification and Carbon Calculators
  • Articles on the MAST Project, Climate Adaptation and My Unexpected Neurological Shift
  • Eco-guidelines for Cultural Networks and Platforms

Topics we focused on:


  • Climate Change and the Arts – Discourse
  • Key Resources
  • Best Practices Examples
  • Thematic Resources
  • Discipline-specific Literature and Resources
  • Green Certifications
  • Carbon Calculators
  • Climate Adaptation
  • Eco-guidelines for Cultural Networks and Platforms