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What is CU Environment Centre

The Charles University Environment centre, was founded as a part of Charles University in 1992. It conducts environmental research and provides environmental expertise and information for students, university staff and for the general public. The centre collaborates with parliamentary bodies, state administration, non-government organizations and many academic and research institutions both locally and abroad. CUEC consists of the three units: sustainable development indicators, environmental economics, and education and information for sustainable development.

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As a result of the project Sharing Experience: Co-production and Use of a Czech-Norwegian Resource for competence based education to support rural communities, financed from the Czech-Norwegian Research Programme (CZ09) published Charles University Environment Centre publication Sustainable rural entrepreneurship – inspiration. 

Unlike science, educational goals can relate not only to reality but also to the ideal. Education is thus in the centre of attention of social reformers who enforce long-term vision of a "sustainable" society that does not associate its development just with immediate success. Such a society should be based on an economy that reveals the original meaning of this word – care for home (oikos) – creating thus basic values, and caring for them over the long term. These core values cannot arise without an "authentic" relationship with the original resources, techniques, processes and their results. In order to preserve these direct relationships, re-established through the work, the education system must also be invoked. The presented publication is a small contribution to the debate on this subject – it shows the work as a culture-forming element, while this role is recently jeopardized. However, thorough, creative work is important for individuals and for society: needed to reflect intrinsic motivation, one’s place in the wider community and in the surrounding environment; helping to build relationships with other people and to uncover sense of everyday existence. In order to be able to perform such a meaningful and useful job, many competencies are needed, which are described in this publication by the small entrepreneurs. The authors recorded their words in categories that emerged from the subsequent qualitative analysis of these interviews – this experience is thus presented to be used in "practice" of teaching.

Full text of the book is available here (sorry only in Czech).NorwayGrants

Our recent publications

Weinzettel, Jan; Wood, Richard. Environmental Footprints of Agriculture Embodied in International Trade: Sensitivity of Harvested Area Footprint of Chinese Exports. Ecological Economics. March 2018,  145, pp. 323–330. Available for limited time here. Permanent link.

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Alberini, A., Bigano, A., Ščasný, M., Zvěřinová, I. (2018) Preferences for Energy Efficiency vs. Renewables: What Is the Willingness to Pay to Reduce CO2 Emissions? Ecological Economics. Permanent link.

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Kapitulčinová, D., Atkisson, A., Perdue, J., Will, M. (2017) Towards integrated sustainability in higher education – Mapping the use of the Accelerator toolset in all dimensions of university practice. Journal of Cleaner Production. Permanent link.

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Dlouhá, J.,  Henderson, L., Kapitulčinová, D., Mader, C. (2017) Sustainability-oriented higher education networks: Characteristics and achievements in the context of the UN DESD. Journal of Cleaner Production. Permanent link

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Dlouhá, J., Pospíšilová, M. (2017). Education for Sustainable Development Goals in public debate: The importance of participatory research in reflecting and supporting the consultation process in developing a vision for Czech education. Journal of Cleaner Production, Permanent link

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Janda K., Málek J., Rečka L. (2017) Influence of renewable energy sources on transmission networks in Central Europe. Energy Policy, Vol. 107, September 2017, pp 524–537 dostupný zde/available here

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Mulà, I., Tilbury, D., Ryan, A., Mader, M., Dlouhá, J., Mader, C., ... & Alba, D. (2017). Catalysing Change in Higher Education for Sustainable Development: A Review of Professional Development Initiatives for University Educators.  Permanent link

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Helena Medková, David Vačkář, Jan Weinzettel: Appropriation of potential net primary production by cropland in terrestrial ecoregions, Journal of Cleaner ProductionVolume 150, 1 May 2017, Pages 294–300 - available online.

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