Saturday, May 7, 2011

Visions for Change - Recommendations for Effective Policies on Sustainable Lifestyles

Visions for Change - Recommendations for Effective Policies on Sustainable Lifestyles

This publication provides recommendations to develop efficient sustainable lifestyles policies and initiatives based on the Global Survey on Sustainable Lifestyles (GSSL). It is aimed at policy-makers and all relevant stakeholders on how best to help support the shift to sustainable lifestyles, for instance through effective communication and awareness-raising campaigns.

The survey, which involved 8,000 young urban adults from 20 different countries, points to three key dimensions of empowerment and creativity: new visions of progress, behavioural alternatives, as well as trust and participation.

The report highlights the need for working together to better comprehend, educate and empower young adults globally, to enable them to create their own positive visions of sustainable lifestyles, and therefore become actors of change.

The GSSL was jointly developed by UNEP and the Task Force on Sustainable Lifestyles, which was led by Sweden from 2005-2009, in the framework of the Marrakech Process on Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP).

Language: English
Publication date: February 2011
Programme: Education | Marrakech Process
ISBN: 978-92-807-3116-3
Pages: 86

Visions for Change - Recommendations for Effective Policies on Sustainable Lifestyles: Country Papers

Visions for Change is a publication aimed at providing recommendations to develop efficient sustainable lifestyles policies and initiatives based on the results of the Global Survey on Sustainable Lifestyles (GSSL) to policy-makers and all relevant stakeholders.

Visions for Change contains cross-country conclusions and recommendations as well as 16 country papers in electronic format (CD-ROM), presenting the results of the GSSL country by country. These country papers, submitted by UNEP and reviewed by the GSSL expert group, provide insight into country-specific conditions, culture, economic development and other factors affecting lifestyles.

GSSL respondents’ quotes have been included in the country papers as a means of putting young adults’ voices in light and to further illustrate the main conclusions of the survey.

Language: English
Publication date: February 2011
Programme: Education | Marrakech Process
Pages: 116

kidsXchange - Changing the World through Children

What is UNEP UNESCO youthXchange?
YouthXchange is a train the trainer tool that aims to promote sustainable consumption patterns among young consumers worldwide. The kit provides statistics, case studies, games, examples of real companies going more sustainable, and direction on how explain sustainable lifestyles to a young audience. The topics are tackled under youth-oriented headings: clothing, leisure, travels, underground culture, experiences of other young people etc.
The message
The fundamental message the youthXchange training kit delivers is: there is a trend worldwide that tries to make the world more sustainable also through consumer actions, change is possible through day to day actions and networks among people that are engaged locally and globally.
The target
This group is composed of youth - in both developed and developing countries - that have access to education, media, and internet; they are likely to shape attitudes, values and behaviour and the habits they develop now will influence the future consumption patterns. They are the future decision makers.
For more information, see
This publication is available in: ArabicCatalanChineseEnglish,FlemishFrenchHungarianItalianKoreanMexicanNorwegian,PortugueseSlovenian, and Spanish.
Website ISSN: 92-807-2569-6

Language: English
Publication date: 2010
Programme: Education | Youth
Pages: 20

Here and Now! Education for Sustainable Consumption: Recommendations and Guidelines

This publication provides recommendations and guidelines aimed at policy-makers and educators on how to best integrate and implement Education for Sustainable Consumption (ESC) in the formal education sector. It contains two main chapters: a) "Addressing the challenges" illustrates the importance of ESC to policy makers and its contribution in achieving major policy goals such as environmental protection and sustainable development strategies; b) "Optimizing opportunities" is targeted to educational authorities, teacher trainers and educators to include ESC in their curricula and teaching activities. This chapter contains a series of inspiring case studies and best practices from all over the world.

Here and Now! has been jointly developed by UNEP and the Marrakech Process Task Force on ESC led by Italy, in collaboration with the United Nations Decade on Education for Sustainable Development and Hedmark University College in Norway.

Language: English
Publication date: February 2011
Programme: Education | Marrakech Process
ISBN: 978-92-807-3073-9
Pages: 34

Design for Sustainability: A Step-by-Step Approach

Design for Sustainability: A Step-by-Step Approach is the latest in the D4S publication series.

A global guide for designers and industry, it provides support to ecodesign novices and those looking to further their understanding of the field. The manual focuses on three different design approaches: redesign of existing products, radical sustainable product innovation and new product development. An additional section acts as a comprehensive 'how-to' guide for first time users. Online materials - including case studies, additional design and management tools and worksheets - compliment the print version.

The manual is the result of a long term partnership between UNEP, Delft University of Technology and international D4S experts from the Netherlands, Sweden, Italy, France, Germany, Japan, and Australia, with support from UNIDO, the Swedish EPA, and InWent, Germany.

Language: English
Publication date: February 2010
Programme: Product
Pages: 107

Climate Friendly Buildings and Offices - A Practical Guide

The first assessment of the United Nations (UN) system’s carbon footprint was published in December 2009. A breakdown of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions revealed that about 40 per cent of emissions come from operating the buildings and offices, which the UN maintains in more than 530 locations worldwide. The majority of these are leased or rented and are often managed and maintained by the UN.

However, as ownership belongs to other parties, typically the opportunities for major renovations and investments are limited. Acknowledging that in most instances the office space is leased, this Climate Friendly Buildings and Offices: A Practical Guide provides practical advice on what can be done to reduce GHG emissions under these circumstances, and how these opportunities can be identified and assessed.

The Guide focuses on GHG emission reduction opportunities from existing offices, and therefore on energy efficiency and conservation.

Language: English
Publication date: May 2010
Programme: SUN | 
Pages: 137

Carrots and Sticks - Promoting Transparency and Sustainability: An Update on Trends in Voluntary and Mandatory Approaches to Sustainability Reporting

This report provides an up-to-date overview of mandatory and voluntary approaches to sustainability reporting and assurance, covering most OECD countries as well as an expanded group of emerging markets including China.

From its investigation of 30 countries, Carrots & Sticks II found 142 country standards and/or laws with some form of sustainability-related reporting requirement or guidance. Of these, approximately two thirds can be classified as mandatory and one third as voluntary.

It concludes with recommendations for public decision-makers in this field, noting growing interest in integration between financial and sustainability reporting.

Following the earlier 2006 edition, this expanded report was published by UNEP and KPMG with the GRI and Unit for Corporate Governance in Africa as new partners.

Language: English
Publication date: May 2010
Programme: Business | GRI | 
Pages: 94