EC Education Center

The Earth Charter Center for Education for Sustainable Development at the University for Peace

The Earth Charter Education Center offers a variety of programmes that highlight the importance of incorporating sustainability values and principles into the processes of learning and decision-making. It provides an opportunity for participants to expand their understanding of sustainability, and see the possibilities for putting it into practice.

This Center contributes to the implementation of UNESCO Resolutions in 2003 (32C/17) and 2019 (40C/20), which, recognize the Earth Charter as an important ethical framework for sustainable development, and encourages Members States to use the Earth Charter in Education for Sustainable Development processes, in particular in the implementation of the ESD for 2030 framework.

The Center forges new paths in education for sustainable development, global citizenship education, and emerging leadership paradigm. It is a unique place that helps professionals build the capacity to integrate the knowledge, values and skills needed for a sustainable way of life into education, life-long learning and planning.

The Center’s work is implemented under the framework of the UNESCO Chair on Education for Sustainable Development with the Earth Charter.  Learn more.

Learn more about our past conferences and events.

See here videos of past Earth Charter Education Center courses.

See photo albums of past Earth Charter Events and Courses.

Find here the Center´s brochure.

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Open Enrollment

Education Programmes

Online Certificate on
Education for Sustainable Development 2020

International Professional Development Programme

Earth Charter+20 International Forum

Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Ethics in Urban Sustainable Development
Through the Lenses of the Earth Charter

Earth Charter Cities Course

Educação para o Desenvolvimento Sustentável 2020

Programa Internacional de Aperfeiçoamento Profissional (PIAP)

Facilitators and Research Fellows


Fritjof Capra (Austria/USA) physicist and systems theorist, is a founding director of the Center for Ecoliteracy in Berkeley, California, which is dedicated to promoting ecology and systems thinking in primary and secondary education. He serves on the faculty of Schumacher College, an international center for ecological studies in the UK. He is the author of The Web of Life and co-author of The Systems View of Life.

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Sam Crowell (USA) is a professor emeritus of education at California State University San Bernardino and former director at the Center for Research in Integrative Learning and Teaching. He has been an elementary teacher, a principal, and an administrator. Co-Author of Emergent Teaching: A Path of Creativity, Significance, and Transformation and Re-Enchantment of Learning: A Manual for Teacher Renewal and Classroom Transformation.

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Lorna Down (Jamaica), has lectured in the School of Education, University of the West Indies, Mona. She has published widely in the areas of Education for Sustainable Development, Literature and Teacher Education and has also co-authored a number of language text books. Her research focus is Teacher Education, Education for Sustainable Development and Literature.

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Rosalyn McKeown (USA), author of ‘Into the Classroom,’ is the Secretariat for the UNESCO Chair on Reorienting Education to Address Sustainability at York University in Toronto Canada. Previously, she taught teacher preparation courses at SUNY Stony Brook, the University of Tennessee, York University in Toronto as well as education courses at Portland State University.


Herman Mulder (The Netherlands), is an institutional adviser, speaker, lecturer and author on sustainable finance issues. He is most notable for being an advocate, expert in international law and has been attributed to be a key player in the development of corporate responsibility, impact investment and the ESG integration.[1] Mulder is most notable for the initiation of the Equator Principles.

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Mark Hathaway (Canada), is an author, educator, and researcher with experience in both Canada and Latin America. He is the principal author (along with Leonardo Boff) of The Tao of Liberation: Exploring the Ecology of Transformation (Orbis, 2009) which integrates perspectives from economics, ecology, social justice, spirituality, and post-modern cosmology. Mark is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Waterloo where he is studying transformative ecological learning in the practice of permaculture. Mark is also a sessional lecturer in the School of the Environment at the University of Toronto, a visiting professor at several Latin American universities, and a facilitator in the Earth Charter’s education programs. His doctoral research explored the cultivation of ecological wisdom – along with the intersections between transformative learning, worldviews, ecopsychology, and engagement for sustainability – by examining the significant life experiences of 24 environmental educators and activists.


Rose Marie Inojosa (Brazil), MSc in Communication Sciences and PHD in Public Health, both from University of Sao Paulo. Specialist in planning and management. Former Director of the Open University of the Environment and Culture of Peace (UMAPAZ), in São Paulo, Brazil. Coordinator of the training program of Urban Socio-environmental Agents. Has articles published in books and scientific journals on transdisciplinarity, public management, health promotion, culture of peace and environmental education and for Sustainable Development.

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Cristina Moreno (Brazil), has 34 years of experience working in the private sector and of teaching at the Polytechnic Institute of the Catholic University of Minas Gerais and the Federal University of Minas Gerais. She has offered several Earth Charter and Sustainability workshops and is currently a consultant for companies focused on strategic management for sustainability, including organizational change processes. She holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from University of Minas Gerais and a post-graduate degree in Thermal Engineering and Economic Engineering.

Klaus Bosselmann (Germany/New Zealand), Professor of Law and Director of the New Zealand Centre for Environmental Law at the University of Auckland. Has been teaching in the areas of public international law, European law, global environmental law and governance, and environmental constitutionalism. His research focus is on conceptual, international and comparative dimensions of environmental law and governance. He is particularly interested in ecological approaches to law and governance. He is the author of The Earth Charter: a framework for global governance and Earth Governance: Trusteeship of the Global Commons among others.

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Alicia Jimenez (Costa Rica), currently works at ECI Secretariat and has been working in conservation and environmental governance since 1998. She is a biologist (University of Costa Rica) and holds a Master in Science degree on Resource Development from Michigan State University, and currently is PhD Candidate (La Salle University).


Mateo Castillo (Mexico), has facilitated for many years Earth Charter workshops and civil society processes of participation in the development of public policies on environment and sustainability in Mexico.  Former head of the Coordinating Unity of Social Participation and Transparency in the Ministry of Environment. Professor at the University Michoacana, holds a Master’s degree in quality and competitiveness and is a biochemist in the area of pharmacology.

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María de los Ángeles Vilches-Norat (Puerto Rico), Professor, Department of Humanities, Metropolitan University of Puerto Rico. She offers courses on Culture, Environment Education, Environment Communication. Offers teacher training workshops in the areas of ecopedagogy, values education and learning communities.


Daniela Carvalho (Brazil), Master’s degree in Conflict Resolution, Peace, and Development, postgraduate in Management of People, specialist in Adult Education and Certificate in Transactional Analysis. Since 1999, she has been active in public and private organizations, leading learning processes for personal and collective development. Works with processes of Nonviolent Communication, Collaborative Leadership, Training of Mediators and Pedagogical Mediation Process. Has led several Earth Charter workshops and courses in Brazil.


Mirian Vilela (Brazil), is the executive director of Earth Charter International and the EC Education Center. She has been involved in the initiative since early 1996 and has coordinated its international process of consultation, as well as set up partnerships with organizations and individuals worldwide. Over the years she has offered numerous courses and workshops on Sustainability and Education for Sustainable Development. She coordinates the UNESCO Chair on ESD with the Earth Charter and has a Master´s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University.


Peter Blaze Corcoran (USA), has Master´s and a Doctorate in Education from University of Maine, was Professor of Environmental Studies and Environmental Education at Florida Gulf Coast University and Director of its Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education. Involved in teaching or research projects in various universities such as University of Nairobi, University of the South Pacific and Wageningen University. Leading editor of numerous publications such as “Envisioning Futures in Environmental and Sustainability Education” and “The Earth Charter in Action: Toward a Sustainable World”.


Javier Benayas del Alamo (Spain) is an Associate Professor at the Department of Ecology of the Autonomous University of Madrid. He has been Executive Secretary of the Sectoral Commission on Sustainability of the conference of Rectors of Spanish Universities (CADEP / CRUE) from 2007 to 2016. From 1995 to 2003, he was Delegate to the Rector of the Environment Department, and from 2003 to 2009 Campus and Quality Environmental Vice-Rector of the UAM. He is currently Deputy Director of the Interuniversity Institute for Advanced Research on the Evaluation of Science and the University (INAECU) and member of the Advisory Board of the Spanish Network for Sustainable Development (REDS).


Mateo Aguado is a biologist and holds a PhD in ecology. He currently works as a researcher at the Socio-Ecosystem Laboratory of the Department of Ecology of the Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM, Spain). His main area of work is framed within the Sustainability Sciences, through the transdisciplinary study of the existing relationships between nature, culture and society. More specifically, his research focuses on the understanding and study of socio-ecological systems through the plural analysis of the links between ecosystem services and human well-being. Other lines of research that are also part of his interests are global change, political ecology, ecological economics and socio-ecological justice. He has worked as a Professor for three years at the National Polytechnic School (Quito, Ecuador) and has worked in the scientific coordination of the Evaluation of the Millennium Ecosystems of Spain.


Dr. Chris Beehner (USA) is a business professor at Seminole State College of Florida, and has developed and taught courses for several colleges and universities. Prior to joining academia, Dr. Beehner was employed in the supply chain management industry, and he has also held nonprofit leadership roles. He has published, presented, and served as a panelist on workplace spirituality, sustainable business, and leadership topics. He is a community fellow at the University of Central Florida Center for Global Economic and Environmental Opportunity, where he collaborates with representatives from academia, industry, government, and nonprofits to discover the sustainable solutions necessary to attain the Sustainable Development Goals.


Manila De Luliis (Italy) is General Manager Italy for World of Walas. She graduated in Architecture at the University of Florence, Italy, and she got a PhD in Construction and Property Management at the University of Salford, UK. She is member of CIB – International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction, and member of INU – Italian Institute for Urban Planning. Sustainable Development in urban contexts with focus on the role of time in decision making processes are the main fields of interests in her daily research and working activity. Dr De Iuliis lives in Italy.


Irma Verhoeven M.A. (The Netherlands) is an educator and communicator. Her purpose lies in working towards a just, sustainable, peaceful and ethical society. She works towards this vision by developing educational materials that create awareness of the effects of the Anthropocene and inspiring people and communities to implement regenerative sustainable solutions. As a co-founder of World of Walas she has been closely involved in developing a Walas Method for Urban Sustainable Development based on the principles of the Earth Charter. Irma works as programme developer for Earth Charter International and World of Walas.

Earth Charter Principle 14a calls to “Provide all, especially children and youth, with the educational opportunities that empower them to contribute actively to sustainable development.” The Center responds to this need with programming specifically designed for youth. More information on trainings, webinars, and workshops is available on the youth education page.