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The 2005 World Summit on Social Development highlights economic viability, social equity, and environmental protection as the three pillars that have served as a common ground for sustainability standards and certification systems in recent years. A changed climate is irreversible and represents a serious global threat for future generations.

The best way universities can create momentum for sustainable ecological development is through collaboration and the sharing of good practice on environmental sustainability in arts education and research. In the coming years, ELIA will address this challenge through its own practice (organising green events) and programming, and by promoting the sharing of best practice.

ELIA is partner in SHIFT – Sharing Initiatives for Training, an Erasmus+ funded Strategic Partnership Project. SHIFT brings together nine cultural networks with the ambition to contribute to a better and more sustainable future, as recognised in the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Coordinated by the European Music Council (EMC), SHIFT aims to develop training for cultural leaders on the topics of environmental sustainability (SDG 13), gender and power relations (SDG 5), inclusion (SDG 10), and cultural leadership.

ELIA has a leading role with regard to climate change, and specifically focuses on developing training methods and tools to help cultural networks and organisations become more environmentally sustainable. In 2021, ELIA will offer digital tool kits to its membership to provide assistance with carbon literacy training, policy making, certification and collaboration.

There will be two sessions dedicated to SHIFT in the pre-programme of the ELIA Biennial (Digital) Conference 2020.

Read more about ELIA's findings and research with regards to environmental sustainability among arts and cultural organisations.