Sustainability is a key feature in an eco-civilization but how is it translated into educational programs in local contexts? This workshop explores this question in the context of a teaching institution that offers a range of different study directions, and which has made sustainability the all-encompassing basis of their educational programs. The workshop focuses on how visionary educational philosophies allow institutions to match market demands and expectations by offering highly educations in high demand while, at the same time, minimizing strains on the environment. The workshop explores a concrete example of a successful educational philosophy and the ways in which it is implemented on a daily basis.

The workshop takes place at Kold College – a vocational school in the southern outskirts of Odense, offering a variety of educational programs in areas including agriculture, food processing, and dairy technology. Kold College employs 135 full-time members of staff and has an annual intake of approximately 800 students. Sustainability is an integral part of the daily life at the college. The canteen at Kold College is also influenced by the commitment to sustainability. Thus, it sells milk, butter, and bread which are produced in Kold’s dairy and bakery facilities. Kold College has ratified UN’s Sustainable Development Goals while focusing particularly on ‘Responsible consumption and production’ and ‘Life on land’. In 2019, Kold College is focused on optimizing its energy consumption by, amongst other things, using solar cells, automatic light switches and climate-friendly power generators.


The sustainability program at Kold College is rooted in the educational philosophy of Christen Kold, after whom the college is named. Kold was a pioneer within the Danish Folk high school system. If you want to learn more about Kold, see UNESCO’s description here.

Program

  1. Lunch at Kold College’ canteen.
  2. Introduction to Kold and its educational programs, centered around its four study directions ‘Health & Sports’, ‘eSport’, ‘Design’ and ‘Science’, and three sections: ‘Food and Experiences’, ‘Farming and Nature’ and ‘Dairy and Agriculture’.
  3. Presentation of the ‘From Soil to Table’ philosophy, which is the cornerstone of Kold’s educational programs. The presentation emphasises the ways in which sustainability and environmental ethics are integrated in teaching.
  4. Guided tour around the school. The tour includes a visit to Scandinavia’s only training dairy and Kold’s sections ‘Food and Experiences’ and ‘Farming and Nature’.

Practical information

Transportation: the Kold College is a short walk (app. 30 minutes) from SDU. For those in need, alternative forms of transportation can be organised. After the workshop there’s public transportation to the city center to be covered by the participants.

Duration: 2-2.5 hours.

Number of participants: Minimally 15 participants; maximally 30 participants.