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Session Name: Educators Summit: Teaching Sustainability and Game Design: From the Low-Hanging Fruits to the Root of the Problem
Speaker(s): Patrick Prax, Clayton Whittle, Trevin York, Sonia Fizek
Company Name(s): Uppsala University, The Sustainable Forestry Initiative, Dire Lark, Cologne Game Lab at TH Kln
Track / Format: Educators Summit

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Overview: Environmental sustainability is increasingly important to game design students in higher education programs. The developers of tomorrow do not want to join a polluting industry that creates landscapes of e-waste and contributes to massive carbon emissions. They want to create games that raise awareness, as well as find possible solutions to climate change.The question remains: How do educators respond to this eco-critical shift and teach about sustainable video games?This panel presents The Environmental Game Design Playbook, recently published by the IGDA Climate Change SIG, and shares lessons learned from teaching with it. The panel has a very deliberate setup of diverse speakers from academia and industry. Both the use of games to inspire behavior change and the long-term goal to reform the material conditions of game production are needed to address sustainability and help students actively engage with it.

Game Developers Conference 2023

Patrick Prax

Uppsala University

Clayton Whittle

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative

Trevin York

Dire Lark

Sonia Fizek

Cologne Game Lab at TH Kln

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Educators Summit

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