One of the primary functions of colleges and universities is to educate students. By training and educating future leaders, scholars, workers, and professionals; higher education institutions are uniquely positioned to understand and address sustainability challenges. Institutions that offer courses covering sustainability issues help equip their students to lead society to a sustainable future.

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What Does Education for Sustainable Development Offer in Initial Teacher Training? A Systematic Review

  • University of Jaén
  • Universidad de Granada

Promoting Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in higher education impliesan improvement and quality in the exercise of responsible citizenship, being the key inthe training of future teachers as the main ...

The adoption of corporate social responsibility active learning methodology with management accounting students

  • University of Jaén

The aim of this paper is to integrate active methodology on corporate social responsibility (CSR)1 learning into management accounting studies. The linkages between sustainable management and management accounting demand ...

CSR Education in Economia Aziendale Curricula: An Overview

  • Università del Salento

In the last few years, policymakers have underlined the need for new soft and hard skills about corporate social responsibility (CSR). The main debate about CSR education has been driven ...

Business models for integration of sustainability in universities: An explorative analysis of Italian state universities

  • Università degli Studi di Sassari

Although the leadership role of higher education in creating a sustainable development has been widely recognized, there is a paucity of studies following a strategic perspective to explain how universities ...

Custom-made apparel manufacturing micro-enterprise owners’ perspectives on sustainability: how higher education can contribute

  • University of South Africa

The purpose of this paper is to investigate custom-made apparel manufacturing micro-enterprise (CMME) owners’ perspectives of sustainability within their business practices throughout the entire product development process and determine how ...

Innovations and challenges in SDG integration and reporting in higher education: a case study from the University of South Florida

  • University of South Florida (FL)

As the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have been widely adopted since 2015, higher education institutions (HEIs) are experimenting with ways they can be measured, reported and incorporated into all ...

Effectiveness of a game-based class for interdisciplinary energy systems education in engineering courses

  • University of Tsukuba

Professionals in the energy sector are required to understand the interactions among technology, society, and the environment to tackle complex trade-offs among policy issues. The fostering of such professionals with ...

Social marketing and higher education: partnering to achieve sustainable development goals

  • University of Twente
  • HSBA Hamburg School of Business Administration

Accomplishing the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is imperative for societies to meet their grand challenges. Achieving these goals by 2030 requires sustainability change agents with a can-do-attitude. This ...

Perceived factors affecting student-teachers’ learning about social urban sustainability

  • Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Kentriki Makedonia)
  • University of Western Macedonia

The present study aims to explore the perceived factors affecting student-teachers’ (STs) learning about social urban sustainability. Participants were 63 STs enrolled in a Department of Primary Education located in ...

Innovation for environmental sustainability: longitudinal effects of an education for sustainable development intervention on university students’ pro-environmentalism

  • University of Zaragoza

Although education for sustainable development (ESD) is a key tool in the transition to a more sustainable society, its integration in higher education remains scarce. One reason for this is ...

Epistemic stability and epistemic adaptability: interdisciplinary knowledge integration competencies for complex sustainability issues

  • Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Global sustainability challenges transcend disciplines and, therefore, demand interdisciplinary approaches that are characterized by cross-disciplinary collaboration and integration across disciplines. In accordance with this need for interdisciplinary approaches, sustainability professionals ...

Beyond practitioner and researcher: 15 roles adopted by actors in transdisciplinary and transformative research processes

  • Leuphana University of Lüneburg
  • Wuppertal Institut

To tackle complex sustainability problems, science and practice must join forces and interact in the processes of knowledge co-production. This central claim of sustainability science requires all actors to do ...

Toward an integrated reporting framework in higher education institutions: evidence from a public university

  • Yildiz Technical University

The main purpose of this paper is to evaluate to what extent a public university, named Yildiz Technical University, integrated report provides disclosure on International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) content ...

The role of online social networks in university students’ environmentally responsible behavior

  • University of Tehran
  • Zabol University

This study aims to determine the effect of online social networks on university students’ environmentally responsible behavior (ERB). This research aimed to develop and test a behavioral model in the ...

Synergizing education, research, campus operations, and community engagements towards sustainability in higher education: a literature review

  • Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham University

The UN proclamation of 2005–2014 as the decade of education for sustainable development has been instrumental in creating awareness and driving higher education institutions (HEIs) in integrating sustainability into ...

Education for sustainable development amidst COVID-19 pandemic: role of sustainability pedagogies in developing students’ sustainability consciousness

  • National University of Modern Languages (Islamabad Capital Territory)
  • Beaconhouse National University

This study aims to assess the impact of sustainability pedagogies on students’ sustainability consciousness (SC) in the online instructional settings during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Landscapes as living laboratories for sustainable campus planning and stewardship: A scoping review of approaches and practices

  • California State University, Monterey Bay (CA)

Living laboratories are increasingly employed to support campus sustainability and student learning. This research explored how living labs are defined in relation to the biophysical landscape, how they are integrated ...

Is tourism and hospitality education supporting sustainability?

  • City Unity College Nicosia

Education can provide learners with the necessary awareness, values and skills to understand the complexity of sustainability. This study aims to analyse the extent to which sustainability concepts have been ...

Early career teacher educators' dispositions toward sustainability and accountability for sustainability issues: a case from teachers colleges in Turkey

  • Columbia University (NY)
  • Hacettepe Üniversitesi

This study aims to investigate the dispositions of early career teacher educators as young academics toward sustainability and accountability for sustainability issues. Through their interpretations, concerns, awareness and ownership of ...

Towards Sustainable Development through Higher Education Quality Assurance

  • Quality Assurance Agency For Higher Education (--None--)
  • Dnipro University of Technology

This study aims to identify the role of higher education quality assurance in achieving sustainable development goals. To support this aim, the following objectives were formulated: to discuss and summarize ...

Discovering Sustainability in New York City: An Interdisciplinary Framework for Teaching in Urban Institutions

  • Empire State College (NY)

Ecological learning is enriched when students can apply course content to their own communities and gain an understanding and experience for deploying sustainable practices. Such merging of content, application, and ...

Reflections and reflective practice to advance responsible management education for sustainability: the case of an Australian MBA programme

  • Griffith University (Queensland)

This paper aims to explore Master of Business Administration (MBA) students’ “reflections” and/or “reflection on practice” of sustainability into responsible management education using Bain et al.’s (2002) 5Rs ...

Exploring environmental sustainability of academia as a working space

  • Indiana University Bloomington (IN)
  • Robert Gordon University

This study aims to examine the organizational citizenship behaviors toward the environment among US-based faculty members, in social sciences, natural sciences, the humanities and engineering. Potential barriers that may stop ...

A self-assessment tool for social responsibility in higher education. Reporting on a national policy development process in Portugal

  • Instituto Politécnico de Coimbra (Coimbra)

Providing higher education institutions (HEIs) with a tool for self-assessing their social responsibility (SR) that generates the information and knowledge necessary to a strategic approach to adopting the Green Paper ...

Campus sustainability in an entrepreneurial framework

  • Iona College (NY)

The authors test their environmental entrepreneurship framework using a Trash-to-Treasure experiential learning activity. The authors observed student entrepreneurs coordinate entrepreneurial efforts in a real-life context and collaborate with stakeholders across ...

Are the sustainability-oriented skills and competencies of business graduates meeting or missing employers’ needs? Perspectives of regional employers

  • James Cook University (Queensland)

In the Anthropocene, universities play a role in developing students’ sustainability literacy and capacity to solve socio-ecological challenges. The objective of this study is to identify the generic and sustainability-oriented ...

Kicking the Habit: Rethinking Academic Hypermobility in the Anthropocene

  • Loyola University Chicago (IL)

Examining the hypermobility of many “elite” academic workers, this article situates mobility within the context of higher education and sustainability, decoloniality, and institutionalized expectations for academic travel. The mobility of ...

Promoting sustainability education through hands-on approaches: a tree carbon sequestration exercise in a Singapore green space

  • National University of Singapore
  • Maejo University

During a university class project related to climate change mitigation strategies, we utilized a university green space as a “living laboratory” for collaborative learning exercise to estimate landscape-level carbon biomass ...

(Un)Subjugating Indigenous Knowledge for Sustainable Development

  • Rowan University (NJ)
  • Nottingham Trent University

The relationship between development and higher education has evolved to become co-generative. The most recent incarnation of development goals, the sustainable development goals (SDG) call for a more intentional integration ...

Sustainable management education: insights from indigenous wisdom of Bhartiya (Indian) Gurukul philosophy

  • OP Jindal Global University (Haryana)

The purpose of the paper is to highlight the phenomenon of sustainable management education and its facilitating factors by exploring the indigenous wisdom of Bhartiya (Indian) Gurukul philosophy. The paper ...

Investigating undergraduate student learning experiences using the good practice learning and teaching for sustainability education (GPLTSE) framework

  • RMIT University

Sustainability curriculum in higher education is a crucial lever for building capabilities and knowledge for graduates to address the interconnected social, ecological and economic challenges of the 21st century in ...

Social Work and the Sustainable Development Goals: A Student Placement Model

  • RMIT University

The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide a blueprint to address urgent global challenges, with a clear role for social workers. This paper explores a Sustainable Development Goal’s ...

Pedagogies for sustainability: insights from a foundational sustainability course in the built environment

  • RMIT University

This paper aims to draw on an in-depth qualitative case study of an undergraduate sustainability education course to show the extent of pedagogical reflection and teaching capability demonstrated in lived ...

Engaging students in redesigning a local urban space to improve ecosystem services

  • Rochester Institute of Technology (NY)

Ecosystem services are an important, but often invisible component of the urban landscape. Humans have altered the environment in cities, leading to degraded or missing ecosystem services in many cases ...

‘Don’t Say It’s Going to Be Okay’: How International Educators Embrace Transformative Education to Support Their Students Navigating Our Global Climate Emergency

  • San Francisco State University (CA)
  • State University of New York at Cortland (NY)

Many education professionals are looking to Environmental and Sustainability Education as a guide to incorporate curricular lessons and activities into school classrooms and other learning environments. Building upon the framework ...

Multilevel barrier and driver analysis to improve sustainability implementation strategies: Towards sustainable operations in institutions of higher education

  • United Nations University
  • Technische Universität Dresden (Dresden)

In practice what they preach in research and education, higher education institutions (HEIs) must consider economic, ecological, and social impacts in their quest for sustainable operations. We contribute to the ...

Enhancing Student Learning of Global Warming Through Reflective Writing

  • Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi (TX)
  • University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (TX)

The National Academy of Science has published studies showing strong scientific evidence that global warming is caused by human consumption of fossil fuels,1 yet recent surveys have shown young ...

Exploring the utilisation of theoretical basis in existing campus sustainability appraisal tools

  • The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

A theoretical perspective is a key in the categorisation, structuring, interpretation of methodological research findings, and explanation of campus sustainability studies. A comprehensive review of existing campus sustainability appraisal tools ...

Assessing climate solutions and taking climate leadership: how can universities prepare their students for challenging times?

  • Trent University (ON)

Through this point-of-departure paper we aim to prompt discussion and action around redesigning university learning to help students tackle climate-related challenges in a personally and societally meaningful way. We use ...

Preparedness of higher education institutions for achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4: the case of Nepalese universities

  • Tribhuvan University of Nepal

The purpose of this paper is to assess the quality of education, research, and governance of Nepalese higher education institutions (HEIs) as a supplement to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 4 ...

Methodological approach for the construction of environmental management indicators in universities

  • Universidad Central de Venezuela

Universities have become interested in environmental management. In them, there are problems of inadequate residues and waste management; high energy consumption and demand; water and air pollution; impacts on biodiversity ...

Music as a Tool for Promoting Environmental Awareness. Experiences of Undergraduate Education Students on the Production of Video Tales in the COVID-19 Pandemic

  • Universidad de Salamanca
  • Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha

This paper elaborates on the didactic implementation of musical theater with undergraduate education students. Students had to select, prepare, justify, design, elaborate, rehearse, stage, and record an educational tale that ...

Training of communities of sustainability practice through science and art

  • Universidad de Guanajuato

This paper aims to analyse the university experience of a social laboratory that mixes science and art to instruct communities of sustainability practice in heterogeneous contexts through interpretive audio-visual ethnography ...

Sustainability in Higher Education during the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Systematic Review

  • University of Tasmania
  • Universidad de Murcia (Murcia)

The COVID-19 pandemic has created cause for rapid innovation in, reimagining of, and pivoting of higher education institutions. Prior to 2020, the global higher education sector began to radically focus ...

From environmental education to education for sustainable development in higher education: a systematic review

  • Universidad de Salamanca

In education concerning environmental issues, there are two predominant currents in the world, environmental education (EE) and education for sustainable development (ESD). ESD is the formal commitment and therefore promoted ...

A literature review on the strategies implemented by higher education institutions from 2010 to 2020 to foster pro-environmental behavior of students

  • Università degli Studi di Udine

Changing the present behavior of individuals toward a more sustainable lifestyle is a complex task requiring a well-established strategy and institutional commitment. The purpose of this paper is to understand ...

Planning to overcome perceived barriers: environmental and sustainability education, inclusion, and accessibility

  • Université de Saint-Boniface (MB)

Integrating environmental and sustainability education (ESE) approaches into faculty of education classrooms that are inclusive of learners with a broad range of diverse needs can seem daunting. Our purpose is ...

Sustainability teaching using case-based debates

  • University of Amsterdam

Given today’s pressing societal challenges, business schools are increasingly expected to incorporate sustainability in their curricula. Yet, while research on corporate sustainability is on the rise, there is less ...

On the maturity of social responsibility and sustainability integration in higher education institutions: Descriptive criteria and conceptual framework

  • University of Bari Aldo Moro

This paper is intended to foster debate on the relevance of social responsibility (SR) and sustainability maturity integration in education for sustainable development goals to be fully achieved. Several contributions ...

Student Teachers' Change Agency in Education for Sustainable Development

  • University of Turku
  • University of Eastern Finland

Previous research shows that teachers are key players in supporting agency in the faceof the biggest global challenges of our time, such as climate change and pollution, asteachers educate societiesí ...

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