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Universities speak up regarding the implementation of sustainable development challenges: The case of Portugal

  • Universidade Aberta
  • University of Aveiro

Purpose This study aims to expand knowledge and provide further insights on how education for sustainable development (ESD) has been integrated into programmes at higher education institutions (HEIs) in Portugal ...

Greenhouse Gas Footprints for Physicists

  • University of Hawaii at Hilo (HI)
  • University of New Hampshire (NH)
  • University of Virginia (VA)

Our aim in this paper is to describe an opportunity for physics students and faculty to learn about an environmental issue of much current interest: the quantification, or footprint analysis ...

UI GreenMetric and campus sustainability: a review of the role of African universities

  • Ural Federal University (Sverdlovskaya Oblast')

The desire to combat the negative externalities of climate change and its variability has gained a lot of ground over the last few decades. This has resulted in the development ...

Integrating perspectives from indigenous knowledge and Western science in secondary and higher chemistry learning to contribute to sustainability education

  • Universität Bremen
  • Universitas Sultan Ageng Tirtayasa (Banten)

In this paper, we suggest integrating perspectives from indigenous and Western science into chemistry learning. Doing so is suggested to enhance students' views on sustainability issues. Integrating indigenous and Western ...

Barriers to innovation and sustainability in universities: an international comparison

  • University of Passo Fundo
  • Universidade federal de Santa Maria
  • Universidade Federal do Pampa (RS)

Purpose Sustainability has become a global concern to deal with complex and unprecedent survival, social, political and peace issues. Higher education institutions play a key role in this transformation. This ...

A fragility approach to sustainability – researching effects of education

  • Wageningen University
  • University of Applied Sciences Zittau/Görlitz
  • WSB University in Wrocla (Wrocław)

Purpose Management education trainers are increasingly called upon to train students to devise interventions for sustainable development in business settings. Due to the dominant reductionist paradigm, these interventions may lead ...

The role of planning in implementing sustainable development in a higher education context

  • University of Beira Interior
  • University of Passo Fundo
  • University of Applied Sciences Zittau/Görlitz
  • Bournemouth University (Dorset)
  • Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Universität Bonn (Köln)
  • University of Malta (Northern Harbor District)
  • Amirkabir University of Technology
  • University of the Aegean (Lesvos)
  • Hamburg University of Applied Sciences

The implementation of sustainable development in higher education is an important goal, and one which requires much planning. The many recurring problems and barriers that hinder the attainment of sustainable ...

Sustainability and human competences: a systematic literature review

  • University of São Paulo
  • Universidade Federal do Paraná (PR)
  • Universidade Estadual de Londrina (Paraná)

Purpose The purpose of this paper is to identify and discuss human competences required for sustainability management in organisations.

Design/methodology/approach The research is based on a systematic review ...

Estimation of energy efficiency for educational buildings in Hong Kong

  • City University of Hong Kong
  • Dalian University of Foreign Languages (Liaoning)

In this paper, we estimate the energy efficiency of educational buildings with the case study of buildings in City University of Hong Kong by constructing an energy demand stochastic frontier ...

What Sustainability? Higher Education Institutions Pathways to Reach the Agenda 2030 Goals

  • Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (Barcelona)

Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) have the mandate of promoting sustainability through addressing the Agenda 2030. However, how this is being understood and framed in both discourse and practice by HEIs ...

Engaging stakeholders in the process of sustainability integration in higher education institutions: a systematic review

  • National Institute of Technology, Durgapur (West Bengal)
  • Sri Sri University (Cuttack)

Higher education institutions (HEIs) are facing increasing pressure embracing institutional change towards the adoption of sustainable development (SD). Responding to the growing demands, several articles have been published presenting integration ...

Integrating Sustainability in the Quality Assessment of EHEA Institutions: A Hybrid FDEMATEL-ANP-FIS Model

  • Universidad de Oviedo (Asturias)

This paper proposes the design of a conceptual model of quality assessment in European higher education institutions (HEIs) that takes into account some of the critical reflections made by certain ...

Benchmarking Energy Use at University of Almeria

  • Universidad de Almería (Almeria)
  • Universidad Internacional de La Rioja (UNIR) (la Rioja)

Several factors impact the energy use of university campus buildings. This study aims to benchmark the energy use in universities with Mediterranean climates. The University of Almeria campus was used ...

Developing Students’ Action Competence for a Sustainable Future: A Review of Educational Research

  • National Taiwan Normal University
  • Taichung Municipal Dali High School (Taichung County)

The goal of education for sustainable development is to develop future citizens who can make informed decision and take responsible action to solve the problem. The concept of action competence ...

Achieving and Monitoring Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship: A Systematic Review of the Literature

  • University of Hawaii Honolulu Community College (HI)
  • Waseda University (Tokyo)

This paper presents the results of a systematic review of literature (56 studies) related to Sustainable Development Goal 4.7. The goal of the research reported on here is to ...

Insertion of Photovoltaic Solar Systems in Technological Education Institutions in Brazil: Teacher Perceptions Concerning Contributions towards Sustainable Development

  • Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
  • Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte
  • Electric Energy Research Center (CEPEL)
  • Instituto Federal de Educação, Ciência e Tecnologia do Rio Grande do Norte (IFRN) (RN)

Teaching spaces are seen as institutions presenting relevant power to promote sustainability. Thus, in addition to knowledge (re)producers, they must also assume ethical obligations to incorporate daily sustainability-oriented actions ...

Green Human Resource Management for organisational citizenship behaviour towards the environment and environmental performance on a university campus

  • Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
  • National University of Sciences and Technology (Federal)
  • Universiti Sains Malaysia
  • Sunway University (Selangor)
  • Minjiang University (Fujian)
  • Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (Terengganu)

The slow and inefficient environmental performance of universities is drawing the attention of scholars towards behavioural change in employees rather than just relying on technological upgrades. Drawing upon the Ability-Motivation-Opportunity ...

Assessment of the Development of Professional Skills in University Students: Sustainability and Serious Games

  • Universidad del Pais Vasco / Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea (Bizkaia)
  • Camara Bilbao University Business School (Vizcaya)

In this study, we analyze the development of key professional skills for sustainability (KPSS) in university students using serious games (SG) from a sustainability perspective. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were ...

Implementing the UN SDGs in Universities: Challenges, Opportunities, and Lessons Learned

  • RMIT University

The education sector is one of the few sectors that can support, promote, and contribute to achieving all of the 17 United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs). Universities, in ...

Educating for sustainable development: Cultivating creativity through mindfulness

  • Bowling Green State University (OH)

The emotional and cognitive benefits of creativity and mindfulness on the learning process are well documented. However, research on the role of creativity and mindfulness in higher education for sustainable ...

Active and Passive Use of Green Space, Health, and Well-Being amongst University Students

  • Furman University (SC)
  • Yale University (CT)

Frequent exposure to green space has been linked to positive health and well-being in varying populations. Yet, there is still limited research exploring the restorative benefits associated with differing types ...

Morphological box for ESD – landmark for universities implementing education for sustainable development (ESD)

  • Munich University for Applied Sciences (Oberbayern)
  • Wilhelm Büchner Hochschule/Mobile University of Technology

Universities have various options to implement higher education for sustainable development (ESD) into curricula and syllabi, and incorporate sustainability into students’ daily routine and life on campus. Despite considerable progress ...

Sustainable construction in Turkish higher education context

  • Middle East Technical University

As the construction industry is one of the dominant contributors to the world’s total CO2 emissions and it has huge negative impacts on the environment, sustainable construction has become ...

Sustainable Development at Higher Education in China: A Comparative Study of Students’ Perception in Public and Private Universities

  • University of Hradec Kralove (Královéhradecký kraj)
  • Guangzhou College of South China University of Technology

This research is implemented in the backdrop of the increasing number of private universities established in China over the last decade, and a growing public concern of sustainable development. The ...

Equitable Pathways to 2100: Professional Sustainability Credentials

  • ESDI Green Teach for Opportunity Project (DC)

Across numerous industries and occupations, professional associations are contributing to knowledge and skills for sustainability by offering new credentials. This represents an opportunity to increase students’ career preparedness for clean ...

In search of healthy policy ecologies for education in relation to sustainability: Beyond evidence-based policy and post-truth politics

  • Wageningen University
  • Mana College

There is a rational assumption built into some research projects that policy contexts are influenced by the quality of the evidence. This is, at best, only somewhat true some of ...

Reducing carbon emissions in business through Responsible Management Education: Influence at the micro-, meso- and macro-levels

  • Nottingham Trent University
  • Keele University
  • Northumbria University (Newcastle Upon Tyne)
  • NetPositive Ltd.

There has long been an understanding that to achieve meaningful progress against sustainability challenges, action is required at multiple levels. With regards to education initiatives, these levels range from macro-level ...

The seven sustainability competences according to the RESFIA+D Model. Part B: practical experiences

  • Miami Dade College (FL)
  • Roorda Sustainability

Aim: In a previous article within this same journal, called “The Seven Sustainability Competences according to the RESFIA+D Model. Part A: Conceptual background”, the origins, structure and validation were ...

The seven sustainability competences according to the RESFIA+D Model. Part A: conceptual background

  • Miami Dade College (FL)
  • Roorda Sustainability

Aim: The article describes the origins, structure and validation of a model for professional competences for sustainable development, called RESFIA+D. The model provides an assessment and policy instrument that ...

Assessment of sustainability competencies: a literature review and future pathways for ESD research and practice

  • Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya
  • Universidad Camilo José Cela (Madrid)

Aim: This paper aims at reviewing existing theoretical frameworks in sustainability competencies and identifying suitable evaluation strategies and instruments for sustainability competencies assessment in the context of Education for Sustainable ...

The role of higher education institutions in sustainability initiatives at the local level

  • University of Beira Interior
  • University of Passo Fundo
  • Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná
  • Allegheny College (PA)
  • University of Waterloo (ON)
  • Brescia University (KY)
  • Institut Mines-Télécom Business School
  • Università di Verona
  • University of Bristol
  • University of Latvia
  • Universiti Sains Malaysia
  • Università di Bologna
  • Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Sunway University (Selangor)
  • Thaksin University (Songkhla)
  • University of Chester
  • Universidade Federal de Vicosa
  • Universiti Malaysia Sabah (Sabah)
  • Xavier Institute of Management Bhubaneswar (Odisha)
  • University of Belgrade

Universities are central players and important economic actors in many regions, and many of them are, in general, nationally and internationally active in respect of matters related to sustainable development ...

International Perspectives on Green and Sustainable Chemistry Education via Systems Thinking

  • Universidad de Córdoba

Various international perspectives from selected regions where substantial work is being done on green and sustainable chemistry education emphasize a systems thinking framework. Common to most of the perspectives is ...

Sustainability in higher education from the perspective of business ethics and corporate sustainability

  • KU Leuven
  • University of Antwerp

Aim: In this epilogue to the special issue, the author provides a reflection on the commonalities between the origins of business ethics and corporate sustainability on the one hand, and ...

Contribution of University to Environmental Energy Sustainability in the City

  • Universidad del Pais Vasco / Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea (Bizkaia)

The environmental energy sustainability of universities has aroused great interest in recent years. In this study, environmental impact assessment tools are used to analyse the environmental impacts of the University ...

Geography Education for Sustainable Development

  • University of Cape Town
  • Zhejiang University
  • East China Normal University

Increased pressure on the earth's resources has led to what is increasingly referred to as the climate crisis. While a whole range of environmental parameters have been transformed through ...

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Energy engineering curricula for sustainable development, considering underserved areas

  • Carlos III University of Madrid

This paper focuses on the need for sustainable energy engineering degrees and the problems found in establishing appropriate curricula contents. Proposals are made for developing adapted energy engineering degrees. Relevant ...

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‘Doing good science’: The impact of invisible energy policies on laboratory energy demand in higher education

  • Cardiff University
  • Lancaster University

Education is the second largest consumer of energy in the service sector, however, little research to date has focused on the link between education policy and energy demand. Using a ...

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Design Responsibility and Sustainability in Education

  • University of Sharjah

Preparing students for a real-world profession is an essential element of the design education process. These students often question their abilities and power to successfully join the industry, especially when ...

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Becoming a competent teacher in education for sustainable development: Learning outcomes and processes in teacher education

  • Leuphana University of Lüneburg

This paper aims to provide a holistic approach to assessing student teachers’ competence development in education for sustainable development (ESD). This is to provide evidence on which teaching and learning ...

  • Posted April 17, 2020
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Party for Animals: Introducing Students to Democratic Representation of Nonhumans

  • The Hague University of Applied Science

This article aims to gauge students’ perceptions of the Dutch Party for Animals (PvdD) in order to reflect on the political representation of nonhumans (animals). The support for political representation ...

  • Posted April 17, 2020
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Student perceptions and trust of sustainability information

  • James Cook University (Queensland)
  • University of Canberra

The purpose of this paper is to report student attitudes and beliefs towards climate change adaptation and sustainability-related behaviours.

  • Posted April 17, 2020
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Implications of vertical policy integration for sustainable development implementation in higher education institutions

  • Manchester Metropolitan University

The United Nations together with various national and local actors have acknowledged the importance of sustainable development. However, sustainable development implementation is not straightforward and requires contribution by different actors ...

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Assessment of Sustainability Governance in Higher Education Institutions—A Systemic Tool Using a Governance Equalizer

  • University of Vechta
  • Freie Universität Berlin

The paper aims to add to the discussion on sustainability governance in higher education institutions by examining the role of sustainability assessment and introducing an assessment tool inspired by systemic ...

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Integration of a sustainability-oriented socio-scientific issue into the general chemistry curriculum: Examining the effects on student motivation and self-efficacy

  • University of California, Davis (CA)
  • Universität Bremen

This study evaluates the effects of integrating the socio-scientific issue of phosphate sustainability into a large enrollment general chemistry course. The integration was based on the use of a digital ...

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Petro-pedagogy: fossil fuel interests and the obstruction of climate justice in public education

  • University of Regina (SK)

The corporate control of energy production and the reach of fossil capital into civil and political society can be understood as a regime of obstruction that is preventing necessary action ...

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Solar Energy on Campus (Part II: Solar Purchasing Options and Communicating Renewable Energy Use)

  • Center for Resource Solutions | Green-e (CA)

This report examines the solar purchasing options available to higher education institutions, and the fundamental components of each deal that affect renewable energy certificate (REC) ownership, claims, and the environmental ...

  • Posted April 17, 2020
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Sustainability coursework: student perspectives and reflections on design thinking

  • University of Pittsburgh (PA)

The purpose of this study was to assess particular student outcomes when design thinking was integrated into an environmental engineering course. The literature is increasingly promoting design thinking for addressing ...

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Co-creating transdisciplinary global change research agendas in Finland

  • University of Helsinki

Co-creation principles have become prominent in the scientific disciplines that aim to respond to global sustainability challenges especially in the global south. This paper analyses a co-creation pilot of global ...

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Sustainability awareness in engineering curriculum through a proposed teaching and assessment framework

  • King Abdulaziz University

Engineers play a vital role in enabling the sustainable development of their societies. Thus, it is necessary to teach sustainability in universities, especially for engineering students, for a more sustainable ...

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Barriers, potentialities, and actions for implementation of sustainable energy procedures in Brazilian federal universities

  • Universidade federal de Santa Maria

Many universities around the world have served as active centers for research on climate change. However, there are several barriers to their activities, stemming from the nature of research, resources ...

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