Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Education

2019 Edition
| Editors: Walter Leal Filho

Green Education and Sustainable Development

  • Tiffany C. H. LeungEmail author
  • Artie W. Ng
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-11352-0_132


Green education can be broadly considered as education for social, economic, and environmental sustainability. Sterling (2001: 22) defines sustainable education as “develops and embodies the theory and practice of sustainability in a way which is critically aware. It is therefore a transformative paradigm which values, sustains and realizes human potential in relation to the need to attain and sustain social, economic and ecological wellbeing, recognizing that they must be part of the same dynamic.”

Relationship Between Sustainability and Education

Countries around the world face unprecedented global challenges, such as financial crises, poverty, inequality, unsustainable consumption, desertification, climate change, and terrorism. Sustainability or sustainable development has become an important concept for individuals, local companies, multinational companies (MNCs), governments, or nation states. The most classic definition of sustainability or sustainability development...


Green education Sustainable development Education for sustainability Learning as sustainability Higher education institutions 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Professional Education and Executive Development, College of Professional and Continuing EducationThe Hong Kong Polytechnic UniversityHong KongChina

Section editors and affiliations

  • Erin Hopkins
    • 1
  1. 1.Virginia TechBlacksburgUSA