Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Education

2019 Edition
| Editors: Walter Leal Filho

Higher Education Sustainability Professionals

  • Jessica Ostrow MichelEmail author
  • Erika Kessler
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-11352-0_146

Definition

Sustainability professionals can be understood as the campus sustainability champion, meaning the person who integrates sustainability in all aspects throughout the institution. The sustainability professional serves as a change-maker, action plan creator, quality controller, and connector. Additionally, the sustainability professional collaborates their office or department with all offices on campus and with the initiated institutional plan, and also serves as a leading educator, among a team of educators, at the intersection of the environmental, economic, and social dimensions of sustainability.

Higher Education Sustainability Professionals

For nearly three decades, policymakers have looked to higher education as an auspicious site for cultivating social change within the sustainability forefront. After a series of international meetings and declarations on the integration of sustainability into higher education, institutions are now – more than ever – challenged to...

Keywords

Sustainability officer Sustainability coordinator Sustainability manager Sustainability professional Higher education sustainability 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Higher and Postsecondary Education ProgramTeachers College, Columbia UniversityNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Comparative International Education Program/Department of International and Transcultural StudiesTeachers College Columbia UniversityNew YorkUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Erin Hopkins
    • 1
  1. 1.Virginia TechBlacksburgUSA