Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Education

2019 Edition
| Editors: Walter Leal Filho

Metrics for Sustainable Development

  • Elena Pertceva
  • Maria ZyulyaevaEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-11352-0_289


Metrics for sustainable development are indicators that allow to measure, compare, and report on efforts toward sustainable development integration.


Many higher education institutions have started to implement sustainability in their activities; this includes in educational process as well as in operation of their facilities. In order to enable the path toward sustainability, sustainability assessment tools have become a crucial element (Lambrechts 2015) as they allow the creation of strategies and planning toward a sustainable university. Shriberg (2002) defined sustainability assessment as a way to measure and compare HEIs to each other in terms of their efforts toward SD integration (through the use of SA tools and frameworks).

As indicated by Lozano (2006a), there are three main approaches for assessing and reporting sustainability in organizations: accounts, narrative assessments, and indicator-based. Each of them has strengths and weaknesses, but “in...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Project ManagementNational Research University Higher School of EconomicsMoscowRussia

Section editors and affiliations

  • Madhavi Venkatesan
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  1. 1.Department of EconomicsNortheastern UniversityBostonUSA