Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Education

2019 Edition
| Editors: Walter Leal Filho

Sustainability Weeks and Sustainable Development

  • Dione KitzmannEmail author
  • Samuel Autran Dourado e Souza
  • Cristiane Gularte Quintana
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-11352-0_332


A type of event (usually annual) organized by higher education institutions with the goal of raising environmental awareness while engaging university members with local communities. Along these meetings, a great variety of activities directly related to environmental issues are carried out in order to disseminate institutional actions associated with research, teaching, extension, and management in sustainability on its multiple dimensions (social, environmental, economic).


Higher education institutions (HEIs) have intensified their environmental sustainability by developing many activities in this direction and at the same time making the educational processes and facilities more sustainable.

From the institutional environmental management’s perspective, the engagement of the university community (students, teachers, and employees) is essential in order to reach success, either as a direct action for the operators within their professional activities or for...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dione Kitzmann
    • 1
    Email author
  • Samuel Autran Dourado e Souza
    • 2
  • Cristiane Gularte Quintana
    • 2
  1. 1.Instituto de Oceanografia (IO)Universidade Federal do Rio Grande (FURG)Rio GrandeBrazil
  2. 2.Programa de Pós-graduação em Educação Ambiental (PPGEA)Universidade Federal do Rio Grande (FURG)Rio GrandeBrazil

Section editors and affiliations

  • Patrizia Lombardi
    • 1
  1. 1.Politecnico di TorinoTurinItaly