Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Education

2019 Edition
| Editors: Walter Leal Filho

Sustainability in Higher Education

  • Jessica Ostrow MichelEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-11352-0_455


A higher education institution that engages with sustainability by way of a whole-of-institution approach integrates sustainability in many areas (or domains) of the organizational fabric of the institution, most often bucketed into five main categories: governance (e.g., mission statements, strategic planning), campus operations (e.g., food procurement, greenhouse gas emissions), research (e.g., research centers’ foci, sustainability innovations), community outreach (e.g., partnerships with local communities), and education (e.g., curriculum, pedagogy)


Given the increasingly alarming climate crises facing our world, and their implications for human survival, many political leaders throughout the globe have taken up the cause. Cities are planning to implement municipal-wide single stream recycling, divert waste from landfills, and create fossil-fuel targets for existing buildings, while specifying low-energy design targets in all new construction (Bloomberg and...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Higher and Postsecondary Education ProgramTeachers College, Columbia UniversityNew YorkUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Markus Will
  • Isabel Novo-Corti
    • 1
  1. 1.University of A CorunaA CoruñaSpain