Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Education

2019 Edition
| Editors: Walter Leal Filho

Sustainability Policies

  • Karine Hellen Fonseca DiasEmail author
  • Júlio César de Lima Ribeiro
  • João Luiz de Moraes Hoefel
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-11352-0_492


Sustainability policies can be characterized as dynamic, complex, and interactive systems through which environmental problems are identified and countered by creating new policies or by reforming existing policies with the objective to improve environmental performance and to collaborate with sustainable development processes. They encompass human and ecological health, social justice, secure livelihoods, and a better world for all generations and can be created both by public and private sectors. In this context, it should be emphasized that higher education institutions play a fundamental role in the formulation, implementation, and discussion of policies aimed at sustainability.


The challenge associated with the promotion and implementation of sustainable development (SD) is a global concern. At this scale, the efforts of governments and society are aimed at curbing environmental degradation and its direct and indirect consequences, through public policies...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Karine Hellen Fonseca Dias
    • 1
    Email author
  • Júlio César de Lima Ribeiro
    • 2
  • João Luiz de Moraes Hoefel
    • 1
  1. 1.Núcleo de Estudos em Sustentabilidade e Cultura – NESC/CEPECentro Universitário UNIFAATAtibaiaBrazil
  2. 2.Department of LawCentro Universitário UNIFAATAtibaiaBrazil

Section editors and affiliations

  • Rudi Pretorius
    • 1
  1. 1.University of South AfricaPretoriaSouth Africa