Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Education

2019 Edition
| Editors: Walter Leal Filho

Higher Education and Sustainability Initiatives

  • Tayse Valdira VieiraEmail author
  • Diego Martins Dalbem
  • Jonas Schneider
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-11352-0_506



Sustainability initiatives in higher education can be defined as actions carried out in universities with the goal of generating sustainable development, and the concept of sustainability has a broad definition, but basically it is based on three fundamental pillars: economic, social and economic (Pope et al. 2004; Hacking And Guthrie 2008).


Debates concerning the environmental challenges gained international attention in the 1970s, when the theme began to be internationally approached by different social fields (Lozano et al. 2015a), having as landmark the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment in 1972, where the importance of exploiting natural resources within a sustainable pattern was underlined, aiming to respect future generations’ welfare (United Nations 1972; Cristina 2014).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tayse Valdira Vieira
    • 1
    Email author
  • Diego Martins Dalbem
    • 1
  • Jonas Schneider
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Southern Santa Catarina (Unisul)FlorianópolisBrazil

Section editors and affiliations

  • Ulisses Azeiteiro
    • 1
  1. 1.University of AveiroAveiroPortugal