Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Education

2019 Edition
| Editors: Walter Leal Filho

Community Learning on Sustainability

  • Tolulase Michael IsholaEmail author
  • Akinsiku Esther
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-11352-0_6


Theorists and educational practitioners highlight the importance of education for sustainable development. The development challenges have resulted from complex environmental and socioeconomic factors. In this context higher education training is discussed as an approach that can support the adoption of sustainability and further contribution to community development.

From a strategy approach, the universities can optimize their role as agents of change with regard to sustainability by adopting a “whole-of-university” approach to sustainability. This approach explicitly links research, educational, operational, and outreach activities and engages students and other stakeholders in each. Community members can therefore act as agent of change in order to incorporate sustainability initiatives in their activities. This will provide many private and public benefits toward achieving sustainable development.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of AgroclimatologyUniversity of IbadanIbadanNigeria
  2. 2.Department of AgronomyUniversity of IbadanIbadanNigeria
  3. 3.Department of Business EconomicsLagos State PolytechnicLagosNigeria

Section editors and affiliations

  • Luciana Brandli
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Passo FundoPasso FundoBrazil