Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Education

2019 Edition
| Editors: Walter Leal Filho

University Operations for Sustainable Development

  • Issa Ibrahim BerchinEmail author
  • Sthefanie Aguiar da Silva
  • José Baltazar Salgueirinho Osório de Andrade Guerra
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-11352-0_80



University operations for sustainable development represent the set of principles and practices a university have aiming to promote sustainability in both its academic community and the surrounding communities. In this regard, sustainability is promoted by real-life experiences in campus, education, research and outreach practices, campus infrastructure, and by the adoption of an internal agenda for sustainable development. Therefore, with these operations universities become open laboratories for sustainable development. They promote awareness and education from within to across campus boundaries enabling a holistic and sustainable development for all.


With global challenges of environmental, economic, and social changes, universities play a key role in developing the necessary knowledge,...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Issa Ibrahim Berchin
    • 1
    Email author
  • Sthefanie Aguiar da Silva
    • 1
  • José Baltazar Salgueirinho Osório de Andrade Guerra
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for Sustainable Development (Greens)Universidade do Sul de Santa Catarina (Unisul)FlorianópolisBrazil

Section editors and affiliations

  • Nelson Amaro
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Sustainable DevelopmentGalileo UniversityGuatemala CityGuatemala