Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Education

2019 Edition
| Editors: Walter Leal Filho

Sustainable Waste Management Systems in Higher Institutions: Overview and Advances in Central University Miotso, Ghana

  • Edward Kweku NunooEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-11352-0_81


Higher educational institutions (HEIs) represent a key component of sustainability promotion initiatives in society. Implementing zero waste management systems (WMS) is one of such advances toward accomplishing sustainability goals. In recent times, the number of HEIs pursuing zero-waste strategies has steadily increased and Central University Miotso (CUM) in Ghana has developed an overarching strategy to become a zero waste tolerant and green university. Employing a mix of desktop studies and multistage random sampling methods, this entry presents an overview and advances in sustainable WMS in the context of fulfilling Central University’s broader goal of transformational leadership and maintaining a healthy resource base. Further, it assessed waste management initiatives before and after environmental concerns became integral aspects of management decisions making process by defining key aspects of WMS and outlined low cost strategies that may be of priority to HEIs constrained by finance and high-tech waste management infrastructure in developing economies.


Central University Miotso, Zero waste management systems, Food plaza, Waste financing, Higher educational institutions 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Environment and Development StudiesCentral University MiotsoMiotsoGhana
  2. 2.Institute for Oil and Gas StudiesUniversity of Cape CoastCape CoastGhana

Section editors and affiliations

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