Sustainability Assessment Tools in Higher Education Institutions

Author: Sandra Caeiro
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 3319023756
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This book contributes to debates on current sustainability practices, with a focus on assessment tools as applied in higher education institutions. These institutions are challenged to carry out management, research, and teaching, and to create settings that allow developing new competencies to address the complex global environmental, social, cultural, and economic pressures with which current and future generations are confronted. The first chapters discuss issues of sustainability in higher education, namely the role of universities in promoting sustainability and the emergent fields of sustainability science and education for sustainable development and how to integrate and motivate sustainability into the university. Subsequent chapters present examples of sustainability assessment tools specifically developed for higher education institutions, such as the AISHE – Auditing Instrument for Sustainability in Higher Education, the GASU – Graphical Assessment of Sustainability in Universities too, the STAUNCH – Sustainability tool for Auditing Universities Curricula in Higher Education. The use of other integrated tools are also presented. The papers have adopted a pragmatic approach, characterized by conceptual descriptions, including sustainability assessment and reorienting the curricula, on the one hand, and practical experiences on the other, with good practices from different edges of the world. Sustainability Assessment Tools in Higher Education Institutions will be of interest to graduate student, lecturers, researchers, and those setting university policy.

Routledge Handbook of Higher Education for Sustainable Development

Author: Matthias Barth
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317918118
Format: PDF, Mobi
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The Routledge International Handbook of Higher Education for Sustainable Development gives a systematic and comprehensive overview of existing and upcoming research approaches for higher education for sustainable development. It provides a unique resource for researchers engaged in the field of higher education for sustainable development by connecting theoretical aspects of the range of relevant methodologies, showing the interdisciplinary aspects of the research field and illustrating the breadth of research directions. With a team of international authors from leading universities in research and teaching in higher education for sustainable development this Handbook brings together a broad range of research approaches and shows how these approaches are reflected in the research practice in higher education for sustainable development. Key topics include: Research Paradigms and Methodologies Ongoing and Future Directions of Research Meta-Analysis and Reviews Policy and Politics Challenges for Implementation Action Research and Transdisciplinary Perspective Gender, Diversity and Post-Colonial Perspectives Operationalising Competencies Outcome-Oriented Research Curriculum Change Organisational Change and Organisational Learning Community and Partnerships University Appraisal Systems and Indicators Evaluation Approaches Engaging Academic Teachers Good Practice Learning and Teaching Transformative Leadership and Change Strategies This Handbook is an invaluable research and teaching tool for all those working in higher education for sustainable development.

Higher Education and the Challenge of Sustainability

Author: Peter Blaze Corcoran
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 030648515X
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This book challenges universities to rethink their missions and to re-structure courses, research programs, and campus life in terms of sustainability. The author offers valuable theoretical and practical resources for students, teachers, researchers, and administrators who seek sustainability in higher education. Sustainability is explored as an outcome and a process of learning, and also as a catalyst for educational change and institutional innovation.

Nachhaltigkeit in der Lehre

Author: Walter Leal Filho
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
ISBN: 366256386X
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Dieses Buch richtet sich an alle, die das Thema Nachhaltigkeit in der Lehre behandeln möchten. Es trägt zum Erfahrungs- und Informationsaustausch zwischen Lehrenden und Wissenschaftlern bei, und stellt erfolgreiche Ansätze vor, wie das Thema Nachhaltigkeit in der Lehre vermittelt werden kann. An zahlreichen Hochschulen gibt es bereits interessante und attraktive Lehrangebote zu Nachhaltigkeit. Dabei sollte es nicht nur um die Vermittlung von Sachwissen gehen. Nachhaltigkeit in der Lehre beinhaltet, dass sowohl Wissen als auch pragmatische Handlungskompetenzen bei den Studierenden durch inter-, trans- und multidisziplinäre Ansätze gefördert werden. Gerade jetzt, da die Staaten weltweit anstreben, die UN Nachhaltigkeitsziele umzusetzen, ist es dringend erforderlich, dass Nachhaltigkeit in der Lehre durch eine Kombination von Theorie und Praxis eingeführt wird. Hier setzt diese Buch an und zeigt neue Wege auf, wie das Thema Nachhaltigkeit ganzheitlich in der Lehre vermittelt werden kann.

Universities and the Sustainable Development Future

Author: Peter H. Koehn
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 1315449951
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Since the mid-1970s, a series of international declarations that link environment and sustainable development to all aspects of higher learning have been endorsed and signed by universities around the world. Although university involvement in sustainable-development research and outreach has increased substantially, systematic learning from higher-education engagements has been limited. Universities and the Sustainable Development Future offers institutions of higher learning around the world practical guidelines that can be applied contextually to produce credible evidence regarding the outcome and impact of their teaching, research, and transnational-partnering activities. Drawing on innovative applications of lessons from experience with international-development cooperation, this book demonstrates the utility of a flexible framework that will inspire substantial improvements in the ways universities evaluate and improve their sustainable-development undertakings aimed at promoting Agenda 2030. This book promotes an inclusive evaluation framework that will allow universities to illuminate sustainable-development outcomes, and it provides a cutting-edge resource for students, scholars, and policy makers with an interest in sustainable development, climate change, and evaluation challenges.

Sustainability Management System Measuring Sustainability Performance of Higher Education Institutions in Malaysia

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This research aims to identify the sustainability assessment tools and its contents used in higher education institutions (HEIs) globally to assess performance and identify whether such tools could be applied for assessment in Malaysian HEIs. Identification of existing assessment tools and related issues have been collated through comprehensive studies during the last two decades. Eleven assessment tools have been identified for review that is being used to assess HEIs' sustainability and all these 11 were found to have different scoring methods which results to different performance depending on which assessment tools are used. Recommendations are given to practice a systematic way of implementation of assessment tools. The article has assessed numerous studies and has concluded that existing assessment tools are inadequate to assess Malaysian HEIs. Therefore, it was concluded that a new and more comprehensive sustainability management system (SMS) is required to be developed.

Developing a First time Sustainable Development Report for a Higher Education Institution

Author: Natalia Moudrak
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This thesis presents a seven-step process for sustainability report development within the higher education sector. Currently, there exists a variety of sustainability indicators and sustainability assessment tools to aid local governments, corporations and higher education institutions in sustainability performance measurement and reporting. Such variety illustrates the value-laden nature of defining sustainability, determining the relative importance of environmental, social and economic facets, and selecting performance evaluation methods. While the municipal and corporate sectors can benefit from step-by-step guidance on the process of sustainability reporting, such guidance is weak in the higher education sector. To address this issue, empirical evidence from the University of Waterloo (Waterloo, Ontario, Canada) is complemented with an analysis of select municipal and corporate sustainability reporting processes to arrive at the seven-step process for sustainability report development at the higher education sector. Therefore, this thesis is of particular interest to practitioners undertaking sustainability reporting within the higher education sector for the first time.

The Contribution of Social Sciences to Sustainable Development at Universities

Author: Walter Leal Filho
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 331926866X
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This volume is the first of its kind to present contemporary, state-of-the-art examples of how social science theories, models, and findings can advance all aspects of campus sustainability, an area that has so far been largely neglected. The individual chapters reflect the broad diversity of research on sustainable campus development conducted within and across basic and applied social science disciplines, drawing on a range of methods and case studies from around the world. Institutions of higher education have been among the leading promoters of sustainable development. However, efforts to transition to sustainability have been largely dominated by technological “solutions” and universities and colleges are increasingly recognizing that this transition cannot be achieved without attention to the human dimension. Administrators, campus sustainability officers and other university staff, faculty members and students, as well as alumni and external constituents all help to shape which sustainability innovations and initiatives are considered and pursued, and their participation determines the ultimate success of sustainability efforts. The book’s individual contributions illustrate how the social sciences can broaden visions of what may be possible, identify the advantages and disadvantages of different instrumental and emancipator approaches, evaluate interventions’ effectiveness, and offer processes for learning from mistakes and successes in ways that support continuous advances toward sustainability. Given that the majority of social science research stems from universities, the level of trust in these institutions, and their mission to develop societal leaders, higher education institutions are ideally suited for testing, assessing and modeling the social innovations needed to achieve sustainability on campuses and beyond.

Implementing Sustainability in the Curriculum of Universities

Author: Walter Leal Filho
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3319702815
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This book presents sustainable development themes across universities and introduces methodological approaches and projects to the teaching staff. It has been prepared against this background, to identify ways to better teach about sustainability issues in a university context. It contains a set of papers presented at a Symposium with the same title, held at Manchester Metropolitan University (UK) in March 2017. The event was attended by a number of institutions of higher education active in this field. It involved researchers in the field of sustainable development in the widest sense, from business and economics, to arts and fashion, administration, environment, languages and media studies. Sustainability is seldom systematically embedded in the curriculum at higher education institutions. Yet, proper provisions for curricular integration of sustainability issues as part of teaching programmes across universities are an important element towards curriculum greening. The aims of this book are: (i) to provide teaching staff at universities active and/or interested in teaching sustainable development themes with an opportunity to document and disseminate their works (i.e. curriculum innovation, empirical work, activities, case studies practical projects); (ii) to promote information, ideas and experiences acquired in the execution of teaching courses, especially successful initiatives and good practice; (iii) to introduce methodological approaches and projects which aim to offer a better understanding of how matters related to sustainable development can be tackled in university teaching. Last but not least, a further aim of this book, prepared by the Inter-University Sustainable Development Research Programme (IUSDRP) and the World Sustainable Development Research and Transfer Centre (WSD-RTC), is to catalyse a debate on the need to promote sustainable development teaching today.