Sustainable Universities and Colleges

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Sustainable Universities and Colleges

Sustainability Advances in Institutions of Higher Education

9781035314720 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Mark Starik, Senior Lecturer, Sustainability Management Program, University of Wisconsin Extended Campus, Madison, Wisconsin and Paul Shrivastava, Professor, Department of Management and Organization, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania, US
Publication Date: June 2024 ISBN: 978 1 03531 472 0 Extent: c 304 pp
This book provides a set of decision and organizational models for the advancement of sustainability in higher education. International authors present how universities and colleges have attempted to advance sustainability both within and outside of their institutions, and how institutions of higher education can continue to upgrade those efforts to help lead societies toward greater sustainability in the future.

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This book provides a set of decision and organizational models for the advancement of sustainability in higher education. International authors present how universities and colleges have attempted to advance sustainability both within and outside of their institutions, and how institutions of higher education can continue to upgrade those efforts to help lead societies toward greater sustainability in the future.

Transdisciplinary in scope, this book emphasizes the need for universities to advance both environmental and socio-economic sustainability, specifically by utilizing five key higher education functions: research, operations, outreach, teaching and stakeholder interactions. Authors explain how higher education institutions have the knowledge, legitimacy, and resources to make significant impacts on individuals and systems in their respective communities. They discuss the evolving nature of sustainability education in its movement away from anthropocentrism toward forward-thinking ecocentrism, with increased recognition of indigenous worldviews. Examining various avenues for innovation, authors dissect issues such as infrastructure, research and curriculum integration, and internal and external community engagement, and explore how sustainable solutions require commitment on all levels, and in all disciplines.

This book is a crucial resource for students and academics in management and sustainability and management and universities. It is also an inspiring read for university and college stakeholders including sustainability officers and staff and administrators.
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‘Given the urgent need for action to promote sustainability in this Anthropocene Era, Sustainable Universities and Colleges is an important and timely piece for transforming our educational system. For systemic change to take place in business, government and society, a rethinking of how humans interact with the natural world for social and environmental sustainability at the individual, organizational, and institutional levels is critical. This book recognizes that higher education can serve as a vehicle for enacting new worldviews and approaches for sustainable transformation. It offers compelling solutions for reimagining university curricular frameworks and models to develop a sustainability mindset to benefit humanity and the planet in the long-term.’
– David Wasieleski, Duquesne University, US

‘Institutions of higher education have a unique potential for fostering the sustainability transformation of humanity. The book on “Sustainable Universities and Colleges” is a meaningful step in advancing sustainability in higher education. It is a welcome reading for university administrators, faculty, and students interested in the fate of the Earth.’
– Laszlo Zsolnai, University of Oxford, UK

‘Sustainable Universities and Colleges provides both practical and aspirational guidance for the higher education sector to advance sustainability. Emphasizing the important role that higher education plays in addressing the climate crisis and preparing current and future generations to address the complexity of challenges we face, this text encourages higher education institutions to think holistically about sustainability and to engage faculty, staff, and students as advocates.’
– Meghan Fay Zahniser, AASHE, US
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Contributors include: Alessia Argiolas, Said Benamar, Thomas S. Benson, Gustavo Birollo, Katja Brundiers, Maria Castillo, Frank de Bakker, Gastón de los Reyes, Susana Esper, Krista Hiser, Younsung Kim, Jordan King, Jacqueline LeBlanc, Michael J. Pawlish, Kimberly M. Post, Jason Senjem, Bart van Hoof, Kenneth Walz, Sjors Witjes, Julia Wolny, Jean Wu
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