Sustainability Assessment Tools in Higher Education Institutions

Mapping Trends and Good Practices Around the World

  • Sandra Caeiro
  • Walter Leal Filho
  • Charbel Jabbour
  • Ulisses M. Azeiteiro

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Rethinking Sustainability in Higher Education

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Antje Disterheft, Sandra Caeiro, Ulisses Miranda Azeiteiro, Walter Leal Filho
      Pages 3-27
    3. Karel F. Mulder, Didac Ferrer-Balas, Jordi Segalas-Coral, Olga Kordas, Eugene Nikiforovich, Katerina Pereverza
      Pages 29-45
    4. Filomena Amador, Carla Padrel Oliveira
      Pages 65-78
  3. Researching Sustainability Assessment

  4. Sustainability Assessment in Practice: Case Studies from Europe to Australia

  5. Reorienting the Curricula: Good Practices from Different Edges of the World

About this book


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.


AISHE Environmental Performance of Universities GASU GRI STARS STAUNCH Sustainability in education

Editors and affiliations

  • Sandra Caeiro
    • 1
  • Walter Leal Filho
    • 2
  • Charbel Jabbour
    • 3
  • Ulisses M. Azeiteiro
    • 4
  1. 1.Universidade Aberta (UAb)LisbonPortugal
  2. 2.Faculty of Life SciencesHamburg University of Applied SciencesHamburgGermany
  3. 3.Brazilian National Council of ResearchSao PauloBrazil
  4. 4.Universidade AbertaLisbonPortugal

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Energy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-02374-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-02375-5
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