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Sustainability Assessment Tools in Higher Education Institutions

Mapping Trends and Good Practices Around the World

  • Presents practices and guidelines in respect of the greening of the curriculum and sustainability at higher education institutions around the world

  • Gives an up-to-date assessment of current trends, as well as tools and guidelines for students, researchers, teachers and higher education managers

  • Focuses on assessment tools which can be used in higher education institutions

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Table of contents (24 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-ix
  2. Rethinking Sustainability in Higher Education

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. Sustainability Science and Education for Sustainable Development in Universities: A Way for Transition

      • Antje Disterheft, Sandra Caeiro, Ulisses Miranda Azeiteiro, Walter Leal Filho
      Pages 3-27
    3. Being Scared is not Enough! Motivators for Education for Sustainable Development

      • Karel F. Mulder, Didac Ferrer-Balas, Jordi Segalas-Coral, Olga Kordas, Eugene Nikiforovich, Katerina Pereverza
      Pages 29-45
    4. Integrating Sustainability into the University: Past, Present, and Future

      • Filomena Amador, Carla Padrel Oliveira
      Pages 65-78
  3. Researching Sustainability Assessment

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 79-79
    2. Sustainability Assessment: The Role of Indicators

      • Tomás Ramos, Sara Moreno Pires
      Pages 81-99
    3. Alternative University Appraisal (AUA): Reconstructing Universities’ Ranking and Rating Toward a Sustainable Future

      • Dzulkifli Abdul Razak, Zainal Abidin Sanusi, Govindran Jegatesen, Hamoon Khelghat-Doost
      Pages 139-154
  4. Reorienting the Curricula: Good Practices from Different Edges of the World

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 289-289

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.


  • Environmental Performance of Universities
  • GASU
  • GRI
  • Sustainability in education

Editors and Affiliations

  • Universidade Aberta (UAb), Lisbon, Portugal

    Sandra Caeiro

  • Faculty of Life Sciences, Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Hamburg, Germany

    Walter Leal Filho

  • Brazilian National Council of Research, Sao Paulo, Brazil

    Charbel Jabbour

  • Universidade Aberta, Lisbon, Portugal

    Ulisses M. Azeiteiro

About the editors

Sandra Sofia Caeiro holds an undergraduate degree in Environmental Engineering from New University of Lisbon (1992), a Masters in Science of Coastal Zones from University of Aveiro (1997) and an Doctorate on Environmental Engineering from the New University of Lisbon (2004), Portugal. She is currently Assistant Professor in the Department of Science and Technology at Universidade Aberta (UAb) and a senior researcher at CENSE - Center for Sustainability and Environmental Research from New University of Lisbon, Portugal. Her main research and teaching areas include environmental risk assessment, environmental and spatial planning management tools, environmental citizenship and participation, sustainable consumption and e-learning in science education. She is the former coordinator of the B.Sc. program on Environmental Sciences and of the Master Program in Environmental Citizenship and Participation at UAb, and currently the institutional coordinator of the European Virtual Seminar in Sustainable Development. She is on the editorial board of the international journal of Ocean and Coastal Management, Elsevier and reviewer of several international scientific journals.

Professor Walter Leal Filho (BSc, PhD, DSc, DPhil, DL, FRGS, FRSA, FIBiol) is a trained biologist has a PhD and a DSc in environmental technology, plus honorary doctorates (DL, DPhil, DL) in environmental information. He is the Director of the Research and Transfer Centre “Applications of Life Sciences” at the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, where he is in charge of a number of European projects. He has authored, co-authored or edited over 70 books on the subjects of environment, technology and innovation and has in excess of 200 published papers to his credit. Professor Leal Filho is also the editor of the Journal "Environmental Management and Health" and founding editor of the "International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education". He is a member of the editorial board of "Biomedical and Environmental Sciences", "Environmental Awareness" and "Sustainable Development and World Ecology". He is a specialist on environmental management and sustainable development issues, being involved in a number of climate-related projects across the world. He is editor of the award-winning series “Environmental Education, Communication and Sustainability” and the initiator of the world´s first scientific conference on climate issues on the internet.

Charbel José Chiappetta Jabbour is an Associate Professor on Organizational Theory and Environmental Management at the Sao Paulo State University (UNESP-Brazil). He has a PhD in Industrial Engineering from the Engineering School of São Carlos (EESC), University of São Paulo (USP). He is an official researcher of the Brazilian National Council of Research (CNPq) and of the Sao Paulo State Research Foundation (FAPESP). Areas of research interests: organizational and human dimensions necessary to the adoption and maintenance of practices in proactive environmental management in organizations.

Ulisses Manuel de Miranda Azeiteiro was educated at the Aveiro University, Portugal, from which he received his Master Science Degree in 1994, Coimbra University, Portugal, where he received his Doctorate (PhD) in Ecology in 1999 and Universidade Aberta, Portugal, where he received his Aggregation in Biology in 2006. He holds an Assistant Professor Teaching position at the Universidade Aberta (Assistant Professor with Aggregation and Tenure), Portugal, in the Department of Exact Sciences and Technology, where he teaches Environmental Education, Education for Sustainable Development, Biology, Biodiversity and Research Methodologies. He has mentored over 40 Master's students, 10 PhD students, and 3 postdoctoral researchers. He is Senior Researcher at the Centre for Functional Ecology of Coimbra University where he is the Coordinator of the Group Ecology and Society. In the area of Sustainability he is member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education. He published several books in Sustainability Science.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Sustainability Assessment Tools in Higher Education Institutions

  • Book Subtitle: Mapping Trends and Good Practices Around the World

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

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Energy, Energy (R0)

  • Copyright Information: Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2013

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-319-02374-8Published: 03 December 2013

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-319-37739-1Published: 27 August 2016

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-319-02375-5Published: 19 November 2013

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: IX, 432

  • Number of Illustrations: 54 b/w illustrations, 4 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Energy Policy, Economics and Management, Sustainability, Higher Education, Renewable Energy

Buying options

eBook USD 109.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-319-02375-5
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book USD 139.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 199.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)