A Framework for Environmental Management Information Systems in Higher Education

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Part of the Springer Proceedings in Business and Economics book series (SPBE)


Higher education institutions (HEIs) are increasingly addressing their environmental impact and to do this need to improve access to environmental information in order to improve decision making and sustainability efforts. Educational institutions have a different focus to other more industrial organisations and therefore frameworks for these organisations are not necessarily suited to educational environments. Whilst several environmental management information systems (EMIS) have been proposed there is a lack of understanding of the components which should be included in such a system due to the existing broad definitions. In addition there are not many best practice guidelines to support the design and development of these systems. This paper proposes a framework for EMISs in higher education. The framework is derived from several literature studies and includes guidelines which can assist with the design of an EMIS. These guidelines are classified according to the components of EMIS.


Environmental Information Environmental Sustainability International Standard Organisation Global Reporting Initiative Environmental Management System 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Computing ScienceNelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU)Port ElizabethSouth Africa

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