Sustainable Campus in Brazilian Scenario: Case Study of the Federal University of Lavras

  • Cristiane Criscibene Pantaleão
  • Tatiana Tucunduva Philippi CorteseEmail author
Part of the World Sustainability Series book series (WSUSE)


The initiatives related to the application of sustainability in the university campus stand out internationally and focus on Europe and the USA. In Brazil there are few campuses that can be considered sustainable. The purpose of this chapter is to present actions that classified the Federal University of Lavras (UFLA) as the High Education Institution (HEI) with the most sustainable campus of the Brazilian scenario according to the UI GreenMetric World University Ranking (UI GreenMetric). This ranking was created with the purpose of classifying the HEIs globally and evaluates the campuses through 6 categories. The methodology used was qualitative analysis with a research strategy through the case study. The case analyzed in this study can be characterized as a Living Lab for Sustainability, due to the participation of the academic community in the operation of practices and interaction with the external community. This work seeks to contribute in a global way, providing an academic debate on the insertion of sustainability in the university campus, besides presenting data that can serve as reference to other HEIs who wish to follow the same path in the design or adaptation of their campuses and can contribute to the transformation of individuals, societies and cities through education.


Sustainable campus Living lab Brazilian scenario Ranking UI GreenMetric 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Cristiane Criscibene Pantaleão
    • 1
  • Tatiana Tucunduva Philippi Cortese
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.Graduate Program in Sustainable and Smart CitiesUniversity Nove de JulhoBarra Funda, São PauloBrazil
  2. 2.Graduate Program in Sustainable and Smart CitiesRua Deputado Salvador JulianelliBarra Funda, São PauloBrazil

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