An Experience of Participatory Construction of Solid Waste Management and Environmental Education Indicators on a University Campus

  • Antonio Carlos MergerJr.Email author
  • Daniela Cássia Sudan
  • Evandro Watanabe
Part of the World Sustainability Series book series (WSUSE)


The increase in the production of solid waste is related to serious impacts on climate change of the planet owing to emission of greenhouse gases, such as methane (CH4). Therefore, indicators, which are tools developed to evaluate and maintain control over a process of interest, can be used to measure how relevant these impacts are or can be. There are many initiatives, results and challenges in the solid waste management and environmental education areas in high education institutions, but there are just a few studies about structured indicators that were implemented in a systematic way. Considering these facts, this study aims to contribute to the topic of indicators, focusing in domestic solid waste. To do so, we will present: a research of scientific productions about this topic, at international and national levels; domestic solid waste management and environmental education indicators under development on the University of São Paulo’s campus in Ribeirão Preto city. The adoption of indicators is relevant to broaden the possibilities for evaluation and reflection on the impacts of what is implemented in the high education institution, reverberating in the improvement and enhancement of actions and results to achieve the sustainability in universities.


Indicators Solid waste management Environmental education University 



We would like to thank all the representatives who have been willing to help us in developing this important mechanism for the development of the indicators project.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Antonio Carlos MergerJr.
    • 1
    Email author
  • Daniela Cássia Sudan
    • 1
  • Evandro Watanabe
    • 2
  1. 1.Environmental ManagementUniversity of São PauloRibeirão PretoBrazil
  2. 2.School of Dentistry of Ribeirão PretoUniversity of São PauloRibeirão PretoBrazil

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