Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Education

2019 Edition
| Editors: Walter Leal Filho

Environmental Impacts and Sustainable Development

  • Carolina Shizue Hoshino NetaEmail author
  • Sônia Regina da Cal Seixas
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-11352-0_169


Environmental impact is any positive or negative change in environmental quality resulting from human interference, able to change the natural rhythm of the processes of a system. The evaluation of this event is fundamental to achieving sustainable development.


Sustainable development has grown in your scope and significance, to be increasingly mentioned in the scientific literature and on assumptions for the development of policies, plans, programs, and projects. This concept defined in the Brundtland report is a model of development that pays attention to the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs (World Commission on Environment and Development 1987). According to Wheeler (2014), the notion of “sustainable development” is related to that of “sustainability” and both express the idea that the human civilisation can be organised to promote the ecological and social well-being in the...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Carolina Shizue Hoshino Neta
    • 1
    Email author
  • Sônia Regina da Cal Seixas
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Energy, Faculty of Mechanical EngineeringUniversity of Campinas – UNICAMPSão PauloBrazil
  2. 2.Centre for Environmental Studies and Research, NEPAMState University of Campinas, UNICAMPCampinasBrazil

Section editors and affiliations

  • Evangelos Manolas
    • 1
  1. 1.Democritus University of ThraceThraceGreece