Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Education

2019 Edition
| Editors: Walter Leal Filho

Sustainability Barriers

  • Rozélia LaurettEmail author
  • Arminda do Paço
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-11352-0_188

Synonyms

Definition

Sustainability barriers may be defined as the obstacles seen in respect of the implementation of sustainability efforts.

Introduction

Barriers can be considered as situations or issues that make the execution of an activity or action difficult. We can compare the barrier to an obstacle and a difficulty to an impediment. The paths to sustainability are full of barriers (Milbrath 1995). Sustainability tends to take into account the economic, social, and environmental aspects (Elkington 1994) so that future generations can meet their needs, according to the most famous definition of sustainable development, from the Brundtland’s (1987) Report.

Even with the definitions laid down given by Elkington (1994) and Brundtland (1987), according to Milbrath (1995) and Paiva Duarte (2015), there is little agreement on...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Management and EconomicsNECE, University of Beira InteriorCovilhãPortugal

Section editors and affiliations

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