Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Education

2019 Edition
| Editors: Walter Leal Filho

Institutional Sustainability Assessment

  • Katerina KostaEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-11352-0_196


Institutional sustainability assessment in higher education refers to universities assessing their sustainability performance across operational and educational activities.


As the countries of the world move toward meeting the United Nations’ 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the importance of higher education institutions (HEIs) as drivers and enablers of sustainability has been levelled up. At the same time, the legally binding Paris COP21 agreement asks participating countries to measure and reduce their contribution to global warming. Consequently, the profile of sustainability assessment is rising, while the market of sustainability assessment indicators is expanding. Within this context, multiple universities use institutional sustainability assessment (ISA) to evaluate their sustainability performance and measure progress.

In the literature, ISA is perceived as a necessary step for sustainability implementation as it makes progress operational...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Oxford Brookes UniversityOxfordUK

Section editors and affiliations

  • Ingrid Molderez
    • 1
  1. 1.KU LeuvenLeuvenBelgium