Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Education

2019 Edition
| Editors: Walter Leal Filho

Community Outreach on Sustainability

  • Issa Ibrahim Berchin
  • Stephane Louise Boca Santa
  • José Baltazar Salgueirinho Osório de Andrade GuerraEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-11352-0_201



Community outreach on sustainability can be defined as the HEI’s initiatives to engage with the communities in its surroundings in a mutually beneficial process of sustainable development. Therefore, community outreach on sustainability promotes an inclusive process of planning and development, also assisting members of the community to achieve their personal goals. These initiatives contribute to increase the legitimacy of the HEI in the community while improving quality of life.


Higher education institutions (HEIs) play a vital role in helping societies to achieve sustainable development through education and innovation (Ramos et al. 2015; Hoover and Harder 2015; Anand et al. 2015). HEIs should aim to promote sustainable development and embrace sustainability concepts in their practices. HEIs are frequently large, employ many people, and educate many more. Campuses often have many buildings and can resemble a small city, using...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Issa Ibrahim Berchin
    • 1
  • Stephane Louise Boca Santa
    • 2
  • José Baltazar Salgueirinho Osório de Andrade Guerra
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Center for Sustainable Development (Greens)Universidade do Sul de Santa Catarina (Unisul)FlorianópolisBrazil
  2. 2.Center for Sustainable Development (Greens)Universidade do Sul de Santa Catarina (Unisul)TubarãoBrazil

Section editors and affiliations

  • Ingrid Molderez
    • 1
  1. 1.KU LeuvenLeuvenBelgium