Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Education

2019 Edition
| Editors: Walter Leal Filho

Green Campuses and Sustainable Development

  • João Marcelo Pereira RibeiroEmail author
  • Stephane Louise Boca Santa
  • José Baltazar Salgueirinho Osório de Andrade Guerra
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-11352-0_239



Green Campus is then understood as the model through which higher education institutions develop infrastructures able to make the interaction between environment and university dwellers live together in a sustainable way. As “micro-cities,” those campuses should be administered like communities, including their users and employees participation, aiming at education on environment preservation. This concept includes the dimensions of consciousness and education toward sustainability, clean energies, energy efficiency, water efficiency, waste management, and sustainable transports in campus.


Higher education schools are seen as the core to a larger social change, with the priority task of implementing the creation of sustainability consciousness in society (Lauder et al. 2015). Universities are frequently considered key-institutions in the process of social change and development (Brennan et al. 2004). During the last two...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • João Marcelo Pereira Ribeiro
    • 1
    Email author
  • Stephane Louise Boca Santa
    • 2
  • José Baltazar Salgueirinho Osório de Andrade Guerra
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of International RelationsUniversity of Southern Santa Catarina (Unisul)FlorianópolisBrazil
  2. 2.Center for Sustainable Development (Greens)Universidade do Sul de Santa Catarina (Unisul)TubarãoBrazil
  3. 3.Centre for Sustainable Development (Greens)Universidade do Sul de Santa Catarina (Unisul)FlorianópolisBrazil

Section editors and affiliations

  • Izael da Silva
    • 1
  1. 1.Strathmore UniversityNairobiKenya