Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Education

2019 Edition
| Editors: Walter Leal Filho

Sustainability Management System

  • Robert GabrielEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-11352-0_260


An institution can declare the most ambitious sustainability goals possible, but without a means to advance toward those goals, to guide and track efforts to reach them, the declarations remain empty. Sustainability management systems (SMS) have evolved, and continue to evolve, to provide just such a means. These systems may vary in scope from an entire institution to a single academic unit, but if higher education is to fulfill its role in “helping societies worldwide, to achieve sustainability” (Lozano García et al. 2006), educational leaders must find workable SMS solutions for their institutions.

This comes from the fact that higher education can play the role of both catalyst and multiplier in fostering sustainable development worldwide. Through the “application of values, especially integrity and fairness and the awareness that people share a common destiny” (Lozano García et al. 2006), those charged with managing higher education exercise broad influence on...

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The author would like to thank Charles Duquette for his editorial review.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty Business Administration and International FinanceNuertingen-Geislingen UniversityNuertingenGermany

Section editors and affiliations

  • Luis Velazquez
    • 1
  1. 1.University of SonoraSonoraMexico