Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Education

2019 Edition
| Editors: Walter Leal Filho

Living Labs for Sustainability

  • Silvia Sayuri MandaiEmail author
  • Fernanda da Rocha Brando
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-11352-0_321



Studies have pointed out that human activities have reached a level which can damage the systems of Earth or exceeded crucial ecological limits/planetary boundaries (Rockström et al. 2009; Steffen et al. 2015). These patterns of consumption and production are associated with populations’ lifestyles, such as global extraction in a much faster rate than what our global ecosystem can regenerate, use of natural resources, and the release of waste and emissions from their use (Millennium Ecosystem Assessment 2005; Rockström et al. 2009; UNEP 2010; Steinberger et al. 2013; Steffen et al. 2015).

Then, it is necessary a holistic approach which englobes and optimizes the entire production-consumption-system (Liedtke et al. 2012). This issue depends on individual decision-making and behavioral actions combined with processes of organizational learning, including the social context (Sanne 2002; Reisch and Ropke 2005; Biel and...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Silvia Sayuri Mandai
    • 1
    Email author
  • Fernanda da Rocha Brando
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Arts, Sciences and HumanitiesUniversity of São PauloSão PauloBrazil
  2. 2.Department of Biology, Faculty of Philosophy, Sciences and Letters of Ribeirão PretoUniversity of São PauloRibeirão PretoBrazil

Section editors and affiliations

  • Patrizia Lombardi
    • 1
  1. 1.Politecnico di TorinoTurinItaly