Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Education

2019 Edition
| Editors: Walter Leal Filho

Sustainability Domains in Higher Education

  • Naomi M. Maina-OkoriEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-11352-0_489



Sustainability domains in higher education refer to individual but interrelated areas within which sustainability is integrated. Key sustainability domains in higher education include overall governance, curriculum, research, operations, and community engagement. Together, these domains constitute a holistic approach for integrating sustainability into the higher education system.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of SaskatchewanSaskatoonCanada

Section editors and affiliations

  • Rudi Pretorius
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  1. 1.University of South AfricaPretoriaSouth Africa