Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Education

2019 Edition
| Editors: Walter Leal Filho

Sustainable University Profiles

  • Javier EsquerEmail author
  • David Slim Zepeda Quintana
  • Nora E. Munguia Vega
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-11352-0_498


Sustainability is an issue that has been discussed in higher education institutions since the late 1990s or even earlier. However, the concept of a sustainable university was developed much more comprehensively during the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development, a UN initiative from 2005 to 2014 aimed to provide oversight, advice, and educational resources worldwide to help create a more sustainable future (UNESCO 2018). Since that time, it is expected by the international community that more universities around the globe will adopt the principles of sustainable development under the guidelines set forth in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

This chapter outlines the evolution of the concept of a sustainable university, and several strategies for the implementation of sustainability within universities are presented. The first avenue is teaching; the most obvious characteristic of this approach is the...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Javier Esquer
    • 1
    Email author
  • David Slim Zepeda Quintana
    • 1
  • Nora E. Munguia Vega
    • 1
  1. 1.Graduate Sustainability Program, Industrial Engineering DepartmentUniversity of SonoraHermosilloMexico

Section editors and affiliations

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