Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Education

2019 Edition
| Editors: Walter Leal Filho

Dimensions of Sustainability in Higher Education

  • Walter Leal FilhoEmail author
  • Eric Pallant
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-11352-0_524



Sustainability dimensions refer to the variety of perspectives used or followed by universities for pursuing and implementing sustainability. Higher education institutions undertake a diversity of activities in the field of sustainable development, which may include the integration of sustainability into disciplines, the execution of sustainability research projects, and the management of their campuses.


Higher Education Institutions have the societal responsibility of providing guidance to students, faculty, staff, and administration (Viebahn 2002; Bantanur et al. 2015), and their decisions affect the economic, social, and environmental dimensions of the communities and regions around them (Katiliute et al. 2014). Therefore, they have been considered significant contributors to the promotion of sustainability and the pursuit of regional sustainability (Karatzoglou 2013). The level of...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Life SciencesWorld Sustainable Development Research and Transfer Centre, Hamburg University of Applied SciencesHamburgGermany
  2. 2.Department of Environmental ScienceAllegheny CollegeMeadvilleUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Ulisses Azeiteiro
    • 1
  1. 1.University of AveiroAveiroPortugal