Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Education

2019 Edition
| Editors: Walter Leal Filho

Sustainability Mindset

  • Isabel RimanoczyEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-11352-0_528


The sustainability mindset is a way of thinking and being that results from a broad understanding of the ecosystem’s manifestations as well as an introspective focus on one’s personal values and higher self and finds its expression in actions for the greater good of the whole (Kassel et al. 2015).

Origins of the Concept

When analyzing the global unsustainability, a trend of increasing awareness is observed at the individual, corporate, and political levels across the globe. While the environmental movement was launched in the 1960s, it has taken several decades to expand into public awareness. The rate of understanding accelerated since the early 2000, triggered by literacy about global warming and its impact on climate (IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) 2007; Hansen 2010; Di Caprio 2016; Gore 2006, 2017), which reached the public. This has been accompanied by a progressive understanding of the social and economic effects of climate-related events, at the...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.PRME Working Group on the Sustainability MindsetFort LauderdaleUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Petra Molthan-Hill
    • 1
  1. 1.Nottingham Trent UniversityNottinghamUK