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Regenerative Sustainable Development of Universities and Cities

Regenerative Sustainable Development of Universities and Cities

The Role of Living Laboratories

Edited by Ariane König

Now that the Earth has reached the limits of its biophysical carrying capacity, we have to change technologies, social practices and social norms relating to material production and consumption to ensure that we do not further jeopardize the functioning of our planet’s life support systems. Through research, education and civic engagement, universities have a pivotal role to play in this transition. This timely book explores how universities are establishing living laboratories for sustainable development, and examines the communication networks and knowledge infrastructures that underpin impact both on and beyond the campus.

Chapter 3: Sustainable campus as a living laboratory for climate change mitigation and adaptation: the role of design thinking processes

Ying Hua

Subjects: education, education policy, geography, cities, politics and public policy, education policy, social policy and sociology, education policy, urban and regional studies, cities

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Facing the global climate change, national and local policies have been established to encourage and facilitate the adoption of environmental technologies and strategies for climate change mitigation and adaptation. However, a legally binding agreement on the target of global greenhouse gas emission reduction for the post-Kyoto era still has not been reached. In this context, bottom-up initiatives taken by cities, companies and organizations are playing an important role, complementary to the top-down national target setting and policy influence. Among the organizations, higher education institutes are unique in many ways. Universities are preparing future leaders in all fields and are educating future professionals, consumers and taxpayers, for whom the university education and experience of campus life would have far-reaching impact. Besides having significant influence on scientific and technological advancements and economic development of societies, universities have a critical role to play in responding to the challenges of global climate change, through research, education and shaping the lifestyle and worldview of future generations.

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