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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 6: Creating change: building an environmentally sustainable campus

Bart Meehan

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


Over the past decade, the tertiary sector has increasingly sought to develop sustainability as a core value within institutions. Many universities have publicly committed to establishing holistic programmes that emphasize environmental best practice in both academic and operational activities, with some going a step further by becoming signatories to international agreements such as the Talloires Declaration and the Sapporo Sustainability Declaration or acting collaboratively within groups such as the International Alliance of Research Universities. Sector organizations have also emerged like the International Sustainable Campuses Network, Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability, Environmental Association of Universities and Colleges and Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, all of which have similar aims of promoting campus community engagement and the development of best practice models in environmental practices.

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