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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