Sustainability in the Australasian University Context
Sustainable development, i.e. the use of existing natural resources in a way that they are available in the long term for future generations, holds a central position at an international level. Sustainability has also found its way into academia, especially in North America, Europe and Australasia, where many universities include it in their programs. Due to their wealth of experiences and well-organised structure, Australasian universities provide a good example of how to promote sustainability in respect of policy as well as academic practice. In order to succeed and to last, sustainability initiatives must be incorporated into the structures and operational systems of universities. In addition to traditional efforts towards making provisions for sustainable development elements in the areas of teaching or research, a sustainability dimension must also be considered as part of extension works, operations, and in staff training. This book discusses the context of sustainability in the Australasian tertiary sector, provides examples of innovative education for sustainability initiatives, and presents details of leading campus greening projects. The authors hope that these examples can help and inspire people in other countries and regions as well.
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