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Walter Leal Filho

Sustainability is widely defined as «the ability to meet the needs of the present while living within the carrying capacity of supporting ecosystems and without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs». However, the goal of managing today’s resources so that they may be available to future generations is not easy to reach. Indeed, in order to achieve this ambitious goal, it is important that universities – similar to other sectors of society – become engaged in the sustainability debate, not superficially as it has largely been the case until now, but in a manner not seen before.
This book provides a concrete contribution towards the goal of fostering sustainability at universities, by especially focusing on opportunities, challenges and trends. It contains a wide range of papers written by university lecturers, professors, students and practitioners, as well as practical projects, which illustrate some of the latest trends and future perspectives related to sustainability in higher education. It was prepared as part of the project JELARE (Joint European-Latin American Universities Renewable Energy Project), funded by ALFA III, an EU programme of co-operation between the European Union and Latin America, in the framework of higher education and training.
This book is meant to inform, inspire and engage all members of the University community in the wide debate on how the principles of sustainable development may be implemented into practice. Produced mid-way in the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development, led by UNESCO, it serves the purpose of documenting and disseminating current initiatives all round the world, also paving the way for new ones.
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Edited by Walter Leal Filho

"The book Series "Environmental Education, Communication and Sustainability" is the world´s longest running book series on matters related to education, communication and training on sustainable development. Since it started in 1998, the book series has produced a number of ground-breaking publications focusing on environmental communication, sustainable development in formal and non-formal education, and in university programmes. Some examples of publications produced to date include "Greening the Curriculum", "Handbook of Sustainability Research" or the newly-launched book – volume 34 – "Sustainability at Universities: New Horizons" resulting from a workshop held in Rio de Janeiro parallel to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20).

Prior to publication, the quality of the works published in this series is double blind reviewed by external referees appointed by the editor. The referees are not aware of the author’s name when performing the review; the referees’ names are not disclosed.

Editor’s Homepage: Prof. Dr. Walter Leal Filho"
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Walter Leal Filho

This handbook introduces concepts, ideas and methods of sustainability research based on real examples. It is divided into four sections. One part deals with theoretical aspects of sustainability and refers to theoretical approaches to sustainability research. Another section elaborates on more practical approaches to sustainability research, offering views and perspectives from various researchers, illustrating how regulations, laws and political frameworks influence sustainability. A third part treats education for sustainability and presents research and practical projects, showcasing how sustainability research may focus in formal and non-formal education. The final section draws some conclusions based on the body of experiences and knowledge gathered by the authors. This handbook will be of great use to educators, scientists, researchers, politicians, environment activists, teachers and others interested in sustainability and in the implementation of results of sustainability research.
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Walter Leal Filho

This book, prepared in connection with the European Year of Lifelong Learning and the UNESCO International Conference on Adult Education in Hamburg, outlines some ideas related to lifelong learning and the environment, dealing with environmental issues in contexts such as adult education, community-based education, and quality of learning. A balanced emphasis to formal and nonformal education is given. The book also contains case studies illustrating how environmental adult education is dealt with in a sample of industrialised and developing countries, offering a wider view of the theme and of its diversity.
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Teaching Sustainability at Universities

Towards curriculum greening

Walter Leal Filho

It is now beyond any doubt that higher education institutions around the world are beginning to recognize that they have a unique responsibility towards the goal of sustainability. Universities are an integral part of the global economy and since they prepare most of the professionals who are occupying key positions today and who will do so in the future, they are uniquely positioned to influence the direction we choose to take as a society. This book, published in cooperation with the University Leaders for a Sustainable Future (ULSF), documents a wide range of works undertaken in respect of sustainability teaching, with inputs from various authors from countries as varied as Brazil, Mexico, Latvia, South Africa, UK, Spain, The Netherlands, Canada and the United States. Via the descriptions of approaches, methods and projects, it shows how different universities in various parts of the world are facing the challenge of sustainability in respect of teaching. It is a state-of-the-art publication, with a strong technical substance distributed over 31 chapters and in excess of 570 pages. It is a valuable tool to university lecturers, researchers, administrators, university students and other professionals concerned with the implementation of a sustainable development dimension as part of university curricula.
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Walter Leal Filho

This book presents an overview of experiences, projects and approaches related to employment in the environment sector and of trends related to sustainability. It also contains an article on career prospects for women in the field of engineering, of which environmental engineering is an important component. This publication, prepared as part of the project «Careers in Engineering» funded by the EU’s LEONARDO Programme, documents a variety of experiences on environmental training useful to those involved with curriculum development, curriculum planning and other aspects of environmental education.
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Walter Leal Filho

This book introduces several concepts and initiatives which show the applied nature of environmental engineering in various countries and contexts. Prepared as part of the Programme for Environmental Engineering in Europe (PREENE) the book goes beyond the approach of classical themes and instead focuses on issues such as lifecycle analysis, waste management, environmental law, regulations, eco-efficiency and environmental ethics, also providing an overview of future trends and scenarios. It supplies an important source of reference for university students, engineers, practitioners and all those interested in the practicalities of environmental conservation.
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Sustainability and University Life

Second, revised edition

Walter Leal Filho

Prepared in cooperation with the Association of University Leaders for a Sustainable Future (ULSF), this book presents a number of case studies and experiences which illustrate how higher education institutions (e. g. universities and colleges) may pursue sustainability. A wide range of views and perspectives illustrate how, via projects, networks, academic programmes, curriculum greening initiatives and student involvement, higher education institutions in various countries (for example the United States, United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany, France) are trying to bring sustainability closer to their institutional lives.
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Walter Leal Filho

Education for Sustainable Development presents a vision of education that seeks to empower people to assume responsibility for creating a sustainable future. There are many different stakeholders in sustainable development whose participation is essential if long-term developments are to be achieved: governments and intergovernmental bodies, the mass media, the civil society and non-governmental organizations, the private sector and formal education institutions (i.e. schools, universities, research and training institutes). But despite the need for concerted efforts, truly cross-sectoral and interdisciplinary projects and practical activities are seldom seen. In addition, there are few publications where the subject matters of education, innovation and communication – as they apply to sustainable development – are approached in an integrated way. This book combines approaches, methods and analyses which illustrate the contribution of innovation, education and communication to the cause of sustainable development. It is prepared as part of the INTERREG IIIB (North Sea) Project «SmartLIFE», a partnership between three EU regions – Germany, Sweden and the UK. It is also a further means of support to the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development, since there is a paucity of academic and at the same time practice-related books which go over and above the theory of education and of sustainable development and move on to address the various problems related to it.