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Sustainable Development at Universities: New Horizons

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Edited By Walter Leal Filho

This book, prepared in the context of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD), also known as Rio+20, contains the papers submitted to the World Symposium on Sustainable Development at Universities (WSSD-U-2012), which took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on 5 and 6 June 2012. It pursues the following main aims: to document and disseminate experiences from universities all round the world regarding education for sustainable development; to foster the exchange of information, ideas and experiences acquired in the execution of projects; and to introduce methodological approaches and projects which aim to integrate the topic of sustainable development in the curriculum of universities. Last but not least, a further aim is to document and disseminate the wealth of experiences available today, providing a truly global coverage. Sustainable Development at Universities: New Horizons is a highly comprehensive publication on sustainability in higher education. It is meant to go beyond a description of the current state of knowledge, and shall open the way for new thinking and new horizons in what is a rapidly expanding field, of central interest to both industrialised and developing countries.

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Chapter 65 Fostering Sustainable Development at the Post-Graduate Level: Experiences from LATEC’s Master’s Programme in Systems Management Osvaldo Luiz Gonçalves Quelhas, Marcelo Jasmim Meiriño, Sérgio Luiz Braga França, Valdir de Jesus Lameira and Leonardo Bezerra Pimentel Abstract In the midst of a process of change that is being experienced in all areas of human activity in this new century, there is a demand for new directions, concepts, values and paradigms to be observed in social, economic and environmental fields. Upon the emergence of patterns of sustainable economic growth, the LATEC/UFF identifies and tries to suggest how to answer the following problem: How to transform not-green businesses (for-profit, non-profit and pub- lic) into green projects? And how to characterize the modus operandi of a green business in different socio-economic environments? Since 1991, LATEC has developed courses and re- search projects to address the assumptions, issues and research projects related to sustainable development. Among other contributions, the LATEC allows the Brazilian government to recognize, promote and support the development of green production chains; to subsidize trade associations and research institutions in order to prioritize projects, actions and re- sources related to sustainable development; and to structure a database of opportunities for en- trepreneurs interested in integrating green supply chains. A more detailed explanation of the pro- ject, as well as the description of several other important goals achieved by the project, can be obtained by reading the full article. Introduction: Sustainable Actions of the University The theme of...

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