1 Introduction</h5> Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) 1 1 HEI = Higher Education Institution. play a key role for the transition to a more sustainable society. According to the Rio+20 Higher Education Sustainability Initiative HEIs can do so by taking different forms of actions – not only by promoting sustainable development through their research and teaching ( UNCSD, 2012 ). One specific action HEIs could and should take is to promote environment-friendly behavior by using resources more efficiently. However, the relevant actors in this field are not students but mainly staff members, who make purchase decisions and who could contribute to a reduction of the HEI's environmental footprint by changing their everyday user behavior. Therefore it seems reasonable to provide environment protection training programs for staff and faculty. Given that certain employees (e.g. professors, lecturers) are regarded as role models, appropriate environment-friendly staff behavior may not only contribute directly to a reduction of the environmental footprint, but may also affect students' behavior on campus and beyond.</P>The main target of our research project was to create an intervention program for HEI staff members promoting energy saving behavior at university offices. In addition, the project aimed at bringing the intervention program
Journal of Cleaner Production – Elsevier
Published: Jan 1, 2014
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