PurposeThis study aims to use pro-social and pro-environment attitudes as indicators of social and environmental sustainability to empirically examine the relationship between the two pillars of sustainability.Design/methodology/approachSelf-reported survey responses of undergraduate students of the University of Utah are used for conducting a two-stage quantile regression analysis wherein social support serves as an instrument for identifying pro-social attitude for estimating the relationship between pro-social and pro-environment attitudes.FindingsThe estimates show that students who receive more social support tend to be more pro-social, and more pro-social students are more pro-environment.Research limitations/implicationsUniversity students may not necessarily be representative of the broader human society. Studies need to examine this question for different segments of the society.Originality/valueThese results reiterate that universities can enhance sustainability education by adopting a more holistic approach wherein social and environmental sustainability are co-integrated. Additionally, by strengthening their role as a vital source of social support for students, universities can further enhance the synergistic relationship between pro-social and pro-environment attitudes of university students.
International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education – Emerald Publishing
Published: May 7, 2019
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