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Sustainability in Brazilian HEI: practices overview

Sustainability in Brazilian HEI: practices overview The purpose of this paper is to verify how Brazilian HEIs apply sustainability practices, as means to improve their effects towards society, making clear to the public, including current and future students, what the university is doing and how it is concerned with sustainability.Design/methodology/approachBased on the Brazilian Education Ministry evaluation, 123 HEIs were selected as sample for the study. The websites of these HEI were verified to check for sustainability practices.FindingsIn general, the HEI focuses on helping people who live around the campus with social projects, health and work preparation. Further practices areas are new forms of energy, selective collection and new standards of plastic consumption. HEI with higher evaluations from the Education Ministry focuses mainly on educational programs and projects to improve sustainability inside and outside the campus.Research limitations/implicationsWith the methodology used, not all HEIs in Brazil were analyzed, which gives a great opportunity for further studies.Practical implicationsHEIs may use the findings of this research to develop their sustainability practices, either in the curriculum, projects, strategic plans or even organizational structure.Social implicationsCommunities are positively supported by universities applying sustainability practices. Such support includes education, health, guidance and provision of services to the community, financial aid and social well-being.Originality/valueFocusing on sustainability practices of HEI located in Brazil, the research finds, besides the practices, gaps in several of the researched universities. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education Emerald Publishing

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
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© Emerald Publishing Limited
ISSN
1467-6370
DOI
10.1108/ijshe-01-2019-0021
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Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to verify how Brazilian HEIs apply sustainability practices, as means to improve their effects towards society, making clear to the public, including current and future students, what the university is doing and how it is concerned with sustainability.Design/methodology/approachBased on the Brazilian Education Ministry evaluation, 123 HEIs were selected as sample for the study. The websites of these HEI were verified to check for sustainability practices.FindingsIn general, the HEI focuses on helping people who live around the campus with social projects, health and work preparation. Further practices areas are new forms of energy, selective collection and new standards of plastic consumption. HEI with higher evaluations from the Education Ministry focuses mainly on educational programs and projects to improve sustainability inside and outside the campus.Research limitations/implicationsWith the methodology used, not all HEIs in Brazil were analyzed, which gives a great opportunity for further studies.Practical implicationsHEIs may use the findings of this research to develop their sustainability practices, either in the curriculum, projects, strategic plans or even organizational structure.Social implicationsCommunities are positively supported by universities applying sustainability practices. Such support includes education, health, guidance and provision of services to the community, financial aid and social well-being.Originality/valueFocusing on sustainability practices of HEI located in Brazil, the research finds, besides the practices, gaps in several of the researched universities.

Journal

International Journal of Sustainability in Higher EducationEmerald Publishing

Published: Sep 17, 2019

Keywords: Sustainable university; Higher education institutions; Sustainable practices; Brazilian universities practices; HEI sustainability practices

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