The journey towards sustainability via community: lessons from two UK universities

Rehema White, Marie Harder

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The aims of this chapter are to explore what community means within a university, and how it relates to sustainability action. We refer to the internal community created among university members: academic and support staff, estates and operations staff, senior management and students. These aims are pursued within the context of individuals adopting pro-environmental behaviour, groups of people collectively focusing on sustainability values and shifting social norms, and the institution as an organisation undergoing change through effective governance for sustainability. We firstly unfold the narratives of the journeys towards sustainability in our respective institutions, and, secondly analyse our experiences. Our premise is that the creation of community (values) in an institution enhances sustainability action (behaviour), which in turn facilitates the development of community again.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe sustainable university: progress and prospects
EditorsS. Sterling, L. Maxey, H. Luna
Place of PublicationAbingdon, UK
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9780203101780
ISBN (Print)9780415627740
Publication statusPublished - 8 Feb 2013

Publication series

NameRoutledge Studies in Sustainable Development

Bibliographical note

© 2013 Routledge


  • sustainable development
  • education for sustainable development
  • community
  • community of values
  • university


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