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

Rehema White, Marie Harder

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Universities are leaders in thinking and action, with a moral imperative to lead their regions in sustainability thinking and action (Orr, 2004). So why is it that our funds are not invested ethically? Why is all our printing not completed double sided, using environmentally-friendly inks and recycled paper? Why do we persist in teaching that making money is the ultimate in self-satisfaction? In this chapter, we reflect on stories from two UK universities, the University of Brighton and the University of St Andrews, in order to demonstrate how we have found that nurturing a community of values around sustainability leads to sustainability action, and vice versa.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe sustainable university
Subtitle of host publicationprogress and prospects
EditorsStephen Sterling, Larch Maxey, Heather Luna
Place of PublicationAbingdon, Oxon
PublisherRoutledge Taylor & Francis Group
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9780203101780
ISBN (Print)9780415627740, 9781138801516
Publication statusPublished - 8 Feb 2013

Publication series

NameRoutledge studies in sustainable development


  • Community
  • University
  • Sustainability
  • Organisational change
  • Sustainable development
  • Behaviour change


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