9781137351920

Towards a Sustainable University The Ca' Foscari Experience

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  • Copyright: 2013-08-07
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Summary

Towards a Sustainable University tackles the challenge of sustainability in universities. As educational, research centres, universities should deeply contribute to building a new paradigm based on sustainability. Research on sustainable issues and teaching 'more sustainability' should become goals for the future, yet universities are also a working environment and an organization in which sustainability can be experienced. This book shows how a sustainable university can shape future citizens and future managers following the sustainable paradigm.

Author Biography

Chiara Mio is Professor of Sustainability at Ca' Foscari University, Italy. As well as being a member of several international organizations working on sustainability, Professor Mio is a member of the Editorial Board of Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management Review, and Director of Master in Sustainability and Carbon Footprint, and Ethics in Business Administration. Her research interests include sustainability and environmental accounting.

Table of Contents

List of Tables
List of Figures
Acknowledgements
PART I - SUSTAINABILITY: THE NEW PARADIGM.................................p. 4
1. The scenario: the critical environmental and social themes……………….p. 6
2. The commitments of Countries and Institutions…………………………...p. 9
PART II - NEW RESPONSIBILITIES FOR THE UNIVERSITY……….…p. 20
1. The sustainability in the universities………………………….....................p. 22
1.1. The importance of sustainability in universities: some contributions……….....p.22
1.2. Approaches to sustainability…………………………………………………….…p. 34
2. The strategic organizational approach………………………………..…...p. 37
2.1. Sustainability, governance and strategy…………………………………….....…p. 38
2.2. Performance measurement and evaluation system………………………….…..p. 48
2.3. The Reporting system……………………………………………………….…...….p. 71
3. Carbon Management: guidelines for Universities………………………..p. 90
3.1. General concepts…………………………………………………………………..………p.90
3.2. Carbon Management process…………………………………….………………….….p. 92
3.3. The calculation of the Carbon Footprint……………………………………………...p. 94
3.4. Identification of the objectives of emission reduction……………………………....p. 99
3.5. Definition of a carbon management plan and monitoring……………………......p. 100
3.6. Reporting Plan……………………………………………………………………..…...p. 101
4. Green Universities…………………………………………………………p. 102
4.1. The sustainability networks………………………………………………….…..p.103
4.2. University rankings and sustainability………………………………………..p. 109
PART III - CA' FOSCARI – CASE STUDY….……………………………p. 119
1. Ca' Foscari and the path towards sustainability………………………..p. 121
2. The governance of sustainability………………………………………....p. 132
2.1. Sustainability and governing and managing bodies, control and guarantee...p.134
2.2. Ca' Foscari's Statute and the Sustainability Commitments Charter………….p. 137
2.3. Ca' Foscari's Strategic Plan……………………………………………………….p. 141
2.4. The Ethic Code……………………………………………………………………….p. 145
2.5. The mapping of the stakeholders…………………………………………………..p. 147
3. The sustainability tools……………………………………………………..p. 153
3.1. The Sustainability Commitments Charter………………………………………,..p. 154
3.2. Carbon Management Project……………………………………………………....p. 159
3.3. Sustainability Report……………………………………………………………..….p. 174
3.4. Sustainability teaching and research………………………………………..……p. 185
3.5. Other projects and intiatives………………………………………………..……..p. 191
Appendix - Guidelines on the matter of Carbon Management for
Universities...…………………………………………………………………….p. 200
Bibliography……………………………………………………………………..p. 206
Webliography…………………………………………………………………….p. 212
Indexing…………………………………………………………………………..p. 218

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