Discuss about the Environmental Sustainability for Source of Secondary Data.
Field of research:
The research topic is chosen from the field of management. The chosen topic is environmental sustainability in universities. Universities use various resources to train students, and it is, therefore, their responsibility to ensure the sustainability of the resources in place, especially the environment in which they stand. It is observed from research that many universities resemble small towns in complexity, size, and population, which can have significant implications on the environment. Therefore, this study seeks to investigate what top universities in the world are doing to ensure environmental sustainability.
Source of secondary data:
The variables chosen for this study include university budgets, environmental management and sustainability tools, and environmental initiatives. The objective of the study is to investigate the trend of these variables in the top universities globally. Data from the Sustainable Campus Index (2017) will be used for this study.
Research question: Does the position of universities in international rankings relate to management quality and sustainability orientation?
Search terms: Top universities globally, environmental sustainability, environmental budget, tools and initiatives.
Ralph and Stubbs (2014) assert that institutions of higher education and corporate institutions are mandated to conserve the environment while Wright and Horst (2013); and, Filho, Shiel, and Paço, (2015) showed that universities and corporate entities are responsible for much of the observed environmental degradation. On the hand, Leon and Dominguez (2015) focused on what Spanish universities are doing to ensure environmental sustainability. These papers provide a concept of research methodology and research variables.
Filho, W. L., Shiel, C., & Paço, A. D. (2015). Integrative approaches to environmental sustainability at universities: an overview of challenges and priorities. Journal of Integrative Environmental Sciences, 12(1), 1-14.
Leon, Y., & Dominguez-Vilches, E. (2015). Environmental management and sustainability in higher education: the case of Spanish Universities. International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, 16(4), 440-455.
Ralph, M., & Stubbs, W. (2014). Integrating environmental sustainability into universities. Higher Education, 67(1), 71-90.
The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. (2017). Sustainable campus index. Retrieved from https://www.aashe.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/2017_Sustainable_Campus_Index.pdf
Wright, T., & Horst, N. (2013). Exploring the ambiguity: what faculty leaders really think of sustainability in higher education. International Journal of Sustainability in higher education, 14(2), 209-227.