Sustainability has become worldwide recognized theme. Social and environmental problems are known for some time and the challenge now is to accelerate the social process of change that leads to sustainable development. Starting from the analysis of the transition from present social systems towards systems more sustainability oriented, this paper examines the role that Universities play as facilitators in driving and accelerating this transition process. In particular, this study suggests that planning for sustainability within Universities promotes a synergic action with internal (students and academic community) and external (civil society, policy makers and industry) stakeholders. Moreover exchange of knowledge and experience (cooperation of research centers, and creation of local and global networks) highlights new dynamics, roles and responsibilities. Several evidences are emerged from the study of the case of University of Siena. University of Siena’s current effort is to be leader in promoting sustainability. Its activities (teaching, research, training and advisory services) evolved by implementing a sustainable strategic plan and by participating in important international projects, such as UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network. Inter alia this paper will be useful to foster the exchange of experiences acquired by successful initiatives.

Riccaboni, A., & Trovarelli, F. (2015). Transition Towards Sustainable Development: The Role of Universities. In Integrative Approaches to Sustainable Development at University Level. Making the Links (pp. 293-305). Springer International Publishing Switzerland.

Transition Towards Sustainable Development: The Role of Universities

RICCABONI, ANGELO;TROVARELLI, FRANCESCA
2015

Abstract

Sustainability has become worldwide recognized theme. Social and environmental problems are known for some time and the challenge now is to accelerate the social process of change that leads to sustainable development. Starting from the analysis of the transition from present social systems towards systems more sustainability oriented, this paper examines the role that Universities play as facilitators in driving and accelerating this transition process. In particular, this study suggests that planning for sustainability within Universities promotes a synergic action with internal (students and academic community) and external (civil society, policy makers and industry) stakeholders. Moreover exchange of knowledge and experience (cooperation of research centers, and creation of local and global networks) highlights new dynamics, roles and responsibilities. Several evidences are emerged from the study of the case of University of Siena. University of Siena’s current effort is to be leader in promoting sustainability. Its activities (teaching, research, training and advisory services) evolved by implementing a sustainable strategic plan and by participating in important international projects, such as UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network. Inter alia this paper will be useful to foster the exchange of experiences acquired by successful initiatives.
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Riccaboni, A., & Trovarelli, F. (2015). Transition Towards Sustainable Development: The Role of Universities. In Integrative Approaches to Sustainable Development at University Level. Making the Links (pp. 293-305). Springer International Publishing Switzerland.
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