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Advances in education transformation towards sustainable development at the Technical University of Catalonia, Barcelona

Didac Ferrer‐Balas (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), Barcelona, Spain)
Jordi Bruno (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), Barcelona, Spain)
Mireia de Mingo (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), Barcelona, Spain)
Ramon Sans (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), Barcelona, Spain)

International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education

ISSN: 1467-6370

Article publication date: 1 September 2004

Abstract

This paper presents methodological and strategic results of the first two years of the implementation of the second environmental plan (2002‐2005) at the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC) and discusses the benefits and difficulties of new strategies adopted. Particularly, the focus is pointed to the introduction of environmental aspects into technical education, in the framework of an integral university approach that combines simultaneous actions in the areas of education, research, university life and communication in order to develop a consistent and synergetic model. The paper describes and discusses the strategies that have been adopted for accelerating the transformation of the university towards a sustainable university, which include: to create useful tools for decision making, particularly strategic planning indicators; to introduce environmental indicators into university mainstream processes; to assess the transformation potential through an environmental research map; and to work synergistically through “linking initiatives”.

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Citation

Ferrer‐Balas, D., Bruno, J., de Mingo, M. and Sans, R. (2004), "Advances in education transformation towards sustainable development at the Technical University of Catalonia, Barcelona", International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, Vol. 5 No. 3, pp. 251-266. https://doi.org/10.1108/14676370410546402

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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