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Study to promote the sustainable mobility in university

Ana Paula Scheffer (Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, Universidade de Passo Fundo, Passo Fundo, Brazil)
Viviane Pagnussat Cechetti (Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, Universidade de Passo Fundo, Passo Fundo, Brazil)
Lisandra Paola Lauermann (Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, Universidade de Passo Fundo, Passo Fundo, Brazil)
Eliara Riasyk Porto (Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, Universidade de Passo Fundo, Passo Fundo, Brazil)
Francisco Dalla Rosa (Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, Universidade de Passo Fundo, Passo Fundo, Brazil)

International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education

ISSN: 1467-6370

Publication date: 1 July 2019

Abstract

Purpose

The United Nations (2030 Agenda) recognize the need to work with sustainable urban mobility problems such as traffic jams, pollution, inadequate infrastructure are becoming recurring issues in urban centers, directly affecting the quality of life. Such an unsustainable system is frequently observed at universities, as these houses a large concentration of people and vehicles, without proper planning. To promote sustainable strategies at universities, this research aims to focus on the sustainable mobility plan (SMP) applied at the University of Passo Fundo (UPF).

Design/methodology/approach

Bibliographic research about the current mobility of the campus has been carried out. A questionnaire was distributed to understand opinions about the subject of key people.

Findings

The priority treatment given to vehicles, mostly, is an alert factor, which must be solved immediately, considering the need of planning and restructuring it. The suggestions of possible solutions were also relevant, and are being considered for the plan’s implementation.

Originality/value

This study stands out for using the 2030 Agenda, specifically Goal 11 (Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable), using the university campus as a study object. The mobility plan elaboration was constituted by several actions to fill all parts of the mentioned goal. This study stands out because its methodology can be used in other universities besides UPF and also, to a larger scale, in cities, with similar technical features.

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Citation

Scheffer, A.P., Pagnussat Cechetti, V., Lauermann, L.P., Riasyk Porto, E. and Dalla Rosa, F. (2019), "Study to promote the sustainable mobility in university", International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, Vol. 20 No. 5, pp. 871-886. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJSHE-01-2019-0031

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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