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Campus greening from social sciences: emerging formulas on social responsibility and teaching innovation

Raquel Martinez-Buján (Department of Sociology and Communication, University of A Coruña, A Coruña, Spain)
Elvira Santiago-Gómez (Department of Sociology and Communication, University of A Coruña, A Coruña, Spain)
Carlos Diz (Department of Sociology and Communication, University of A Coruña, A Coruña, Spain)
Jose A. Cortes-Vazquez (Department of Sociology and Communication, University of A Coruña, A Coruña, Spain)
Montserrat Golías (Department of Sociology and Communication, University of A Coruña, A Coruña, Spain)

International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education

ISSN: 1467-6370

Article publication date: 21 October 2020

Issue publication date: 11 December 2020

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to show how the Green Campus Program has been implemented at the Faculty of Sociology of the University of A Coruña (Spain). It describes the criteria used to create teaching sustainability actions related to community engagement to introduce education for sustainable development into college curricula.

Design/methodology/approach

Drawing on a human-centered design model approach, as well as on transformative teaching theories, this study explores the criteria used to build the Free Classroom based on a participatory model.

Findings

The authors argue that the success of this activity depends on how it relates to the theme-based specialization of the different academic degrees through which they are managed. Equally important is the creation of permanent spaces that enable the collaboration of other organizations, such as non-governmental associations and local public administrations.

Originality/value

The findings provide valuable insights into how the social dimension of sustainability in higher education institutions can be emphasized. A model of implementation of the activities is offered under which academic, political, student and community agents are coordinated to favor the change of attitudes and behaviors to strengthen SD.

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Acknowledgements

The authors received no financial support for the research, authorship and/or publication of this article. The authors would like to thank the reviewers the constructive comments on earlier versions of the article.

Citation

Martinez-Buján, R., Santiago-Gómez, E., Diz, C., Cortes-Vazquez, J.A. and Golías, M. (2020), "Campus greening from social sciences: emerging formulas on social responsibility and teaching innovation", International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, Vol. 21 No. 7, pp. 1545-1561. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJSHE-04-2020-0134

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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