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Greening the campus intentions: a study of the University of the Aegean non-academic staff

Chrysanthi Bellou (Department of Environment, University of the Aegean , Mytilene, Greece)
Vassiliki Petreniti (Department of Environment, University of the Aegean , Mytilene, Greece)
Constantina Skanavis (Department of Environment, University of the Aegean , Mytilene, Greece)

International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education

ISSN: 1467-6370

Article publication date: 2 May 2017

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Abstract

Purpose

This study aims to focus on the University of Aegean’s non-academic staff’s environmental sustainability attitudes and behavior both at work and at home, their perceptions for sustainability enforcement and their active participation skills.

Design/methodology/approach

The research participants were the 101 non-academic staff working at the Xenia Hill campus in Lesvos island. The instrument used in this study was a questionnaire consisting of 45 questions, which was sent via e-mail during the summer of 2014.

Findings

The analysis of the results brings light on the environmental profile of the University’s non-academic staff on their intentions for greening their campus and the barriers that obstruct their attempts to promote sustainability at the University.

Originality/value

The paper provides useful insights which allow a better understanding of the role of non-academic staff’s environmental sustainability attitudes and behavior both at work and at home, their perceptions for sustainability enforcement and their active participation skills.

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Citation

Bellou, C., Petreniti, V. and Skanavis, C. (2017), "Greening the campus intentions: a study of the University of the Aegean non-academic staff", International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, Vol. 18 No. 4, pp. 520-532. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJSHE-05-2015-0102

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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