International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education

ISSN: 1467-6370

Article publication date: 11 April 2008



Leal Filho, W. (2008), "Editorial", International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, Vol. 9 No. 2. https://doi.org/10.1108/ijshe.2008.24909baa.001



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Article Type: Editorial From: International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, Volume 9, Issue 2.

Welcome to another issue of IJSHE. Readers will find in this issue especially an interesting set of papers. The first one deals with the environmental impacts of campus and distance learning systems and suggests ways to design low carbon higher education systems. The second paper discusses professional development for education for sustainability and presents an analysis of trends at Australian universities. This is followed by a paper outlining the experiences of a Campus Native Species Garden as means of encouraging students' involvement. An interesting case study on utilizing the “Design Charrette” for teaching sustainability is also presented on this issue and is followed by a paper which discusses the matters of sustainability and ethics as decision-making paradigms in engineering curricula. This issue is then rounded up by a paper which explains ways to sustain higher education by using Wal-Mart's best supply chain management practices. All in all, another useful set of data, case studies and information which will not only be informative, but also hopefully inspire other initiatives.

On this editorial, I would also like to inform our readers about a new e-learning programme on responsible social and environmental performance which may give companies (and also universities!) a competitive advantage. The idea is to teach how to identify, analyse and manage environmental and social risk in investments and in decision making. Initially developed in Spanish by UNEP FI's Latin American Task Force, the e-Learning Programme on Environmental and Social Risk Analysis is a product of UNEP's Capacity.

Building International (InWent), and the INCAE Business School, with the support of the Ecobanking Project. This programme provides in-depth and personalized training for financial sector representatives over a three-week period. Tutors engage with participants online on a daily basis, facilitating debates for maximum information-sharing and providing hands-on simulation of implementing environmental and social policies and guidelines and analysis of case studies. There are courses being held in different parts of the world.

Further information is available at: www.unepfi.org/training/index.html

Enjoy your reading!

Walter Leal Filho

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