International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education
(IJSHE) is a fully-refereed academic journal. The journal aims
at addressing environmental management systems (EMS), sustainable
development and Agenda 21 issues at higher education institutions
worldwide. It intends to act as an outlet for papers dealing with
curriculum greening and methodological approaches to sustainability.
In addition, the journal shall report on initiatives for environmental
improvements at universities, disseminate case studies, projects
and programs with consideration of market opportunities, cost
savings and the increased competitiveness that self-regulatory
mechanisms such as environmental auditing and EMS bring to universities.
The journal will also serve to foster information exchange with
respect to pilot projects on transport, recycling, waste management,
analysis of legislation and appraisals of the impacts of regulations,
among other topics. Moreover, it will serve as a vehicle for the
documentation and dissemination of what universities and colleges
are doing to pursue the path of sustainable development.
legislation in countries such as the United States, UK and Sweden,
plus current European legislation (e.g. European Environmental
Management Systems, ISO 14001, etc) will encourage universities
to be more pro-active in relation to environmental affairs and
curriculum greening. The UK Toyne Report, which requires universities
to publish environmental policies and the EMAS regulations, which
compel European universities to green their campuses and produce
environmental statements, are some examples of the challenges
now facing institutions of higher education. Although many universities
are already using sustainability as part of their marketing strategies
and promotional work, others are not as yet active in this field
and the journal shall try to show the advantages the goal of sustainability
may bring to individual institutions in both industrialised and
The issue of sustainability in a higher education context is,
to some extent, a rather recent theme. Current journals are either
focusing on sustainable development per se, or on higher education
generally. There are no specific fully-refereed outlets to date,
to disseminate the broad body of work and knowledge currently
available on sustainability in a higher education context. IJSHE
is therefore the first scholarly publication to specifically address
the need for the dissemination of information on sustainability
matters at higher education institutions. IJSHE will include:
papers: scientific descriptions of projects, experiments or
pilot projects dealing with sustainability-related issues,
management, curriculum greening, etc.
articles: short texts outlining approaches, methods or case
studies in which institutional approaches to sustainability
book reviews: describing recent publications on the topic
and on related matters.
news: items of general interest and matters of relevance to
features: broader descriptions of facts, trends, phenomena
or developments in the field.
balanced provision of information on matters of regional and international
relevance will be provided.
The journal will be of special interest to higher education institutions.
Target groups of the journal are university administrators (e.g.
Rectors, Vice-Chancellors, Presidents and Principals), Professors/Assistant
Professors, Lecturers/Senior Lecturers and other members of staff
(e.g. research fellows, research associates, adjuncts) working
with environmental matters. In addition, staff working in estate
departments and other members of staff (at universities and colleges)
in charge of health and safety, water and electricity consumption
and transport policies among others, will find IJSHE of interest.
Students are also among the groups the journal intends to reach.
The journal will be the first one to focus specifically on the
subject of sustainability and sustainable development at universities.
Since over 600 universities worldwide have committed themselves
to sustainability by signing international agreements and conventions
such as the Bologna Charter, The Halifax Declaration, the Talloires
Declaration (signed to date by over 270 colleges and universities
worldwide) and the Copernicus Charter for Sustainable Development
(signed to date by over 240 European universities), this journal
will be of special interest to them. It will be helpful to subscribers
providing up-to-date information on new developments and trends
reporting on international experiences, especially from Europe
and North America, but also from other parts of the world
(e.g. Africa, Latin America, Asia, Oceania)
serving as a tool for the dissemination of reliable information
enabling networking and information exchange on a global basis
IJSHE represents a step forward in the provision of a peer-reviewed
journal that will promote the work of people in the field and
disseminate the efforts and initiatives of their institutions
to an international audience.
Materials particularly suitable for IJSHE will deal with one or
more of the following contents:
environmental management systems
· sustainable development
· curriculum greening
· Agenda 21
· operational aspects of universities
· energy, water, recycling, waste management
· planning and design of campuses
· environmental reports
· environmental policies and action plans
· staff and student initiatives
themes associated with the above or emerging ones will also be
considered. It is envisaged that, thanks to its scope and contents,
IJSHE will be not only interesting to people working in the academic
sector, but also to practitioners, consultants and professional
in conjunction with the University Leaders for a Sustainable Future
(ULSF), Washington DC (USA)
UNESCO, Paris (France)
UN Environment Programme, Nairobi (Kenya)
International Association of Universities, Paris (France)
Standing Conference of Rectors of German Universities (HRK), Bonn
Second Nature, Boston (USA)
National Wildlife Federation's Campus Ecology Program (USA)
Associated Colleges of the South, Atlanta (USA)
Editor: Prof. Walter Leal Filho, Ph.D., DSc (TuTech, Hamburg and
Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm)
Deputy-Editor: Richard Clugston, Ph.D. (ULSF, Washington DC)
News Editor: Wynn Calder (ULSF, Washington DC)
Books Editor: Mark Starik, Ph.D. (Georgetown University, Washington
Features Editor: A features editor will be asked to contribute
to each issue, writing on a theme of general interest.
Steve Breyman, Rensalaar Polytechnic, USA
Carol Carmichael, Georgia Tech, USA
Sanjeev Chaudhari, Indian Institute of Technology, India
Roland Clift, University of Surrey, UK
Anthony Cortese, Second Nature, USA
Peter Corcoran, Florida Gulf University, USA
Andreas Englund, Mid-Sweden University, Sweden
Don Huising, University of Lund, Sweden
Heila Lotz, Rhodes University, South Africa
Gerd Michelsen, University of Luneburg
Karel Mulder, T U Delft, The Netherlands
Haydee Olveira, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
David Orr, Oberlin College, USA
Paul Pace, University of Malta, Malta
Jacques Roturier, Bordeaux, France
Klaus Schleicher, University of Hamburg, Germany
Anne Smith, University of Hertfordshire, UK
Farrukh Tahir, Alama Iqbal Open University, Pakistan
Kurt Teichert, Brown University, USA
Hans van Weenan, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Robert Whyte, Southern Universities Consortium, USA
Prof. Walter Leal Filho, Editor
International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education (IJSHE)
Technical University Hamburg-Harburg,Technology Transfer (TUHH/TuTech)
D- 21079 Hamburg
information on subscriptions or for any other information, please
Pickles, Managing Editor
MCB University Press
60-62 Toller Lane
West Yorkshire BD8 8BY
journal's web site may be visited at: www.mcb.co.uk/ijshe.htm,
where information on submissions and details on subscriptions
can be seen.
first issue is due out in January 2000. Papers are being accepted
Professor Walter Leal Filho coordinates various European projects
on environmental communication and teaches environmental communication
and education issues at universities in Europe, Africa and Asia.
He is the editor of the journal, "Environmental Management
and Heath," the "European Environmental Education Newsletter"
and the series "Environmental Education, Communication and
Sustainability," with publications in English and German.
He can be reached at TUHH/TU-TECH, Environmental Technology, Schellerdamm
4, D-21079, Hamburg, Germany or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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