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As it relates to sustainability, leadership might include engaging with staff and students to promote environmentally-responsible behaviour, providing (compulsory) sustainability education to all students, and offering a best-practice operational model to the wider community. Going further, sustainability leadership involves facilitating knowledge exchange so that others can realise their leadership potential as well. There is no place for ‘trade secrets’ in sustainability within the higher-education sector. By freely offering information on objectives, methods, successes, and failures, we motivate other institutions and communities to set similarly ambitious goals, and we advance the dialogue on an issue of global importance.

UNIVERSITIES AS CATALYSTS FOR A SUSTAINABLE SOCIETY

The benefits of actively and consciously demonstrating sustainability leadership within and beyond a particular institution are many. In addition to more efficient use of resources and lower emissions, sustainability initiatives offer reputational benefits, a lower risk profile, reduced operating costs, and even the potential to attract and retain students and staff with respectable green credentials. By sharing information about the strategies and processes undertaken to realise these benefits, a university demonstrates innovation, excellence and leadership in a manner that is both concrete and of great value to society and the environment.

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IARU - Green Guide for Universities – pathways towards sustainability  

Green Guide for Universities – IARU pathways towards sustainability developed by 10 leading international universities and the think-tank Su...

IARU - Green Guide for Universities – pathways towards sustainability  

Green Guide for Universities – IARU pathways towards sustainability developed by 10 leading international universities and the think-tank Su...