Call for Papers: Sustainabilty in University Campuses

Reminder: Call for Papers

2nd Symposium on Sustainability in University Campuses
Florence, Italy
10th-12th December 2018 - Abstracts until 15th April 2018

It is widely known that matters related to sustainable development, albeit global in nature, are best handled at the local level. This line of thinking is particularly true to the higher education context, where the design and implementation of sustainability initiatives on campuses can demonstrate how a given university translates the principles of sustainable development into practice, at the institutional level.

Yet, despite the perceived need to discuss approaches and methods to make university campuses more sustainable, there is a paucity of specific events where a dialogue among sustainability academics and practitioners concerned with a) research, projects b) teaching and c) planning and infra-structure leading to campus greening takes place, so as to allow a transdisciplinary and crosssectoral exchange of ideas and experiences on the issues, matters and problems at hand.

It is against this background that the “2nd Symposium on Sustainability in University Campuses” (SSUC-2018) is being organised by the University of Florence, the Research and Transfer Centre “Sustainable Development and Climate Change Management” of the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (Germany), and the Inter-University Sustainable Development Research Programme (IUSDRP). The University of Florence was founded in 1321, is one of the most traditional universities in Europe, and has in excess of 60.000 students.

The theme of the “2nd Symposium on Sustainability in University Campuses” is: "Transforming Campuses Towards Sustainable Development”, and will contribute to the further development of this fast-growing field. The event will showcase examples of campus-based research and teaching projects, regenerative campus design, low-carbon and zero carbon buildings, waste prevention, and resilient transport, among others. Ultimately, SSUC-2018 will demonstrate the role of Campuses as platforms for transformative social learning and research, and explore the means via which university campuses can be made more sustainable.

Towards Green Campus OperationsAll papers submitted to the event will be peer-reviewed. The accepted ones will published in the Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Education. This is part of the award-winning “World Sustainability Series”, published by Springer, one of the world´s top five scientific publishers. The books in the series are fully peer-reviewed, and officially count as publication outputs for promotion and tenure purposes.The papers from the 2017 Symposium, held in Sao Paulo, Brazil can be seen on the book "Towards Green Campus Operations".

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