Challenges and opportunities for sustainability in regional universities: a case study in Mytilene, Greece

Evangelinos, Konstantinos I.; Jones, Nikoleta and Panoriou, Eugenia M. (2009). Challenges and opportunities for sustainability in regional universities: a case study in Mytilene, Greece. Journal of Cleaner Production, 17(12) pp. 1154–1161.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2009.02.020

Abstract

Regional Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) may contribute significantly to the promotion of sustainability through several means connected with their functioning. Nevertheless, several challenges can present themselves during the planning and implementation of such initiatives. The aim of this paper is to underline these limitations through the relevant literature and highlight their main consequences on the achievement of sustainability. An empirical study, investigating the perception of students regarding the constraints to achieving sustainability in a regional university of Greece, was conducted and is discussed in relation to the university's specific characteristics – its fragmented nature with campuses situated on five Aegean islands, its public status as well as its role in creating and dispersing knowledge in less developed areas of the country.

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