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Resources 2017, 6(1), 3; doi:10.3390/resources6010003

The Engagement of Students in Higher Education Institutions with the Concepts of Sustainability: A Case Study of the University of Northampton, in England

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Faculty of Arts, Science and Technology, University of Northampton, Northampton NN2 6JD, UK
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University of Northampton Students’ Union, Northampton NN2 7AL, UK
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Faculty of Health and Society, University of Northampton, Northampton NN2 7AL, UK
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Academic Editor: Antonio A. R. Ioris
Received: 1 September 2016 / Revised: 1 December 2016 / Accepted: 20 December 2016 / Published: 13 January 2017
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Across higher education institutions there has, for some time, been a growing move towards incorporation of the concepts of sustainability into the policies and practices of the organisations. Using the University of Northampton, in the United Kingdom as a case study, this project aimed to understand the efficacy of student engagement with a sustainability project called Planet Too. The study employed a range of methods including waste and energy audits, as well as questionnaire surveys both with students and landlords to examine their environmental attitudes, beliefs, and practices. The project was able to lead to increased awareness and engagement with the concepts of sustainability amongst the students. Recycling, though it was not one of the initiatives focused upon, was a key practice mentioned by both students and landlords. The engagement of the landlords was focused primarily on conservation of energy and water. However, conservation practices generally remained static, with limited significant or long-term changes in environmental practices. The key implications of the findings are discussed and recommendations suggested. View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainability; higher education institution; environmental management; recycling; sustainable waste management sustainability; higher education institution; environmental management; recycling; sustainable waste management
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Cleverdon, L.; Pole, S.; Weston, R.; Banga, S.; Tudor, T. The Engagement of Students in Higher Education Institutions with the Concepts of Sustainability: A Case Study of the University of Northampton, in England. Resources 2017, 6, 3.

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