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Implementing Innovation on Environmental Sustainability at Universities Around the World

European School of Sustainability Science and Research, Faculty of Life Sciences, Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, 21033 Hamburg, Germany
School of Science and the Environment, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester M1 5GD, UK
City Campus, University of Worcester Business School, Worcester WR1 3AS, UK
Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham NG1 4FQ, UK
Centre for Environmental Education and Research, University of Malta, MSD 2080 Msida, Malta
Program Lead Living Labs, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions, 1018 JA Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Department of Biology & CESAM Centre for Environmental and Marine Studies, University of Aveiro, 3810-193 Aveiro, Portugal
Department of Science and Tecnology, University of Alberta, 1269-001 Lisboa, Portugal
Centre for Functional Ecology, Department of Life Sciences, University of Coimbra, 3000-456 Coimbra, Portugal
Department of Geography Education and Environmental Education, North-West University, Potchefstroom 2520, South Africa
Office of Sustainability, Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran 15875-4413, Iran
Menzies Health Institute, School of Human Services and Social Work, Griffith University, Gold Coast QLD 422, Australia
Graduate Program in Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Passo Fundo, BR 285, São José-Passo Fundo 99052-900, Brazil
Business School PUCPR, Pontifical Catholic University of Paraná, 1155 Curitiba, Brazil
Business School, Positivo University, 5300 Curitiba, Brazil
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Sustainability 2019, 11(14), 3807;
Received: 30 May 2019 / Revised: 28 June 2019 / Accepted: 5 July 2019 / Published: 11 July 2019
Innovation is known to be an important and influential factor in fostering sustainable development. Yet, there is a paucity of literature on the extent to which universities are successfully implementing innovation in this field. This paper addresses this gap, by examining the role of innovation in the field of environmental sustainability in universities, and by reporting on the results of an international study, in which examples of successful experiences and good practice were identified. The paper outlines the lessons learned from such examples, with the aim of motivating other universities to engage in this rapidly growing field. View Full-Text
Keywords: innovation change; experiences; good practice; innovation for sustainable development; higher education innovation change; experiences; good practice; innovation for sustainable development; higher education
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Leal Filho, W.; Emblen-Perry, K.; Molthan-Hill, P.; Mifsud, M.; Verhoef, L.; Azeiteiro, U.M.; Bacelar-Nicolau, P.; de Sousa, L.O.; Castro, P.; Beynaghi, A.; Boddy, J.; Lange Salvia, A.; Frankenberger, F.; Price, E. Implementing Innovation on Environmental Sustainability at Universities Around the World. Sustainability 2019, 11, 3807.

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