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Sustainability 2019, 11(2), 387; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11020387

The Inclusion of a Sustainability Awareness Indicator in Assessment Tools for High School Buildings

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International Doctoral Program in Sustainable Built Environment, School of Engineering, Minho University, 4800058 Guimarães, Portugal
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Department of Civil Engineering, School of Engineering, Minho University, 4800058 Guimarães, Portugal
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Department of Civil Engineering, Federal University of Juiz de Fora, Juiz de Fora 36036, Brazil
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Received: 25 October 2018 / Revised: 28 December 2018 / Accepted: 10 January 2019 / Published: 14 January 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Built Environment Education)
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Abstract

The growing debate about global environmental problems is evident in several spheres of society. The concern for the future of the planet is used as a political slogan, inspiring the creation of new laws and encouraging academic research that serves this purpose, as well as increasing the number of government agencies concerned with this matter. The 21st century is considered the “century of sustainable development”. Sustainability education in high schools has the potential to make the benefits of civil construction more visible to society and media by showing students, parents, and communities in general how sustainability in the built environment can improve their lives in economic, social, and environmental aspects. This study was applied in three high schools of Juiz de Fora (Brazil) and Guimarães (Portugal). These high schools have similar characteristics regarding teaching patterns and commitment to strengthening sustainability in their respective regions and reflect their socio-economic conditions, governmental strategies, everyday habits, and cultural attributes. The information was collected through questionnaires applied to high school students in 2017. This paper shows the need for including an indicator of sustainability awareness in sustainability assessment tools for high school buildings. View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainability education; high school; sustainability sustainability education; high school; sustainability
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Saraiva, T.S.; Almeida, M.; Bragança, L.; Barbosa, M.T. The Inclusion of a Sustainability Awareness Indicator in Assessment Tools for High School Buildings. Sustainability 2019, 11, 387.

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