The Role of Environmental Management Performance in Higher Education Institutions

Roos, Nicolas, Heinicke, Xaver, Guenther, Edeltraud and Guenther, Thomas W., (2020). The Role of Environmental Management Performance in Higher Education Institutions. Sustainability, 12(2), 1-17

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    Author Roos, Nicolas
    Heinicke, Xaver
    Guenther, Edeltraud
    Guenther, Thomas W.
    Title The Role of Environmental Management Performance in Higher Education Institutions
    Appearing in Sustainability
    Volume 12
    Issue No. 2
    Publication Date 2020-01-16
    Place of Publication Basel, Switzerland
    Publisher MDPI
    Start page 1
    End page 17
    Language eng
    Abstract Higher education institutions (HEIs) are influential social institutions which educate future decision-makers and shape society as a whole. Motivated by new public management, the proliferation of business tools, and a rising awareness for responsible acting, environmental management has also become a matter for HEIs. Focusing on performance outcomes and improvement based mechanisms leads to a professionalization through the active management of environmental issues. Therefore, the support of management structures is an essential prerequisite when implementing environmental efforts. Thus far, little attention has been dedicated to environmental management performance and steering processes of environmental issues in HEIs, which marks the research gap of this study. This article presents results of a survey on the concept of environmental management performance (EMP) based on Trumpp et al. (2015) aiming to answer the research question of how HEIs conduct environmental management along the dimensions of EMP, which includes environmental policy, environmental objectives, environmental processes, organizational structures, and monitoring. The results show that, as of now, HEIs pursue no common practice when approaching EMP. Nevertheless, two thirds of the respondents show an orientation towards sustainability with particularly high values regarding issues of environmental policy.
    Keyword Higher education institutions
    Sustainability assessment
    Environmental management performance
    German-speaking countries
    Copyright Holder The Authors
    Copyright Year 2020
    Copyright type Creative commons
    DOI 10.3390/su12020655
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