Stakeholders’ Environmental Sustainability Perceptions in Spanish Campuses

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Abstract

The purpose of this article is to identify the opinion of the main stakeholders (the members of the Social Council—as the main body for participating in society and responsible for overseeing economic activity—student representatives, academic and operation managers/experts of Eco-campus as policy makers, and those responsible for implementing the initiatives in university’s campuses) about the ongoing efforts that universities should make in the field of environmental sustainability. Design/methodology/approach: An exploratory analysis of surveys focus on the Social Council, student representatives, and academic and operation managers/experts of Eco-campus to explore their views on environmental sustainability management and commitment from Spanish Universities. The findings of this research confirmed that in many universities, stakeholders are in favor of integrating Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) practices in managing their campus. In their statements, the university stakeholders show an interest in getting their institutions to be sustainable and a belief that universities have an important role to play in this area. Practical implications: The findings led the authors to conclude that the main areas of the environmental issues are related to transportation, efficient use of energy, and the reduction and treatment of waste. The main obstacles identified are financial resources needed to develop the projects. Originality/value: The outcome demonstrates a different point of view from the responses, being the key to understand the perception that participants hold about the commitment that universities should take on issues of environmental sustainability.