The Declaration, Volume 3, Number 2 : September 1999 [Spotlight]
By Walter Leal Filho
The International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education (IJSHE) is a fully-refereed academic journal. The journal aims at addressing environmental management systems (EMS), sustainable development and Agenda 21 issues at higher education institutions worldwide. It intends to act as an outlet for papers dealing with curriculum greening and methodological approaches to sustainability. In addition, the journal shall report on initiatives for environmental improvements at universities, disseminate case studies, projects and programs with consideration of market opportunities, cost savings and the increased competitiveness that self-regulatory mechanisms such as environmental auditing and EMS bring to universities. The journal will also serve to foster information exchange with respect to pilot projects on transport, recycling, waste management, analysis of legislation and appraisals of the impacts of regulations, among other topics. Moreover, it will serve as a vehicle for the documentation and dissemination of what universities and colleges are doing to pursue the path of sustainable development.
National legislation in countries such as the United States, UK and Sweden, plus current European legislation (e.g. European Environmental Management Systems, ISO 14001, etc) will encourage universities to be more pro-active in relation to environmental affairs and curriculum greening. The UK Toyne Report, which requires universities to publish environmental policies and the EMAS regulations, which compel European universities to green their campuses and produce environmental statements, are some examples of the challenges now facing institutions of higher education. Although many universities are already using sustainability as part of their marketing strategies and promotional work, others are not as yet active in this field and the journal shall try to show the advantages the goal of sustainability may bring to individual institutions in both industrialised and developing nations.
The issue of sustainability in a higher education context is, to some extent, a rather recent theme. Current journals are either focusing on sustainable development per se, or on higher education generally. There are no specific fully-refereed outlets to date, to disseminate the broad body of work and knowledge currently available on sustainability in a higher education context. IJSHE is therefore the first scholarly publication to specifically address the need for the dissemination of information on sustainability matters at higher education institutions. IJSHE will include:
A balanced provision of information on matters of regional and international relevance will be provided.
The journal will be of special interest to higher education institutions. Target groups of the journal are university administrators (e.g. Rectors, Vice-Chancellors, Presidents and Principals), Professors/Assistant Professors, Lecturers/Senior Lecturers and other members of staff (e.g. research fellows, research associates, adjuncts) working with environmental matters. In addition, staff working in estate departments and other members of staff (at universities and colleges) in charge of health and safety, water and electricity consumption and transport policies among others, will find IJSHE of interest. Students are also among the groups the journal intends to reach.
The journal will be the first one to focus specifically on the subject of sustainability and sustainable development at universities. Since over 600 universities worldwide have committed themselves to sustainability by signing international agreements and conventions such as the Bologna Charter, The Halifax Declaration, the Talloires Declaration (signed to date by over 270 colleges and universities worldwide) and the Copernicus Charter for Sustainable Development (signed to date by over 240 European universities), this journal will be of special interest to them. It will be helpful to subscribers by:
Finally, IJSHE represents a step forward in the provision of a peer-reviewed journal that will promote the work of people in the field and disseminate the efforts and initiatives of their institutions to an international audience.
Materials particularly suitable for IJSHE will deal with one or more of the following contents:
· environmental management systems
Other themes associated with the above or emerging ones will also be considered. It is envisaged that, thanks to its scope and contents, IJSHE will be not only interesting to people working in the academic sector, but also to practitioners, consultants and professional writers.
Published in conjunction with the University Leaders for a Sustainable Future (ULSF), Washington DC (USA)
UNESCO, Paris (France)
Editor: Prof. Walter Leal Filho, Ph.D., DSc (TuTech, Hamburg and Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm)
Steve Breyman, Rensalaar Polytechnic, USA
Prof. Walter Leal Filho, Editor
For information on subscriptions or for any other information, please contact:
Jenny Pickles, Managing Editor
The journal’s web site may be visited at: www.mcb.co.uk/ijshe.htm, where information on submissions and details on subscriptions can be seen.
The first issue is due out in January 2000. Papers are being accepted now.