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Title: Emerging dimensions of sustainability in institutes of higher education in India
Authors: Bantanur S.
Mukherjee, Mahua
Shankar R.
Published in: International Journal of Sustainable Built Environment
Abstract: The institutions of higher education provide role models for excellence in education. But also have the added responsibility of providing guidance to the community for social upliftment and environmental sustainability. It becomes imperative, therefore to assess the extent to which sustainable practices have been adopted in these institutions and their adequacy. It is anticipated that a holistic assessment will indicate strengths and weaknesses in sustainability practices so that effective measures can be taken to initiate the creation of a more sustainable environment. To achieve the foregoing objective parameters like Land use and Energy have been identified. An analysis of the basic sustainability parameters with regard to the various institutional surveys indicates the changing trends over the years. The trend reflects institutional growth, improvement in the economy and growing of awareness of sustaining the ecological environment. However, the extent to which each parameter is addressed varies from institution to institution, as well as the geographical location and climatic variations due to the diverse nature of these two factors in the Indian context. Increasing awareness issues pertaining to sustainability in institutions of higher education is reflected by relevant practices adopted, however it is expected that initial momentum generated in this direction will lead to further adoption of sustainable practices consistent with the cultural geographical and socio economic scenario prevailing. © 2015
Citation: International Journal of Sustainable Built Environment(2015), 4(2): 323-329
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Elsevier B.V.
Keywords: Campus sustainability
Energy consumption
Higher education
Land use
ISSN: 22126090
Author Scopus IDs: 57041149000
Author Affiliations: Bantanur, S., IIT Roorkee, India
Mukherjee, M., Faculty in Department of Architecture and Planning, IIT Roorkee, India
Shankar, R., Faculty in Department of Architecture and Planning, IIT Roorkee, India
Corresponding Author: Bantanur, S.; IIT RoorkeeIndia; email:
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