Sustainable practice in Australian universities and ‘the green student’ – impacts on decision-making

Lorne Butt, Elizabeth More, Gayle C. Avery

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Most universities in Australia have implemented some form of sustainability program. The development and implementation of these programs usually includes attempting to ensure that the institution is responsive to ‘the green student’, who is generally thought of as being more aware of, and committed to, the ideals and needs of a sustainable society. This paper presents a preliminary analysis of interview data gathered from interviews conducted with representatives from four universities in the metropolitan region of Sydney, Australia. The analysis examines the reality of student involvement in decision-making with regard to sustainability programs, and challenges perceptions that such programs will fail without extensive student participation. The approach to the research designed to investigate these issues is also presented.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBAM 2011 conference proceedings
Subtitle of host publicationbuilding and sustaining high performance organisations in a challenging environment
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherBritish Academcy of Management (BAM)
Number of pages23
ISBN (Print)9780954960834
Publication statusPublished - 2011
EventBritish Academy of Management Conference - Birmingham, UK
Duration: 13 Jan 201115 Jan 2011


ConferenceBritish Academy of Management Conference
CityBirmingham, UK


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