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Sustainability communication beyond the sustainability report - a model and case studies from Universities of Applied Sciences

  • This paper summarises the experiences with sustainability reporting in a very wide meaning at Universities of Applied Sciences (UoAS). It focuses on the communication of sustainability aspects and activities of universities. It provides a recommendation, a model for communicating the sustainability activities of universities and emphasises the values of this appraoch. This paper aims to find the most effective ways to convey education for sustainable development to a broad public and initiate communication about sustainability aspects with society. The paper is based on action research done at two universities about the ways in which academic institutions can communicate with their stakeholders in order to report about their own role as a responsible university and also to make an impact on the sustainable development on a local and global scale. Research is focussed on experiences at Universitites of Applied Sciences with their strong focus on applied research, education and transfer. However, these results can be helpful for each academic institution that wants to make a positive impact on society. The concept which we present focusses on the possible impact which universities can generate. Seen as the contribution to the research field of sustainabitliy reporting the paper points out that a continuous qualitative reporting process with a focus on education for SD is an adequate and efficient approach to sustainability reporting for universities and an effective way to reach a broad public. We show that there are several efficient methodss of communication ranging from the traditional sustainability report to publications which address the public and to more innovative methods using the web 2.0. We show and argue that for universities, alternative ways of sustainability communication may be more effective to achieve the sustainability mission. The concept which we present gives the universities a broader impact on society and helps them to support sustainable development in an efficient way.

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Editor of HS Reutlingen:Banke, Bernd
Erschienen in:Von Brücken, Menschen und Systemen : Festschrift für Michael Wörz
Publisher:Hochschule Reutlingen
Place of publication:Reutlingen
Editor:Bernd Banke
Document Type:Part of a Book
Year of Publication:2019
Tag:education; sustainability reporting; sustainable development; university
Page Number:40
First Page:185
Last Page:224
DDC classes:370 Erziehung, Schul- und Bildungswesen
Open Access?:Ja
Licence (German):License Logo  Creative Commons - CC BY - Namensnennung 4.0 International