Universities - as well as schools, government agencies, companies and other institutions - are organizations whose everyday operations have direct and indirect effects on other societal actors in ecological, economic and social terms. However, in the reality of university operations, long and inefficient process chains often occur. Guidelines by directives or ordinances of the federal state, the Laender or the Constitution ("Freedom of Research and Teaching") may be at odds with the sustainable operation of a university, e.g. when new fields of research are very energy-intensive.
The first step is to systematically identify studies that deal with the direct contribution of university operations to its sustainability performance. The synthesis of the research results is divided into the four primary activities of the value chain: procurement, production, sales and disposal, each with their five secondary activities. Particular attention is paid the peculiarities of universities in contrast to other institutions.
The head of the HOCHN network for the area of activity "operation" is the Dresden University of Technology (Prof. Dr. Edeltraud Günther, chair of business administration) and Hochschule Zittau/Görlitz (Prof. Dr. Bernd Delakowitz, faculty natural and environmental sciences).
Nico Roos, firstname.lastname@example.org; Anne-Karen Hüske, email@example.com
Andreas Bulcsu, firstname.lastname@example.org; Ulrike Bobek, email@example.com
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Adomßent, M., Grahl, A. and Spira, F. (2019) Putting sustainable campuses into force: Empowering students, staff and academics by the self-efficacy Green Office Model. International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, 20, https://doi.org/10.1108/IJSHE-02-2019-0072