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Wheels of change in higher education: a collaborative, multi-stakeholder project as a vehicle for sustainability education

Warr Pedersen, K, Pharo, E ORCID: 0000-0001-8863-3416, Peterson, C ORCID: 0000-0002-5678-1788 and Clark, GA 2017 , 'Wheels of change in higher education: a collaborative, multi-stakeholder project as a vehicle for sustainability education' , International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, vol. 18, no. 2 , pp. 171-184 , doi:

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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to profile the development of a bicycle parking hub at the University of Tasmania to illustrate how the Academic Operations Sustainability Integration Program promotes real change through the engagement of stakeholders from across an institution to deliver campus sustainability. This case study outlines one example of how place-based learning initiatives focused on campus sustainability challenges have delivered authentic education for sustainability in the Australasian higher education setting. Design/methodology/approach – This case study outlines the process through which a cross-disciplinary place-based learning initiative was designed, implemented and evaluated over a three-year period. The evaluation of the project was designed to assess the impact of this education for sustainability approach on both operational and student learning outcomes, and to make recommendations on the continuation of place-based learning initiatives through the Academic Operations Sustainability Integration Program.Findings – This case study illustrates how learning can be focused around finding solutions to real world problems through the active participation of staff and students as members of a learning community. This experience helped the authors to better understand how place-based learning initiatives can help deliver authentic education for sustainability and the success factors required for engaging staff and students in such efforts. Originality/value – The case study highlights an example of an education for sustainability initiative that was mutually driven by the operational and learning objectives of an institution, and specifically the ways in which the engagement of staff and students from across an institution can lead to the successful integration of these two often disparate institutional goals.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Warr Pedersen, K and Pharo, E and Peterson, C and Clark, GA
Keywords: campus operations, place-based learning, sustainable transport, authentic learning, bike hub, education for sustainability (EfS), transport, bicycle
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education
Publisher: Emerald Publishing Limited
ISSN: 1467-6370
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© Kristin Warr Pedersen, Emma Pharo, Corey Peterson and Geoffrey Andrew Clark. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported

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