Bæredygtige Universiteter - Hvor vil vi hen? Sustainable Universities - where are we going?

Thomas Skou Grindsted & Jesper Risting Rasmussen

Studenteropgave: Speciale


The principal aim of this thesis is to investigate the role of universities in the development of a sustainable society. In order to combat climate change, ecosystem degradation and resource depletion radical rethinking of society’s consumption and production processes is needed. The current environmental problems grow faster than society’s ability to find and implement sustainable solutions. Therefore society needs to be reorganized in such a way that environmental performance becomes an integrated part of the system. According to environmental research carried through during the past 30 years there is strong evidence of climate change. However, although progress has already been made, no university can be said to be sustainable, since in general neither study programs nor the level of maintenance of universities correspond to the efforts needed to be done according to climate research. In the thesis it is analyzed how the concept of sustainable universities has developed internationally. This is done through the analysis of declarations on sustainability in higher education, green campus alliances, monitory tools and audit schemes. The study of the international development within the field of sustainable universities is related to a Danish context in which technical, political, economical and organizational dynamics and rationalities that shape planning and plan solutions in practice are emphasized. The thesis analyzes strategies on how to bridge the gap between sustainability and “the production of nature” in research, study programs and maintenance of the campus in order to develop a comprehensive strategy of green campus areas.

UddannelserGeografi, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato8 mar. 2011
VejledereHenrik Toft Jensen


  • Green Campus
  • Sustainable University
  • Postmoderne økologisk videnskabsideal
  • Danish Universities
  • Bæredygtig forskning
  • Bæredygtige universiteter
  • SHE declaration
  • Sustainable Research
  • Postmodern Ecological Ideals of Science
  • Grøn campus