Chapter 6

Learning by Doing: EnvironmentalPerformance Improvement in UKHigher Education

Peter Hopkinson, Peter James and Adam Van Winsum


Higher education (HE) has three main forms of environmental impacts:

  1. the direct impacts of its activities, such as use of energy and water in buildings or staff and student travel to and from their places of learning and teaching;
  2. the indirect impacts on students’ knowledge about, and behaviour with regard to, environmental issues;
  3. the indirect impacts of research about environmental issues.

Other chapters in this book address the indirect impacts of HE; this chapter focuses on initiatives to minimize the environmental impacts of higher education in the UK. It is based on the experience, and ...

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