Journal article

Campus sustainability governance in Canada A content analysis of post-secondary institutions' sustainability policies

Philip Vaughter, Marcia McKenzie, Lauri Lidstone, Tarah Wright

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SUSTAINABILITY IN HIGHER EDUCATION | EMERALD GROUP PUBLISHING LTD | Published : 2016

Abstract

Purpose – This paper aims to provide an overview of a content analysis of sustainability policies from Canadian post-secondary education institutions. The paper reports findings on the orientations to sustainability evident in the policies; references to other policies within the documents; and other key themes on how sustainability is engaged in the policies in relation to overall governance, education, operations, research and community outreach. Design/methodology/approach – A sample of 50 Canadian colleges and universities was selected based on representativeness across a range of criteria. A qualitative thematic content analysis of these policies was conducted using a collaborative codi..

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Grants

Awarded by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada


Funding Acknowledgements

The authors express their gratitude to Kathleen Aikens, Andrew Bieler, Francois Bregha and Nicola Chopin for their contributions to the data collection and analysis reported in this paper. The publication draws on research from the Sustainability and Education Policy Network (SEPN), supported by a Partnership Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (Grant No. 895-2011-1025, Principal Investigator Dr Marcia McKenzie). For more information, visit www.sepn.ca.