Many universities around Europe and the world are activily pursuing initiatives aimed at implementing the principles of sustainable development as part of their operations: estates, purchases, travel, and health and safety are some examples of sectors where sustainability thinking is becoming more and more popular. There are many campuses which are truly green, and which show how much can be achieved through concerted efforts where academic and non-academic staff, as well as students, work together.
Since integrating sustainability across all the core activities of universities is also a logical step in implementing the UN Sustainable Development Goals, much can be gained by discussing current approaches, methods and strategies being deployed at universities to green their campuses and assess their impact.
To address this need and foster a dialogue among the university community, the 'Sustainable campuses: trends and experiences from higher education institutions' symposium is being organised by the UK Consortium for Sustainability Research (UK-CSR) and the University of Winchester, in cooperation with the European School of Sustainability Science and Research (ESSSR) and theInter-University Sustainable Development Research Programme.
The host, the University of Winchester, has a long tradition of sustainability and campus greening.