Toward systemic campus sustainability: Gauging dimensions of sustainable development via a motivational and perception-based approach

Sharmila Rani Moganadas, Victor Corral-Verdugo, Santhi Ramanathan

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Universities have long borne an influential role in sustainability. Nonetheless, the affinity toward eclectic and piecemeal practices has been addressed as oxymoron to the essence of sustainable development, and the need to hone campus members' buy-in is credited to be cardinal for systemic transformation. Major attributes for systemic campus sustainability are identified, incorporated, and proposed via a conceptual model. Those attributes are key sustainable development areas as well as perception and motivation on the topics that must be taken into consideration by universities to be able to adhere to a more pragmatic and inclusive sustainable development. Thus, the central intent of the authors is to offer a mechanism which may facilitate as well as elevate systemic campus sustainability. An extensive review of the literature in the area of sustainability, perception, and motivation is conducted, which includes articles, journals, conference proceedings, university reports, books, and materials from websites. By extracting and integrating crucial constituents of sustainable development from various studies, this paper contributes to the existing literature on sustainable development providing an input to the implementation of systemic campus sustainability.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1443-1464
Number of pages22
JournalEnvironment, Development and Sustainability
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2013

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The authors thank Connor Wicks for his help during data collection. This work was supported by the UNMC Skate-a-thon for Parkinson’s fund, the NASA Nebraska Space Grant Fellowship , and the Center for Research in Human Movement Variability of the University of Nebraska at Omaha, NIH ( P20GM109090 ). The study sponsors were not involved in the collection, analysis and interpretation of data, in the writing of the manuscript, nor in the decision to submit the manuscript for publication. The views expressed are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the NIH.


  • Key dimensions
  • Motivation
  • Perceived implementation
  • Perceived importance
  • Sustainable development
  • Systemic campus sustainability


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