The EUSTEPs project aims to introduce a broader and holistic approach to teaching and practicing sustainability within universities, allowing Institutions to acknowledge the environmental dimension of sustainability and connect it to their everyday functioning. As such, all actors within HEIs (students, academic staff, administrative staff and management bodies) are called to embrace a more sustainable campus, developing a set of multidisciplinary skills and a necessary shift in attitudes.
Complementing the already developed module for students and the associated educators’ manual, the module available at this page is intended for the Administrative Staff of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and embraces a hands-on, experiential approach to sustainability understanding and Ecological Footprint concept. By presenting sustainability within the context of everyday life rather than through mere abstract theories and concepts around sustainability and, bridging with the 2030 UN Agenda Sustainable Development Goals, the administrative staff will be able to grasp how sustainability relates to not only the whole spectrum of daily life but also with their workplace and the administration of HEIs.
The core aspect of the EUSTEPs Module to HEIs Administrative Staff is:
- To make administrative staff aware of sustainability and Ecological Footprint concepts;
- To empower them to affect the sustainability of their workspace, as well as their community, bringing sustainability knowledge and its associated skills (usually limited to academics, researchers, and students).
Throughout this module, the administrative staff will not only be able to learn about sustainability and the human-environment relationship but also track their own individual Footprints and learn about the tools existing to assess the Footprint and sustainability of their Institution.
The EUSTEPs module is intended for administrative staff with different degrees of expertise: 1) Beginners with low knowledge of sustainability issues and working in key operational areas (e.g., procurement), 2) Innovators with knowledge of sustainability issues and responsibilities in key operational areas, and 3) Experts with high knowledge of sustainability issues and involvement in sustainability groups, commissions, and boards at their Institution.