Eco-schools in higher education institutions: analysing Portuguese students’ practices and perspectives

Joana Torres*, Rosa Martins, César de Freitas, Ana Camões, Isilda Rodrigues

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Concerning all the challenges that we currently face, it is of the utmost importance to prioritize Education for Sustainable Development as a way to contribute to a more sustainable world. Higher Education Institutions are considered to be fundamental to this process, albeit the slow progress verified in the transition to real sustainable institutions. Eco-Schools programme is concerned with Education for Sustainable Development and may contribute to this transition. In this study, we analysed Portuguese Higher Education Students’ Practices and Perspectives concerning Sustainable Development, environmental protection, and the relevance of Eco-Schools programme. For this purpose, we applied a questionnaire (Microsoft Forms), which was previously adapted and validated, in two different Portuguese Higher Education Institutions. This study was conducted in 2021/2022 school year with the participation of 288 Higher Education Students. Here we present and discuss the results of three selected questions. Although the majority of students separate waste for recycling, they also reveal some lack of knowledge concerning this process. The bulk of them also considered important the implementation of programmes, such as Eco-schools programme, in Higher Education Institutions. Thus, more research must be carried out in order to better understand the challenges faced when implementing a programme of this nature and what could be improved in order for us to give a better contribution towards a more sustainable world.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in tourism, technology and systems - selected papers from ICOTTS 2022
EditorsAntónio Abreu, João Vidal Carvalho, Dália Liberato, Iván Suazo Galdames
Place of PublicationSingapore
PublisherSpringer Singapore
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9789811999604
ISBN (Print)9789811999598
Publication statusPublished - 19 Jun 2023
EventInternational Conference on Tourism, Technology and Systems, ICOTTS 2022 - Santiago, Chile
Duration: 3 Nov 20225 Nov 2022

Publication series

NameSmart Innovation, Systems and Technologies
ISSN (Print)2190-3018
ISSN (Electronic)2190-3026


ConferenceInternational Conference on Tourism, Technology and Systems, ICOTTS 2022


  • Eco-schools
  • Portuguese higher education students’ practices and perspectives
  • Sustainable development


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