An initial study on managing sustainability schools in Taiwan

2014 IJRSM – Volume 3 Issue 1


Wang, Wen Sheng*
Department of Business Administration, National Central University, Taiwan (


Issues of environmental protection and greening our Earth have been increasingly talked about in all sectors of society. European industry standards such as WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) and RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) have provided policies that forces organizations to become green. In the United States, sustainability policies are also being used to evaluate the institutions’ commitment towards environmental protection. In Taiwan, sustainability and green policies is not only limited to the industries, but also institutions of learning. In light of these issues, the current study shall focus on how sustainable are Taiwan higher education institutions. Using the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STAR) framework of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) of the US as a starting point, a survey questionnaire shall be administered to all higher education institutions all over Taiwan. Result shows that higher education institutions in Taiwan are engaging in sustainability strategies in all levels and functions of the organizations. Furthermore, the results are expected to fill the gap of extant literature with the in-depth investigation of the potential impact of the higher educational school on green practice and environmental performance in Taiwan.

Keywords: green school; sustainability schools; Taiwan; STARS; AASHE



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