This building block shows how sustainability processes can be analyzed. A case study has been conducted on the sustainability process of the University of Graz. The Graz Model for Integrative Development is used as a teaching method. The Graz Model describes development processes on the basis of five principles: Leadership & Vision, Social Network, Participation, Education and Learning, and Research Integration. For detailed information on the Graz Model and its application, have a look at the Graz Model for Integrative Development section under Teaching Methods on the Sustainicum Website.
The aim of a 'sustainable University of Graz' has been incorporated in the mission statement of the University of Graz. The rectorate, the management of the university and the students are actively involved in this process, a sustainability task force and a sustainability library have been established and the first sustainability report of an Austrian university has been published. This building block gives the students an overview of the development process of the University of Graz to become a sustainable university. The students also get a deeper understanding of the larger context of this process and they learn to apply the Graz Model for Integrative Development.
The sustainability process of the University of Graz illustrates how such a process can be described and reflected. Lecturers of the University of Graz can integrate the results of the project directly in their courses. For lecturers of other universities, the process can also be taken as an example on how to evaluate their own university. It is also possible to use the Graz Model to analyze other development processes and discuss them in class.