Sustainicum Collection

Consus The aim of the project is to establish a regional science-society network for sustainability innovations in Albania and Kosovo in order to strengthen the connection and collaboration of institutions in the field of higher education, research and practice.

Resource facts

  • 5 to 10 students
  • Up to 3 lecture units
    4-7 lecture units
    up to 1 semester
    more than 1 semester
  • Internet connection necessary
  • English

Resource Description

Greening The Campus Through Research-To-Practice: A Case Study in Experiential Education(Resource ID: 56)

This learning material is a case study about a project based learning framework which could be studied and adapted to any University setting. Students directly interact with residents as well as stakeholders in order to establish behaviours and practices related to sustainability.

Students are divided into small groups to evaluate resident behaviours within a specific area (e.g. housing estate and how they dispose of waste in this housing estate). Students established partnerships with stakeholders (e.g. Department of Housing, waste disposal companies). Each group develops an action plan for their topic area. Prior to selecting a method for assessing the sustainable strategies in each area (e.g. housing estate), students referred to industry standards and identified successful instruments to promote sustainability. The students present a report of their findings and recommendations to the stakeholders involved on completion of the project.

Type of teaching method
  • Case Study
Preparation Efforts Description
Stakeholder interactions should be given clear tasks well in advance of meeting with the students. They should also be clearly informed of the aims of the project. It will also be necessary to establish a set of general ‘rules’ before approach residence in order to adhere to a professional code of conduct.
Related Teaching Resources
No specific previous knowledge / related resources required
Necessary documents / materials


Integration of stakeholders
The stakeholders involved are those that are directly involved in developing housing areas as well as those that are involved in developing housing standards and maintaining housing areas e.g. Green Buildings Council, waste disposal companies. The students interact with the stakeholders by asking for advice on the methods they are using to gather information and what they should be looking for. The finalised report of the investigation and recommended improvements and then presented to the stakeholders. The stakeholders can consider the recommendations included in the report to implement future sustainable strategies in the area.
Strengths of the method
– First-hand experience in collecting data
– Building collegiate partnerships
– Thinking critically about interpretation and communication of findings
– Learn how to extract material that isn’t made too available
– Experience challenges that they can expect to face in the work environment
– Get to reflect on their own ideas, opinions, exercise voice and choice and making decisions
– Students develop good organisational skills; time management and planning
– Positive changes in student motivation and attitude toward learning

Understanding of social and sustainable development through developing proficiencies in report writing, presentations, interviews
Weaknesses of the method
– It is not always easy to access institutional documentation such as resource consumption documents, construction drawings and occupancy data.
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Funded by
This teaching resource, realised within the project ConSus, has been funded with the support of the TEMPUS of the European Union. The contents reflect the views of the authors, and the European Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

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Audrey O’Grady
This teaching resource is allocated to following University:
UL - University of Limerick
University of Limerick


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