New Dimensions for Circularity on Campus—Framework for the Application of Circular Principles in Campus Development

Birgit Hopff, Steffen Nijhuis, Leendert A. Verhoef
2019 Sustainability  
To what extent can transformation and development processes on a university or other campus fit in with the principles of circularity? This paper builds a bridge between the more theoretical approach of the circular economy and daily practice in campus development, using semi-structured in-depth interviews with a broad range of stakeholders in university management in Dutch universities. The study aims to show possible perspectives and offers insight into which factors are important for the
more » ... ainable development of a university or other campus, taking into account the principles of the circular economy. The paper introduces a framework for understanding the various dimensions and scales of campus operations. The aim is to make a practical contribution to the implementation of circular principles in campus development. The main conclusions are that circularity is an organisational issue, complexity must be reduced, and integral policy and specialised knowledge are required. Five recommendations towards an integrated strategy for circularity in campus development are given.
doi:10.3390/su11030627 fatcat:o4annp5gdndbhpnr4kgakpf2qq