Environmental sustainability out of the loop in Lebanese universities

Mireille Chidiac El Hajj, Richard Abou Moussa, May Chidiac
  • May 2017, Emerald
  • DOI: 10.1108/jieb-01-2017-0005

Environmental sustainability : The Lebanese Universities

What is it about?

Education is foundational for creating caring sustainable leaders and organizations. This paper aims to investigate whether historically eminent Lebanese universities are integrating sustainability courses and practices in their curriculum; and to discern whether these universities’ administrators are currently providing, or plan to provide, positive educational experience through addressing sustainability concepts and tools in their respective universities.

Why is it important?

This paper has exposed the status quo of universities vis à vis sustainability, but it has also challenged “what is”, and opened up possibilities of what “could be”. Educational projects should be adapted with the participation of the private sector in order to stimulate innovation, and experience the lived dimension of sustainability.


Mireille Chidiac El Hajj

More focus is needed to prepare present students and the future community to rely on available resources. The paper outlines the need to change the educational approach in Lebanese universities.Implementing such a change represents the bridge between current and needed ways of thinking required by the new environment.

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