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Interuniversity Department of Regional and Urban Studies and Planning, Politecnico di Torino and Università di Torino, Viale Mattioli, 39, 10125 Turin, Italy


Gran Sasso Science Institute GSSI, Urban Studies Unit, Viale F. Crispi 7, 67100 L’Aquila, Italy


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Academic Editor: Marc A. Rosen

Abstract Campus greening is often the first step universities take towards sustainability. However, the diffusion of sustainability reporting methodologies and rankings is still at an early stage, and is biased in mainly measuring energy efficiency indicators while omitting basic features enabling meaningful comparisons among centers or addressing social users aspects related to long term sustainability transitions. This paper aims to introduce a critical perspective on sustainability university frameworks through: i a review of current Campus Sustainability Assessments CSAs; ii performing and comparing the results obtained from the application of two internationally recognized CSAs namely, Green Metric and ISCN to two case studies the Politecnico di Torino, in Italy, and the Hokkaido University, In Japan and, finally, iii proposing a new CSA approach that encompasses clusters of homogeneous campus typologies for meaningful comparisons and university rankings. The proposed clusters regard universities’ morphological structures campuses nested within city centers versus outside of a city compact ones, climatic zones and functions. At the micro scale, the paper introduces the need for indicators beyond measuring pure energy efficiency, but which are attentive to local and societal constraints and provide long-term tracking of outcomes. This, better than a sheer record of sustainability priority actions, can help in building homogenous university case studies to find similar and scalable success strategies and practices, and also in self-monitoring progress toward achieving truly sustainable university campuses. View Full-Text

Keywords: university campus; sustainability assessment frameworks; energy indicators university campus; sustainability assessment frameworks; energy indicators

Author: Giulia Sonetti 1, Patrizia Lombardi 1 and Lorenzo Chelleri 2,*



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