Critical Evaluation of Sustainable Development Goals and Circular Economy in (Business) Education: Reflections on a Long-Term Sustainability Strategy of Degrowth

Helen Kopnina, Julia Benkert

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Circular economy and Cradle to Cradle (C2C) attempt to address unsustainable
consumption as part of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These “closed-loop”
production systems promise absolute decoupling of natural resource consumption from economic activity. However, while absolute decoupling, ideally, can aid the SDGs'“inclusive economic growth” strategy, critical scholars have noted that absolute circularity of material goods, such as food or textiles, is impossible due to the laws of thermodynamics.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEngagement with Sustainable Development in Higher Education
Subtitle of host publicationUniversities as Transformative Spaces for Sustainable Futures
EditorsMustafa Öztürk
Place of PublicationCham
ISBN (Electronic)9783031071911
ISBN (Print)9783031071904
Publication statusPublished - 23 Aug 2022

Publication series

NameEngagement with Sustainable Development in Higher Education
ISSN (Print)2523-3084
ISSN (Electronic)2523-3092

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