Education and Research

ACG is committed to incorporating sustainability concepts, principles and practices into learning and teaching.

Deree – The American College of Greece is the first independent educational institution in Greece to introduce an Environmental Studies program. Launched in fall 2010, the program aims to develop students’ understanding of the root causes and multiple dimensions of environmental problems (ecological, social, economic and political) as well as options for effectively addressing these problems in an increasingly complex world.

Minors in Environmental Studies and Environmental Management are offered.

The following courses and research activity are categorized as sustainability-focused or sustainability-related according to STARS® guidelines. The lists are regularly updated.

Sustainability related course descriptions can be found here.

Apostolaki, S., and Duffy, A. (2016). Amenity: Delivering Value for Society. In Charlesworth, S., and Booth, C. (Eds.), Sustainable Surface Water Management: A Handbook for SUDS (pp. 105-112). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.Duffy, A., and Apostolaki, S. (2015). Multi-criteria analysis to support rainwater harvesting initiatives in Crete and Croatia, World Water Congress XV International Water Resource Association (IWRA), Edinburgh, Scotland, 25 – 29 May, 2015,

Lytras, M., and Marouli, Ch. (in press). Smart Urban Solutions for Innovation and Sustainability: Emerging Research and Opportunities. (To be published by the IGI-GLOBAL.)

Lytras, M., Marouli, Ch., and Papadopoulou, P. (2016). Best Practices in STEM Education: Using Active Learning and Novel Teaching Methodologies for Education for Innovation and Sustainability, International Conference: Future of Education, Florence, Italy, June 29 – July 2, 2016,

Marouli, Ch. (2016, June). Moving towards a Circular Economy: The Need to Educate – Why and How? Proceedings of 4th International Conference on Sustainable Solid Waste Management. Limassol, Cyprus.

Marouli, Ch., and Lytras, M. (in press). Smart Cities and Internet Technology Research for Sustainable and Inclusive Development: An integrated approach of best practices for policy makers and educators. In Risso, M., and Testamarta, S. (Eds.), Value Sharing for Sustainable and Inclusive Development. Hershey, PA: Business Science Reference.

Marouli, Ch., Miseyanni, A., Papadopoulou, P., and Lytras, M. (2016). ICT in Education for Sustainability: Contributions and Challenges, International Conference: Future of Education, Florence, Italy, June 29 – July 2, 2016,

Miseyanni, A., Marouli, Ch., Papadopoulou, P., Lytras, M., and Gastardo, M. (2016). Stories of Active Learning in STEM: Lessons for STEM Education, International Conference: Future of Education, Florence, Italy, June 29 – July 2, 2016,

Quek, B.S., Heal K., Duffy, A., and Apostolaki, S. (in press). Public perception and amenity value of stormwater retention ponds.

Račinska, I., Baratt. L., and Marouli, Ch. (2015). LIFE and Land Stewardship. Current status, challenges, and opportunities. Report to the European Commission.

Valahas, M.T. (2013). Description and morphometric analysis of a novel species of Ophrys (Orchidaceae) from Hymettus, Greece. African Journal of Plant ScienceVol. 7(8), pp. 304-309. Retrieved from:

Varouchas, E., Sicilia, M.-Á., & Sánchez-Alonso, S. (2018). Academics’ Perceptions on Quality in Higher Education Shaping Key Performance Indicators. Sustainability, 10(12), 4752.