From the environmental perspective, higher education is considered a key issue towards finding solutions to the environment and sustainability problems.

Students in the Bachelor of Management and Business will be a key element in making businesses decisions in the near future, and that is why it is important that universities know if the activities and actions carried out by them, are helping to train their students (future decision makers) to be part of a society more aware and environmentally friendly, willing to transform the environment with full knowledge of the processes and environmental consequences that are triggered when making a decision.

The mexican government is making efforts in order to make the higher education institutes incorporate sustainability into their systems and at the same time, to get the certificate in Environmental management system (in Mexico is Standardized by the ISO 14001), that is why they have interest to know if the work done by universities to achieve and maintain the certification in environment is extended to its students, promoting beliefs and behaviors compatibles with the preservation of the environment.

The main objective of this research is to evaluate the relation that the degree of implementation of an Environmental Management System (EMS) has with the pro-environmental beliefs and behaviors in students of management and business at Mexican universities. We will also study the relationships between environmental beliefs; expressed attitudes and ecological behaviors; general awareness of environmental consequences of professional administrators; and the perceptions, beliefs and behaviors about the EMS at the universities. Policies and environmental management system of higher education institutions will be described as well.

Tools: The environmental beliefs will be measured by the New Ecological Paradigm (NEP); the ecological behaviors will be measured by the Scale of expressed Ecological Attitudes and Behaviors; the general awareness of environmental consequences of professional administrators will be measured by CCA-LA (for its acronym in Spanish); the perceptions, beliefs and behaviors about the EMS at universities will be measured by PCC-SGA (for its acronym in Spanish); and last, the policy and environmental management system at universities, will be analyzed through an unstructured interview applied to managers responsible for environmental management at institutions under study.

Sample: It will be done with 450 Students in the Bachelor of Management and Business, studying from the fifth semester onwards in six Mexican universities; two of these universities have Environmental Management System Certified, two universities with the Environmental Management System implemented but not certified, and two with its environmental management system not documented. Prior to the application of the instruments in the final sample, the group of instruments, will be applied in a pilot sample composed of 200 bachelor students to assess the psychometric properties of the instruments. It should be noted that the implementation of the pilot phase will be held in February 2014.

Subject Area: Environmental Management Systems and Environmental psychology (environmental attitudes; environmental beliefs; environmental behavior; General awareness of environmental consequences of professional administrators; and perceptions, beliefs and behaviors about the Environmental Management System at universities).