Greening the Ivory Tower: Improving the Environmental Track Record of Universities, Colleges, and OtherInstitutions / Edition 1

Greening the Ivory Tower: Improving the Environmental Track Record of Universities, Colleges, and OtherInstitutions / Edition 1

by Sarah Creighton
     
 

Universities can teach and demonstrate environmental principles and stewardship by taking action to understand and reduce the environmental impacts of their own activities. Greening the Ivory Tower, a motivational and how-to guide for staff, faculty, and students, offers detailed "greening" strategies for those who may have little experience with institutional

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Universities can teach and demonstrate environmental principles and stewardship by taking action to understand and reduce the environmental impacts of their own activities. Greening the Ivory Tower, a motivational and how-to guide for staff, faculty, and students, offers detailed "greening" strategies for those who may have little experience with institutional change or with the latest environmentally friendly technologies.The author was project manager of Tufts
CLEAN!, a program whose mission was to reduce Tufts University's environmental impact. After analyzing the campus's overall environmental impact (each year the main campus serves 5 million meals; makes 14 million photocopies; uses 65 tons of paper towels, 110 million gallons of water, and 23 million kWh of electricity; and generates over 2,000 tons of solid waste), the team decided to focus on food waste,
transportation, energy efficiency, and procurement practices. An essential discovery was that to change practices requires the personal commitment and direct involvement of those who have the responsibility for operating the institution on a daily basis.
Although the Tufts experience forms the basis for many of the proposals in the book,
the story goes well beyond Tufts; the author includes examples of successful practices from many other institutions.

The MIT Press

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262531511
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
04/24/1998
Series:
Urban and Industrial Environments
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
367
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

List of Tables
List of Figures
List of Boxes
Foreword
Acknowledgments
1Introduction1
2Making Environmental Change Happen: The Essential Ingredients11
3Buildings and Grounds51
4Purchasing123
5Dining Services161
6Academic Departments, Administrative Offices, and Classrooms201
7Laboratories, Research Facilities, and Studios Using Hazardous Materials231
8Student Activities257
9Greening the Ivory Tower271
App. ATalloires Declaration291
App. BTufts Dining Strategic Plan293
App. CDining Services Assessment Worksheet299
App. DTufts Eco Cup Decathlon301
App. EInternet Resources for Campus Environmental Efforts305
Notes309
Bibliography321
Index329

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