Sustainability on Campus: Stories and Strategies for Change / Edition 1

Sustainability on Campus: Stories and Strategies for Change / Edition 1

by Peggy F. Barlett
     
 

These personal narratives of greening college campuses offer inspiration,
motivation, and practical advice. Written by faculty, staff, administrators, and a student, from varying perspectives and reflecting divergent experiences, these stories also map the growing strength of a national movement toward environmental responsibility on campus.Environmental

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These personal narratives of greening college campuses offer inspiration,
motivation, and practical advice. Written by faculty, staff, administrators, and a student, from varying perspectives and reflecting divergent experiences, these stories also map the growing strength of a national movement toward environmental responsibility on campus.Environmental awareness on college and university campuses began with the celebratory consciousness-raising of Earth Day, 1970. Since then environmental action on campus has been both global (in research and policy formation) and local (in efforts to make specific environmental improvements on campuses). The stories in this book show that achieving environmental sustainability is not a matter of applying the formulas of risk management or engineering technology but part of what the editors call "the messy reality of participatory engagement in cultural transformation."In Sustainability on Campus campus leaders recount inspiring stories of strategies that moved eighteen colleges and universities toward a more sustainable future. This book is for faculty, students,
administrators, staff, and community partners, whether hesitant or committed,
knowledgeable or newcomer. Scholars and activists have recognized the crucial role that higher education can play in the sustainability effort, and each chapter in the book is full of ideas about how to get started, revitalize efforts, and overcome roadblocks. Human and at times joyful, these stories illustrate many forms of leadership, in new courses and faculty development, green buildings and administrative policies, student programs, residential life, and collaborations with local communities.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262524223
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
04/02/2004
Series:
Urban and Industrial Environments
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
337
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction1
Pt. ILaying the cornerstones
1Process and practice : creating the sustainable university29
2The green task force : facing the challenges to environmental Stewardship at a small liberal arts college49
3No longer waiting for someone else to do it : a tale of reluctant leadership67
Pt. IIRedesigning the curriculum
4The ponderosa project : infusing sustainability in the curriculum91
5Transdisciplinary shared learning107
6Place as the nexus of a sustainable future : a course for all of us121
7Building political acceptance for sustainability : degree requirements for all graduates139
Pt. IIIBuilding buildings, building learning communities
8Can educational institutions learn? The creation of the Adam Joseph Lewis center at Oberlin college159
9The development of Stanford University's guidelines for sustainable buildings : a student perspective177
Pt. IVEngaging communities, engaging students
10Maintaining a college-community ecotourism project : faculty initiative, institutional vision, student participation, and community partnerships197
11Teaching for change : the leadership in environmental education partnership215
12Restoring natural landscapes : from ideals to action229
Pt. VBuilding system-wide commitment
13South Carolina sustainable universities initiative243
14Challenges of greening a decentralized campus : making the connection to health259
15Sustaining sustainability : lessons from Ramapo college271
16Cultivating a shared environmental vision at Middlebury College293
About the authors311
Index319

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