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

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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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Editorial Reviews

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"[A] must-read... take notes, and be amazed at the number of ways to achieve campus sustainability." Steve Lachman Environment
Library Journal
Addressing those interested in greening campuses, Barlett (anthropology, Emory; American Dreams, Rural Realities) and Chase (dean, undergraduate studies; rhetoric and writing, San Diego State Univ.) have collected thoughtful narratives from colleges and universities around the country. Their book does for greening efforts on campus what Greening School Grounds did for such efforts at secondary schools and Hal K. Rothman's The Greening of a Nation? did for society at large. The diverse group of contributors includes faculty, administrators, a student, individuals trained in environmental studies, and others from a range of disciplines, and their pieces reveal how the unfolding of environmental awareness and cultural change occurs at American institutions of higher learning. Chronicled here are the history of an innovative interdisciplinary graduate curriculum at the University of California at Berkeley, the planning and construction of a green environmental studies building at Oberlin, and the joint efforts of local businesses and students at Allegheny College to promote ecotourism in northwest Pennsylvania. Both successes and failures are shared, which imparts the understanding that cultural transformation is a long process that is nevertheless made possible by everyday efforts; philosophical musings are grounded with concrete descriptions of how greening is both practical and doable. Recommended for academic libraries and for public libraries seeking to offer examples of what is possible in terms of environmental achievement. Leroy Hommerding, Fort Myers Beach P.L. Dist., FL Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262524223
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 4/2/2004
  • Series: Urban and Industrial Environments
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 337
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Peggy F. Barlett is Professor of Anthropology at Emory University. She received a BA in anthropology from Grinnell College (1969) and the PhD in anthropology at Columbia University (1975). A cultural anthropologist specializing in agricultural systems and sustainable development, she carried out fieldwork in economic anthropology in Ecuador, Costa Rica, and rural Georgia (USA). Earlier work focused on farmer decision making, rural social change, and industrial agriculture. She has published Agricultural Choice and Change: Decision Making in a Costa Rican Community (1982, Rutgers University Press), American Dreams,Rural Realities: Family Farms in Crisis (1993, University of North Carolina Press) and is editor of Agricultural Decision Making: Anthropological Contributions to Rural Development (1980, Academic Press).Recently, interests in the challenge of sustainability in urban Atlanta have given her an opportunity to return to early training in applied anthropology and to combine it with interests in political economy, group dynamics, and personal development. Part of a growing movement toward sustainability at Emory, she has focused on expanding awareness of environmental issues through curriculum development (the Piedmont Project), campus policies, and connections to place. She also has interests in local food systems and a local Watershed Alliance. She is the coeditor (with Geoffrey Chase) of Sustainability on Campus: Stories and Strategies for Change (MIT Press, 2004).

Geoffrey W. Chase is Dean of Undergraduate Studies at San Diego State University.

He is the editor of four textbooks and the coeditor (with Peggy Barlett) of Sustainability on Campus: Stories and Strategies for Change (MIT Press).

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Pt. I Laying the cornerstones
1 Process and practice : creating the sustainable university 29
2 The green task force : facing the challenges to environmental Stewardship at a small liberal arts college 49
3 No longer waiting for someone else to do it : a tale of reluctant leadership 67
Pt. II Redesigning the curriculum
4 The ponderosa project : infusing sustainability in the curriculum 91
5 Transdisciplinary shared learning 107
6 Place as the nexus of a sustainable future : a course for all of us 121
7 Building political acceptance for sustainability : degree requirements for all graduates 139
Pt. III Building buildings, building learning communities
8 Can educational institutions learn? The creation of the Adam Joseph Lewis center at Oberlin college 159
9 The development of Stanford University's guidelines for sustainable buildings : a student perspective 177
Pt. IV Engaging communities, engaging students
10 Maintaining a college-community ecotourism project : faculty initiative, institutional vision, student participation, and community partnerships 197
11 Teaching for change : the leadership in environmental education partnership 215
12 Restoring natural landscapes : from ideals to action 229
Pt. V Building system-wide commitment
13 South Carolina sustainable universities initiative 243
14 Challenges of greening a decentralized campus : making the connection to health 259
15 Sustaining sustainability : lessons from Ramapo college 271
16 Cultivating a shared environmental vision at Middlebury College 293
About the authors 311
Index 319
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