Sustainability on Campus: Stories and Strategies for Change

Sustainability on Campus: Stories and Strategies for Change

by Peggy F. Barlett
     
 

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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

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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 the first Earth Day in 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 instead is part of what the editors call "the messy reality of participatory engagement in cultural transformation."

The authors of Sustainability on Campus report from a diverse group of institutions ranging from two-year community colleges to famous research universities. They tell of environmental stewardship on campus, curriculum changes, green building design, working with local communities, and system-wide initiatives. Their chronicles include the early mistakes and successes of the Green Task Force at Illinois Wesleyan, 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 College, the joint efforts of local businesses and students at Allegheny College to promote ecotourism in northwest Pennsylvania, a donor-initiated multiuniversity consortium in South Carolina, and the implementation of sustainability requirements for all students at Oakland Community College in Detroit.

Editorial Reviews

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.
From the Publisher
"[A] must-read... take notes, and be amazed at the number of ways to achieve campus sustainability." Steve Lachman Environment
Environment - Steve Lachman

[A] must-read... take notes, and be amazed at the number of ways to achieve campus sustainability.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262025607
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
05/01/2004
Series:
Urban and Industrial Environments Series
Pages:
337
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

What People are saying about this

Gary Nabhan

Barlett and Chase do not simply wish to spray paint campuses a superficial green, but instead have probed the depths of what sustainability really means in academia, 'the grove of trees where scholars once walked and talked.' In bringing together cutting-edge thinkers and practitioners like Jenks-Jay, Orr,
Faulstich, and Uhl, the editors have given me hope that universities and colleges can lead rather than lag behind in efforts to forge a future that will leave the next generation of students enriched, not impoverished.

John M. Meyer

This book's strength lies in the diversity of case studies and approaches to campus initiatives to lessen their 'environmental footprint,' as well as the honest reflections by most authors upon the successes and the failures, the joys and the heartaches, of their efforts.

Gretchen C. Daily

Societies look to universities for leadership, and nowhere is that leadership more crucial today than in the struggle for sustainability. The stories presented here are inspiring models of success that show how the lessons learned on campus can illuminate the way to broad social change.

From the Publisher
This is a hopeful book, and I found every story within it to be a gem.

The editors and authors have done a great service through their work over the years and by sharing their stories in this unusually compelling book. Instead of preachy admonitions, these aremoving personal testimonials with broader community significance. Julian Keniry, Director of Youth and Campus Ecology, National Wildlife Federation, author of Ecodemia: Campus Environmental Stewardship at the Turn of the 21st Century

Julian Keniry

This is a hopeful book, and I found every story within it to be a gem.
The editors and authors have done a great service through their work over the years and by sharing their stories in this unusually compelling book. Instead of preachy admonitions, these aremoving personal testimonials with broader community significance.

Meet the Author

Geoffrey W. Chase attended Ohio Wesleyan University, receiving the BA in
English in 1971. He also holds an MAT from Miami University (Ohio) and the AM in
English from Boston College. He is currently the Dean of Undergraduate Studies at
San Diego State University.After receiving his PhD in American literature from the
University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1981, he taught for 11 years in the School of
Interdisciplinary Studies at Miami University of Ohio. He joined Northern Arizona
University in 1992 as the Director of English Composition. At NAU, he revamped the composition curriculum to give it an environmental focus and became a leader of the
Ponderosa Project, a faculty development project aimed at helping faculty from throughout the university integrate issues of environmental sustainability into their courses. This ongoing project has resulted in the revision of more than 100
courses at NAU, and played a key role in the development of a new liberal studies program for the university. The Ponderosa Project has also served as a faculty development model that has been instituted at other college and universities including Northern Kentucky and Emory.While at Northern Arizona University, Chase also served as English Department Chair, Dean of Liberal Studies, Associate Provost for Undergraduate Studies, and he implemented a new liberal studies program. He has also been a Fulbright Scholar in Turku, Finland, and his chief interest is in sustainability and undergraduate curricula. Chase joined San Diego State University in January 2002, as the Dean of the Division of Undergraduate Studies.

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