Sustainability on Campus: Stories and Strategies for Changeby 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 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.
[A] must-read... take notes, and be amazed at the number of ways to achieve campus sustainability.
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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.
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.
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.
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
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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