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

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

by Sarah Creighton
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MIT Press
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Greening the Ivory Tower: Improving the Environmental Track Record of Universities, Colleges, and Other Institutions / Edition 1

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780262531511
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 04/27/1998
Series: Urban and Industrial Environments
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 358
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

Table of Contents

Foreword by Robert Gottlieb
1 Introduction
About this Book
University Environmental Impacts
Motivation for Campus Environmental Action
University Environmental Action at Universities Today
The Green University of Tomorrow
2 Making Environmental Change Happen: The Essential
How the University Works
Essential Ingredients for University Environmental Change
Environmental Protection Principles
Gathering and Using Data
Making Environmental Change Happen
3 Buildings and Grounds
Solid Waste
Energy Management
Indoor Air Quality
Hazardous Waste in Buildings and Grounds
The Clean Air Act
Pest Management
Building Construction and Renovation
Special Consideration for Building and Grounds Unions
4 Purchasing
The Process of Purchasing Products and Services
Selecting Environmentally Friendly Products
Relying on Vendors for Action
Solid Waste Reduction
Recycled Products
Puchasing for Energy Efficiency
Printing Services and Copy Centers
Vehicle Efficiency and Alternative Fuels
Hazardous Materials in Laboratories and Studios
Nonlaboratory Hazardous Materials
The Purchasing Department as a Source of Environmental Information
5 Dining Services
Finding Environmental Stewardship Opportunities
Reducing the Generation of Solid Waste
Food Waste
Kitchen Equipment
Conserving Water
Selecting Foods for Low Impact
6 Academic Departments, Administrative Offices, and
Reducing Paper
Office Equipment and Supplies
Conferences, Meetings, andSpecial Events
7 Laboratories, Research Facilities, and Studios Using
Hazardous Materials
Meeting and EXceeding Legal Requirements
Course and Research Design
Laboratory Facilities, Procedures, and Equipment
Chemical Purchasing and Storage
Waste Disposal
Art and Photography Studios
8 Student Activities
Advocates for Environmental Change
Students as Participants in Change
Reducing Impacts in Residence Halls
9 Greening the Ivory Tower
A Culture of Stewardship
Lessons from the Field
The Green University
AppendiX A. Talloire Declaration
AppendiX B. Tufts Dining Strategic Plan
AppendiX C. Dining Services Assessment Worksheet
AppendiX D. Tufts Eco Cup Decathlon
AppendiX E. List of Internet Resources

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