Sustainability on Campus: Stories and Strategies for Change

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MIT Press, 2004 - Education - 327 pages
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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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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 ... Read full review


Building Buildings Building Learning Communities
Creating the Sustainable University
Facing the Challenges to Environmental
A Tale of Reluctant
Infusing Sustainability in
Transdisciplinary Shared Learning
A Course for All
Part FV Engaging Communities Engaging Students
The Leadership in Environmental Education
From Ideals to Action
South Carolina Sustainable Universities Initiative
Lessons from Ramapo College
Cultivating a Shared Environmental Vision at Middlebury
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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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