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Overcoming barriers to sustainability on college and university campuses

Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education

Overcoming Barriers to Sustainability on College and University Campuses

Tom Kimmerer

Executive Director

AASHE





  • Buying Coffee Education

    • Shade Grown, Organic, Fair Trade vs. Commodity Coffee





A Sustainable Society is: Education

Environmentally viable

Economically Robust

Socially Just & Equitable




Why colleges are important
Why Colleges are Important affects:

The campus must be the laboratory in which we invent a sustainable future.


Barriers to sustainability
Barriers to Sustainability affects:

The organization of colleges & universities is a significant barrier to sustainability


Barriers to sustainability1
Barriers to Sustainability affects:

The Landlord-Tenant Relationship


Barriers to sustainability2
Barriers to Sustainability affects:

The Landlord-Tenant relationship needs to be replaced with a collaborative learning relationship.


Campus collaboration
Campus Collaboration affects:

When implementing sustainability programs, operators and academics need to be allies.



Teaching the campus
Teaching the Campus affects:

Prof. Stephen Mead



Teaching the campus the sustainability interpreter
Teaching the Campus – affects:The Sustainability Interpreter

Interpreters create

Banners, Signs, Posters

Tours

Videos


Overcoming barriers people to people
Overcoming Barriers – affects:People to People

Gary Deason, Center for Sustainable Environments

Mark Flynn, Executive Director, Capital Assets & Services



Engaging students1
Engaging Students affects:

  • Teach Sustainability across the curriculum

  • Provide specialized courses and curricula

  • Model sustainable behavior in the classroom and on campus


Engaging students oberlin college
Engaging Students affects:Oberlin College


Engaging students2
Engaging Students affects:

  • Focus the Nation

    • Teaching Event on climate

    • Jan. 31 2008

    • Focusthenation.org

  • Campus Climate Challenge

    • Supports student activities in clean energy

    • Climatechallenge.org


Engaging students3
Engaging Students affects:

  • Make students, staff, faculty aware participants, not passive recipients.

  • Give them information

  • Let them make choices


Barriers to sustainability3
Barriers to Sustainability affects:

Universities and their suppliers need new relationships


Procurement by collaboration
Procurement by Collaboration affects:

  • Buying stuff in new ways

    • Shift from command purchasing to collaboration

    • Shift from bid packages to RFPs

    • Viewing providers as collaborators

    • ASU and Aramark


Overcoming barriers
Overcoming barriers affects:

  • The major barriers to sustainability are in human behavior and relationships, not in science and technology.

  • Segments of the campus need to learn new relationships


“More than ever, universities must take leadership roles to address the grand challenges of the twenty-first century, and climate change is paramount among these” - Michael Crow, President, Arizona State University


Last thoughts
Last Thoughts their campuses to reversing climate change.

  • In any economic revolution, there is bifurcation

    • Those who change and thrive

    • Those who resist and fail

  • Sustainability requires both small, incremental steps and large leaps

  • Don’t assume that change is linear


Opportunities abound
Opportunities Abound their campuses to reversing climate change.

Colleges and Universities are the laboratories in which we invent a sustainable future.


www.aashe.org their campuses to reversing climate change.

www.presidentsclimatecommitment.org

Thanks to Jim Buizer, Tony Cortese, Lee DeBaillie, Gary Deason, Mark Flynn, Hunter Lovins, Dave Newport and others for inspiration and help with content. Special thanks to the great AASHE staff: Julian Dautremont-Smith, Judy Walton, Sam Hummel, John Johnson.


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