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Advanced Sustainability Techniques Institute-II: Current Trends and Assessment Members of the ACPA Sustainability Taskforce: Kathleen Gardner Susan Mendoza-Jones Dr. Jeanne S. Steffes Program 5 of 5- Sustainability Institute Tuesday, March 31, 2009. Program Overview.

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Advanced Sustainability Techniques Institute-II:

Current Trends and Assessment

Members of the ACPA Sustainability Taskforce:

Kathleen Gardner

Susan Mendoza-Jones

Dr. Jeanne S. Steffes

Program 5 of 5- Sustainability Institute

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

program overview
Program Overview

This session will provide an advanced discussion of sustainability; offer and invite participants to look at and discover student learning outcomes and assessment tools, share resources and network on promising practices and current issues.

session learning outcomes
Session Learning Outcomes:

• Be able to define sustainability and discuss the emerging trends.

• Be able to expand how sustainability can become visible across the university as a viable goal and benchmark for the campus and not just student affairs.

• Be able to assess programs and projects that lead to accountable outcomes

• Discuss and be able to talk about and problem solve front edge issues and strategies to overcome barriers.

● Share resources and websites for additional connections

agenda
Agenda

I. Introduction and Welcome

  • Brief Sustainability Overview
  • Student Learning Outcomes
  • Assessment Tools
  • Resources
  • Challenges and Success Stories
  • Q&A and Wrap-Up
sustainable development defined
Sustainable Development Defined:

“Meeting the needs of the present

without compromising the ability of

future generations to

meet their own needs”

World Commission on Env. and Development. (1987). Our Common Future. England: Oxford University Press.

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Strong Social

Systems

Strong

Environments

Strong

Economy

Sustainable

Society

Triple Bottom Line of Sustainability

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Education for a Sustainable Society:“Enables people to develop the knowledge, values and skills to participate in decisions … that will improve the quality of life now without damaging the planet for the future.”

economic aspects of sustainability
Economic Aspects of Sustainability
  • Local first
  • Co-ops
  • Living wage
  • Local currency
  • Examining consumption – The Lorax
  • Sustainable development/ sustainable distribution
  • Green jobs
social justice aspects of sustainable development
Social Justice Aspects of Sustainable Development

Environmental Racism

Fair Trade

Living Wage

Domestic Partnerships

Corporate Responsibility

Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Gender Equity

Water Rights

  • Human Rights
  • Child Labor Issues
  • Affirmative Action
  • Multicultural Competence
  • Pollution & Farming Practices
  • Worker’s Rights
  • Sweatshop Labor
  • Slavery
global transition it is all connected
From

Fossil powered

Take, make, waste

Living off nature’s capital

Market as master

Loss of cultural & biological diversity

Independence

Materialism as goal

Global Transition:It is all connected!

To

  • Solar powered
  • Cyclical production
  • Living off nature’s income
  • Market as servant
  • Increased cultural & biological diversity
  • Interdependence
  • Human satisfaction goal
challenges and answers to sustainability
Challenges

Already busy

Don’t know this stuff

Issues are complex and systematic

Answers

Use national resources

Learn from other institutions

Use students (like YOU) and staff nationally to help you learn, grow, and implement

Challenges and Answers to Sustainability
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Integrating Education for Sustainable Development:

First year Book

Orientation

Curricula

Research

Mission and

Planning

Operations

Purchasing

Professional Development

Community Outreach and

Partnerships

Student Life

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Key Places:

  • Student Life
  • Residential Living
  • Infused throughout curricula
  • First Year Experience
  • Gen Ed Core
  • Curricula Review
  • Community Partnerships
  • Workforce Development
  • Mission
  • Strategic Plan
  • Budget
  • Orientation
  • Campus Map and Signage
  • Building Policies
  • Operations and Purchasing Policies
sustainability learning outcomes acpa s sustainability taskforce 2006
Sustainability Learning Outcomes(ACPA’s Sustainability Taskforce, 2006)

1.Each student will be able to define sustainability.(cognitive complexity, knowledge acquisition)

2. Each student will be able to explain how sustainability relates to their lives and their values, and how their actions impact issues of sustainability.(cognitive complexity; knowledge acquisition, integration and application; intra and interpersonal competence; practical competence)

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Sustainability Learning Outcomes (ACPA’s Sustainability Taskforce, 2006)

3. Each student will be able to utilize their knowledge of sustainability to change their daily habits and consumer mentality.(knowledge integration and application, humanitarianism, civic engagement, practice competence)

4. Each student will be able to explain how environmental, social and economic systems are interrelated.(knowledge acquisition, integration, intra and inter personal competence, practical competence, persistence and academic achievement)

sustainability learning outcomes acpa s sustainability taskforce 20062
Sustainability Learning Outcomes(ACPA’s Sustainability Taskforce, 2006)

5. Each student will learn change agent skills.

(cognitive complexity; knowledge acquisition; integration and application; intra and inter personal competence; humanitarianism; civic engagement; practical competence; persistence and academic achievement)

6. Each student will learn how to apply concepts of sustainability to their campus and community.

(knowledge acquisition, integration, intra and inter personal competence, humanitarianism, civic engagement, practical competence, persistence and academic achievement)

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Sustainability Learning Outcomes (ACPA’s Sustainability Taskforce, 2006)

7. Each student will demonstrate a commitment to sustainability by actively applying their knowledge of sustainability to their lives, professions, and societies.

(cognitive complexity; knowledge acquisition, integration and application; intra and inter personal competence; humanitarianism; civic engagement; practical competence; persistence and academic achievement)

aashe sustainability tracking assessment and rating system stars
AASHE - Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS)

Designed to:

1 Provide a guide for advancing sustainability in all sectors of higher education.

  • Enable meaningful comparisons over time and across institutions by establishing a common standard of measurement for sustainability in higher education.
  • Create incentives for continual improvement toward sustainability.
  • Facilitate information sharing about higher education sustainability practices and performance.
  • Build a stronger, more diverse campus sustainability community.
assessment tools
Assessment Tools

STARS

Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System

from

AASHE (Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education )

stars rating program overview
STARS Rating Program Overview

Categories

Education & Research

Operations

Administration & Finance

why is stars needed
Why is STARS Needed?
  • Indicators are clear
  • Consistency
  • Transparent criteria
  • Comprehensive
  • Response to demand by higher education associations
elements of stars
Elements of STARS
  • Checklist of indicators (similar to LEED)
  • Thresholds of achievement
  • Guidance and resources
  • Comprehensive – all campus sectors
  • Transparency (public reporting and access)
  • Rating good for 3 years
  • Pilot phase begins in 2008; version 1.0 in December 2009
acpa sustainability taskforce and student voice instrument
ACPA Sustainability Taskforce and Student Voice Instrument

- Higher education tool (collaborative effort Sustainability Taskforce/Assessment Commission and Student Voice)

  • Built off the student learning outcomes
  • Will look a benchmarks and comparative data
  • Pilot will begin in the fall
college sustainability report card
College Sustainability Report Card

by the Sustainable Endowments Institute

  • climate change and energy, green building, food and recycling,

administration, endowment transparency, investment priorities, and shareholder

engagement.

(limitations- 100 top endowments)

www.greenreportcard.org/ *pdf free online

challenges and successes
Challenges and Successes
  • Negotiating political climate
  • Resources- cost and time
  • Complexity and interconnectedness of the topic
  • Buy in for assessment of the triple bottom line
  • At a crucial tipping point- US News and World Report and Princeton Review
general resources
General Resources
  • ACPA Sustainability Website (myacpa.org)

- Primer

- Campus Tool Kit

- Change Agent Skills

- Learning Outcomes

  • ACPA Monograph (free down load-ACPA Members)
  • 2009 ACPA Metro DC Convention

- Sustainability Institutes (Beginner and Advanced sessions – PowerPoints on ACPA website soon

  • ACPA Sustainability Institute at Harvard, June 2009
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Association for the Advancement of

Sustainability in Higher Education

AASHE

(AY-shee)

www.aashe.org

aashe resources
AASHE Resources
  • Case Studies of curricula, planning, operations…
  • Tools (e.g. sustainability assessments/indicators,
        • greenhouse gas calculators)
  • Conferences and professional development
  • Web resources – over 800 syllabi, institutional profiles
  • Listservs (for faculty, business officers, purchasing agents, facilities managers, students)
  • Inform local, state & national policy
  • Encourage & facilitate collaboration
  • Awards and recognition
other national organizations to assist our work
Other National Organizations to Assist Our Work
  • Association of University Leaders for a Sustainable Future – www.ulsf.org
  • Second Nature – www.secondnature.org
  • U.S. Partnership for Sustainable Development -

www.uspartnership.org

purchasing and operations
Purchasing and Operations
  • LEED – Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Building Rating system. Building owners get points for recycling construction waste, improving energy efficiency with more insulation and better controls, and using local, recycled and less-toxic building materials, among other things. www.usgbc.org
  • Conservation first, renewables next (higher ed is #1 purchaser of wind power) – www.energystar.gov
  • Campus Climate Challenge and the mainstream Higher Education Climate Action Partnership – measure and reduce greenhouse gases – www.hecap.org
  • Environmentally and socially responsible purchasing – www.coopamerica.org, www.newdream.org
  • Carbon Offsets; goal – carbon neutrality- Native ENERGY Connection
acknowledgements
Acknowledgements

Dr. Debra Rowe

dgrowe@oaklandcc.edu

President U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development; Co-chair Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium;

Dr. Anthony Cortese, President Second Nature;

ACPA Presidential Taskforce on Sustainability;

Keith Edwards and Kathleen Kerr

USA Today Collegiate Readership Program

questions comments and thoughts
Questions, Comments and Thoughts?

Kathleen Gardner

kagardn@suie.edu

Susan Mendoza-Jones

mendozsu@gvsu.edu

Dr. Jeanne S. Steffes

jssteffes@gmail.com

http://www.myacpa.org/task-force/sustainability/