Monthly Archive for September, 2007

Workshop announcement

Sustainability Across the Curriculum Leadership Workshop January 10-11 (Thurs-Fri), 2008

Emory University, Atlanta, GA

AASHE, the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, is pleased to invite participation in a two-day workshop for faculty leaders of all disciplines who wish to develop curriculum change programs around sustainability on their campuses.

Through an intensive two days of presentations, exercises, discussions, reflection, and planning, participants will become familiar with the philosophy of change in higher education developed through the Ponderosa Project at Northern Arizona University and adapted at Emory in the Piedmont Project. Participants will also experience of range of workshop strategies, hear local experts, enjoy outdoor place-based activities, and dialogue with faculty from around the country as they gain help in adapting this model to their own campus. In a supportive and stimulating environment, workshop members will reflect on their own roles in the transformation of higher education. Readings and materials will also be provided.

These highly successful workshops are led by Geoffrey Chase of San Diego State University and Peggy Barlett of Emory University. Peggy and Geoff are editors of Sustainability on Campus: Stories and Strategies for Change, published by MIT Press in 2004. Peggy and Geoff have many years of experience leading these kinds of workshops and have helped more than 200 faculty on several campuses revise courses in a wide array of disciplines.

Workshop tuition is $350 for AASHE members and $390 for non-members. Tuition covers snacks and lunches on both days of the workshop, handouts, materials, and an evening reception on the first day of the workshop.

Applications are due by October 19, 2007 and are available at: http://www.aashe.org/profdev/curriculum.php

Andrea Webster

Membership Coordinator & Administrative Assistant

AASHE

213.5 N. Limestone

Lexington KY 40507

859.402.9272

859.402.2217 (fax)

john@aashe.org, andrea@aashe.org

www.aashe.org

What are other campuses doing?

There’s a frenzy of sustainability activity on campuses across the country. For a glimpse, peruse the case studies compiled by the Campus Ecology Program of the National Wildlife Federation:

Assessment

Building design

Composting

Dining services

Energy

Environmental literacy

Habitat restoration

Management systems

Purchasing

Transportation

Waste reduction

Water

The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education publishes profiles of numerous campus sustainability programs, and the archives of its Bulletin provide an overview of the scope of work underway. Worldwatch also offers a number of profiles. The Campus Ecology Program has developed a summary of best practices.

Some key articles

From the Chronicle of Higher Education series “The Sustainable University” (10/20/06)

What Is a Sustainable University?

In Search of the Sustainable Campus
SCOTT CARLSON

Support at the Top for Sustainability
RICHARD MONASTERSKY

Sustainability: The Ultimate Liberal Art
FRANK H.T. RHODES

A Meditation on Building
DAVID W. ORR

The Intellectual Territory
GOLDIE BLUMENSTYK

Full series of articles is available here

UT System gets a C+

In its 2007 College Sustainability Report Card, the Sustainable Endowments Institute assigned the UT System schools a collective grade of C+. The report’s profile of the UT System breaks down the performance like this:

Administration — B

Climate change & energy — B

Food & recycling — C

Green building — B

Endowment transparency — A

Investment priorities — C

Shareholder Engagement — F

Like any such rating system, the Report Card has its limitations, not the least of which is that for several of these components it focuses almost exclusively on the UT Austin campus.

Full report                 Executive Summary

Welcome to the PSC Forum

Greetings from PSC co-chairs Craig Powell and Jeff Howard. This forum is an electronic meeting place for committee members and members of the UTA community to converse, strategize, and share resources. Comments or suggestions on the forum’s features and architecture are welcome.

To be added:

  • List of committee members, with contact info
  • Meeting schedule
  • Meeting agendas
  • Meeting minutes
  • Ideas for short-term action at UTA
  • Comments submitted to Sustainability web page
  • List of environmental courses at UTA

What else would you like to see here?