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Title: GEOG 4330 SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT PUAD 6806 POLICY DESIGN FOR SUSTAINABLE FUTURES


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GEOG 4330 SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENTPUAD
6806POLICY DESIGN FOR SUSTAINABLE FUTURES
  • Michael D. Lee Ph.D.
  • Dept. Geography Environmental Studies

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CLASS 9Sustainable Universities and Colleges
  • Michael D. Lee Ph.D.
  • Dept. Geography Environmental Studies

3
Leading by Example
  • Many academics are active in the sustainable
    development arena.
  • Todays students represent a major group of
    likely decision makers and change agents over the
    next two generations.
  • Universities and colleges thus would seem to have
    a special responsibility to be out front in
    setting trends and providing leadership in the
    transition toward sustainability.
  • Not just by teaching sustainability theory and
    principles, but by showcasing practical examples
    of how individuals and communities might adopt
    appropriate measures and acting as facilitators
    and catalysts of change in the broader community
    in which they reside.

4
The ULSF and GHESP
  • In 1992, an association of universities from
    around the world founded University Leaders for
    a Sustainable Future following a 1990 conference
    on the role of universities in environmental
    management and sustainable development at which
    the Talloires (Tal-Whar) Declaration was created.
    In 2000 the Global Higher Education for
    Sustainability Partnership (GHESP) was launched.
  • According to ULSF, "Sustainability" implies that
    the critical activities of a higher education
    institution are (at a minimum) ecologically
    sound, socially just and economically viable, and
    that they will continue to be so for future
    generations. A truly sustainable college or
    university would emphasize these concepts in its
    curriculum and research, preparing students to
    contribute as working citizens to an
    environmentally sound and socially just society.
    The institution would function as a sustainable
    community, embodying responsible consumption of
    food and energy, treating its members with
    respect, and supporting these values in the
    surrounding community

5
What do universities get from such SD initiatives?
  • Many of world-class academic institutions shifted
    towards sustainable principles and practices in
    the 1990s, thus any campus following suite joins
    an illustrious peer group and shares in
    collective prestige (in the US this notably
    includes Brown, Princeton, Emory, Dartmouth, UC
    Davis and Santa Cruz, Tulane, and Michigan
    Chron. of Higher Ed.).
  • Sustainability initiatives are expected to lead
    to reduced operational costs through innovative
    sustainable practices.
  • Adoption of curriculum embracing and promoting
    sustainability concepts provides cutting edge
    educational and research programs with consequent
    increases in external funding and ability to
    attract the best students.
  • Implementation of sustainability policies and
    practices should lead to improved quality of
    campus and community life.
  • Adoption of leadership in sustainable development
    should lead to greater ties with industry which
    is increasingly adopting related policies and
    procedures and increasing investment in
    sustainable technologies and resources.
  • Providing outreach and partnership on
    sustainability with local communities will
    enhance the local environment and the reputation
    of the university with policy makers, citizens
    and potential students.

6
A selection of policies
  • Clearly, universities will move toward greater
    sustainability by adopting appropriate policies
    for how they operate.
  • Policies can relate to many different areas from
    curriculum to physical plant operations and
    purchasing.
  • A selection of example policies have been
    compiled by the IISD from universities across the
    world, many of them relating to environmental
    impacts, energy management and waste management.
  • Lets consider that of Northland College, a small
    liberal arts college (800) in Wisconsin.

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The Sustainable Campus
  • Some universities have an official office of
    sustainability and a university-wide task force
    e.g. U of Florida_at_Gainesville.
  • Some universities have their own sustainable
    universities initiatives (e.g. Clemson, U of SC
    MU of SC) funded by development grants (of
    relevance to CSU graduates 60 of states
    students).
  • Some student bodies have taken the initiative in
    leading their institutions in becoming more
    sustainable e.g. U of Michigan.
  • Some nations have associations of students (e.g.
    Australia) with a coordinated campaign to promote
    sustainability on their campuses.
  • The International Institute for Sustainable
    Development has a website on Sustainable
    Development on Campus that presents tools for
    administrators, faculty or students to help
    implement SD. They have a good publications and
    links list.

8
University of Florida Sustainability Task Force
Mission
  • 1) To review UFs assets and deficits relative to
    advancing sustainability in the areas of
    research, education, campus operations, and
    community outreach
  • 2) facilitate communication of UFs
    sustainability initiatives and their benefits to
    the campus and community
  • 3) to survey global institutional trends towards
    sustainability and identify UFs best niche(s) or
    role(s) in that movement, and
  • 4) to make recommendations to the President and
    the Faculty detailing specific actions and
    resources required to make the University of
    Florida a global leader in the field of
    sustainability.
  • They have a very useful report on creating a
    sustainable university.

9
A faltering process?
  • Searching of online resources concerning
    sustainable universities finds lots of web pages
    dated from the 1990s with many links now no
    longer active, suggesting that some of the
    colleges and universities pioneering
    environmental responsibility and sustainable
    development initiatives have since lost momentum
    in this area.
  • The University of Michigan students initiative
    provides a list of sustainability efforts at
    other universities and large institutions - as of
    late summer 2001, but no links.
  • There is a specialist journal dealing with
    sustainability and universities entitled the
    INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SUSTAINABILITY IN HIGHER
    EDUCATION (Emerald Journals now in its 3rd
    volume).
  • The University Leaders for a Sustainable Future
    appears to be one of the more current of the
    higher education sustainability organizations but
    most of its web pages do not seem to have been
    updated since October last year.

10
The campus audit
  • In order to determine opportunities and
    priorities for change, campuses need to perform
    some kind of systematic audit.
  • A very comprehensive environmental audit for Penn
    State was conducted in 1996 and acted as a model
    for others seeking to implement sustainable
    development policies.
  • ULSF list a number of campus assessment tools and
    various audit and assessment resources on their
    resources database.
  • CSUH would need to conduct some kind of audit in
    order to assess sustainability options.
  • ULSF also provide a very useful questionnaire for
    campuses to fill out that provides an evaluation
    of the degree to which it has an existing
    baseline of commitment to sustainability and
    provides a basis for discussion on how to
    progress toward a more sustainable system.

11
Steps to a sustainable Hayward
  • According to ULSF links, a number of California
    colleges already have sustainability initiatives
    (they do not list UCDavis/UCSC).
  • Defining what sustainable means in the context
    of an academic institution like Hayward.
  • Establishing the degree to which Hayward could
    push the envelope opportunities and challenges
    to minimizing the footprint associated with its
    operations.
  • Recognizing the outreach potential for
    surrounding communities and businesses.
  • Determining how to involve students and coopt the
    curriculum to marshall forces and bring about
    change.
  • Deciding on how to make CSU Hayward a model of a
    campus seeking to transition toward
    sustainability borrowing/modifying models from
    elsewhere?.
  • Whether to also take leadership in promoting a
    CSU-wide initiative to maximize the collective
    efforts and minimize the collective impacts of
    the whole university.

12
One example to discuss realizing a negative
energy load
  • Hayward could seek to develop solar power on its
    underutilized surfaces (rooftops, patio areas,
    landscaped slopes, one or more parking lots) so
    as to provide as much energy as is expended in
    providing its function (i.e. all the energy
    consumed on campus plus the energy expended by
    students to get to campus).
  • The state could be lobbied to require that local
    utilities pay CSU Hayward a appropriate rate for
    all energy run back into the grid in excess of
    the energy consumed (would also encourage CSU
    Hayward to manage its load shape).
  • What would be the opportunities and obstacles,
    pros and cons to such a move do you think?
  • Other topics youd like to discuss?
  • Anyone fancy an internship for credit (no money!)?
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