Sustainable Development on Campus Resource Links
The learning modules in our tool kit take you through some basic principles and practices for making your campus more sustainable. The following resource links will provide you with in-depth advice, case studies and contacts with organizations and institutions which are actively pursuing sustainable development goals on campus. Use these tools to keep informed and to keep in touch!
These titles represent leading North American and European view points. We welcome any information on similar guides which have been developed for use in other regions.
University Leadership in Sustainable Development
Clarke, H.J. (ed). Creating a common future: Proceedings of the Conference on University Action for Sustainable Development (Halifax, NS : 1991. Halifax, Dalhousie University, 1992.
Abstract: University presidents joined with officials from government, the business community, NGOs, faculty and students in December 1991 to discuss the role of universities in improving the capacity of countries to address environment and development issues. The conference offered an opportunity to examine the issues raised for universities by the Talloires conference and also to consider just what role universities could play with respect to UNCED. [..from the foreword]
To order: contact Lester Pearson Institute for International Development, Dalhousie University, 321 Robie St., Halifax, NS, Canada, B3H 3H5. (902) 494 2211.
Eagan, David and David, Orr. The campus and environmental responsibility. San Francisco: Jossey Bass Publishers, 1992.
Abstract: What should be the response of higher education to the indisputable deterioration of the environment? This book is designed to stimulate thinking about the evolution of institutions of higher education towards a twenty-first century agenda that takes into account the surrounding environment.
To order: contact Jossey Publishers 350 Sansome Street, San Francisco, California 94104
Filho, Walter (ed.). Sustainability and University Life. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 1999.
Abstract: Prepared in cooperation with University Leaders for a Sustainable Future (ULSF), this book presents a number of case studies and analyses illustrating how colleges and universities are pursuing sustainability. A wide range of views and perspectives by many experts in the field describe how, through projects, networks, operations practices, curriculum greening initiatives and student involvement, higher education institutions in various countries (the U.S., the U.K., the Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany, France) are trying to bring sustainability closer to their institutional lives.
Filho, Walter, and Frances Macdermott(ed). Implementing sustainable development at university level: a manual of good practice. Bradford, U.K: European Training Centre for Environmental Education, 1995.
To order: contact European Research and Training Centre on Environmental Education (ERTCEE) at tel/fax 44 1274 385 391 or email at email@example.com
MacLeod, Jack and Carla Doucet (ed). University Presidents Workshop Learning and Sustainability. Ottawa, Canada: National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy (NRTEE), March 1995.
Document in Portable Document Format (PDF ~347K)
Chernushenko, David. Greening Campuses. Ottawa: Association of CCC, and Winnipeg: IISD. 1996.
Abstract: Similar to the author's earlier work, Greening the campuses promotes tools which can be used by administrations, including EMS (environmental management systems) and campus audit practices. A Chapter on EMS is included in our learning module.
To order, contact Association of Canadian Community Colleges at (613) 746-7639
Keniry, Julian. Ecodemia. Washington D.C.: National Wildlife Federation, 1995.
Abstract: Highly recommended as a tool to guide and promote environmental stewardship on campus. Ecodemia contains a detailed report of environmental responsibility as envisioned and practiced by colleges and universities nationwide. Chapters include virtually every facet of campus operations, including procurement, dining services, landscaping and energy. The author provides case studies and individual profiles of administrators, staff, faculty and students who have transformed their own work and changed their institutions.
To order: contact the National Wildlife Federation at 703-790-4322
National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy. Green guide: a users guide to sustainable development for Canadian colleges. Ottawa: NRTEE, 1992.
Abstract: What steps are involved in creating an environmentally sustainable college? The Green Guide provides an overview of steps involved in creating an environmentally sustainable college. It focuses on the principles, strategies, and goals which underlies such an endeavor. It draws upon case studies from colleges in Canada that have undertaken various initiatives to green their campus.
To order: Contact the National Round Table for the Environment and the Economy at tel 613- 992-7189 or fax at 613-992-7385.
Saphire, David. Making less garbage on campus: a hands on guide. New York: INFORM INC, 1995.
Abstract: How can you stop the build up of waste on campus? Making Less Garbage contains dozens of case studies on waste prevention techniques currently in use on U.S. college campuses, as well as an operations and procurement checklist and a step by step guide to creating a campus waste prevention program.
To order: contact INFORM at 212-361-2400 or email at Inform@igc.apc.org
Thompson, Dixon and Serena, Van Bakel. A practical introduction to environmental management on Canadian campuses. Ottawa: National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy, 1995.
Abstract: Campus decision makers play an important role in reducing environmental impacts. This book helps campus decision makers by providing the environmental management tools and systems that can be applied at universities and colleges to tackle environmental and sustainable challenges in areas such as management and decision making systems, environmental auditing and assessments, energy, water, solid waste, hazardous materials and transportation.
To order: contact National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy at 613 992-7189 or fax at 613-992-7385.
Ashmole, Anna. Curriculum Greening. United Kingdom: The University of Edinburgh, 1995.
Abstract. This is an excellent on-line resource package for professors interested in greening their teaching. This site includes workshop papers on ways to green the curriculum as well as other environmental education resources.
Ali Kahn, Shirley. Greening the curriculum. United Kingdom: World Wildlife Federation, 1991.
Abstract: An important aspect of sustainable development on campus is the introduction of environmental criteria into all facets of the curriculum. Greening the Curriculum makes a valuable contribution to the debate surrounding the provisions of the environment and higher education, and encourages high-quality learning and environmental literacy in general. The author provides case studies of institutions in the UK who are incorporating environmental criteria into their curriculum.
To order: contact Committee of Directors of Polytechnics, Kirkman House, 12-14 Whitfields St, London, W1P 6AX
Second Nature. Workshop on the principles of sustainability in higher education. Essex, Massachusetts: Second Nature, 1995.
Abstract: Based on the workshop held at the Essex Conference Center in Massachusetts which brought together thirty-two educators and other professionals with environmental expertise, this report discusses the principals of sustainability and how best to incorporate them into higher education. It includes a series of recommendations to help facilitate the transformation of higher education and society as a whole in the direction of sustainability.
To order: contact Second Nature at 617-227-8888
Strauss, Benjamin. The class of 2000 report environmental education, practices and activism on campus. New York: The Nathan Cummings Foundation, 1995.
Abstract: A much needed report which will enhance your understanding of environmental education, practices and activism on campus. It examines the need for expanding environmental education and the need for campus environmental reform as well as the need for student environmental activism on campus.
To order: contact the Nathan Cummings Foundation at 212 -787 -7300 , fax at 212- 787-7377 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Toyne, Peter. Environmental responsibility an agenda for further and higher education. London: HMSO, 1993.
Abstract:A major national report in the U.K. calling for much work to be done in the area of environmental education. The report contains an assessment of what needs to be done, now, to provide the workforce with the knowledge, skills, and awareness which it will need to assume greater environmental responsibility.
Contact:Welsh Office at 0222 388-588
The Heinz Family Foundation. Blue print for a green campus: the Campus Earth Summit. New York: , 1995.
Abstract: How to work towards a Green Campus? This report provides recommendations for the higher education community that will help them work towards an environmentally sustainable future. The Blueprint is a result of a collaborative process of environmental leaders, students, faculty and administrators who participated at the Campus Earth Summit at Yale University on Feb 18-20, 1994.
To order: contact Campus Green Vote at 202 234-5990
Smith, April. The Campus environmental audit: a guide to creating environmental change. Venice, California: Living Planet Press, 1993.
Abstract: An out standing tool for empowering students to make a difference, this book not only helps students to become more environmentally aware in their own campuses but also in their future lives. It is a hands on primer for environmental activism.
To order: contact Living Planet Press, Venice, California.
International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD).Youth Sourcebook on Sustainable Development Winnipeg, Manitoba: (IISD), 1994.
Abstract: This is an insightful look into youth's concerns and actions in sustainable development issues. The Youth Sourcebook contains case studies of youth action, advice on how to organize for action and a directory of international and regional youth organizations. This is a must to read for all youth who are working in the areas of sustainable development.
To order: contact IISD at (204) 958-7700.
Weinstein, Mariam. Making a difference college guide. San Rafael, California: Sage Works Press, 1995.
Abstract: How can students make a difference in the world? This book helps students to choose a college that is in line with their environmental values and concerns. Focus is on innovative programs which involve travel, field studies, community based learning, developing studies and much more. Many of these programs contain an environmental focus.
To order: contact Sage Works Press at (800) 218 4242
See also the Class of 2000 Report, listed under Campus Administration.
Discussion Forum Located in the Tool Kit: provides you with a vehicle to view and comment upon policies found in the policy bank and to share and exchange ideas with others working on campus sustainability. To use this please click on the comment and forum button provided at the top of the page.
Green School List by Brown University: This listserv focuses on improving campus environmental practices in such areas as recycling, waste reduction, energy conservation, and procurement. To subscribe, send an email message: LISTSERV@BROWNVM.BROWN.EDU The body of the message should include: Subscribe GRNSCH-L and your name
Recycle List: this listserv focuses on recycling issues on campus and the surrounding communities. To subscribe, send an email message: LISTPROC@ENVIROLINK.ORG The message should say: subscribe recycle and your name.
International Students For Environmental Action (ISEA): This listserv enables students to exchange experiences of environmental actions at universities between different countries. ISEA is a network of students and student groups doing actions and lobbying for sustainable development at universities. To subscribe, send an email message to: email@example.com The messgae should say: subscribe ISEA-L and you first and last name.
Association of University Leaders for a Sustainable Future
The Association of University Leaders for a Sustainable Future was established to promote and support academic leadership for the advancement of global environmental literacy. Working in partnership with more than 270 institutions in 40 countries to further the goals and recommendations of the Talloires Declaration.
Key Information Sources
Talloires Declaration: website gives a full description of the declaration, including an up-to-date list of signatories.
Calendar of Events: website provides you with current information on conferences taking place.
Newsletter: Published three times a year, The Declaration features in-depth articles on current sustainability initiatives at colleges and universities worldwide." See index of past articles on the website.
2100 L St., NW
Washington, DC 20037
Second Nature is dedicated to assisting universities around the world in their efforts to provide training to faculty members in all relevant disciplines so that their students will graduate as environmentally literate citizens. The website provides visitors information on their organization, products and services.
Key Information Sources:
Second Nature Sustainability Network: provides participants with support, recognition, and opportunities for sharing information and resources.
Environmental Reference Centre: has over 1,500 bibliographic references and 250 undergraduate course syllabus and reading lists that integrate environmental and sustainable content.
Educational Policy and Partnerships: links to various groups that are working towards educational reforms on a national level.
44 Bromfield Street, 5th Floor
Boston, MA 02108 USA
Campus Ecology Program (National Wildlife Federation)
Campus Ecology establishes environmentally sound practices on college campuses by promoting leadership and action within the campus community. Realizing the importance of diversity, Campus Ecology strives to include all peoples in working towards environmental solutions, and encourages joint campus and community projects.
Key Information Sources:
Campus Ecology Resources: provides an environmental campus case study of the month as well as issue packets on fundraising, environmental justice, tree planting and much more.
Greening your Campus Issues, Resources, and Case Studies: includes excerpts from Ecodemia, including on campus composting and a bibliography of campus recycling and waste reduction programs.
Campus Calendar of Events: keeps you up to date with events that are happening around you.
1400 16th Street
NW Washington DC
Tel :(202) 797-5467
The Greening of Higher Education Council (GEHCO)
GEHCO's main aim is to promote sustainable environmental education in universities and colleges.
Key Information Sources:
A newsletter entitled Greening Universities.
A publication program which includes two forth coming books: called State of the Environment in Britain and Social Science Perspective on the Environment.
A program of conferences and other events. The most recent was a conference in London on Campus Greening: Environmental Management in Universities.
120a Marlborough Road
Oxford 0X1 4LS
CRE Copernicus (CO-operation Programme in Europe for Research on Nature and Industry through Coordinated University Studies)
The Cre programme is designed to bring together universites and other concerned sectors of society from all parts of Europe to promote a better understanding of the interaction between people and the environment and to collobarate on common environmental issues.
Key Information Sources:
A list of publications.
The Copernicus Charter (The University Charter for Sustainable Development.
A newsletter presenting its main activities to members and outside partners.
10, Conseil General
CH-1211 Geneva 4
Tel: 41 22 329 26 44 Fax: 41 22 329 28 21