Getting to Green

Getting to Green

An administrator pushes, on a shoestring budget, to move his university and the world toward a more sustainable equilibrium.

August 21, 2012 - 8:59pm
Over the weekend, my watch strap broke. So on Monday, on the way home from campus, I went to the store to get a replacement. More precisely, I went to the stores.
August 15, 2012 - 12:16pm
OK, this is just a little thing.  But sometimes, good thinks come in small packages.
August 14, 2012 - 4:34pm
It made the news here, but not for long -- ten percent of the world's population lost electric power in a single event.
August 9, 2012 - 8:47pm
Sometimes you can learn things by watching "reality TV", so long as you keep in mind that it's not ... you know ... real.
August 7, 2012 - 4:05pm
So I'm struggling with the process of getting my mind around all the aspects of socio-economic sustainability.  Lots of good reading, resulting in lots of references to lots more books and articles, some of which will doubtless soon appear in these ramblings.
August 2, 2012 - 5:49pm
Any time I indicate that a market-based solution to any given problem might be less than optimal, I get beaten over the head with Adam Smith's "invisible hand".  A lot of folks (including a lot of folks on Greenback's campus) seem to think that Smith's classic Wealth of Nations defined, once and for all, the innate superiority of "free markets" in all goods, all services, all circumstances.
August 1, 2012 - 6:11pm
It's probably a little bit (but only a little bit) unfair of me to lay blame for the cultural immaturity that is consumerism at the door of American higher education.  After all, most of the behaviors and expectations that prevent children (consumers) from becoming adults (citizens) are established well before entry to college or university.
July 26, 2012 - 2:58pm
Well, maybe not the pets themselves. Maybe more their owners. Especially when it comes to dogs, because dogs can't help the fact that for millenia they've been bred for subservience. Cats, on the other hand, might have to take the rap themselves.
July 22, 2012 - 6:46am
Just a short thought, regarding sustainability books. The Local Politics of Global Sustainability, the best book I've found so far about social sustainability, is filed in the Greenback library system under Library of Congress classification "HC 79". HC 79 is the classification for "Economic history and conditions -- Special topics".
July 18, 2012 - 4:32pm
It all started when Dave Newport at UC-Boulder (I think it was Dave, but looking back I can't find the specifics) said good things about the book "Understanding the Social Dimension of Sustainability."

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