Higher Education Webinars

Getting to Green

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

April 12, 2008 - 7:06am
'Tis Spring, and an old(er) man's fancy turns to thoughts of ... possible policy changes for the coming academic year. Greenback University, like many schools, has effectively created a no-drive zone in the middle of campus. Sure, the occasional physical plant employee needs to drive a truck or a golf cart out onto the quad, but by and large, the center of campus is vehicle-free.
April 10, 2008 - 1:34pm
Tis Spring, and an old(er) man’s fancy turns to thoughts of ... possible policy changes for the coming academic year.
April 9, 2008 - 6:17pm
Tis Spring, and an old(er) man’s fancy turns to thoughts of ... possible policy changes for the coming academic year. Unlike paper, air travel paid for by the University is one of the things Greenback is supposed to include in its GHG inventory under the Presidents Climate Commitment. And we're trying. The difficulty is (as with many engineering problems) that the data simply doesn't exist. At least, not in any directly useful or reliable form.
April 8, 2008 - 5:20pm
‘Tis Spring, and an old(er) man’s fancy turns to thoughts of ... possible policy changes for the coming academic year.
April 7, 2008 - 2:29pm
'Tis Spring, and an old(er) man's fancy turns to thoughts of ... possible policy changes for the coming academic year. First in line, Greenback U should totally ban the use of incandescent bulbs on campus. It's just a first step, and a small one, but it can have significant effect in both residence halls and (to a lesser extent) office buildings. We've banned halogen bulbs in residence halls for years. How hard can this be? And why ever wouldn't we? Has your school already done this?
April 4, 2008 - 1:04pm
It's April 4, about two weeks into what the calendarists recognize as Spring. The snow is gone everywhere but on the north slopes, and we're deep into mud season. The Canada geese arrived, in significant numbers, more than a month ago, yet the standing water (ponds, lakes) is still pretty much frozen over. March forgot the part about "going out like a lamb" -- strong frontal systems, with gale-force winds (or so it seems) go through once or twice a week, at least.
April 3, 2008 - 5:21pm
A friend of mine, at SUNY's School of Environmental Science and Forestry, forwarded me this email, which apparently went out to every student:
March 31, 2008 - 4:53pm
Sometimes, it's what you don't plan that goes well. Earth Hour, an event which originated only last year on the other side of the world (Sydney, Australia), and which has gotten some promotion from the World Wildlife Fund, was something which came upon us sustainability administrators almost unheralded.
March 29, 2008 - 11:54am
Paycheck envy aside, I'm glad I'm not a university president. Long hours, too many constituencies bringing too many competing priorities, little chance of establishing consensus criteria for success (crisis situations aside), and employees who are unmanageable and (often) proud of it. From time to time, though, university presidents do get a chance to say something important. Larry Edward Penley, president of Colorado State, recently did so in these pages.
March 27, 2008 - 9:16pm
... is that you do talk about Scrap Club.

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