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ERIC Number: EJ1005095
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Feb-28
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Abstractor: ERIC
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ISSN: ISSN-1938-5978
Linking Top-Down to Bottom-Up for Sustainability
Reibstein, Rick; Brylinski, Sarah
New England Journal of Higher Education, Feb 2013
A history of the idea that education institutions have some responsibility to contribute to the effort of sustainability can be traced back centuries ago but would certainly also note the founding in 1993 of the Boston-based group Second Nature to promote the concept and practice of education for sustainability. Second Nature is best known for overseeing the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). ACUPCC uses a top-down approach: Get the president of the institution to commit to ensure that climate and sustainability are seen as institutional priorities, rather than a passing "grassroots philosophy." But Second Nature has also been supporting a strategy to link the top-down to a bottom-up approach, led by a little-known office of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, that serves as a model for any college or university interested in how to maintain quality of life and mission into the future in the face of threats of disastrous climate change, toxic poisoning, unmanageable quantities of waste, the exhaustion of resources and the destruction of natural beauty and wildlife. The linking of top-down to bottom-up is embodied in an event called a Convocation of Students Working With Sustainability Coordinators.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts