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ERIC Number: EJ1006713
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0882-7249
Sustainability and Higher Education, a [Hypothetical] Love Story
Wagner, Lindsay Eva
Facilities Manager, v29 n3 p26-28 May-Jun 2013
It is quite clear that sustainability is here to stay, but in many cases one has yet to determine what it actually is. The buzz words and issues--solar panels, wind turbines, recycling, green cleaning, energy management, green buildings, green products, public transportation, and carbon neutrality to mention a few--have all been part of the initial drive to be sustainable. The big question is, can these efforts be sustained? It is time to unpack sustainability and develop a successful long-term relationship. Creating a healthy long-term relationship requires planning and an understanding of the potential stages that the relationship will go through. The following is a hypothetical love story between higher education and sustainability. All institutions will most likely go through some version of the following stages, but only a small percent will reach the final stage. These include: (1) The honeymoon period; (2) Adjusting to reality; (3) The Power struggle; (4) Reevaluation; (5) Enlightenment; (6) Acceptance; (7) Couples therapy; and (8) The Reconciliation.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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