ERIC Number: EJ1021949
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Environmental Sustainability Practices in Publicly Supported Two-Year Colleges in the Southern United States
Posey, Michael J.; Webster, Ann H.
Community College Journal of Research and Practice, v37 n10 p800-803 2013
In September of 2012, a mixed methods exploratory research study was conducted from among the 270 presidents of public two-year colleges in the 11-state region accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. The purpose of the study was to examine the environmental sustainability practices used at these institutions. To determine the types of practices being used, section nine of the Sustainability Assessment Questionnaire (SAQ) for Colleges and Universities (Association of University Leaders for a Sustainable Future, 2009) was e-mailed to community, junior, and technical college presidents in the 11 states. A total of 137 respondents completed the questionnaire. Descriptive statistics were presented for each state. Energy conservation, recycling of solid waste, waste reduction practices, building construction and renovation, and reduction of toxic materials were the most frequently cited practices among respondents. The least frequently cited practices included environmentally oriented coursework, green purchasing, sustainable transportation, and sustainable food programs. The study also included exploratory interviews with two state-system leaders and a factor analysis of questionnaire results.
Descriptors: Sustainability, Environmental Education, Two Year Colleges, Educational Practices, College Presidents, Questionnaires, Administrator Attitudes, Energy Conservation, Facilities Management, Mixed Methods Research, Factor Analysis, Interviews
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Two Year Colleges; Postsecondary Education; Higher Education
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