ERIC Number: EJ907496
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
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The Mixed Political Blessing of Campus Sustainability
Breen, Sheryl D.
PS: Political Science and Politics, v43 n4 p685-690 Oct 2010
The rise of sustainability rhetoric, curriculum, infrastructure, and marketing on college campuses is a mixed blessing. On the one hand, college presidents are pledging to eliminate their campuses' global warming emissions; colleges and universities are building wind turbines, composters, and green buildings; and sustainability coordinators are the latest surge in new staff hires. However, the greening of college campuses has a less welcome side as well, and examination of the campus sustainability movement suggests an unsettling lack of theoretical and ideological analysis. In this article, I praise what is being done well, identify the political analysis that has been avoided, and provide arguments for what has yet to be addressed. I argue that the trend toward campus sustainability, while praiseworthy in some significant ways, has left some troubling theoretical assumptions largely undisturbed.
Descriptors: Climate, Sustainable Development, College Presidents, Environmental Education, Educational Trends, Politics of Education, College Administration, Educational Policy, Policy Analysis, Conservation (Environment), Program Implementation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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