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Miller, Hongor; Miller, Byron Ronald, Jr.; Spoelstra, Jeffrey – International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, 2021
Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to explore the strategies and an effective model for creating and implementing a sustainability internship program at a university campus. Design/methodology/approach: This study assessed Western Michigan University's sustainability program's interns' gain of environmental knowledge on sustainability topics…
Descriptors: Internship Programs, Sustainability, Environmental Education, Pretests Posttests
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Tonietto, Rebecca; O'Brien, Lara; Van Haitsma, Cyrus; Su, Chenyang; Blankertz, Nicole; Mosiniak, Hannah Grace Shaheen; Short, Caleb; Dawson, Heather Ann – International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, 2021
Purpose: The University of Michigan (U-M) is planning its course toward carbon neutrality. A key component in U-M carbon accounting is the calculation of carbon sinks via estimation of carbon storage and biosequestration on U-M landholdings. Here, this paper aims to compare multiple remote sensing methods across U-M natural lands and urban…
Descriptors: Sustainability, Energy Conservation, Urban Universities, Ecology
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Cogut, Gregory; Webster, Noah J.; Marans, Robert W.; Callewaert, John – International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, 2019
Purpose: Sustainability literature has cited the influential role of both awareness and engagement in facilitating increases in pro-environmental behaviors. The purpose of this study is to compare these links across behaviors and explore their interactive influence. Design/methodology/approach: Two research questions were examined: 1) Is awareness…
Descriptors: Sustainable Development, Travel, Transportation, Campuses
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Allen, Summer; Marquart-Pyatt, Sandra T. – International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, 2018
Purpose: This research contributes to the literature on workplace energy conservation by examining the predictors of individual employee behaviors and policy support in a university. The purpose of this research is to better understand what factors influence energy conservation behaviors in this setting to inform programs and interventions.…
Descriptors: Work Environment, Energy Conservation, Universities, Self Efficacy
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Lertpratchya, Alisa P.; Besley, John C.; Zwickle, Adam; Takahashi, Bruno; Whitley, Cameron Thomas – International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, 2017
Purpose: The purpose of this study is to assess the effectiveness of higher education institution as a sustainability communication channel. The theory of planned behavior was used to examine the degree to which a student's tenure at a large university with active and visible sustainability initiatives is associated with changes in views about…
Descriptors: College Role, Sustainability, Communication (Thought Transfer), Behavior Theories
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Habron, Geoffrey; Goralnik, Lissy; Thorp, Laurie – International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, 2012
Purpose: Michigan State University developed an undergraduate, academic specialization in sustainability based on the learning paradigm. The purpose of this paper is to share initial findings on assessment of systems thinking competency. Design/methodology/approach: The 15-week course served 14 mostly third and fourth-year students. Assessment of…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Higher Education, Evaluation, Competence
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Levy, Brett L. M.; Marans, Robert W. – International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, 2012
Purpose: The authors led an interdisciplinary team that developed recommendations for building a "culture of environmental sustainability" at the University of Michigan (UM), and the purpose of this paper is to provide guidance on how other institutions might promote pro-environmental behaviors on their campuses.…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Sustainable Development, Guidance, Sustainability
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Olson, Lauren; Arvai, Joseph; Thorp, Laurie – International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, 2011
Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to develop a better understanding of the state of knowledge of students and faculty on the Michigan State University (MSU) campus; identify relevant gaps in knowledge and misconceptions about recycling; and provide recommendations regarding how these gaps and misconceptions may be addressed through education…
Descriptors: Colleges, Campuses, Recycling, Knowledge Level
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Marans, Robert W.; Edelstein, Jack Y. – International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, 2010
Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to determine the behaviors, attitudes, and levels of understanding among faculty, staff, and students in efforts to design programs aimed at reducing energy use in University of Michigan (UM) buildings. Design/methodology/approach: A multi-method approach is used in five diverse pilot buildings including focus…
Descriptors: Weather, Energy Conservation, Focus Groups, Program Design