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Enhancing Sustainability Campuswide: New Directions for Student Services, Number 137

Enhancing Sustainability Campuswide: New Directions for Student Services, Number 137

Bruce A. Jacobs (Editor), Jillian Kinzie (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-118-40563-5

Apr 2012, Jossey-Bass

88 pages



“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” Many student affairs divisions are doing just that, leading the way in sustainability education by providing students with the knowledge they need to make a positive impact in their personal, civic, and professional lives.

This sourcebook provides a primer on how to best organize specific programs and services as well as overall campus operations to address the critical challenge of sustainability. Presenting research, operational approaches, and personal insights, the authors enable readers to develop successful programs and services. Practical in nature, the content can be adapted into existing or developing programs for a seamless integration of sustainability into everyday campus life.

This is the 137th volume of this Jossey-Bass higher education quarterly series. An indispensable resource for vice presidents of student affairs, deans of students, student counselors, and other student services professionals, New Directions for Student Services offers guidelines and programs for aiding students in their total development: emotional, social, physical, and intellectual.

Editors' Notes 1
Bruce A. Jacobs, Jillian Kinzie

1. Sustainability, Student Affairs, and Students 7
Kathleen G. Kerr, Jeanne S. Hart-Steffes
The authors introduce the work being done on college campuses and by major professional associations to integrate sustainability into the student affairs mission.

2. Moving Beyond Green: Sustainable Development Toward Healthy Environments, Social Justice, and Strong Economies 19
Keith E. Edwards
This chapter frames sustainability initiatives in higher education and student affairs as a push beyond “green” ideas to the identification of solutions that lead to a more environmentally sound and economically viable future that is both just and equitable.

3. Student Services and Auxiliary Enterprises 29
Jeffrey S. Pittman
This chapter examines the increasing interconnection between and among student development, student affairs, and campus auxiliaries fostered by the evolution of sustainability concerns and activities.

4. Sustainability in Housing and Dining Operations 41
Clive Pursehouse
The author describes how Residence Life, and Housing and Dining operations can integrate sustainable issues in all aspects of their operations to impact student learning.

5. Sustainability in the Union 53
Patrick Brown, John Taylor
This chapter advances the discussion on how college unions can be a model for campus sustainability by including the perspective of stewardship in the operational model.

6. Sustainability and First Year Programs 67
Melinda Messineo
The author makes the case for including sustainable practices in firstyear programs in order to impact the overall campus culture.

7. Organizing for Sustainability 83
William M. Brown, Michael W. Hamburger
This chapter details a sustainable campus model that integrates the academic and operational components of campus life.

Index 97