Sustainability: Higher Education's New Fundamentalism

Peter Wood

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  • March 25, 2015

“Sustainability” is a key idea on college campuses in the United States and the rest of the Western world. To many, sustainability is just a new name for environmentalism. But the word has come to mean something much larger: an ideology that demands new limits on economic, political, and intellectual freedom as the price that must be paid to ensure the welfare of future generations.

This report is the first in-depth critical examination of the sustainability movement in higher education. The movement, of course, extends well beyond the college campus. But the college campus is where the movement gets its voice of authority, and where it molds the views and commands the attention of young people.

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Press release: National Association of Scholars Report Shows Campus Sustainability Movement Restricts Debate, Harms College Finances

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