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Sustainability’s Latest Pulpit

Rachelle Peterson

The advocacy organization Second Nature launches a new signatory initiative, the Alliance for Resilient Campuses. 

Signing the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment

Rachelle Peterson

Nearly 700 college presidents vow to eliminate their campuses' greenhouse gas emissions. NAS found that these schools are concentrated along the two coasts, more likely to be elite liberal arts colleges than universities, predominantly doctorate-granting institutions, and urban. 

Happy Campus Sustainability Day!

Rachelle Peterson

Colleges across the country celebrate the 11th annual campus sustainability day. 

What Does “Sustainability” Cost?

Rachelle Peterson

Middlebury College goes green...and its budget goes red.

Green Acres

Peter Wood

Colleges and universities tend to spend lavishly on diversity and sustainability initiatives, but is this really the best use of their (and taxpayers') money?

Sustainability News

Ashley Thorne

Researchers determine that sustainability is now a science; Occupy Wall Street's sustainability committee plays house; Harvard looks to hire someone who can "cultivate an understanding of food"; and a debate asks whether the campus sustainability movement detracts from the better purposes of higher education.

Radio: Sustainability in Higher Education

Ashley Thorne

NAS speaks out about the ideological character of the sustainability movement.

From Diversity to Sustainability: How Campus Ideology is Born

Peter Wood

Sustainability, like diversity, subtracts from the better purposes of higher education.

Sustainability News 8-3-10

Ashley Thorne

This edition of sustainability-in-higher-ed news includes the University of Toledo’s new curricular residence life programs in sustainability; UNC’s workshop to help participants explore oppression and injustice; the growing trend of campus gardens; the University of Chicago’s anxious efforts to “catch up”; and strategic questions for identifying eco-friendly colleges.

Encyclopedia of Sustainability, 4th Edition

Ashley Thorne

A 4th edition of the NAS 'sustainapedia' of the key names, terms, books, colleges, and organizations in the campus sustainability movement.

Sustainability News 6-28-2010

Ashley Thorne

This week’s news includes students sending hair clippings to help plug the oil spill; the reinventing of Biosphere 2; a new generation of sustainability graduates; how apocalyptic predictions can be encouraging; and one university's decision to go trayless.

Encyclopedia of Sustainability, 3rd Edition

Ashley Thorne

A 3rd edition of the NAS 'sustainapedia' of the key names, terms, books, colleges, and organizations in the campus sustainability movement.

Radio: "The Green Movement and Its Discontents"

Ashley Thorne

Listen to NAS communications director discuss the rise of the sustainability movement in higher education.

An Elbow in the Ribs: Prof-Prodding Toward Sustainability

Ashley Thorne

Campus administrators and leaders of sustainability organizations come together to think of ways to get "reluctant professors" to teach sustainability. Their answer: "Change how they think."

Encyclopedia of Sustainability, 2nd Edition

Ashley Thorne

A 2nd edition of the NAS 'sustainapedia' of the key names, terms, books, colleges, and organizations in the campus sustainability movement.

Colleges Celebrate Sustainability, aka Redressing "Maldistribution"

Ashley Thorne

Today is the seventh annual Campus Sustainability Day (CSD), a celebration invented by the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP), in collaboration with Second Nature. Second Nature, remember, considers sustainability a tool to redress “past, present, and future maldistribution of resources, privileges and rights of endangered communities, of poor people, and of communities of color.” It believes that the university is the best place to foster sustainability advocacy, and that “The myth of the value-free university, that knowledge is attained for its own sake, stands in contrast to the reality that special interests always play a greater or lesser role.” As we speak, SCUP is streaming a live webcast on “Sustainability Strategies for Vibrant Campus Communities” to colleges that paid the $195 registration fee.

Happy Campus Sustainability Day

Ashley Thorne

With its Second Nature roots, global warming alarmist moderator, and exuberant intentions to “celebrate sustainability in higher education,” Campus Sustainability Day promises to deliver the usual political agenda of the sustainatopians.

Sustainability is a Waste: 10 Reasons to Oppose the Sustainability Movement on Your Campus

Peter Wood

College students hear a lot about sustainability these days, but do you know what it really means?

Thursday Theatrics

Ashley Thorne

Inside: Fighting feminist falsehoods, Merit-al bliss, UT Austin quashes Western civ curriculum, Clinton and the climate, AP exam-graders and 'Kool-Aid," and a new AQ issue.

A First Look at Second Nature

Ashley Thorne

Will education for sustainabiity become Second Nature?