Posts Tagged ‘sustainability roadmap’

Why and How Higher Education is Embracing Sustainability

February 22nd, 2012

It’s exciting to see Colleges and Universities in all regions of the United States pursuing sustainability.  They are doing this to become more future-relevant and desirable, in addition to being more operationally efficient. They are funding projects and making progress in several areas, especially in energy/buildings, waste/recycling, academics, purchasing and community engagement.

We have learned that schools that tie together multiple areas of sustainability into a comprehensive, holistic plan or roadmap tend to be more successful — at getting buy-in, funding initiatives, and achieving results.  They also tend to enjoy more of the full benefits of “going green.”

What are these benefits?

-  Stronger recruitment and retention

-  Enhanced reputational value

-  Leveraged academics to solve important societal issues

-  Enhanced curriculum providing students with required knowledge/skills for future jobs

-  Operating cost savings

-  Healthier work environment that attracts/retains faculty and staff

-  Stronger, win-win school-community relationships

It’s easy to see why there is interest in sustainability, even with all the other priorities and challenges higher education is facing.  It can also be daunting, because sustainability is complex and rapidly evolving.  It helps to have organizations like AASHE and Sustainametrics to connect the dots and provide support.   » Read more: Why and How Higher Education is Embracing Sustainability

Columbia College selects Sustainametrics

October 8th, 2010

Columbia College takes its commitment to sustainability to the next level

The development of a sustainability management plan engages the entire campus community to create, embrace and execute green practices and policies.

September 8, 2010: Columbia College Chicago has embarked on the development of a sustainability management plan that engages the entire campus community to create, embrace and execute green practices and policies. The intention of the plan will be to save money, lower environmental impact, attract students and faculty with sustainability consciousness, and increase the reputation for environmental and social responsibility of the college.

The college has hired the sustainability consulting team of Sustainametrics and TerraLocke to help engage the stakeholder community as the first phase in the development of the plan. The consultants will work closely with Columbia’s Sustainability Task Force, a working group which was established in May of 2009.  Comprised of students, faculty and staff which represent the various departments of the college, this group was created to help guide the development of the sustainability plan to act as ambassadors to their respective departments, and to pilot sustainable initiatives. » Read more: Columbia College selects Sustainametrics