Sustainable universities: Rhetoric versus facts

Valerie Padilla Carroll, Rhonda R. Janke

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Abstract

This chapter summarizes several recent calls for higher education to adopt more sustainable, environmentally friendly practices, policies, and environmental literacy courses. It then reviews nine pledges and scorecards that contain metrics to determine if the university is making progress toward sustainability goals. Most of the scorecards consider only environmental policy, and only two include any social policy recommendations. In addition, cultural systems, specifically the concepts that underpin capitalism and consumerism, are problematic when used to structure both universities and their environmental policy. Specific questions and recommendations with respect to underlying issues are provided to get at whether university policies embrace both social and environmental issues. Higher education needs to address both environmental policy and social policy to achieve genuine sustainability goals.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEnvironmental Policy is Social Policy - Social Policy is Environmental Policy
Subtitle of host publicationToward Sustainability Policy
PublisherSpringer New York
Pages197-213
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9781461467236
ISBN (Print)1461467225, 9781461467229
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1 2013

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environmental policy
rhetoric
university
sustainability
university policy
cultural system
capitalist society
education
literacy
Social Policy

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Carroll, V. P., & Janke, R. R. (2013). Sustainable universities: Rhetoric versus facts. In Environmental Policy is Social Policy - Social Policy is Environmental Policy: Toward Sustainability Policy (pp. 197-213). Springer New York. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-6723-6_14

Sustainable universities : Rhetoric versus facts. / Carroll, Valerie Padilla; Janke, Rhonda R.

Environmental Policy is Social Policy - Social Policy is Environmental Policy: Toward Sustainability Policy. Springer New York, 2013. p. 197-213.

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Carroll, VP & Janke, RR 2013, Sustainable universities: Rhetoric versus facts. in Environmental Policy is Social Policy - Social Policy is Environmental Policy: Toward Sustainability Policy. Springer New York, pp. 197-213. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-6723-6_14
Carroll VP, Janke RR. Sustainable universities: Rhetoric versus facts. In Environmental Policy is Social Policy - Social Policy is Environmental Policy: Toward Sustainability Policy. Springer New York. 2013. p. 197-213 https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-6723-6_14
Carroll, Valerie Padilla ; Janke, Rhonda R. / Sustainable universities : Rhetoric versus facts. Environmental Policy is Social Policy - Social Policy is Environmental Policy: Toward Sustainability Policy. Springer New York, 2013. pp. 197-213
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