Boldly Sustainable: Hope and Opportunity for Higher Education in the Age of Climate Change

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Boldly Sustainable: Hope and Opportunity for Higher Education in the Age of Climate Change


Finley-Brook, Mary, Coleman, Breana, Lawrence, Kaitlan, Planning for Higher Education


Boldly Sustainable: Hope and Opportunity for Higher Education in the Age of Climate Change

by Peter Bardaglio and Andrea Putman

National Association of College and University

Business Officers (NACUBO) 2009

256 pages

ISBN 978-1-56972-046-2

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Peter Bardaglio and Andrea Putman's groundbreaking book, Boldly Sustainable, provides a powerful strategy for colleges and universities to achieve renewal and relevance in the 21st century through innovation, academic rigor, and pragmatism. The book combines a refreshingly optimistic message of hope and opportunity with an honest critique of higher education, highlighting the need for transformative change. Case study examples throughout the book show how sustainability initiatives can stimulate excellence in teaching and learning while also encouraging improvements in physical operations. With a broad range of cases from public and private institutions of various sizes and rankings, the authors convincingly demonstrate how the creation of a campuswide culture of sustainability brings many benefits in addition to positive ecological impacts. With forethought and effective planning, sustainability efforts can save money and increase efficiency while helping a university carve out a unique niche in order to recruit the best students, attract and retain top faculty and staff, and encourage alumni and donor support. The authors argue that designing a path to sustainability can provide any campus with an overarching framework to clarify and focus institutional identity. The strategies put forth provide a foundation to reinvigorate and unite faculty, staff, and students through collaboration on a shared goal.

The holistic analysis put forth by these two sustainability experts builds on their extensive experience in higher education and green business. Educated as a historian, Peter Bardaglio researched and taught for two decades as a faculty member and later worked in university administration before his appointment as a senior fellow with Second Nature, a Boston-based nonprofit organization focused on accelerating sustainability in higher education. Andrea Putman worked in the renewable energy field and in the private sector before joining Second Nature, where she is currently director of corporate partnerships. Putman contributes practical advice on how to finance campus sustainability initiatives through grants, rebates, loans, student fees, private sector collaboration, and other sources.

Bardaglio and Putman place campus-based initiatives in the context of broader global and local climate governance. The cumulative emissions of higher education institutions are currently quite large: a typical four-year college produces 8,000 to 12,000 tons of carbon per student annually, while emissions from major research institutions can reach as high as 30,000 tons per student annually. As of April 2011, 677 university leaders have signed the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). ACUPCC signatory schools exist in all 50 states and enroll 30 percent of the total U.S. university population. Participating schools conduct greenhouse gas emissions inventories and formulate climate action plans to reduce waste and mitigate pollution as they design a path to achieve carbon neutrality in campus operations.

When presenting methods to lower emissions, Bardaglio and Putman move beyond narrowly-defined transitions to a low-carbon future. The authors place their strategies for change within broader paradigm shifts occurring in higher education. Universities increasingly incorporate sustainability, resilience, and social responsibility into their mission. In defining environmental objectives, Bardaglio and Putman highlight the need to avoid piecemeal or fractured approaches; sustainability, they argue, "has to be more than a tagline and a logo" (p. …

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