> i have a question: if a university in wisconsin were going to construct a
> multi-million dollar science building (but not utilize any renewable energy or
> check into alternative building supplies/plans), how would concerned students
> go about gathering information on responsible alternatives?
Many universities are trying to "green" themselves now (to cut costs,
comply with new regulations on pollution, improve public relations, or
because their administrators have a true commitment to
environmentally-responsible operations). It might be useful to hold them
up as models for your university Operations administrators. Some
Smith, April A. and the Student Environmental Action Coalition. 1993.
Campus Ecology: A Guide to Assessing Environmental Quality and Creating
Strategies for Change. Los Angeles: Living Planet Press.
Eagan, David J. and David W. Orr (eds.). 1992. The Campus and
Environmental Responsibility. New Directions for Higher Education Number
77. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Publishers. (This one includes a chapter
by David Eagan with the blurb: "The University of Wisconsin-Madison
campus---a complex and dynamic ecosystem---serves as a model community and
field station for student research on campus natural history and
institutional environmental impact." Perhaps the folks working with the
Campus Environmental Stewardship Initiative, if it still exists, could
Creighton, Sarah Hammond. 1998. Greening the Ivory Tower: Improving the
Environmental Track Record of Universities, Colleges and Other
Institutions. Cambridge: MIT Press. (Sarah did great work at Tufts for
several years, reducing our environmental footprint, and now works for the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts on institutional greening.)
Center for Agriculture, Food and Environment
School of Nutrition Science and Policy
Medford, MA 02155-7028
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