Project Outline

Participatory asset/needs Inventory of Sustainability at Binghamton University

AREAS OF INQUIRY

o Assets (what we have now)

o Needs (what needs to be done)

o Models (best practices to emulate from other universities)

o Information Resources (studies, reports, websites, articles, books, people, etc)

FIELDS OF CAMPUS SUSTAINABILITY (PROJECT TEAMS)

1. EDUCATION AND RESEARCH (co-curricular education, curriculum (departments & programs), faculty and staff development and training, sustainability publications & website, promotion and communication;)

2. ENERGY & CLIMATE CHANGE (Inventories, efficiency, conservation, renewable generation, etc)

3. FOOD AND RECYLCING (locally grown and produced food; organically and sustainably produced, fair trade; dishware and ecofriendly incentives; composting, waste diversion and source reduction etc;

4. GREEN BUILDING & GROUNDS (policies; standards; renovation and retrofits; IPM/pesticide alternatives; green irrigation; green parking lots; sustainable trees and plantings.

5. STUDENT & COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT (student organizations, community relationships and partnerships)

6. TRANSPORTATION (campus motor fleet; local transportation alternatives; bicycle and car-sharing programs; etc)

7. ADMINISTRATION (Sustainability staff and policies; advisory committees, green purchasing; Investments; Planning; Diversity, Access and Affordability; Human Resources; Trademark Licensing).

8. SUSTAINABLE CULTURE (entertainment & recreation, etc).

NOTE: the elements of sustainability listed in each area are not exhaustive.

Modeled on:  AASHE  STARS; College Sustainability Report Card 2010 indicators

PARTICIPATORY MEANS

  • Those you interview are informed of the goals of the project and invited to participate as appropriate. Participation can involve providing student teams with access to information, becoming a team collaborator by doing their own research or assisting in other areas of work.
  • The most committed may wish to continue after this semester working towards the realization of the ultimate goal of the course: Helping BU on a path to Sustainability that meets the test of resilience, the ability to withstands shocks and disruptions from the external environment and still function adequately to meet the goals of the institution. Remember that many of the staff, students and faculty you meet may have been working toward similar goals for a very long time, and that this project is meant to add to their efforts, not duplicate them.

PROJECT DISSEMINATION

            Project website (welcome!). We will build a google site which will become public not later than December 10.

            Project presentation. All teams will present at a public event during the last two weeks of classes. The event will be extensively publicized well in advance.

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