Planning for Higher Education Journal

Getting It Done: Effective Sustainable Policy Implementation at the University Level

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From Volume 31 Number 3 | March–May 2003
By Joshua M. Pearce, Christopher F. Uhl

A four-step process that has awakened The Pennsylvania State University to its ecological impact and is moving it toward sustainable resource-use policies is presented as a general model for ecological reform in universities. The first step was to frame the problem by conducting a high-profile ecological assessment of the institution using sustainability indicators. This created both the justification and the momentum necessary to persuade the university to adopt an ecological mission (step 2). Next, a detailed ecological and economic analysis of a university facility was made (step 3) to establish concrete socio-techno solutions that could then be extrapolated (step 4) to form specific sustainable policies for the entire university.

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