Planning for Higher Education Journal

Introduction: Sustainability: Taking the Long View

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From Volume 31 Number 3 | March–May 2003
By Camille M. Kirk

Institution(s) referenced in this resource:
Tufts University, Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus, University of Idaho, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Statistics demonstrate that our present land use and consumption patterns present the challenge of meeting contemporary needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. Higher education has a special obligation to answer this challenge because it plays a role in producing the leaders, policy makers, and citizens of the world, and it uses a large share of resources to do so. To meet this challenge, sustainable practices and paradigms must permeate colleges and universities, from curricula to physical plant to leadership and institutional policies. This overview of the articles in this theme issue discusses methods for incorporating sustainability into higher education across a wide array of institutional realms.

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