Sunday, February 10, 2013

Study of Sustainable Practices at Universities

John Peterson at Keiser University is conducting a study of Sustainable Practices at US universities. He is concentrating on the University Leaders for a Sustainable Future (ULSF) and looking at why so few have signed their "Talloires Declaration" on sustainability and environmental literacy. He has an online questionnaire.

A study of sustainability and environmental literacy at American universities would be useful. But these are global issues and might benefit from looking further afield. The Australian National University (ANU) is a signatory to the Talloires Declaration on sustainability, as I expect other non-US institutions are. The ANU Climate Change Institute and ANU Energy Change Institute research environmental issues. Postgraduate students  in my ICT Sustainability Course work on projects with the university's Green office. Last year I visited Universitas Islam Negeri Sultan Syarif Kasim Riau in Indonesia, to talk at their international Green ICT symposium on Sustainable Development Through Green ICT. I expect other universities in the region have similar initiatives.

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