Navigation Links
How green is your campus?
Date:10/19/2010

Williamsburg, VA October 19, 2010 Corporations and individuals alike are increasingly focused on "going green," in an attempt to reduce their carbon footprint and impact on the environment. It is questionable whether higher education institutions are adopting sustainable practices at the same rate, despite large consumption rates of energy and water, among other resources. In the first study of its kind, Contemporary Economic Policy presents an article which compares the factors that drive colleges to adopt sustainable practices to the factors that motivate for-profit companies to "go green."

Dr. Sarah L. Stafford, Professor of Economics at the College of William and Mary, utilized data on campus sustainability grades originally developed by the Sustainable Endowments Institute, with information from over 180 universities. Her research analyzes the factors that had a significant effect on campus sustainability rating, including regulatory pressures, financial constraints, student preferences, and pressure from stakeholders such as faculty, alumni, and the surrounding community.

Stafford remarks, "The size of the university, their endowment, and the opinions of the faculty, alumni, and the local community are all highly influential in whether colleges adopt sustainable practices. I found that the decision to adopt sustainable policies was not at all related to the goal to attract students. For-profit companies pursue sustainable practices to increase their environmental performance due to regulatory pressures, but universities are not influenced by these factors."

Stafford's research speaks to the fact that if government or non-profits wish to increase sustainability on college campuses they will need to use different policies than what is currently used for corporations. Stafford points out that the decision of college presidents to sign the Presidents Climate Commitment (PCC) was mainly a symbolic gesture and motivated by quite different reasons for pursuing overall sustainability. Most importantly, institutional wealth and size were not significant factors in that decision.

Stafford concludes, "Since wealth and size make it more likely that a campus will adopt sustainable practices, efforts to subsidize campus sustainability or provide technical assistance to smaller institutions might be the most successful strategy to encourage campuses to adopt green practices. Smaller institutions may in the future be able to utilize sustainability initiatives to attract students interested in attending a university with green practices, and establish a unique position among higher education institutions. Top-ranked schools normally attract more qualified candidates than lower ranked schools and typically do not use sustainability initiatives to attract students."


'/>"/>

Contact: Bethany Carland-Adams
scholarlynews@wiley.com
781-388-8509
Wiley-Blackwell
Source:Eurekalert

Related biology news :

1. MU scientists go green with gold, distribute environmentally friendly nanoparticles
2. Carbon dioxide scrubber captures greenhouse gases
3. Green coffee-growing practices buffer climate-change impacts
4. Greenhouse gas auction revenues can help cut Md. electric use significantly, says study
5. Green tea may delay onset of type 1 diabetes
6. Potent greenhouse gas more prevalent in atmosphere than previously assumed
7. What is really happening to the Greenland icecap?
8. A green future for scrap iron
9. Expert recommends town councils to design low-allergy impact green spaces
10. Parasite-resistant peppers green alternatives to chemical pesticides
11. MIT analysis shows how cap-and-trade plans can cut greenhouse emissions
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:1/4/2017)... 2017  CES 2017 – Valencell , the ... announced the launch of two new versions of ... biometric sensor modules that incorporate the best of ... expertise. The two new designs include Benchmark BE2.0, ... and Benchmark BW2.0, a 2-LED version of its ...
(Date:12/22/2016)... -- As part of its longstanding mission to improve genetic literacy ... released its latest children,s book, titled The One ... topics of inheritance and variation of traits that are part ... school classrooms in the US. The book ... Killoran , whose previous book with 23andMe, You ...
(Date:12/20/2016)... The rising popularity of mobility services ... stoking significant interest in keyless access systems. Following ... energy (BLE), biometrics and near-field communication (NFC) are ... wireless technologies in the automotive industry. This evolution ... systems opens the market to specialist companies such ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:1/17/2017)... ... January 17, 2017 , ... ... Factor (RF) to its VALIDATE® SP2 calibration verification / linearity test kit. VALIDATE® ... serum base. Each VALIDATE® SP2 kit is prepared using the CLSI recommended “equal ...
(Date:1/17/2017)... N.J. , Jan. 17, 2017 Roka Bioscience, Inc. ... providing advanced testing solutions for the detection of foodborne pathogens today ... CEO.  Ms. Duseau succeeds Paul Thomas , the Company,s President ... of the Company,s Board of Directors.  The changes are effective today. ... of Directors, effective today. ...
(Date:1/17/2017)... 17, 2017 Research and Markets has ... Diagnostics - Technologies, Markets and Companies" to their offering. ... ... remarkably during the past few years. More than 1,000 companies ... and 342 of these are profiled in the report along ...
(Date:1/17/2017)... ... 17, 2017 , ... Pono Ola , a mind-body wellness firm on ... the official launch of its much-anticipated Pono Board: a re-invented fitness and anti-fatigue balance ... for over a year, the patented Pono Board is the world’s only exercise balance ...
Breaking Biology Technology: