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Research resources on sustainability

Selected articles

Grauerholz, Liz. 2015. Teaching about Consumption and Sustainability. Transformative Dialogues: Teaching & Learning Journal 8, no. 2: 1-15.   Describes the Not Buying It Project in which students refrain from purchasing nonessential items for a specified period of time then reflect on and analyze their experiences.


Gerber, Anna. 2009. Design & Sustainability: pt3. Creative Review 29, no. 1: 21-22.   Discusses the role of graphic designers and visual communicators in making consumers aware of the histories of the products that they choose to buy.


Houser, Heather. 2014.  The Aesthetics of Environmental Visualizations: More than Information Ecstasy? Public Culture 26, no. 2: 319-337. Topics discussed include data visualization, also known as information visualization, infographics, or infovis, and its role in propagation and generation of environmental knowledge.


King, K., and J. Toland. 2014. iPads and the paperless office: The impact of tablet devices on paper consumption in higher education.  Journal Of Applied Computing & Information Technology 18, no. 1: 7-13. This paper reports on an exploratory study that examines the use of tablet devices to determine whether they can make a significant impact on paper consumption.


Staniforth, Sarah. 2010. Slow Conservation. Studies In Conservation 55, no. 2: 74-80.  Examines the roots of preventive conservation, the relationship between the museum environment and the global environment and ways in which museums can reduce their environmental footprint.

Tromp, Nynke, Paul Hekkert, and Peter-Paul Verbeek. 2011. Design for Socially Responsible Behavior: A Classification of Influence Based on Intended User Experience. Design Issues 27, no. 3: 3-19.
  Topics discussed include how product designers are increasingly utilizing sustainable materials, how many artists are using their design skills to address social problems, and how design can be used as a means to deliberately alter the behavior of consumers.


Selected articles

Brown, William M., and Michael W. Hamburger. 2012. Organizing for sustainability. New Directions For Student Services no. 137: 83-96.  A successful campus sustainability effort catalyzes broad engagement of the campus community and integration of sustainability principles into the academic and operational components of campus life.


Brown, Patrick, and John Taylor. 2012. Sustainability in the union. New Directions For Student Services no. 137: 53-65. A discussion about college unions as a model for campus sustainability.


Cohen, Nevin. 2010. Designing the Sustainable Foodshed: A Cross-Disciplinary Undergraduate Environmental Studies Course. Innovative Higher Education 35, no. 1: 51-60.  The curricular goals, objectives, results, and lessons learned from a qualitative case study of a cross-disciplinary course that required design and liberal arts students are presented to develop innovative solutions to improve the sustainability of the food system at The New School, New York.


Kerr, Kathleen G., and Jeanne S. Hart-Steffes. 2012. Sustainability, student affairs, and students. New Directions For Student Services no. 137: 7-17.  A review of the work being done on college campuses and by major professional associations to integrate sustainabiliey into the student affairs mission.


Messineo, Melinda. 2012. Sustainability and first-year programs. New Directions For Student Services no. 137: 67-81.  To truly impact sustainability practices, campuses need to influence the overall campus culture including that which is fostered through first-year programs.


Pursehouse, Clive. 2012. Sustainability in housing and dining operations. New Directions For Student Services no. 137: 41-52.  Residential life, housing, and dining operations have the potential to touch all students by integrating sustainability issues into all operations.

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Cox, Helen M. 2012. A Sustainability Initiative to Quantify Carbon Sequestration by Campus Trees. Journal Of Geography 111, no. 5: 173-183.   Over 3,900 trees on a university campus were inventoried by an instructor-led team of geography undergraduates in order to quantify the carbon sequestration associated with biomass growth.


Johnson, Lee, and Heather Castleden. 2011. Greening the campus without grass: using visual methods to understand and integrate student perspectives in campus landscape development and water sustainability planning. Area 43, no. 3: 353-361.  The research involved administering a survey focused on identifying barriers to participation in sustainability initiatives and how involvement in sustainable activities on campus can alter the landscape.


Schneider, Jenifer; Jasinski, Deborah Kozdras, Nathan Wolkenhauer, and Lisa Arias. 2014. Environmental E-Books and Green Goals. Journal Of Adolescent & Adult Literacy 57, no. 7: 549-564.  Pre-service teachers collaborated with 6th grade students to audit a College of Education building looking for possibilities to 'go green.' The student/teacher teams developed an e-book collection of project descriptions, completed budgets, estimated timelines, and sustainability requirements for the university to consider.


Zalaznick, Matt. 2015. Digging into Sustainability. University Business 18, no. 5: 30-36.   The article reports on strategies adopted by several universities in the U.S. regarding being energy efficient and sustainable. Topics include use of locally grown foods by University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Massachusetts; a waste management program adopted by the Washington University in Saint Louis, Missouri; and a campaign at University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for reducing plastic bag