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Leveraging Opportunities for Campus Sustainability

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Kristan Cockerill Ph.D., Visiting Assistant Professor (Creator)
Institution
Appalachian State University (ASU )
Web Site: http://www.library.appstate.edu/

Abstract: Institutions of higher education are well situated globally for transformation toward sustainability. The case of the Water Resources Planning Committee (WRPC) at Appalachian State University in North Carolina, United States offers insight into how educational institutions might identify and leverage transformative opportunities. The article suggests that a “window of opportunity” can open when diverse actor-groups share a common interest or goal and when individuals are able to “bridge” the groups as a way to create synergy. Once together, these groups can collaborate by sharing knowledge and resources. They do not avoid conflict, but rather constructively use organizational tensions and cultivate flexibility to further common goals. This case study focuses on interrelationships among a public university’s teaching and research missions and its place within a broader community as it transforms toward sustainably managing campus-water resources.

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Cockerill, K. and J. Carp. (2009). Leveraging Opportunities for Campus Sustainability. Sustainability: Science, Practice and Policy 5(2): 28 – 37. (Fall 2009) Published by ProQuest (ISSN: 1548-7733). Open access journal article available at: http://sspp.proquest.com/archives/vol5iss2/0904-017.cockerill.html
Language: English
Date: 2009