Joe, one of our awesome librarians, directed me to the Jan/Feb 2008 issue of Environment magazine, which our library gets in print and gets online in our Academic Search Premier database (MVCC ID required to view from off campus). This issue’s cover story is “Campus Greening,” which focuses on how there is growing momentum in higher education to develop infrastructure that is more “green” (sustainable). I would say that the efforts of the Green Team here at MVCC are a reflection of this. This article notes the following:
Reasons for Campus Greening [in Higher Education]
- Prospective students are interested in the environment, so green campus maps and green tours are offered.
- Doing the right thing, locally and globally, is consistent with campus social action agendas.
- More walking and biking will improve health.
- Conserving water yields multiple savings: lower water bills, reduced sewer charges, and decreased energy costs.
- Colleges with vibrant environmental programs use the campus as a learning laboratory, connecting students to nature through campus field trips, discussions of environmental values and hands-on projects.
- Greening examples enliven courswork; for example, students in economics learn cost-benefit analysis by assessing alternative flooring choices and then have the satisfaction of seeing their work affect university decisions.
- Growing concern about climate change informs many campus activities.
[Rappaport (2008). “Campus Greening.” Environment.50:1, p.8. Note, Rapport draws from Barlett and Chase (2004), Sustainability on Campus for part of this list.]
If you are interested, you can read the entire article online from the library databases at, Campus Greening (MVCC ID required to view from off campus).