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Universities and colleges are in a unique position to take a leadership role on global warming. As communities, they can strategize and organize effective action. As laboratories for learning and centers of research, they can reduce their own emissions of greenhouse gases, educate students about global warming, and direct scholarly attention to issues related to climate change and energy. Degrees That Matter offers practical guidance for those who want to harness the power of universities and other institutions, and provides perspectives on how to motivate change and inspire action within complex organizations.

The authors, drawing on almost a decade of experience leading the Tufts Climate Initiative and other institutional "greening" efforts, provide both the basic facts and more detailed information about climate issues. Some chapters can be used as stand-alone action guides for specific areas, while others put climate action in scientific, economic, and political contexts. The authors discuss the major sources of greenhouse gas emissions on campus and the importance of an emissions inventory for setting goals and strategies. They consider decision making (and decision makers), costs, budgets, and institutional priorities, and describe different emission reduction projects. They look at the importance of master planning for the university and the value of action by individual community members. Finally, they suggest climate action projects for the classroom and offer guidance for tapping student energy. Their aim is to inspire others to take on global warming regardless of organizational setting.

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"Degrees That Matter is a terrific guide for universities that want to reduce their global warming footprint. Rappaport and Creighton explain the causes and effects of climate change and present a road map based on their own successful struggle to reduce emissions at Tufts University. This is a practical handbook for faculty, staff, and students on the methods for, and the politics of, reducing emissions on campus." Jonathan Lash, President, World Resources Institute

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"Universities also teach by what they do, by the example they set. Degrees That Matter is a wonderful guide to what universities and colleges are doing today about the biggest issue of our time — climate disruption — and what should be done tomorrow." James Gustave Speth, Dean, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies

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"Anyone who wishes to stem global warming in ways sensitive to the practical realities of running schools and businesses — or who simply wishes to be an effective leader in any walk of life — will want to read this terrific contribution to the field of higher education stewardship." Julian Keniry, Director of Youth and Campus Ecology, National Wildlife Federation, and author of Ecodemia: Campus Environmental Stewardship at the Turn of the 21st Century

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"If you run, work at, or attend a college or university and want to translate concern about global warming into action, read Degrees That Matter. The authors map out a practical plan for achieving this goal." Michael Northrop>, Program Director in Sustainable Development, Rockefeller Brothers Fund

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"Degrees That Matter is a great piece of work. Though I've been actively working in the field of climate change for nearly a decade, this book expanded my knowledge about how universities and colleges can be powerful sources of leadership and support for advancing climate solutions. I look forward to adding this practical, hands-on guide to my resource desk." Debra L. Sachs, Executive Director, Alliance for Climate Action (ACA)

Review:

"With climate change and carbon emissions high on the political and educational agenda, the book is a timely reminder to the higher education sector that it needs to attend to its own performance and reputation in this area." Peter Hopkinson, Nature

Synopsis:

Explains how members of college and university communities can take action on climate change: strategies, projects, and lessons in how to motivate complex organizations to make changes.

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andlt;Pandgt;Universities and colleges are in a unique position to take a leadership role on global warming. As communities, they can strategize and organize effective action. As laboratories for learning and centers of research, they can reduce their own emissions of greenhouse gases, educate students about global warming, and direct scholarly attention to issues related to climate change and energy. Degrees That Matter offers practical guidance for those who want to harness the power of universities and other institutions, and provides perspectives on how to motivate change and inspire action within complex organizations.The authors, drawing on almost a decade of experience leading the Tufts Climate Initiative and other institutional "greening" efforts, provide both the basic facts and more detailed information about climate issues. Some chapters can be used as stand-alone action guides for specific areas, while others put climate action in scientific, economic, and political contexts. The authors discuss the major sources of greenhouse gas emissions on campus and the importance of an emissions inventory for setting goals and strategies. They consider decision making (and decision makers), costs, budgets, and institutional priorities, and describe different emission reduction projects. They look at the importance of master planning for the university and the value of action by individual community members. Finally, they suggest climate action projects for the classroom and offer guidance for tapping student energy. Their aim is to inspire others to take on global warming regardless of organizational setting.andlt;/Pandgt;

About the Author

Ann Rappaport is a faculty member in the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University. She is the author of Development and Transfer of Pollution Prevention Technology and coauthor of Corporate Responses to Environmental Challenges: Initiatives by Multinational Management.

Sarah Hammond Creighton is Project Manager of the Tufts Climate Initiative.

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StudentMartin, May 27, 2009 (view all comments by StudentMartin)
This book should become an obligatory reading for university leader around the world. I have never seen such a brilliant plan, consisting of all necessary and plenty of supplementary information to concrete sustainable actions in and around the university campus.
I am 20 years old, study at the University College in Maastricht and are currently enrolled in a course in which we are able to research the sustainability level of the university to afterwards advice the university leader which actions to take on in order to become more sustainable.
And then I found this book in our library, which I studied the last 2 month and became very enthusiastic about implementing these measures to make the university really sustainable. With the help of this book, we can actually take a step-by-step approach in achieving this goal.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780262681667
Subtitle:
Climate Change and the University
Author:
Rappaport, Ann
Foreword by:
Bacow, Lawrence
Foreword:
Bacow, Lawrence
Author:
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Author:
Creighton, Sarah Hammond
Author:
Creighton, Sarah
Author:
aport, Ann
Author:
Massachu
Author:
Rapp
Author:
setts Institute of Technology
Author:
Bacow, Lawrence
Publisher:
The MIT Press
Location:
Cambridge, Mass.
Subject:
Higher
Subject:
Environmental Science
Subject:
Psycholinguistics
Subject:
Semantics
Subject:
Connotation
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection - General
Subject:
Science
Subject:
Universities and colleges
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection
Subject:
Science -- Study and teaching -- United States.
Subject:
Universities and colleges -- United States.
Subject:
Environmental Studies-Environment
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Urban and Industrial Environments Degrees That Matter
Series Volume:
no. 59
Publication Date:
20070316
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 17
Language:
English
Illustrations:
12 illus.
Pages:
392
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Review" by , "Degrees That Matter is a terrific guide for universities that want to reduce their global warming footprint. Rappaport and Creighton explain the causes and effects of climate change and present a road map based on their own successful struggle to reduce emissions at Tufts University. This is a practical handbook for faculty, staff, and students on the methods for, and the politics of, reducing emissions on campus."
"Review" by , "Universities also teach by what they do, by the example they set. Degrees That Matter is a wonderful guide to what universities and colleges are doing today about the biggest issue of our time — climate disruption — and what should be done tomorrow."
"Review" by , "Anyone who wishes to stem global warming in ways sensitive to the practical realities of running schools and businesses — or who simply wishes to be an effective leader in any walk of life — will want to read this terrific contribution to the field of higher education stewardship." Julian Keniry, Director of Youth and Campus Ecology, National Wildlife Federation, and author of Ecodemia: Campus Environmental Stewardship at the Turn of the 21st Century
"Review" by , "If you run, work at, or attend a college or university and want to translate concern about global warming into action, read Degrees That Matter. The authors map out a practical plan for achieving this goal."
"Review" by , "Degrees That Matter is a great piece of work. Though I've been actively working in the field of climate change for nearly a decade, this book expanded my knowledge about how universities and colleges can be powerful sources of leadership and support for advancing climate solutions. I look forward to adding this practical, hands-on guide to my resource desk."
"Review" by , "With climate change and carbon emissions high on the political and educational agenda, the book is a timely reminder to the higher education sector that it needs to attend to its own performance and reputation in this area."
"Synopsis" by , Explains how members of college and university communities can take action on climate change: strategies, projects, and lessons in how to motivate complex organizations to make changes.
"Synopsis" by , andlt;Pandgt;Universities and colleges are in a unique position to take a leadership role on global warming. As communities, they can strategize and organize effective action. As laboratories for learning and centers of research, they can reduce their own emissions of greenhouse gases, educate students about global warming, and direct scholarly attention to issues related to climate change and energy. Degrees That Matter offers practical guidance for those who want to harness the power of universities and other institutions, and provides perspectives on how to motivate change and inspire action within complex organizations.The authors, drawing on almost a decade of experience leading the Tufts Climate Initiative and other institutional "greening" efforts, provide both the basic facts and more detailed information about climate issues. Some chapters can be used as stand-alone action guides for specific areas, while others put climate action in scientific, economic, and political contexts. The authors discuss the major sources of greenhouse gas emissions on campus and the importance of an emissions inventory for setting goals and strategies. They consider decision making (and decision makers), costs, budgets, and institutional priorities, and describe different emission reduction projects. They look at the importance of master planning for the university and the value of action by individual community members. Finally, they suggest climate action projects for the classroom and offer guidance for tapping student energy. Their aim is to inspire others to take on global warming regardless of organizational setting.andlt;/Pandgt;
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