Urban Planning Professor Stacey White recently analyzed 27 integrated campus sustainability plans in order to understand what types of institutions adopt them, what the plans emphasize, and how the plans might be evaluated. She found that a wide variety of colleges and universities are adopting these plans. As well, plan contents are quite diverse. Environmental issues receive the greatest attention, and social equity issues the least attention. Campus operations are a more prominent than academic or administrative aspects. White suggests that evaluation of campus sustainability plans should attend both to process and substance, and should account for circumstances that are unique to higher education. The study, “Campus Sustainability Plans in the United States: Where, What and How to Evaluate?”, is published in the International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education.
KU’s Campus Sustainability Plan, Building Sustainable Traditions, was one of the plans White analyzed. UBPL students were instrumental in developing that plan during the 2010-2011 academic year.