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Degrees That Matter: Climate Change and the University (Urban and Industrial Environments) Paperback – March 16, 2007
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Anyone who wishes to stem global warming in ways sensitive to the practical realities of running schools and businessesor who simply wishes to be an effective leader in any walk of lifewill 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)
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))
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)
It is an inspirational read... Few books deal so comprehensively with mitigation of climate change in the workplace and none matches this book in terms of the higher education sector.(David Reay Times Higher Education Supplement)
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)
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 & Environmental Studies)
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Lawrence Bacow is President of Tufts University and the former Chancellor of MIT.
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Inspire Understanding of Climate Systems, Then Provide Facts about Global Warming: Scientific research organizations, intergovernmental agencies, and governments are developing materials that illustrate the climate system and provide facts about climate change. Many are available on the Internet and reflect different levels of complexity for diverse audiences. Just a few of these resources include the United Nations, whose UNEP/GRIP-Arendal website includes slides and an interactive model; the Hadley Centre; and the Environmental Protection Agency. Teaching modules related to climate change and personal action also are available on the internet. Appendix B contains a list of resources.
What did I learn from reading that paragraph? Nothing. Appendix B though is a nice list of helpful websites. I found myself very impatient with the text a lot of the time and feeling like the information could have been conveyed in half the amount of space.
Overall this is a good introduction and very comprehensive in the strategies that a sustainability manager should consider when creating a climate action plan. The chapter on how to integrate sustainability into the curriculum is very good and contributes something that other books on this subject don't. For a more practical guide to sustainability planning, I recommend The Green to Gold Business Playbook: How to Implement Sustainability Practices for Bottom-Line Results in Every Business Function. It covers the same topics but in a much more dynamic way.
Every university campus adminstrator should be given a copy of this release.