The path to institutionalizing sustainability

TitleThe path to institutionalizing sustainability
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
Year of Publication2004
AuthorsKiang, S.
Keywordsbottom-up initiatives, campus sustainability, top-down initiatives, University of Waterloo, Watgreen

WATgreen at the University of Waterloo (UW) has been involved in the greening the campus movement for over a decade. Though recognizing among the academic and wider community for their accomplishments, attendance to three recent conferences illustrates some gaps in current top-down initiatives. What’s missing is the formal institutional commitment from top university administrators to sustainability, and a “sustainability plan” to guide and unify current research, planning, operations, teaching and service activities. This report attempts to bridge this gap by focusing on two approaches, top-down (initiatives that are led by administration, faculty and staff), and bottom-up (activities that are driven by students) to revitalize UW’s role in campus sustainability leadership. The Sixth Decade Plan has been identified as a primary working document to operationalize sustainability on campus… For full text, please e-mail