IT Trends :: Thursday, July 27, 2006

Opinion

Transforming Higher Education: Green Campuses in the 21st Century

By Terry Calhoun

When the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) began touting its LEED system of ratings for greener, better designed buildings less than a decade ago, almost no one had heard of global warming. The thought of building a large, functional, office-type building or residence hall that was environmentally friendly wasn’t in a lot of heads. The USGBC aimed at “market transformation.” And it has achieved that goal.

A little over ten years ago, my employer, the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) published a small book titled Transforming Higher Education: A Vision for Learning in the 21st Century. It was an easy-to-read “wake-up call” aimed at the top strategic level of management in higher education – many of whom had not yet “gotten” the message about how information technology was about to transform our lives and learning. It sold more than 30,000 copies and was translated into Japanese. Presidents and provosts bought 50 copies at a time and distributed them to top campus leadership...

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