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Personal Sustainability Practices

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Personal Sustainability Practices

Faculty Approaches to Walking the Sustainability Talk and Living the UN SDGs

9781800375123 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Mark Starik, Senior Lecturer, Sustainability Management (Program), University of Wisconsin System and Patricia Kanashiro, Associate Professor, Sellinger School of Business and Management, Loyola University Maryland, US
Publication Date: September 2021 ISBN: 978 1 80037 512 3 Extent: c 272 pp
Personal Sustainability Practices is a collection of 19 academic and practitioner perspectives on the topic of faculty personal sustainability. The book addresses the issues of whether, how, where, and when faculty who teach, research, consult, and perform academic and community service are and need to be practicing and communicating their own sustainability behaviors to students and other stakeholders. The contributors represent multiple countries, disciplines, academic levels and affiliations, and orientations on those issues and on the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals related to their personal sustainability practices.

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Personal Sustainability Practices is a collection of 19 academic and practitioner perspectives on the topic of faculty personal sustainability. The book addresses the issues of whether, how, where, and when faculty who teach, research, consult, and perform academic and community service are, or need to be, practicing and communicating their own sustainability behaviors to students and other stakeholders. The contributors represent multiple countries, disciplines, academic levels and affiliations, and orientations on those issues and on the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals related to their personal sustainability practices.

The chapter contributions highlight the several main concepts of systems, internal and external integration, curriculum development, and social movements. The key takeaway is that many sustainability scholars are practicing and communicating a wide variety of sustainability actions but that greater consistency and frequency among faculty sustainability values, expression, and actions are generally possible and necessary, and that further exploration of this overall topic is encouraged.

Current faculty and doctoral students in the field of environmental or socio-economic sustainability, as well as business, government and nonprofit organization executives who interact with said faculty, will be inspired by the examination of values and personal practices.

Critical Acclaim
‘This book on personal sustainability is a unique and urgently needed volume for advancing sustainable development. As faculty, we disparage companies and managers, but seldom do we turn our scrutiny inward and focus on our own personal commitment and conduct. This is a unique and most inspiring volume and I enthusiastically recommend it.’
– Archie B. Carroll, Professor Emeritus, University of Georgia, US, co-author of forthcoming Business & Society: Ethics, Sustainability & Stakeholder Management, 11th Edition

Contributors
Contributors include: Joel Bothello, Kevin D. Carlson, Gary Chapman, Gary Cocke, Giuseppe Delmestri, Rick Dickinson, Melissa Edwards, Helen Etchanchu, Regina Frank, Billy Friebele, Joanna Gentsch, John H. Grant, Stefanie Habersang, William E. Hefley, Mark Heuer, Gabriela Gutierrez Huerter, George Ionescu, Jimmy Jia, Te Klangboonkrong, Ralph Meima, Van V. Miller, Shelley F. Mitchell, Dave Nelson, Louise Obara, Bruce Paton, Gordon Rands, Carolyn Reichert, Bernadette Roche, Robert Sroufe, Elke Schüßler, Thomas Stone, Wendy Stubbs, Amy Townsend, Madhavi Venkatesan
Contents
Contents:

1 Introduction to Personal Sustainability Practices 1
Mark Starik and Patricia Kanashiro
2 Why focus on faculty personal sustainability? 13
Mark Starik, Patricia Kanashiro, and Gordon Rands

PART I SUSTAINABILITY PRACTICES IN ACTION
3 Design for the experience: a more sustainable future 22
Robert Sroufe
4 Teaching complex adaptive systems through multiple
spheres of influence 34
Bernadette Roche
5 If everything is connected, where do you begin? 45
Jimmy Y. Jia and Rick Dickinson
6 Creating connections for progress toward sustainability 57
Kevin D. Carlson and John H. Grant
7 Cultivating the ecological imagination 69
Billy Friebele

PART II INTERNAL/EXTERNAL INTEGRATION
(VALUES TO ACTION)
8 Spanning a sustainability career: challenges, changes, and
commitment – an interview with Dr. Paul Shrivastava 82
Shelley F. Mitchell
9 Living and communicating personal sustainability 93
Amy K. Townsend
10 Sustainability-oriented management education as personal
practice and a “kit” for managers beyond the era of
business as usual 103
Ralph Meima
11 Learning to think like a city: connecting civic activism
with the classroom and the curriculum 114
Bruce Paton
12 What do you value? How valuing time leads to deeper
environmental engagement 124
Thomas E. Stone
13 The story of a sustainability cabin: Muir vs. Pinchot 135
Van V. Miller

PART III CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT IN
SUSTAINABILITY EDUCATION
14 An ecocentric radically reflexive approach to walking the
“Earth System talk” in sustainability education 148
Melissa Edwards and Wendy Stubbs
15 Does business ethics always have to be reactive? 161
Mark Heuer
16 Students in action: faculty encouraging outreach and involvement 172
Gary Cocke, Joanna Gentsch, William E. Hefley, and Carolyn Reichert
17 Student sustainability knowledge gained from classroom
and field experience 183
Dave Nelson and George Ionescu

PART IV FACULTY PERSONAL SUSTAINABILITY AS
SOCIAL MOVEMENT
18 The power of faculty sustainability practices helping
businesses drive social change: an interview with Jessica
Yinka Thomas 196
Patricia Kanashiro
19 From personal to professional: a reflective account of
academics engaging with sustainability 205
Louise Obara, Te Klangboonkrong, Gary Chapman, and Regina Frank
20 OS4Future: an academic advocacy movement for our future 217
Giuseppe Delmestri, Helen Etchanchu, Joel Bothello,
Stefanie Habersang, Gabriela Gutierrez Huerter O, and
Elke Schuessler
21 The tie that binds: how economic literacy is a foundation
for sustainability 229
Madhavi Venkatesan

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