17-2 “Sustainability” Resource Guide

Nov 15th, 2005 | By | Category: 17-2: Sustainability, Resource Guides
By Andrew Mills

Making Tribal Campuses Sustainable


Campus sustainability, in terms of resource use and impacts on surroundings, enjoys growing national attention. Improving campus sustainability means eliminating wasteful practices and conserving resources through improved design, careful landscaping, and technologies such as renewable energy devices. In general, the goal is to provide for the social, economic, and environmental well-being of people today without compromising the ability of future generations to do the same.

The challenge is to make changes in the institutional culture by integrating a philosophy of sustainability into everything, from day-to-day operations to long-term campus plans. Using the resources in this guide, those who want to improve campus sustainability can build on previous efforts without having to start from scratch.


Department of Energy (DOE) Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy:  Guide to Tribal Energy Development
www.eere.energy.gov/tribalenergy/ Follow the link to the “Guide.”

The DOE’s Tribal Energy Program funds the development of renewable and efficient energy with tribes. The aim is to install demonstration projects and develop curricula at tribal colleges, such as the renewable energy program at the Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute. The guide’s “Publication Index” link features an extensive set of case studies and publications that are directly relevant to tribes. Publications include assessments of renewable energy resources on tribal lands, funding sources, and detailed descriptions of various renewable technologies. Contact: Lizana Pierce lizana.pierce@go.doe.gov, (303) 275-4727.

Tribal Pollution Prevention Program

This site is a portal to resources on tribal pollution prevention programs and projects. The site was created to showcase tribal projects that conserve resources, reduce waste, and eliminate contamination of air and water. The “Project Resources” link includes green buildings and construction, distributed energy, and resource conservation. The site also links to training programs directed at tribal professionals, such as the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals at Northern Arizona University. Contact: Michael P. Vogel, mvogel@montana.edu, (406) 994-3451.

University Leaders for a Sustainable Future (ULSF)

The ULSF is an international organization whose mission is integrating sustainability into the classrooms and operations of colleges and universities. Some resources require membership, but the site incorporates a free resource database. The database consists of resources for developing campus programs and sustainability curriculum and includes an annotated bibliography of 204 references on campus assessments. Contact: info@ulsf.org, (202) 778-6138.

National Wildlife Federation (NWF) Campus Ecology Program

Originally conceived to “reduce the need to ‘reinvent the wheel’ of environmental action from campus to campus,” the campus ecology site is useful for brainstorming project ideas. The site maintains a descriptive collection of projects at campuses around the country, from biodiesel and composting to energy efficiency and water conservation. The NWF also has a program on Tribal Lands Conservation in the Rocky Mountain region. Contact: campus@nwf.org, (800) 822-9919.

Education for Sustainability Western Network (EFS West)

EFS West strives to integrate sustainability into teaching, research, campus operations, and community outreach. EFS West provides specialized training and workshops, information, and funding for special projects. Under the resources section, EFS West maintains a database of profiles for sustainability projects on campuses across the West. The organization provides lower membership fees for tribal colleges. Contact: Julian Dautremont-Smith, julian@efswest.org, (971) 544-1755.

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