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Campus pollution prevention

Hi Ric.  Being an academic brat myself, I am glad to hear of your project to
promote pollution prevention in colleges and universities.  I don't think
colleges are hard to work with, you just need to use the right approaches.
I got the Asian Institute of Management on board, and eventually helped lead
them to their recent ISO 14001 certification, by having running a credit
class on Opns Mgmt for Environmental Efficiency.  I had 18 students in small
groups do eco-efficiency audits of campus energy, water, chemical use,paper
use, solid waste and building design.  They had a great time, got the
facility staff interested (which is critical vital essential), and presented
their group class reports to the Prez, Deans and facility mgrs. I made
quantitative analysis of options a major part of each group's grade, and
they delivered.  The Prez' reaction to the 100+ suggestions was to turn to
the facility mgrs and say, "is there some reason why we can't do these
things?  they seem quite useful and the numbers work for me."  The facility
guys, sitting there facing the Prez, of course said yes they would have a
serious meeting about it, and the Prez said, "good, I want your detailed
action report on these recommendation in a month."  The facility guys went
yeeeesssir and my students and I grinned a lot.  The facility mgrs organized
clean teams in various areas.  They really emphazised to janitors etc how a
green campus was going to make their daily jobs less toxic and more
pleasant, so the janitors really got on board, and have been known to leave
notes to sloppy professors telling them to sort their garbage better.  I
believe the facility staff also gave awards to the professors and depts that
were the most cooperative.  I don't know if they pointed out who was the
least cooperative, but I have NO DOUBT that the miscreants found out quite
quickly how low they ranked in the janitors eyes!  I just hope they did not
learn in too unsanitary a way.  Never piss off the janitor if you have to
come to work the next day.

College deans and presidents are politicians so you have to manipulate them
with the right tools.  You might try giving a little presentation about the
potential and benefits of campus greening at the president's next meeting
the college board of directors and the alumni association board.  I would
try contacting the alumni assn prez, and a few members of the board of
directors, on your own and talk them into bringing it up with the prez and
then asking you to do a little presentation.  Then the prez is on the spot
to his minders and will almost certainly be graceful and announce that he
will delegate it immediately and report back.  Then everyone will
congratulate the prez, who will wag his tail.  They are like poodles, you
have to give them treats to train them.

Tons of work has been done for you already - don't reinvent that wheel - by
the National Wildlife Federation, which produces the Campus Ecology Home
Page about how to green a campus. It has an extensive links section with
great descriptions, plus manuals, projects etc.  They have done a wonderful
job, check them out at


You need to get the campus leadership on board too.  University Leaders for
a Sustainable Future (ULSF) was established to promote and support academic
leadership for the advancement of global environmental literacy.  They have
a charter that the college prez can on to.  They offer a Sustainability
Assessment Questionnaire (SAQ) for Colleges and Universities that is a great
potential starting point for talking with academic mgmt.


Dont forget that a green campus should teach green courses.  One of the
issues with Asian Inst of Mgmt's ISO 14001 certification was the enviro
aspects of its products, i.e. its courses.  AIM ended up with procedures tht
include specific P2-type training for all MBAs in the Opns Mgmt core
curriculum, some enviro cases in the general strategy and marketing cores,
and a Prez-sponsored student enviro club.  That is crucial to making the
whole effort coherent.

I recall that Tufts University used the same approach of greening its opns
first, they have a bunch of things like a Tufts Climate Initiative that
commits Tufts to goal of 7% reduction below 1990 carbon dioxide emissions by
2012 that has brought in $356,000 in foundation support and has identified
University energy cost savings.  Bob Pojasek was one of the leaders there, I
think, and of course Bob has a great P2 systems approach that colleges can
follow.  He can contact you directly about it if you buzz him at

Colleges can be a ton of fun to work with, esp the students.  Some of the
faculty will get on board right away, and a bunch will remain crotchety
isolationists.  The janitors will deal with them eventually.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Illig, Richard" <Illig.Richard@dep.state.pa.us>
To: "'Burt Hamner'" <bhamner@cleanerproduction.com>
Cc: "Young, James" <Young.James@dep.state.pa.us>; "Zaccano, Robert"
<Zaccano.Robert@dep.state.pa.us>; "Gebhardt, Scott"
Sent: Wednesday, November 08, 2000 5:36 AM
Subject: RE: yet another "greening business" manual!!

 > Burt,
 > We are looking at producing a P2E2 manual for colleges.  After seeing your
 > message I have to ask if you would refer them to any significant existing
 > publications (specific to colleges) on the topic.
 > We are aware of efforts/publications aimed at greening schools (in
 > but have found colleges to be a much more difficult group to approach and
 > work with.
 > Any direction in this matter would be appreciated.  Ric
 > -----Original Message-----
 > From: Burt Hamner [mailto:bhamner@cleanerproduction.com]
 > Sent: Tuesday, November 07, 2000 7:16 PM
 > To: p2tech; one-l
 > Subject: yet another "greening business" manual!!
 > A small enviro group I know has just proudly announced its new "How to Be
 > Green Business" manual, produced by enthusiastic young people after
 > lots of time and money.  It is hardly any different from a dozen other
 > guides I have seen.  Well I am going to get cranky here and pose a
 > to the pollution prevention community.  There are now hundreds if not
 > thousands of guides already available for free via the net on how to green
 > up a business and do P2.  The same with fact sheets.  I realize that it is
 > impossible to get the word out to every single well-meaning group that IT
 > HAS BEEN DONE ALREADY FOLKS, but the waste of time and resources that is
 > being spent to produce pale imitations of great products already available
 > for free is really rather appalling.
 > I think the P2 community could do everyone a great public service and hold
 > contest to nominate the Best in Class for publications on Small Business
 > EMS, Cost Analysis, Life Cycle Analysis, How to Use the Internet, etc.
 > Benchmarking Time for P2 publications, I think.  The benefits of such a
 > project are multiple, from getting lots of free PR by holding prominent
 > awards, to learning among ourselves what a great publication really looks
 > like, to helping others avoid reinventing the wheel and then making it
 > It would be easy to make a website where people could post e-copies of
 > fav publications then have votes on them, commentary, debate about
 > evaluation criteria, etc.  Sort of an amazon.com for P2.
 > Maybe someone is already doing this?  I hope so.  It was really painful to
 > see these nice people here get all pumped about their new publication, and
 > then to find it a pale imitation of several much better pubs I keep on my
 > hard disk.  And of course, they had never heard of said pubs...  Anybody
 > interested in a national P2 publication benchmarking project?
 > **************************************
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