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Critical Campus Sustainabilities, Bridging Social Justice and the Environment in Higher Education, edited by Flora Lu, Emily Murai

In response to student demands reflecting the urgency of societal and ecological problems, universities are making a burgeoning effort to infuse environmental sustainability efforts with social justice. In this edited volume, we extend calls for higher education leaders to revamp programming, pedagogy, and research that problematically reproduce dominant techno-scientific and managerial conceptualizations of sustainability. Students, staff and community partners, especially those from historically underrepresented and marginalized groups, are at the forefront of calls for critical sustainabilities programming, education and collaborations. Their work centers themes of power relations, (in)equity, accessibility, and social (in)justice to study the interrelationships between humans, non-humans, and the environment. Their voices, perspectives and lived experiences are provocations for institutions to think and act more expansively. This book amplifies some of these voices and bottom up efforts toward a more critical approach to sustainability on campus. We ground our recommendations on findings from campus-wide surveys that were taken by over 8,000 undergraduates in 2016, 2019, and 2022. Furthermore, we share the design principles and lessons learned from several innovative, award-winning initiatives designed to foster critical sustainabilities at UC Santa Cruz.
Table Of Contents
Part1. Chapter1. Inclusive Sustainability: The Emergence and Vision of PoCSC -- Chapter2. Student Voices on Environmental Spaces and Experiences in Higher Education -- Chapter3. Teaching Critical Sustainability Studies: Towards a Relational Pedagogy -- Part2. UCSC Students’ Sustainability Perceptions, Understandings, and Values -- Chapter4. Student Understandings of Sustainability -- Chapter 5. The Environmental Belief Paradox -- Chapter6. Environmental Sustainability and Epidemiological Struggle: Student Experiences of COVID-19 -- Chapter7. Critical Environmentalisms: Overcoming Institutional Obstacles to Meet Students’ Demands for Sustainability Curricula and Action -- Part3. Community-Engaged Critical Sustainabilities -- Chapter8. Developing a Praxis of Loving Relations: Lessons from a Community-University Partnership that Centers Undergraduate Research and Learning -- Chapter9. The Calabasas Community Garden: Sustaining Community through Meaningful Relationships -- Chapter10. Environmental Justice Youth Leadership in Salinas Valley, CA
Literary Form
non fiction
1st ed. 2023.
Physical Description
1 online resource (204 pages)
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