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HURDLES AND SOLUTIONS QUESTIONS FOR SUSTAINABLE CAMPUS ORGANISATION

What if a leadership transition results in shifting institutional priorities? Get a sense of the new leader’s style and values. Tailor the approach and activities to that perspective.

What if the financial rationale is difficult to estimate? What if individuals or groups on campus do not feel compelled to support initiatives? Determine what matters to people and use those values as a means to communicate with them. For example, if environmental concerns will not inspire custodians to use green cleaning products, talk to them about their own health. Prioritise collaboration with people who demonstrate support.

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Ensure that the full perspective is being considered. With energy systems, for instance, conduct a return-on-investment analysis for maintaining a building with a less expensive but more inefficient system. If the financials do not add up, consider whether there may be other benefits that will justify a commitment, such as better or healthier conditions for working and studying.

SUSTAINABLE CAMPUS ORGANISATION


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