Session: Vital Connections: Engaging Professional Societies with the 4DEE Framework
Growing the role of ecology with sustainability in higher education: 4DEE and AASHE
Wednesday, August 4, 2021
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Leanne M. Jablonski, University of Dayton Hanley Sustainability Institute, Marianist Environmental Education Center, Dayton, OH and Leah Ceperley, Facilities Management & Planning, University of Dayton, Dayton, OH
University of Dayton Hanley Sustainability Institute, Marianist Environmental Education Center Dayton, OH, USA
Opportunities for innovative ecology education outreach grow with increases in environmental and sustainability programs. Over 20% of US colleges and universities belong to the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), with ecological health in its vision, addressing ESA’s 4DEE Human-Environment Interactions dimension. Members monitor campus improvements using a tracking and rating system with many criteria indirectly or directly applying ecology. By engaging campus sustainability offices, ecologists can integrate Campus as a Living Laboratory projects, assess sustainability literacy, inform facilities managers about ecologically sustainable practices, and catalyze the needed integration of ecological concepts into campus sustainability initiatives.