Implementing a Holistic Approach to Campus Sustainability

By M. Theodore Farris and Todd Spinks.

Published by The International Journal of Sustainability in Economic, Social and Cultural Context

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The development of a university sustainability program is an evolutionary effort. This paper offers an overview of the development of the University of North Texas (UNT) sustainability program as it integrated a multi-tiered holistic approach to incorporate sustainability throughout the lives of the faculty, staff, and students. The discussion is shaped around the R.O.O.TS. (Research, Outreach, Operations, & Teaching Students) design.

Keywords: Energy efficiency, Transportation, Campus, Academic programs, Implementation, Lifestyle Integration

The International Journal of Social Sustainability in Economic, Social and Cultural Context, Volume 9, Issue 2, pp.1-12. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 677.935KB).

Dr. M. Theodore Farris

Full Professor, College of Business Administration, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas, USA

Dr. M. Theodore Farris is a professor at the University of North Texas. He is a Charn Uswachoke International Scholar and served as a 2008 Fulbright Scholar, the 2nd ever awarded in the field of logistics. He holds a Ph.D. in business logistics, a M.A.B.A in information systems from Ohio State University, an M.B.A. in materials logistics management from Michigan State University, a B.S. in business, and a Certificate of City and Regional Planning from Arizona State University.

Todd Spinks

Director, Office of Sustainability, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas, USA

Dr. Spinks is the director of the Office of Sustainability at the University of North Texas. He has extensive knowledge and comprehension of strategic program development, sustainability initiatives, trans-organizational collaborations, mitigation of global climate change effects, international relations, and governmental operations. He has a PhD in information science, a MA in political science, and BA degrees in international studies and history, from the University of North Texas.