9780865715578

Planet U : Sustaining the World, Reinventing the University

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    9780865715578

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    0865715572

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 5/1/2006
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Summary

This book places the university at the forefront of the sustainability movement. Questioning the university's ability to equip society to deal with today's serious challenges such as economic growth, democratic citizenship and planetary survival, it calls for a new social movement to take a lead in reforming the university. The book reviews the university's 900-year history from medieval religious philosopher, to Renaissance nation-builder, to its modern function as training grounds for the world's managerial class and the world's largest industry. It examines diverse campus initiatives across North America and Europe and their traditional concerns of green buildings, renewable energy and transportation demand management. But it also demonstrates the promise for social and ecological progress open to the "planetary university" once the university takes its place seriously and discovers its new mission: to create diverse models of local and global innovation centred around tough new questions about what universities -- and their societies -- can achieve: How might the university help move us to a post-automobile, energy-saving society?; How might universities help refashion the city to be sustainable?; How might universities be governed for sustainability? Lively, engaging and perfectly timed for the UN Decade for Sustainability in Education launched in 2005, "Planet U" will have wide appeal.

Table of Contents

Preface xiii
tree-sit
3(16)
Visions in the forest
3(3)
Outlaws and intellectuals
6(1)
The allure of the ivory tower
7(3)
The Planet and the U
10(4)
How dark is the age ahead?
14(5)
Part I: The Teacher
19(50)
genealogy of an ancient edifice
21(24)
Before the bricks and mortar
24(3)
The rise of modernism
27(6)
Enter the age of economism
33(3)
Cracks beneath the tower
36(9)
archaeology of a buried landscape
45(24)
As if in a magic landscape
46(5)
Up on the farm
51(5)
Building the burbs
56(3)
Landless planning
59(3)
The distance from here
62(4)
Physical education
66(3)
Part II: The Innovator
69(70)
leaving carbon city
71(24)
A world at stake
72(5)
Something old, something new
77(5)
Dumb growth, smart growth
82(4)
Integrating strategies
86(3)
De-carbonated cities
89(3)
And now the carbon-neutral campus
92(3)
taking the high street
95(20)
The new city planners
96(5)
The university as urban catalyst
101(4)
Our stock in flow
105(6)
A path less taken
111(4)
locating the commons
115(24)
Cherry Orchard Mall
118(3)
Natural tensions
121(1)
Restorative ecologies
122(5)
Toward the bioregion
127(4)
The place where we are
131(5)
Our commons future
136(3)
Part III: The Governor
139(74)
structured power
141(20)
Nudging the iceberg
144(2)
Clerics, engineers, bureaucrats
146(8)
The president and the groundskeeper
154(3)
Braking for change?
157(4)
active place
161(24)
A modest proposal: Process
165(3)
More than a modest proposal: Vision
168(2)
The scope: Comprehensive
170(4)
The place: Local
174(5)
The mission: Innovation
179(3)
Active learning
182(3)
social movement
185(24)
Boundaries of dialogue
188(7)
Democracy inside and out
195(4)
Locating Planet U
199(3)
A wormhole strategy
202(7)
re-enchantment
209(4)
Notes 213(22)
Bibliography 235(20)
Index 255(9)
About the Illustrations 264(7)
About the Authors 271

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