On the Road to a Green New York Medical College

By Denise C. Tahara, Babita Burathoki, Jannat Gill and Alyssa Joseph.

Published by The International Journal of Sustainability Education

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Published online: December 14, 2015 $US5.00

The rapid growth to a world population of seven billion, and the stress that it places on our finite resources due to increased consumption, is causing profound damage to our global ecosystem. Change is needed to curtail the harmful effects of excessive consumption and waste. Every individual is a stakeholder in the earth’s natural resources and there is a direct link between waste management, climate change, and the health of our shared world. Institutions of higher education have the responsibility to teach environmental stewardship and good corporate citizenship; to be triple bottom line by design, the pillars of sustainability. This project investigated sustainability programs at twelve colleges/universities along with the United States National Parks Service to identify best practices of successful programs. The core elements identified are: single-stream recycling, campus-wide collaboration, educational and promotional efforts, a full-time Sustainability Coordinator as well as student volunteers, a program logo and prominent signage, adequate tracking and metric measurements, and clear program guidelines. An Environmental Assessment Study was performed to determine the college’s readiness for change. Using the 4D approach: Discover, Define, Design, and Deliver, Green NYMC was created. John Kotter’s change model was used to frame the change effort, develop a business plan, create a guiding coalition of key stakeholders, and implement and measure new recycling and sustainability practices.

Keywords: Environmental Stewardship, Corporate Citizenship, Sustainability Practices, TBL, Organizational Change

The International Journal of Sustainability Education, Volume 11, Issue 4, December 2015, pp.21-36. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: December 14, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 688.152KB)).

Dr. Denise C. Tahara

Associate Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management, School of Health Sciences and Practice, New York Medical College, Valhalla, New York, USA

Babita Burathoki

Department of Health Policy and Management, School of Health Sciences and Practice, New York Medical College, Valhalla, New York, USA

Jannat Gill

Department of Health Policy and Management, School of Health Sciences and Practice, New York Medical College, Valhalla, New York, USA

Alyssa Joseph

Department of Health Policy and Management, New York Medical College - School of Health Sciences & Practice, Valhalla, New York, USA