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Environmental Analysis (Pomona)

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auditing, higher education, sustainability planning and management, United States of America, waste stream


Purpose: This paper presents the pedagogical initiatives associated with and the practical outcomes of a multi-student independent study that analyzed the campus waste stream and developed real-world solutions in accord with the college’s sustainability commitments and goals.

Design/methodology: The paper reviews the course structure, presents research findings and the individual student-developed solutions, and assesses their ability to reduce the campus’s waste stream.

Findings: Developing a class to audit the campus waste stream offers students an unusual educational opportunity to apply theoretical insights to and test these against a real-world problem; their analyses and projects also has helped the college more sustainably manage its waste stream.

Originality/value: This paper identifies the practical and educational advantages for participating students; and the particular benefits the institution will derive from their waste-stream research.

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