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ENV 312: Sustainable Solutions


Environmental Science and Policy


Camille Washington-Ottombre


climate justice, higher education institutions, visioning, social justice, sustainability


While Higher Education Institutions have sometimes been at the forefront of climate action planning, few have engaged in climate justice planning. This project sought to utilize a bottom-up strategy to begin climate justice action planning at a small liberal arts college. Our group engaged with staff, faculty, and administrators in a workshop to understand their visions for climate justice at their institution. We also collected visions from staff members who were busy on the day of the workshop via semi-structured interviews. We collected four datasets: creative visions of climate justice, individual visions of climate justice, discussion notes, and interview notes. All four datasets were qualitatively coded using a combined inductive and deductive coding method. Our results show that many of our participants desire more transparency from the college on climate justice planning initiatives. Furthermore, our interviews revealed social justice issues which are entangled with climate justice issues at the college. They envisioned the college could become more climate justice through: continued collaborative efforts, increasing access to green space, climate justice curricular initiatives, better working conditions for staff, and many more visions. We recommend three future projects focusing on continued collaboration, connecting students and community to the college’s green space, and climate justice issues among staff.


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