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By Carlos Ochoa, Interim Director, University of Arkansas Office for Campus Sustainability
(This article appears in the April, 2012 issue of The ACUPCC Implementer)


The University of Arkansas Office for Campus Sustainability is changing.  We have new members on board including an interim-director, five interns, and newly appointed executive director for Campus Sustainability, who will report directly to the provost.  Via Dave Newport’s blog on the Death of Campus Sustainability, we see a changing tide of sustainability in higher education across the nation.  Technologically, we’re seeing new social media platforms rising (think Klout, Kred, Pinterest, and Google+).  Change is scary but our office is using it to our advantage.

In March, our office held our first Google Hangout via Google+ to discuss Earth Day 2012 on college campuses across the US.  We openly invited people from every listserv and outlet we know to participate in a free videoconference on Google+.  Several sustainability folks in higher education participated in the event.  Emily Cumbie-Drake from Emory, Chris Remley from Carleton College, Steve Muzzy from Second Nature, Shannon Remley from the University of Arkansas Applied Sustainability Center, and a RecycleMania intern and I represented the UA Office for Campus Sustainability.  There’s a slight learning curve that prevented several people from participating and that’s okay because there’s more to this story than new technological innovations.


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