Brief History of the SCHOOL OF SUSTAINABILITY at NMSU

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Brief History of the SCHOOL OF SUSTAINABILITY at NMSU

Post by dboje on Tue Jan 12, 2016 8:26 am

The School of Sustainability at New Mexico State University:
A Short History

David M. Boje, Ph.D.
Chair of Sustainability Council, Coordinator of Greening the Curriculum, Regents Professor & Wells Fargo Professor at New Mexico State University

January 8, 2016

To begin the School of Sustainability (S0S) at New Mexico State University (NMSU) is only our Notion of it to actualize, to become all reality at NMSU. This is a long-term process of interfusing NMSU with those individual moments of SOS moving from “abstractions and chimeras” to reality (Hegel, 1972/1807: section #394). Chimera, in Greek mythology, is a monstrous fire-breathing hybrid creature, composed of the parts of more than one animal. Chimera describes sustainability, which means something different to each of the six NMSU colleges, and different to operations, and community.
Nevertheless the chimera-SOS is moving from the shallow shapes of its “spiritual self-consciousness,” and having initially only in the imaginary being of the heart-of-care, in our storytelling rhetoric and imagination, but not yet in the “Reason” of NMSU. Spiritual here, refers to ‘school spirit’ of an institution. Reason here, refers to the various rationalities of NMSU, its sciences, operations, administrative order, its students, faculty, and staff, all these different Rationalities constellate NMSU-Reason. Appendix A gives a brief history of milestones in the formation of the chimera-SOS moving from shallow shapes of its ‘spiritual consciousness into the storytelling and the ‘Reason’-rationalities of NMSU.
With the funding of President Performance Fund, for the Greening the Curriculum (Dec 17, 2013), we finally had a budget and legitimacy to initiate sustainability minors across the six colleges of main campus. This Spiral Development plan was part of the proposal, and served as an implementation strategy.


Figure 1 – Spiral of Development of School of Sustainability, from the 13 Jan 2014 Agreement on President’s Excellence Fund, Academic Associate Deans Council (ADAC), and Office of Institutional Analysis (OIA).

The Spiral of Development begins with the NMSU Gold Star rating from AASHE (Nov 30, 2012, and ends with School of Sustainability formation (still in process).
• 1st TEACHING ACADEMY: September 16th 2013 - Rani Alexander convened a Teaching Academy session on Sustainability Across the Curriculum of NMSU, I got nominated at that meeting to put together a funding application to the President’s Performance Fund from the Sustainability Council. This “Greening the Curriculum” proposal was due in two weeks. At the Teaching Academy meeting: Mark Andersen ; Rani Alexander ; Candace Gilfillan ; M. Stanford ; Brown, Christopher ; Steven Loring ; Abbas Ghassemi ; William Lindemann ; Constance Falk ; Mark Uchanski ; Jean Conway ; joni newcomer. David Boje obtained valuable support and assistance into developing the funding proposal from this group, that would get the 'Green Leaf' into the catalogue and course schedule.’ The Greening the Curriculum proposal did get funded on on December 17th 2013. On January 8, 2014 - Several motions passed at Sustainability Council, and David Boje made Coordinator to Greening the Curriculum initiative.
• 2nd TEACHING ACADEMY: December 2015 - David Boje, Coordinator for Greening the Curriculum, and incoming Chair of Sustainability Council, convened a Teaching Academy session to create a ‘School of Sustainability’ (SOS) at NMSU. David Boje, Lois Stanford, and Mark Uchanski presented the vision of SOS and the participants came up with ideas of action, and agreed to move forward with SOS, by developing a retreat at NMSU sometime in May 2016 where Foundation people, Provost, Dean of Graduate School, potential donors, and Sustainability Council would go in this retreat in May 2016. One of the key ideas was to include a strong focus on Native Ways of Knowing, which is topic of a conference held at NMSU in May (Lisa Greyshield).
• 3rd TEACHING ACADEMY: February 18 2016 – 2:35 – 3:50 PM in Milton room 50 for purpose of planning the SOS retreat, briefing Provost, Dean of Graduate School, Deans of colleges and their development officers, and Foundation people, and potential donors participate in May 2016, on the main campus (Lisa Greyshield’s conference on Native Ways of Knowing).

The ‘Heart of Care’ for sustainability, despite its chimeras, was presented to President and Provost in 2011.


Figure 2 – ‘Heart-of-Care and various shades of Green sustainability ‘school spirit’ in the Operations, Research, Education, and Community of NMSU

This figure was the focus of a May 2011 presentation to the former President Couture and Provost Wilkins of NMSU, by David Boje of Sustainability Council, his doctoral students, and joni newcomer of Office of Sustainability.



Appendix: A Brief History of NMSU Sustainability - see more complete history at http://davidboje.com/sustainability/history.htm :


• 1963 to 2003 – various sustainability related institutes, grants, initiatives, and faculty research publications.
• 2004 - NMSU President Michael V. Martin establishes “The Sustainability and Climate Change Task Force” headed by Robert Moulton to deal with rising energy prices and climate commitment.
• 2007 - NMSU President Michael V. Martin signs the American College of University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), making NMSU a charter signatory.
-College of Engineering beings offering a renewable energy technologies minor.
-NMSU moves to utilizing greener transportation.
- An alliance to develop wind research facility is established.
• 2009 - Interim President Waded Cruzado-Salas declares 2009, the “Year of Sustainability” and signed Talloires Declaration of the Association of University Leaders for a Sustainable Future

• Feb 2011 - Faculty Senate Bill, which passed unanimously on Feb. 19, 2011 and recognized the new Office of Sustainability at NMSU and supported the plans and goals of the Sustainability Council.

• May 2011, - joni newcomer, professor Connie Falk, David Boje's entire systems theory doctoral seminar (Mgt 655), made a presentation to President Couture, Provost Wilkins, and VP of Research, Vimal Chaitanya about the history interviews we had conducted with sustainability leaders (the little people) at NMSU, and the ways that sustainability fit into all seven goals of the university (see published article on study of sustainability and this meeting by Aguirre, Grant; Boje, David M.; Cast, Melissa L.; Conner, Suzanne L.; Helmuth, Catherine; Mittal, Rakesh; Saylors, Rohny; Tourani, Nazanin; Vendette, Sebastien; Yan, Tony Qiang, 2012).
• 2011 - NMSU earned a prestigious Bronze Star rating for its sustainability from AASHE.
• Nov. 30 2012 -NMSU earned a Gold Star rating from AASHE for its sustainability
• April 16 2013 - NMSU receives Bicycle Friendly University designation

• 1st TEACHING ACADEMY: September 16th 2013 - Rani Alexander convened a Teaching Academy session on Sustainability Across the Curriculum of NMSU, I got nominated at that meeting to put together a funding application to the President’s Performance Fund from the Sustainability Council. This “Greening the Curriculum” proposal was due in two weeks. At the Teaching Academy meeting: Mark Andersen ; Rani Alexander ; Candace Gilfillan ; M. Stanford ; Brown, Christopher ; Steven Loring ; Abbas Ghassemi ; William Lindemann ; Constance Falk ; Mark Uchanski ; Jean Conway ; joni newcomer. David Boje obtained valuable support and assistance into developing the funding proposal from this group, that would get the 'Green Leaf' into the catalogue and course schedule.’ The Greening the Curriculum proposal did get funded on on December 17th 2013. On January 8, 2014 - Several motions passed at Sustainability Council, and David Boje made Coordinator to Greening the Curriculum initiative.

• 2nd TEACHING ACADEMY: December 2015 - David Boje, Coordinator for Greening the Curriculum, and incoming Chair of Sustainability Council, convened a Teaching Academy session to create a ‘School of Sustainability’ at NMSU.



References
Aguirre, Grant; Boje, David M.; Cast, Melissa L.; Conner, Suzanne L.; Helmuth, Catherine; Mittal, Rakesh; Saylors, Rohny; Tourani, Nazanin; Vendette, Sebastien; Yan, Tony Qiang (2012). "UNIVERSITY SUSTAINABILITY AND SYSTEM ONTOLOGY." International Journal of Organization Theory and Behavior, Vol. 15(4): 577-618. Click here for pre-press pdf.

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Right on! Lot's of great background info in this post!

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