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Sustainability 2017, 9(2), 252; doi:10.3390/su9020252

Plans and Living Practices for the Green Campus of Portland State University

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Department of Housing & Interior Design, Chungbuk National University, Cheongju, Chungbuk 28644, Korea
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Department of Urban Planning & Engineering, Yonsei University, Seoul 03722, Korea
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Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning, Portland State University, Portland, OR 97201, USA
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Received: 10 December 2016 / Accepted: 3 February 2017 / Published: 10 February 2017
(This article belongs to the Section Sustainable Use of the Environment and Resources)
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Abstract

This study aims to comprehend Portland State University (PSU)’s green campus strategies, and students’ level of knowledge and living practices relating to green campus. PSU’s sustainable campus plan has been nationally and internationally recognized. A literature review, field investigation, and interviews were conducted to ascertain the PSU green campus strategies. This study also used a survey to understand students’ level of knowledge and practices. The survey results were analyzed by SPSS. Green campus projects at PSU were operated by official organizations and funded according to PSU’s long term plans in 12 multilateral categories: administration, energy, water, climate action, green buildings, green purchasing, waste reduction and recycling, food and dining services, transportation, land use, action, and education and student activity. The survey results show that the level of students’ understanding about PSU’s green campus strategies was somewhat low, but the amount of practice of a sustainable lifestyle was higher. Students who had taken courses related with sustainability or were engaged in sustainable activities had more knowledge about green campus strategies than students who had not. Therefore, it would be important to focus more on educating students and developing related programs in order to have more positive effects of green campus projects. View Full-Text
Keywords: green campus; strategies; living practices for sustainability; Portland State University green campus; strategies; living practices for sustainability; Portland State University
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Choi, Y.J.; Oh, M.; Kang, J.; Lutzenhiser, L. Plans and Living Practices for the Green Campus of Portland State University. Sustainability 2017, 9, 252.

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