After a busy summer season of preparing dormitories and campus centers across the US and Canada for the influx of students come fall, The Refinishing Touch crew had sustainability on the brain. So, as you may have guessed, we took to our weekly polls to see if our readers were on the same page.
A resounding 100% of you do not feel that higher education institutions are doing all that they can to be sustainable. With numbers this high – we felt we should investigate further.
- 66% of those polled voted ‘Some, but certainly not all’ when asked if university professors are adequately incorporating sustainability into their curriculum
- 40% feel that campus facilities and maintenance staff are doing all that they can to improve campus sustainability, but the majority (60%) felt that they were only somewhat involved in greener outcomes
- Though this may come as a surprise, professors ranked the lowest on the sustainable action scale with only 16% feeling their effort is commendable
- In your experiences, students are the biggest advocate for change with 84% being either actively or somewhat involved in enforcing environmental action
Throughout our time spent in North American higher education facilities, we’ve seen steps being taken – across all departments, administration levels and committees – to implement greener day-to-day practices, sustainable building and development and energy-saving tactics.
While continuing to reduce our customer’s carbon footprints and harmful waste output through furniture asset management, The Refinishing Touch is looking forward to seeing future students, staff and communities create sustainable campuses nationwide.
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