Our society needs ideas and actions that enhance the environmental health and integrity of the places where we live and work. Educational institutions are complex human communities that pose unique opportunities to explore, understand, and respond to the interrelationship of environmental issues. College and university campuses can be a vital link bridging current community needs and understandings with future visions."Greening" directly influences every aspect of human culture. It impacts economic, political, technical, philosophical, and cognitive practices in a complex interweaving of ideas and actions.Management of environmental resources on college and university campuses can have long-term effects on the institutions themselves and on society as a whole. This is a unique opportunity to share effective ideas on environmental issues.These interdisciplinary conferences allow people representing diverse areas in university communities to share information on environmental issues. These areas range from the practical day-to-day management of the physical plant to "green" curriculum development and "green" utilization of campus resources. The areas are bound by common concerns for achieving environmental soundness through safe and sane management of resources. The campus community can become a "green" model for society as a whole by gathering and sharing this information.
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