Mobilizing the power of higher education to tackle the grand challenge of sustainability: Lessons from novel initiatives

Commentary
  • David D. Hart
    • Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions, University of Maine, Orono, Maine, United States
    For correspondence: david.hart@umit.maine.edu
  • James L. Buizer
    • Institute of the Environment, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, United States
  • Jonathan A. Foley
    • Institute on the Environment, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minnesota, United States
    • California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, California, United States
  • Lewis E. Gilbert
    • Institute on the Environment, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minnesota, United States
  • Lisa J. Graumlich
    • College of the Environment, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, United States
  • Anne R. Kapuscinski
    • Environmental Studies Program, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, United States
  • Jonathan G. Kramer
    • National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center, University of Maryland, Annapolis, Maryland
  • Margaret A. Palmer
    • National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center, University of Maryland, Annapolis, Maryland
  • David R. Peart
    • Department of Biological Sciences, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, United States
  • Linda Silka
    • Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions, University of Maine, Orono, Maine, United States
DOI 10.12952/journal.elementa.000090

Editorial information

Managing Editor-in-Chief Michael E. Chang
Georgia Institute of Technology

Associate Editor Susan Baker
Cardiff University

Categorization

Article typeCommentary

Knowledge domain Sustainability Transitions

Publication history

ReceivedApr 15, 2015
AcceptedJan 20, 2016
PublishedFeb 23, 2016

Acknowledgements

DDH and LS thank several hundred colleagues who have traveled together on the road to solutions. This commentary is dedicated to Bob Kates on the occasion of his 87th birthday, with gratitude for his inspiring vision and enduring optimism.

Funding

The Mitchell Center’s research has been generously supported by grants from the National Science Foundation (EPS-0904155, IIA-1330691, OIA-1539071). MAP was supported by SESYNC (NSF award DBI-1052875)

Copyright

Citation

Hart DD, Buizer JL, Foley JA, Gilbert LE, Graumlich LJ, et al. 2016. Mobilizing the power of higher education to tackle the grand challenge of sustainability: Lessons from novel initiatives. Elem Sci Anth 4: 000090. doi: 10.12952/journal.elementa.000090