Glossary of TermsChange Management
A structured approach to change in individuals, teams,
organizations and societies that enables the transition from a current
state to a desired future state. Change management provides a framework
for managing the people side of these changes.
The effort to offset the carbon footprint (CO2 emissions) of an
organization through investments in sustainable energy, agriculture,
reforestation and energy efficiency, whose benefits offset or avoid an
amount of CO2 equivalent to the organization's carbon emissions.
Cultural and Biological Diversity
The adaptive interweave of people, language, place, culture and
ecology, which is a source of exchange, innovation, creativity and
cultural diversity. (Adapted from UNESCO.)
Energy Management Plans
The plans to implement energy efficiency projects such as sustainable
green buildings, renovations, and wind or solar farms that will move
the college toward energy independence. (Energy Policy Handbook)
To have a basic comprehension of environmental sustainability, natural
capital, exponential growth, carrying capacity, environmental history,
ecology, biodiversity, energy, resources, pollution prevention, waste
reduction, ethics, economic and political systems. ("Living in
the Environment" text)
Incorporates continuous improvement and refers to continuous reduction
of social, environmental, and social risks and impacts, over time, and
continuous enhancement of social, environmental, and financial
opportunities over time.
A building that has been designed to reduce both direct and indirect
environmentalconsequences associated with construction, occupancy,
operation, maintenance, and eventual decommissioning, whose design is
evaluated for cost, quality of life, future flexibility, ease of
maintenance, energy and resource efficiency, and overall environmental
impact, with an emphasis on life-cycle cost analysis. (Energy Policy
Interested Parties - see Stakeholder
Plans and actions that individuals take at all ages of their life to
help ensure their physical, social and financial sustainability.
Decisions and actions that require that we recognize the values and
norms of other peoples and that our decisions and actions are guided by
notions of justice and fairness that accept the integrity and validity
of other cultures and lifestyles. (Adapted from United Nations
Refers to anyone who is affected or perceives him/herself to be
affected by the college.Given the college's commitment to enhanced
community engagement or involvement, the role of stakeholders is a
critical continuing theme in this report.
"Stakeholders" and "interested parties" are used interchangeably in this report.
Stakeholders can include internal stakeholders (or interested
parties), such as staff, faculty, administration and students, or
external stakeholders (interested parties), such as families of
employees, faculty, staff and students, other community members,
regulators, the legislature and the college district, or suppliers of
The term "community" usually means those who live or work or govern
or go to school in an organization's hometown or city and often means
the people who are nearby neighbors of the institution.
Having an ethical responsibility toward nature. Encouraging
environmentally beneficial forms of economic growth in part by using
energy and resources wisely. ("Living in the Environment" text)
To utilize components of social, cultural and biological diversity in a way and rate
that does not lead to long-term decline, thereby maintaining the potential to meet the needs and
aspirations of present and future generations. (Adapted from the Conventions of Biological
Incorporate the notion of continuous improvement and refer to
continuous reduction of social, environmental, and social risks and
impacts, over time, and continuous enhancement of social,
environmental, and financial opportunities over time.