Thomashow continues focus on sustainability

Mar 07, 2014
Mitchell Thomashow

Unity — The man who focused Unity College on sustainability is now doing the same for higher education. Mitchell Thomashow has seen the release of his first book since leaving Unity College, where he served as president from 2006 to 2011. In “The Nine Elements of a Sustainable Campus” (MIT Press). Thomashow draws heavily from his Unity College experiences. He sees its audience in broad terms, noting that it is a book for anyone who seeks to advance sustainability on college and university campuses.

Thomashow decided early in his presidency to focus on sustainability. The result was a series of high-profile successes for Unity College including the completion of Unity House, the first platinum LEED-certified college president's residence in North America and a net zero home that produces as much or more energy than it consumes. A line of pre-fabricated designs based on Unity House is now being marketed nationally by Bensonwood Homes of New Hampshire.

Since stepping down as president, Thomashow has traveled the United States advising college presidents and higher education professionals on ways their campuses may become more sustainable. As a broad concept, sustainability seeks to balance available resources with wise conservation practices and innovation, ensuring flourishing human systems, organizations and natural resources in perpetuity.

Available for order from Amazon, the book has drawn praise from luminaries within the environmental community.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or

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