Environmentally Sustainable Practices Among College Outdoor Programs and Their Association With Organizational Support Structures


  • Eric Frauman Appalachian State University




environmental behavior, higher education, sustainable initiatives


Sustainability has gained increasing importance amongst both academic research and organizational practice over the past two decades (Davis & Challenger, 2014). The primary purpose of this study was to examine environmentally sustainable practices among college outdoor programs, while also examining how college level policy and infrastructural support may be associated with such practices. Of additional interest was to examine how environmental policies established at the programmatic level may differentially influence practice versus policies at the institutional level. College and university outdoor program directors were sampled in 2014 concerning their engagement in various pro-environment practices and perceptions of institutional support. The findings revealed the organizational culture and infrastructural support at responding institutions does make a positive difference in outdoor program sustainable practices, as does the level environmental policy is established at. Future research efforts should consider a more systemic and systematic approach to studying this topic given its increasing importance and visibility on college campuses.

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