Modeling Sustainable Futures: Cultural Shift Strategies


Recognition of the detrimental effects of rapid industrialization have resulted in the development of policies that are designed to promote and ensure greener futures for all. In this paper we will look at New York City and the policies passed by two mayors since 2007. These policies that push sustainability in New York City are PlanNYC passed by Mayor Bloomberg in 2007 and now ONE New York passed on Earth Day 2015 by Mayor De Blasio. In New York City, current laws are surpassing original mandates in hopes to make NYC “the most sustainable, resilient city in the world.” The current research shows that policy is the driving force that is motivating the market towards the creation of positions in organizations to help lead sustainability initiatives. Individuals that find themselves in these current positions need to develop strategies in creating cultural and behavioral shifts, in both their organizations and their communities, to be able to implement the mandates that are being asked of them. The case study analysis strategies needed to be implemented to help create cultural shifts in this public agency that can be also be implemented in private organizations. The research analyzes the NYC's Department of Education’s Sustainability Initiatives. NYC’s Public schools district is the largest school system in the United States and is part of this young movement in the United States, for example, DC’s school district has hired their Director of Sustainability only in 2015, while New York City’s position was only developed 2009.

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Maya Camou, Birmingham City University, UK

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Conference: ECSEE2016
Stream: Cultural Sustainability: Protecting, Preserving and Conserving

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