Environmental Management

Environmental management is grounded in the social ecological model of public health, which recognizes the link between a student’s perception of the surroundings (both physical and symbolic) and the behaviors and social practices that he or she believes to be normal or expected.

Strategic planning for environmental management requires an understanding of the environmental factors that influence or enable undesired student behavior. That understanding informs the plan of evidence-based strategies that address and change these factors. Evidence-based strategies include policies, enforcement and adjudication, changes to physical settings, and revisions of practices. Changing a college environment is a slow and steady process that needs a good long-term strategic plan and the involvement both of stakeholders who contribute to or maintain the current environment and of those who are affected by it. 


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Reviews a two-year effort among 32 colleges and universities aimed at learning about and implementing a comprehensive, multi-pronged approach using both a public health and improvement focus, in addressing high-risk drinking on their campuses. Includes findings for individual level interventions, education and awareness, parent education, support and training of staff, off-campus initiatives, strategies to promote healthy campus initiatives, strategic communications and messaging, and measurement/gaining insight.

Drafted from a convening held by CEE, this tool aids in assisting school districts who are considering or pursuing integrated schooling. It helps in understanding what socioeconomic integration from an equity perspective involves.

Preventing Violence and Promoting Safety in Higher Education Settings: Overview of a Comprehensive Approach report cover

Developed to help campuses prevent violence and promote safety. This resource reviews the scope of campus violence problems; describes the wide array of factors that cause and contribute to violence; outlines a comprehensive approach to reducing violence and promoting safety on campus; and lists specific recommendations that administrators, students, faculty, staff, and community members can follow to review and improve their policies and strengthen their programs and services.

Guides the development of high-quality emergency operations plans for institutions of higher education. It incorporates lessons learned from recent incidents, and respond to the needs and concerns voiced by stakeholders following the recent shootings in Newtown and Oak Creek and the recent tornadoes in Oklahoma. It can be used to create new plans as well as to revise and update existing plans and align their emergency planning practices with those at the national, state, and local levels.

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