Date of Award

Fall 2012

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Educational Foundations & Leadership


Higher Education

Committee Director

Dana Burnett

Committee Member

Alan Schwitzer

Committee Member

Nathan Lindsay


Green building and design is an emerging trend in institutions of higher education. It is important to consider the practices and expectations of the users of green buildings. The attitudes of faculty, staff, and students play a key role in the overall successful performance of green buildings. This study offers direction for the intentional design and use of green student centers as influential facets of the total environment on college campuses. The research presents cases of how green student center design may be connected to environmental attitudes. This qualitative study examined to what degree three green student centers influence and impact the campus environment. Strange and Banning's three-dimensional matrix and a modified version of the Salter Environmental Type Assessment (SETA) Form C were used to collect data to inform this study. A collective case study analysis examined green student centers at three campuses. Individual interviews, focus groups, and document review were administered. This information may help advance green initiatives related to student-oriented operations, practices and policies, and subsequently influence universities' strategic goals, master plans, and missions.


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