Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation


Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name



Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies

Degree Program

Interdisciplinary Studies concentration in Sustainability, MS

Committee Chair

DeCaro, Daniel

Committee Co-Chair (if applicable)

Barnett, Russell

Committee Member

Barnett, Russell

Committee Member

Sheffield, Caroline

Author's Keywords

sustainability; public school; school district; protostar; school; case study


Schools play a vital role in preparing the next generation of citizens to be active, engaged, creative thinkers and problem-solvers. Schools are also large institutions in their communities, employing many people and spending large sums of money. What happens in schools has an impact on their surrounding communities. Human behaviors are having a significant impact on our planet and changes in our society are affecting the sense of safety and security of our citizens. These are aspects of sustainability that schools need to begin addressing. This research looks at sustainability practices in a large urban school district to document current practices and to offer recommendations for the future. The research was conducted using semi-structured interviews of administrators and archival data. We found that the school district is consistently working to improve sustainability practices in operations but does little to engage students and teachers in educating for sustainability.