Erica Mooney

Date Approved


Date Posted


Degree Type

Open Access Senior Honors Thesis

Department or School

Geography and Geology

First Advisor

Robert A. Jones

Second Advisor

Christine M. Clark


Inspired by leading EMU's engagement with Ypsilanti's climate Action Plan in 2011, a journey began to discovering ways to cultivate healthy relationships through sustainability. How have other universities addressed climate change? How have other municipalities work with schools addressing sustainability? I explored national programs as well as a thorough review of Michigan's other public universitites. This thesis is a mix of best practices research and a proposal to both city and school administrators and stakeholders. Reviewing what other campuses and towns have done to address environmental and social justice, and the complex realms of economic and community development, a coalition based approach is recommended.