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Constructing GreenThe Social Structures of Sustainability$
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Rebecca L. Henn and Andrew J. Hoffman

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780262019415

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262019415.001.0001

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Green School Building Success: Innovation through a Flat Team Approach

Green School Building Success: Innovation through a Flat Team Approach

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Constructing Green

Michelle A. Meyer

Jennifer E. Cross

Zinta S. Byrne

Bill Franzen

Stuart Reeve

The MIT Press

With more than 130,000 schools in the United States and 20 percent of the population of school age, green schools have large-scale environmental consequences and also provide numerous benefits supporting the educational mission of school districts. This chapter argues that understanding resistance and developing genuine employee support for organizational change is especially crucial for green building, because ideological disagreements on environmental protection and climate change can plague green building projects with politically charged debate. The chapter'a case study illustrates how reorganization of typically hierarchical organizational command structure into participatory flat teams affects the symbolic and interactional patterns within an organization.

Keywords:   schools, organizational change, environmental protection, climate change, green building

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