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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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Building Up to Organizational Sustainability: How the Greening of Places Transforms Organizations

Building Up to Organizational Sustainability: How the Greening of Places Transforms Organizations

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(p.197) 9 Building Up to Organizational Sustainability: How the Greening of Places Transforms Organizations
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Constructing Green
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Christine Mondor

David Deal

Stephen Hockley

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262019415.003.0009

The rapid market uptake of green building has transformed the design and construction industries. However, little attention has been given to how a green building project transforms the organizations for which the project was built. This chapter argues that green building projects are often a gateway or a gravitational assist that gives momentum to a broader, organization-wide definition and commitment to sustainability. Gravitational assist describes the transformation of organizational culture to include concern for holistic sustainability through place-based initiatives. This chapter establishes a definition for “organizational sustainability” and then explores the relationship between green building projects and broader environmental and social commitments. The chapter describes a systemic approach to sustainability through three types of actions, those concerning people, process, and place.

Keywords:   green building, gravitational assist, organizational culture, place-based initiatives, projects

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