||Recently, institutions of higher education (IHE) have moved toward greening their
campuses and incorporating sustainability principles into strategic planning, operations,
education, research, and public engagement. While many IHE have some form of sustainability
initiative, project, or policy, there are no examples of an institution that has successfully
achieved a whole-systems transformation or institutionalized sustainability.
Using qualitative case study methods, this Masters Project analyzes the catalysts
and barriers to institutionalizing sustainability at Colorado College. I then apply
a theoretical framework adapted from Integral Theory to evaluate the degree of institutionalization
and whole-system change at Colorado College. Further, I extend the successes and
lessons learned from the case, arguing that the integral model of institutionalization
is applicable and useful to sustainability transformation in many IHE.