Date of Award

1-1-2010

Document Type

Campus Access Thesis

Department

Educational Leadership and Policies

Sub-Department

Higher Education and Student Affairs

First Advisor

Christian Anderson

Abstract

This study assesses the decision making process of campus administrators in building LEED residence halls by reviewing four cases at the University of South Carolina (USC), the University of Georgia (UGA), Clemson University, and Emory University. For the purposes of this study, LEED is a numerical point system created by the U.S. Green Building Council to assess new and renovation construction of buildingsthat achieve sustainable features. To gain a better understanding of the decision making at each institution regarding LEED, this study uses a multiple case study to compare the decision making strategies at each institution.

This study reveals that the decision making process to build LEED residence halls is a complex process that involves many actors and that it can come from either a bottom-up or top-down approach. In this study, there are many outside factors that influence thedecision making of the people involved, but for the most part it is because they recognize it is the right thing to do. The conceptual framework of this study is the diffusion of innovation in which new ideas face scrutiny once created.

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