UA Sustainability Coordinator
The campus sustainability trio: the President's Advisory Council on Environmental Sustainability, the Office of Sustainability and the student-led Green Fund Committee.
The University of Arizona has created the President's Advisory Council on Environmental Sustainability, the Office of Sustainability and the student-led Green Fund Committee.
The campus sustainability trio will ensure the coordinated participation of students, faculty, staff and administrators in maintaining the UA's leadership in environmental sustainability while ensuring the Arizona Board of Regents' approved tuition resources are dedicated to campus design, student engagement, operations, education, research and outreach.
Students were pivotal in gaining support and approval from the regents to dedicate a portion of UA tuition to sustainability efforts. Through the dedicated funds, a director of the Office of Sustainability will be announced soon.
UA sustainability coordinator Joe Abraham will help guide and facilitate the University's efforts and ensure the funds will bolster sustainability efforts by students, faculty and staff.
"Because this additional financial support is a direct result of our students' efforts and will be born through their tuition, it is critical that we have a structure in place that maximizes the value, transparency and accountability of the funding," UA President Robert N. Shelton said.
The UA's announcement comes on the eve of Campus Sustainability Day, a national effort founded in 2002 as part of the Society for College and University Planning's early efforts—working with Second Nature—to support cross-departmental, cross-disciplinary, cross-functional, integrated campus planning for sustainability.
A campus sustainability transition team headed the effort to determine the new campus sustainability structures and made recommendations for committee and council membership, operating principals and missions. The transition team was co-chaired by Melissa Vito, vice president for student affairs, and Andrew Comrie, a climatologist and associate vice president for research and dean of the Graduate College.
The missions of the three sustainability units are as follows:
President's Advisory Council on Environmental Sustainability
Office of Sustainability
The advisory council is comprised of a mix of administrators, senior faculty members, students, staff and community members with term limits and will work to coordinate with the Office of Sustainability.
The Green Fund Committee, however, is comprised of 10 voting members – all students, with staff and administrator advisors.
Students appointed to the Green Fund Committee include:
The new campus sustainability units also will work to organize and expand sustainability initiatives and commitments already under way in business affairs, student affairs and academic units. The Office of Sustainability the Green Fund chairs and other sustainability leaders on campus also host a Facebook page that contains updates and information on new sustainability efforts on campus.
UA Sustainability Coordinator