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President's Sustainability Advisory Committee

Mission

The mission of the President's Sustainability Advisory Committee is to focus and coordinate the University’s activities within the broad meaning of sustainability, as reflected in the University’s Statement on Sustainability Policy and Principles (PDF). The committee was also charged with a more specific set of responsibilities. The committee has been very active recently in the development and coordination of the Sustainability Challenge Grant Programs. 

Established in May of 2008, this advisory committee grew out of the work of a Task Force. The task force was appointed in 2005 after a group of students met with University Administrators to encourage sustainable development at the University of Kentucky.


Meetings

The committee meets monthly between August and May on the second Thursday of the month. Meetings are held from 1 p.m.-3 p.m. and are open to the public. Guests are welcome to attend and are encouraged to present ideas and pose questions about sustainability-related issues at UK. Meeting location varies month to month because the committee often tour campus facilities as part of their meetings. If you would like to attend a meeting or make a presentation to the committee, please contact Shane Tedder at shane.tedder@uky.edu

Spring 2017 Meeting dates and times:

  • Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 1pm. Location TBD
  • Thursday February 9, 2017 at 1pm at the UK Ecological Research and Education Center (1797 Russell Cave Road)
  • Thursday March 9, 2017 at 1pm. Location TBD
  • Thursday April 13, 2017 at 1pm. Location TBD

Minutes from past meetings:

 


Composition

Two members from university business operations:

• Mary Vosevich, VP Facilities Management (2017) • Mari Long, UK Recycling (2017)

Two faculty members:

• Ernest Yanarella, Political Science(2018) • Helen Turner (Interior Design (2018)

Two student members:

• Ben Troupe (2017) • Rachel Cook (2017)

One member from the College of Agriculture:

• Krista Jacobsen, Horticulture (2018)

One member from Student Affairs:

• Susan Wilton, Office of Residence Life (2017)

One member representing the university research mission:

• Bob Jewell, Center for Applied Energy Research (2018)

One member from Environmental Management:

• Bob Kjelland, Environmental Management (2018)

One Member from UK Public Relations

• Jay Blanton, UK Public Relations (2017)

One member representing LFUCG:

• Steve Kay, Council At-Large (2017)

Two at Large: • Molly Davis, Director of the UK Arboretum (2017) • Rebecca McCulley, Tracy Farmer Institute for Sustainability and the Environment (2018)

Ex Officio Member: • Shane Tedder, Sustainability Coordinator


 

 

Responsibilities

  1. Define, develop and recommend for adoption a university "Statement on Sustainability Policy and Principles".
  2. Develop an annual set of committee goals and planned actions designed to further promote and advance an institutional culture of sustainability.
  3. Publicize and communicate current university sustainability initiatives to the university community.
  4. Assess the completeness and progress of university sustainability efforts as compared to national benchmark institutions. Conduct an annual review of University of Kentucky operations in terms of sustainability; develop indicators to measure progress and make suggestions and recommendations for improvements.
  5. Produce an annual report of active university sustainability efforts and activities in the areas of business operations, education, research and community engagement.
  6. Conduct and promote campus events, workshops, showcases, exhibits and symposia focused on enhancing sustainability efforts and practices so as to more fully engage students, faculty and staff in this topic.
  7. Promote and encourage sustainable best practices in university facility planning, design, and construction.
  8. Prepare a guidance plan (including goals and action items) on how the university can achieve a reduction in campus greenhouse gas emissions and seek to become more climate neutral.
  9. Create and appoint such technical advisory task forces and committees as may be appropriate to advise the committee and to foster increased opportunities for campus community involvement and input.