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Sustainability Committee Charge

Charge

The Sustainability Standing Committee will provide expertise and leadership to the college in developing and recommending sustainable practices, policies and procedures, and advise the President, in realizing the transformation of the college into an ecologically-sustainable institution that is a learning and teaching center for sustainable practices as measurably demonstrated by its facilities, operations, curriculum, activities and quality of campus life for students and employees.

Committee activities

The committee's activities will include (but are not limited to):

  • Reducing energy use & using energy that is sustainably produced including implementation of efficient and greenhouse neutral transportation alternatives.
  • Reducing water use and waste water runoff including implementation of sustainable landscaping practices.
  • Reducing materials use & increasing recycling of materials that are used; including implementation of a district-wide integrated plan for environmentally-responsible purchasing, maintenance, upgrading, and replacement of technology and equipment for classrooms and college operations.
  • Assisting in the development and implementation of an inclusive planning process for maintaining, upgrading and building energy efficient and environmentally-sustainable facilities throughout the college district.
  • Pursuing steps to achieving and maintaining greenhouse gas neutrality.  Initially this will be by supporting and advising the President’s office on our commitment to the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) program, including:
    1. Developing an Implementation Plan to achieve climate neutrality. (completed 9/17/09)
    2. Make an Inventory of the college districts greenhouse gas emissions, and an Action Plan to reduce them to zero, including periodic Progress Reports on implementation of the action plan.
    3. Initiate the following “Tangible Actions” to reduce greenhouse gases while the comprehensive plan is developed:
      1. Waste reduction, including participation in the annual national RecycleMania competition.
      2. Green building
    4. Make the action plan, inventory, and periodic progress reports publicly available by providing them to the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) for posting and dissemination.
  • Working with Skagit Valley College stakeholders to develop, maintain, and improve environmentally-sustainable practices (e.g. carpool programs, recycling, energy conservation, etc.)
  • Assisting in the implementation of programs in-, and development of curriculum for courses in sustainable practices and environmental literacy, which respond to student, employer and community needs, and enrollment targets.
  • Grant writing to support green practices, education and construction on campus.
  • Publicizing and promoting the College’s achievements in sustainable practices, including organizing the annual Sustainability Fair as a means of:
  • Attracting and retaining students
  • Educating the community.

Structure of the Committee

The committee membership will consist of two voting members from all employee groups (full-time and adjunct faculty, administrators, classified staff, and exempt staff) and students (including the AS Student Rep. on Sustainability and Environmental Awareness), and welcomes other interested people as non-voting members.