Environmental Council

1. Purposes

To promote environmental awareness among faculty, staff, and students.

b. To make policy recommendations to the president of the College designed to:

i. ensure a safe and healthy environment for all who live and work on the College campus.

ii. promote environmentally sound ecological (air, land, and water) stewardship practices.

iii. promote throughout the College community conservation of resources, energy efficiency, waste reduction and recycling, pollution prevention, increased reliance on renewable resources, and other measures consistent with sustainable living.

iv. further long-range environmental planning by the College.

v. assist the College in carrying out its civic responsibilities in the area of the environment.

c. oversee a biannual College-wide assessment process to ensure strong environmental performance and share the assessment with members of the College community.

d. encourage faculty to provide students opportunities within the framework of academic courses to conduct research on campus and local environmental issues; and to ensure that such research is shared with the Environmental Council and appropriate officials within and outside the College so that it can be used to formulate improved policies and programs.

e. design and coordinate environmental programs on campus as directed by the president.

2. Membership

Members are appointed to the Environmental Council as follows (continuing membership is encouraged):

a. Dean of Environmental Affairs will appoint a chair person or two co-chairs.

b. Director of Sustainability Integration Office will automatically be vice chair and project coordinator.

c. At least seven student representatives will be selected by the Office of Sustainability Integration by the beginning of the fall semester drawn from a pool of students who respond to a call for membership made to all students prior to the beginning of Fall semester. If replacements are needed in the spring this process will be repeated. The Student Government Association may also provide an at-large member of its Environmental Affairs Committee to sit on the Environmental Council.

d. Three or four staff representatives will be appointed by the Staff Council during the summer. The Environmental Council will supply the Staff Council with selection criteria and recommendations and staff will apply to the Staff Council during the summer.

e. Three or four faculty representatives will be appointed by the Faculty Council acting as Committee on Committees in part of the regular faculty committee appointment process. The Environmental Council will supply the Faculty Council with selection criteria and recommendations.

f.  Members of the town community, or alumni, may be appointed to subcommittees in an advisory capacity on an as-needed basis.

Members are expected to attend Environmental Council meetings on a regular basis and actively participate on one or more subcommittees.  Inactive members will be replaced.

<update 17-Mar-2010; wording modified to reflect revised policy approved by Environmental Council; rev. 8/12/15>