Over the summer 2012, a small group of faculty, staff and students, along with Diana Carlin, Director of the Center for Sustainability and Kathleen Brady, VP Facilities Services, met to develop a recommendation for formation of a campus advisory council on sustainability. The group reviewed and discussed various membership models and recommended formation of a SLU Sustainability Advisory Council modeled after the University of Kansas (http://www.sustainability.ku.edu/).
The SLU Sustainability Advisory Council, reporting to senior administration, serves in a resource and advisory capacity to SLU campus units as sustainability is more fully integrated into academic, administrative and operational practices. The Council is charged with supporting the Center for Sustainability in the development and implementation of a comprehensive strategic plan for sustainability at Saint Louis University.
Membership was approved by the Academic Vice President - Initial membership list
Working groups, under the oversight of the Advisory Council, will be involved in development of the sustainability plan, offering opportunity for broader inclusion of the campus community.
The Sustainability Advisory Council will provide input into short-term and strategic sustainability plans. The Council will support the Center for Sustainability in the planning process by outlining goals for a successful plan; examining the feasibility of goals, objectives and strategies developed by working groups; prioritizing action steps; examining and developing budget recommendations; and coordinating the internal reviews of plans and budgets.
Goals in the development of sustainability plans: leadership, measurability, responsibility, funding, visibility, participation and innovation.
At inception, the Environmental Resource Optimization Action Team was actually three action teams: Integration, Initiative and Awareness, that were created by the Division of Facilities Services to increase the focus on sustainability. These three entities have now joined together to strengthen the formation and advancement of sustainability initiatives on campus.
The mission of the ERO group is "maintain and conserve natural resources, protect our environment and do so in a sustainable manner through actions that will enhance environmental quality". To accomplish this end, the group has established focus areas that are a part of Facilities Services strategic plan, including:
We seek to increase and support student involvement with on-going and new sustainability efforts on campus. As new groups form and make a difference, SLU's overall culture of sustainability thrives. Get involved to make a difference, today! Click on the descriptions to be redirected to each group's webpage.