Mar 29, 2011
By Kylie Johnson
All Ohio University students, staff and faculty are invited to submit feedback on a draft of the Ohio University Sustainability Plan.
Developed by the President’s Advisory Council for Sustainability Planning, the plan includes objectives, goals, benchmarks and strategies that will guide the University towards a sustainable future. All comments must be submitted in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 5.
"We are looking forward to hearing from as many people as possible because this is a plan that has the potential to make a significant impact on sustainability at Ohio University," said council co-chair Michele Morrone.
Launched in July 2009, the President’s Advisory Council for Sustainability Planning is responsible for developing a recommendation for a comprehensive sustainability plan aligned with the goals of Vision OHIO and the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment.
The draft plan, which was created by President-appointed students, staff and faculty, seeks to transform Ohio University into an active leader in campus and community sustainability through a commitment to ecological citizenship, stewardship and justice. With a comprehensive sustainability plan as its first goal, the council will also create a Climate Action Plan for the University beginning in June 2011.
In planning for the Comprehensive Sustainability Plan, working groups were formed to create objectives in the following areas:
• Low and no-cost energy conservation
• Energy infrastructure/utilities
• Fundraising and endowment
The working groups have provided benchmark goals for each specified area in addition to strategies for meeting these goals.
Draft plan presentations were made to the Graduate Senate, Faculty Senate, Classified Senate and Administrative Senate during the last two weeks of March. A presentation to Undergraduate Student Senate will take place during the first week of Spring Quarter.
"People from all areas of campus and the community have contributed to the creation of the draft plan, and some are already implementing strategies and benchmarks included in the draft plan," said Interim Sustainability Coordinator Erin Sykes. "So far feedback on the plan has been overwhelmingly positive, and people are largely concerned about ensuring the plan is actually implemented."
After the comment period, the sustainability plan will be submitted to President McDavis for approval. If approved, endorsement will be sought by the Ohio University Board of Trustees.
The hope, according to Sykes, is that a comprehensive plan will be adopted by the end of spring quarter.