Report to Faculty Assembly

May 11, 2007

CAMPUS STRATEGIC PLAN.  The Committee suggests that the executive summary from the Sustainability document be reflected in the proposed strategic plan distributed for campus review.  The Committee is pleased to see elements of the Sustainability Plan well integrated into the overall document but feels that the core sections (Education, Leadership, Operations) need to also be reflected in the Sustainability portion.

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT MINOR.  Tom Huber has graciously stepped forward to become director of the program as current director, Curt Holder, will be on sabbatical.  Tom plans (according to a close associate) to contact all faculty currently teaching courses approved for the minor and inviting others whose courses would be appropriate to consider listing their courses as well.  The Committee hopes to co-sponsor a reception for faculty teaching in the minor and students enrolled or interested.

XERISCAPE GARDEN.  The area between the Student Center and the Engineering Building has been approved as the site for a campus demonstration xeriscape garden.  We would like to begin this summer with planting.  Deborah Carr, a UCCS student, Master Gardener has volunteered to do a preliminary design. She is also, along with botany students in Kathi Malueg’s classes, propagating xeric plants from our campus.  There are NO funds for this project (total campus budget for plant materials is $500) so donations and additional propagators are welcome.

ENERGY PERFORMANCE BOND.  The Sustainability Office is making impressive progress on switching out lights for more energy efficient ones and is anticipating noticeable energy savings as a result. 

RECYCLING CONTRACT.  An RFP for a recycling contract has gone out.  The contract aims for a goal of 26% recycling on campus which is the standard number for campuses with comprehensive recycling programs.

SUSTAINABILITY WEBSITE.  The Sustainability website is now up and Linda is open to suggestions for additions.  Projects from SEAS will be highlighted.   There will soon also be a Resource Conservation site which will include specific information about energy, water, etc. use by building on our campus.

FOCUS THE NATION.  Students and faculty are invited to join campus efforts to participate in the national program, Focus the Nation. For more information, see

SEAS  The student group had a very active and successful year.  Incoming SEAS president is Ben Johnson.  Greg Chase and Jackie Rockwell and Emily Tamayo will also be part of the governance structure.  Carole Huber is the faculty advisor.

SUSTAINABILITY AND CAMPUS PLANNING.  An overall concern of the Committee is that more transparency and more broadly inclusive efforts to incorporate sustainability as a value and consideration in campus decision making is desirable.  The Committee would hope to see sustainability as a value reflected or at least considered in all decisions made on our campus.

Respectfully submitted,

Judith Rice-Jones, 5/11/07