Supporting Campus-wide Sustainability Efforts at USF

March 30, 2010 at 10:26 AM Leave a comment


USF Sustainable campus

This evening (Tues the 30th) in UC 222 at 6pm, USF Senate will be voting on a new Sustainability Resolution.  The Resolution will seek to address sustainable practices, and climate change policies on campus. The Resolution reflects the opinions and sentiments of more than 5,000 undergraduate students, making up The Associated Students of USF.  Fr. Privett, President of the University of San Francisco, has signed and therefore committed the University to implementing the goals described in both the “American College and University President’s Climate Commitment” and “Talloires Declaration.

Fr. Privett also stated, in the USF 2028 Planning Document promises that USF will “act in an environmentally responsible way…educate students to issues affecting environmental justice…[and] offer on-site courses, programs, and experiences that  help students understand and appreciate the complexities of our global reality.” The USF Conservation Task Force, appointed by Fr. Privett, recommended the University “Adopt an institutional commitment to sustainability” and that “accomplishing these goals will contribute to a more sustainable campus, attract the best and brightest students and faculty, provide a foundation  for future leadership and contribute to a decrease in the University of San Francisco’s overall carbon footprint.” With the support from the Associated Students that the University of San Francisco is to meet the following sustainability goals within the next one (1) to three (3) years in order to reduce waste and therefore reduce the burden of cost:

(1) Support the movement by hiring a full-time Sustainability Manager/Coordinator or adding additional responsibilities to an existing position in order to lead and maintain improvements to campus sustainability policy and coordinate efforts of all stakeholders.

(2) Centralize and further incentivize procurement of sustainable office and teaching related products

(3) Eliminate the retail and administrative consumption of polystyrene, plastic bags, water bottles and virgin paper on campus

(4) Foster interdisciplinary environmental literacy for all undergraduates

(5) Develop a comprehensive web presence that highlights and organizes ongoing University initiatives

(6) Emphasize communications between students, alumni, staff, faculty, administration and surrounding community

The efforts of this project where spearheaded by Saira Fregoso, Christina Giordani, Jon Coon and Joe Fanning. Research and surveys were conducted by the Introduction to Environmental Policy (ENVA-366) class.

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