Sustainability: HSU Advisory Committee on Sustainability

HSU Advisory Committee on Sustainability

The HSU Advisory Committee on Sustainability is charged with advising the Provost and the VP of Administration & Finance on specific, recommended actions the campus can take to further the implementation of sustainabiity into the core focus areas of campus operations, academics, infrastructure and engagement.

Background

In her introduction to the HSU Climate Action Plan, President Lisa Rossbacher states that "A bold and transformational commitment to sustainability is necessary to have an impact on our climate and planetary future and to foster the next generation of sustainability leaders." Indeed, to reach the targets set in the Climate Action Plan, as well as the CSU Sustainability Policy and the 2015- 2020 Strategic Plan, sustainability must be a strategic priority for the campus, so that major decisions, planning efforts and activities are conducted according to the "Triple Bottom Line": the interrlated dimensions of sustainability that are ecology, economy and social equity. Thus, in Spring 2017, Vice President of Administration and Finance Joyce Lopes and Provost Alex Enyedi chartered the HSU Advisory Committee on Sustainability to engage stakeholders and to make recommendations for further implementing sustainability into campus operations, academics, and infrastructure. Download the Committee Charter here

Committee Definition of Sustainability

The committee bases its work on the following definition of sustainability:

Sustainability is the recognition that humanity is a part of the natural world, not separate from it, and that healthy social and economic systems depend on the resilience of ecological systems. 

Membership

Two Co-chairs

  • One faculty co-chair appointed by the VP of Admin & Finance and the Provost
  • One standing appointment co-chair: Director of Sustainability or designee

Four students appointed from the following organizations:

  • Campus Center for Appropriate Technology
  • Green Campus
  • Waste Reduction & Resource Awareness Program
  • Associated Students

Four faculty members:

  • One faculty member appointed by the University Senate
  • Three faculty members appointed by the Provost

Four Auxiliary Services staff appointed by:

  • Housing
  • Dining Services
  • The University Center
  • Athletics

Six staff members appointed by:

  • Staff Council
  • Director of Sustainability
  • Budget Director
  • Director of Academic Resources
  • Director of Parking Services
  • Director of Custodial Services
Sustainability Committee Annual Report

Download the most recent Annual Report here.

For more information on this committee, how to join it, or when it meets, please contact either of the two co-chairs: