Improving sustainability

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A working group of UGA faculty, staff, and students in October released a report cataloguing the university’s efforts to promote sustainability and making proposals to enhance those efforts across campus.

The 69-page document identified more than 60 degree programs related to sustainability, more than 300 faculty members from academic departments across campus with research interests in relevant fields, and a series of critical accomplishments in building design and operations.

The report recommends many ways to promote better communications and tell the story of how sustainability is modeled by the university’s faculty, staff, and students. President Michael F. Adams already has acted on one recommendation of the study—instructing faculty revising the university’s strategic plan to incorporate sustainability into that plan. Adams also is reviewing a student proposal for a mandatory green fee that would pay for sustainability initiatives. You can review the working group’s report at http://www.uga.edu/UGA_Sustainability_Report_Oct_09.pdf.