UGA creates Office of Sustainability

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Kevin Kirsche

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As of Feb. 1, UGA has an Office of Sustainability, funded with a $3 annual fee that students voted to impose on themselves last year. Kevin Kirsche, a former assistant planning director in the Office of University Architects, was named to head the new office.

In announcing the office during his State of the University speech in January, President Michael F. Adams said sustainability would be a priority in the 2010-20 Strategic Plan, which currently is under development, and that it would be the responsibility of Kirsche’s office to hold university departments accountable.    He also announced he would accept the recommendations of a Sustainability Working Group, which was formed last year to review green initiatives on the UGA campus. Recommendations include adopting a slogan, “Go Green: Live Red and Black,” to use as a constant refrain in sustainability efforts on campus; maintaining a Web site highlighting sustainability efforts at UGA; drafting an annual report and holding an annual forum on sustainability; increasing the amount of waste recycled by the university; installing signage to remind students, employees and visitors about UGA’s commitment to sustainability; and collaborating further with other state institutions in the research and application of sustainability measures.

Adams also used the speech to announce he would accept the green fee, which is expected to generate about $120,000 a year for sustainability efforts on campus.