Attendees: Mike McKay, Eli Bou-Zeid, Kim Jackson, Andrea DeRose, Lisa Leisinger, Patrick Caddeau, Leila Shahbender, Jenna Losh, Tom Nyquist, Don Dailey, Rob Sheneman, Robin Izzo, Holly Welles, Olivia Howard, Mary Banfield, Stu Orefice, Pablo Debenedetti, Denise Mauzerall, Dylan Ackerman, Shana Weber, Tom Adelman, Kristi Wiedemann, Judy Schedneck
- Shana welcomed the group.
- Mike McKay was introduced and then spoke about the recent external review of the University’s sustainability program, carried out by a panel of alumni and outside experts.
- As the review was modeled after an academic one, the results are not public.
- Among the greatest impacts the University can have is to prepare students to solve global sustainability challenges through research and other skills that they can apply in their future endeavors.
- It’s important to consider the language used around sustainability and enhance communication. Sustainability efforts should be made clear and visible to students. Ideas to consider implementing include using existing communication channels to share sustainability information. For example: the LCD display in the E-Quad could be used to communicate the portion of electricity supplied by the University’s solar array; communicate through residential colleges.
- Connecting with community will continue to be important to advancing sustainability.
- Career services can be an ally in helping to connect students with careers in this field.
- Shana Weber is now the Director of the Office of Sustainability.
- The location of the Office of Sustainability is being reviewed.