Environmental Issues

Brief Description: 

Recommends policy/programs on environmental issues that affect the quality of life, safety, and health of faculty, staff and students, and the general public.

Background: 

In 2007 the University of Oregon became a signatory to the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment. As a result, the University of Oregon is participating in an aggressive effort to address global warming by neutralizing greenhouse gas emissions and accelerating research and educational efforts to equip society to re-stabilize the earth's climate. This commitment will be one relevant principle in guiding the committee's discussions and recommendations.

Charge and Responsibilities: 

The Environmental Issues Committee shall:

1) Consider, analyze and report, in the form of advisories or recommendations on environmental issues that affect the quality of life and health of the University community, as well as on those issues about which the University should act as an educational resource. These reports shall include a financial impact statement for each recommendation as well as an informative, impartial summary of the topic that outlines its effects, the issues discussed at committee meetings, and any relevant background information.

2) Recommend development of rules or policies directly related to environmental issues affecting quality of life and health to be adopted by the University administration and/or University Senate on behalf of the University community. Such recommendations shall include a financial impact statement for each recommendation as well as an informative, impartial summary of the topic that outlines its effects, the issues discussed at committee meetings, and any relevant background information.

3) Recommend, facilitate and/or implement educational programs, training sessions, forums or workshops on environmental issues which could be offered to members of the University community and/or the general public.

4) Recommend ways to inform the University community about environmental issues.

Membership Requirements: 

Membership of the Environmental Issues Committee consists of:

VotingEx Offcio, Non-Voting
  • 3 - 5 Faculty
  • 3 students, representing a cross-section of
    students with environmental interests

    (2 undergraduates, 1 graduate)
  • 2 Officers of Administration
  • 2 Classified Staff
  • Director of Office of Sustainability
  • Associate Director of Environmental
    Health & Safety
  • Assoc. Vice President for Campus
    Planning & Real Estate, or designee
  • ASUO Student Sustainability Coordinator
Reporting Deadlines: 

The Environmental Issues Committee is responsible to the University Administration as an advisor to the Vice President for Finance and Administration. In addition, this committee also reports to the University Senate through, at a minimum, an annual written report submitted by the Committee Chair to the Senate President and Senate Executive Coordinator no later than June 1. The committee may also make additional written or oral reports to the Senate.

Current Members: 
MemberUnitContactTerm Exp Chair
Michael TomcalBusinessmpt@uoregon.edu2018 
Bob ChoquetteAAAchoquett@uoregon.edu2018 
Shannon AndersonSOJCshand@uoregon.edu2018 
Alethea SteingisserGeography

asteingi@uoregon.edu

2018 
Brook EastmanGeographybse@uoregon.edu2017 
 Jenn Crowder- OAcrowderj@uoregon.edu2018 
Melynn BatesAmerican English Institute  - OAmelynn@uoregon.edu2017 
Marie SwarringimClassified Staffmaries@uoregon.edu2017 
Peggy SchneiderClassified Staffpwebb@uoregon.edu2018 
 Student - Undergraduate 2017 
 Student - Undergraduate 2017 
TBDStudent - Graduate
 
2017 
Bob Beals or DesigneeAssociate Athletic Director of Facilitiesbbeals@uoregon.eduEx Officio Non-Voting 
Eleni TsivitziCampus Planning repeleni@uoregon.eduEx Officio Non-Voting 
Samantha NealStudent Sustainability Coordinatorsneal3@uoregon.eduEx Officio Non-Voting 
Doug BrookeEnvironmental Health & Safetydougb@uoregon.eduEx Officio Non-Voting 
Steve MitalSustainability Directorsmital@uoregon.eduEx Officio Non-VotingCommittee Coordinator

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Category or Type: 

Standing Committee

Selection Process: 

Appointed

Additional Information: 

Additional information can be found on the University Senate Committee Archive page.