The Sustainability Council was founded in 2012 by faculty members as a way to encourage sustainability initiatives on campus. With the creation of a Center for Sustainability at UWG, the Council has become the institutional body tasked with pursuing the Center's mission and vision. The Council meets regularly with the aim to pursue and promote sustainability on campus and in the community. Taskforces are formed to pursue particular goals. Council meetings and taskforces are open to anyone who is interested.
The Sustainability Council has twelve permanent seats with a representative from each College or School and the Library (7), a representative from Business and Finance (1), Student Affairs (1), University Advancement (1), Student Government (1) and one at large member (1).
Members for the Academic Year 2016-2017:
- College of Arts and Humanities, Patrick Erben
- College of Science and Mathematics, Philip Heard
- College of Education, Jennifer Heidorn
- College of Social Sciences, Anna Flemming
- Richards College of Business, Minna Rollins
- School of Nursing, Lisa Gazan
- Library, Beth Sheppard
- Business and Finance, Fred Ricketson
- Student Affairs, Travis Roy
- University Advancement, Holly Sailers
- Student Government, Karly Beck
- At Large: KCB - Tiff Harris
Mission and Charter
The Sustainability Council is the operational body tasked with executing the mission and vision of the Center for Sustainability at UWG.
Our vision is to become a regional leader in sustainability and one of the most innovative and recognized "green" campuses in Georgia.
The Sustainability Council has twelve permanent seats with a representative from each College or School and the Library (7)*, a representative from Business and Finance (1), Student Affairs (1), University Advancement (1), Student Government (1) and one at large member (1). The at large member may be anyone who is interested in the seat - faculty, staff, community.
The SC will be chaired by the Director of the Center for Sustainability, who, in turn, is appointed by the President.
Members will serve 2-year terms, excepting the Student Government representative who will serve a one year term.
Each odd year a new term starts for Education, Nursing, Social Sciences, Student Affairs, University Advancement, and the at large member. Each even year a new term starts for the other seats.
Apart from the at large member, SC members will be appointed by the Dean or appropriate head of the relevant department/division.
At large members can be nominated by the university community and will be appointed through an online election that will be conducted via the Go-Green email group.
Meetings will be held at the beginning of each semester, and more frequently if needed.
The first, and shorter part of the meeting will be open to SC members only, and will focus on internal matters related to the running of the Center and Council.
In the case of a needed vote, each member and the Council chair get one vote. In the unlikely event of a tie (if a certain member is unable to vote leaving an odd number), the Chair will receive a second vote to break the tie. Voting can be conducted online.
The second part of the meeting will be open to everyone. These meetings are intended to update on progress made, gather ideas for future action, and create (or regroup) specific task forces charged with a particular task.
Task forces will meet as needed to achieve the specific task. The task can include and be headed up by a non-SC member. The progress of each task force will be reported at the SC meeting at the beginning of the semester.
Findings and recommendations of the task forces will be reviewed by the SC, voted on, and subsequently presented to the President by the Center’s chair as appropriate. To present a recommendation in the name of the Sustainability Council (for instance in the form of an advisory brief) a majority vote is needed in the SC.
The Honors College is excluded due to its very small size and the difficulty involved in finding a willing representative.