About the Committee:
The Joint Committee on Environmental Sustainability had its origins as a committee created by Faculty Senate in the fall of 2007 at the request of the Chancellor to examine the feasibility of UWL signing the
. The committee was made up of faculty, staff and students. After evaluating the Talloires Declaration's 10 action steps the committee created a document,
Moving Toward a Sustainable Future at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (PDF), that reviewed UWL's current status related to those 10 action steps. This document was presented to the Faculty Senate, Academic Staff Council, Student Senate and Chancellor Joe Gow. The committee recommended that Chancellor Gow sign the Talloires Declaration. The Chancellor agreed with the committee's findings and did sign the Talloires Declaration on Earth Day, April 22, 2008.
Action step 10 of the Talloires Declaration reads:
Establish a Secretariat and a steering committee to continue this momentum, and to inform and support each other's efforts in carrying out this declaration.
In keeping with this requirement, UWL established the Joint Committee on Environmental Sustainability in May 2008 with faculty, staff and student representatives from across campus.
Membership Roster 2015-2016
Students for Sustainability (2)1. Laura Berry2. Rachel Steffen
Student Association Environmental Sustainability Director & Another Member of Student Association1. 2.
Residence Hall Advisory Council (1)1. Jacob Schimmmel
Green Fund Coordinator1.
Faculty or Instructional Academic Staff Representatives (5)
1. Seth King2. Barrett Klein, Chair3. Kelly Nowicki-Vanrooyen4. John Ready5. Lindsay Steiner
Academic Staff Council Representatives (3)1. Victor Hill2. Dennis Rodenberg3. Larry Sleznikow
University Staff Council Representatives (2)1. Isaiah Burish2. Rebecca Neitzel
STARS Coordinator (1)1.
Environmental Studies Program Faculty or Academic Staff Representative1. Shannon Amberg, Secretary
University Center's Sustainability Coordinator1. Drea Higgins
Environmental Health, Occupational Safety, and Sustainability Program Manager1. Dan Sweetman
Proposal for a UWL Campus Garden