We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: Sustainability is something we can’t achieve on our own. It must be a group effort. On this page, you’ll find information on sustainable-minded groups and things going on around campus that students, staff, and faculty can get involved with.
Joint Committee on Environmental Sustainability
More commonly called JCES, this is a group composed of faculty, staff, students, and community members. This group works on sustainability projects on campus, discusses new ideas, and reviews green fund applications. To find out more about them, check out the webpage at http://www.uwlax.edu/chancellor/joint_environmental_sustainability_committee2009-2010.htm . This group typically meets weekly during the academic year. For meeting times contact Dan Sweetman, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also just called EC for short, this is a group of students working toward environmental solutions and sustainable living. Annual activities include the Green is Sexy calendar, Earth Week activities, but the group just likes to have fun as well. Camping, canoeing, and caving are also regular activities. To get involved, just show up to a meeting. For more information and meeting times, check out the webpage at http://www.uwlax.edu/envcouncil/index.htm. . For meeting times contact Buzz Bocher, email@example.com.
This is a student organization that works toward social, political, and environmental justice. Their annual activities cover everything from Human Rights Awareness Tour to the Green is Sexy calendar. They also put together a fair trade market every year before winter break, from companies that send all profits back to the workers. They also often partner with Environmental Council. Don’t be shy, for meeting times contact Guy Wolf at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Green Fund
The Green Fund is a great opportunity to make a difference on campus. This is a fund designed specifically to be spent on green projects for campus. About $80,000 per year is available, and the best part is that students as well as faculty can propose what we spend it on. Proposals can be small in cost, to even over the $80,000 annual funds. Approved proposals have funded things like the re-lighting of the Recreational Eagle Center and the Vermicomposting system. Applications are available and reviewed once per semester. So if you have a great idea for a sustainable project on campus, apply! http://www.uwlax.edu/studentassoc/executive-branch/executive-branch.htm
Greener Living (staff and student leaders)
This committee is targeted to help improve recycling efforts in the halls as well as increase the overall awareness of students about the importance of sustainability. The potential for this committee is endless; specific responsibilities include creating recycling awareness publicity, coordinating an event for America Recycles Day, working with other “green” groups on campus, and planning an event for Earth Day. Hall leaders, interested residents, and staff are welcome to serve on this committee.
Time commitment: A one hour meeting every two weeks. Before the America Recycles Day and Earth Day, a weekly meeting may be held to coordinate final planning details. Also, special projects may take some out-of-committee time to complete.
For more information about getting involved, contact the Leadership Committee Coordinator at 785-8075.