|Liaison||Mary Ellen Mallia|
|Submission Date||Jan. 15, 2016|
|1.00 / 1.00||
Director of Environmental Sustainability
Finance and Business
The Office of Environmental Sustainability is in charge of overseeing and coordinating the sustainability programs at UAlbany. This includes stewarding green initiatives, creating environmental education programs and developing sustainability policies. The office works with various academic departments, student groups and community organizations to implement environmental initiatives, such as recycling and energy conservation awareness programs. The Director is Mary Ellen Mallia.
The Sustainability Coordinators program is designed to give university employees the ability to work in unison with the Office of Environmental Sustainability on the “Green Scene” initiatives. Coordinators meet monthly to discuss how to communicate university wide sustainability programs and give feedback to the director. All coordinators complete a training on the current campus initiatives. Our goal is to have at least one person from every area of the university represented.
In addition, a Student Sustainability Advisory Council is selected to work on initiatives. The council is comprised of 16 chairs, Res Life representatives, and delegates from the Student Association, the Graduate Student Association, and environmental student groups. The chairs assume responsibility for topics tanging from food to transportation to energy. The chairs are appointed in the spring prior to the school year in which they will serve. The Res Life representatives are responsible for reporting about sustainability programming at each quad and publicizing sustainability campaigns on the quad. Because each chair and Res Life representative takes on special responsibility, he or she is awarded with a stipend.
Sustainability coordinators are listed at: http://www.albany.edu/gogreen/5.sustainability_coordinators_list.shtml
Sustainability council members are listed at: http://www.albany.edu/gogreen/5.sustainability_council.shtml
The Office of Environmental Sustainability has been charged with coordinating and advancing the sustainability efforts at UAlbany, working with a multitude of academic departments, student groups and community organizations to implement sustainable advancements and policies by:
Engaging the campus community in educational campaigns and programs
Furthering coordination among students, faculty, and staff around sustainable initiatives
Encouraging the conservation and efficient use of natural resources on campus
Advocating for further adoptation of sustainable infrastructure
Increasing awareness of the University's responsibility to operate in an environmentally accountable manner
Assessing campus sustainability efforts to ensure fulfillment of institutional commitments
The Director is charged with overseeing all sustainability initiatives, develop strategic plans for the implementation of sustainability projects, assessing efforts and advising senior staff on sustainability issues.
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