Sustainability Council

The establishment of the Council came in response to calls for institutional sustainability planning referenced in Faculty Senate Resolution on Environmental Sustainability 0803F and Student Senate Resolution on Sustainability 06‑0029. The sustainability plan will include recommendations for prioritized goals and strategies for each of the following targeted areas: Academics, Engagement, Operations, and Planning & Administration.

Responsibilities of the Council

  1. The development of a recommendation for a comprehensive sustainability plan by December 2016 in accordance with the institution’s strategic plan and the UNC system sustainability policy
  2. Oversight of the plan’s ongoing implementation, monitoring, review and revision
  3. Development of other documents intended to guide sustainability‑related planning as needed

The establishment of the Council came in response to calls for institutional sustainability planning referenced in Faculty Senate Resolution on Environmental Sustainability 0803F and Student Senate Resolution on Sustainability 06‑0029. The sustainability plan will include recommendations for prioritized goals and strategies for each of the following targeted areas: Academics, Engagement, Operations, and Planning & Administration.

The Council will submit its recommendations to the both the Chancellor and the University Planning Council, as well as other governing bodies including Faculty Senate and Student Senate as appropriate depending on the nature of the recommendation.

The Council reports to the Chancellor. Sub‑Councils composed of key stakeholders associated with each targeted area may be staffed and launched by the Council on a limited term or standing basis. These groups will be responsible for reviewing, analyzing, prioritizing and recommending such strategies that are necessary and appropriate to addressing overall sustainability goals. All Sub‑Councils will report progress. One Co‑Chair of the Council shall be the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. The other Co‑Chair shall be the Vice Chancellor for Finance & Operations. The Co‑Chairs shall preside at all meetings of the Council. The Co‑Chairs also are charged with periodic reporting on the progress of the Council. The Co‑Chairs may appoint membership of all Sub‑ Councils and shall designate the Sub‑Council chairs. They may assign such additional duties to other members of the Council as deemed necessary for the conduct of the work of the Council and which are not inconsistent or conflicting with the duties otherwise prescribed. The members of the Council are appointed to two‑year staggered terms, renewable in one‑ or two‑year increments for up to six consecutive years of service. Student members will serve for one‑year terms, renewable in one‑year increments for up to three consecutive years of service.

The Director of Sustainability and Director of Facilities Management positions are appointed ex‑officio and not subject to the three‑term limit. Unexpected openings will be filled by consultation of the Co‑Chairs.

Faculty Members

There shall be a minimum of three UNC Asheville faculty members representing the campus. All faculty members shall bring a demonstrated interest and engagement in campus sustainability efforts and the Council shall be formulated so as to be collectively knowledgeable about the total scope of sustainability at the University.

Staff Members

There shall be a minimum of three UNC Asheville staff members (not including the Co‑Chairs) representing the campus. Staff members shall be current SPA or EPA

non‑faculty employees. All staff members shall bring a demonstrated interest and engagement in campus sustainability efforts and the Council shall be formulated so as to be collectively knowledgeable about the total scope of sustainability at the University.

Student Members

There shall be a minimum of three UNC Asheville students representing the campus. One student member shall be a current co‑director of the Student Environmental Center. One student member shall be selected by the President of the Student Government Association. The third student member will be selected the Director of Sustainability based on their significant engagement with sustainability and environmental activities on campus. The Council shall be formulated so as to be collectively knowledgeable about.

The sustainability office consists of the sustainability director and three student employees. Currently, these students work on projects such as the STARS campus sustainability assessment, a greenhouse gas inventory, and the creation of a campus sustainability website. UNC Asheville also houses the Student Environmental Center which is a student‑run and student‑funded department on campus within the Division of Student Affairs. They have 10 employees on average.

The sustainability director is responsible for coordinating existing sustainability efforts and facilitating new ones on campus, making connections with sustainability partners on campus and off, and advising the Student Environmental Center.