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6.4.8 Sustainability Committee (A, U)

Approved by Academic Council on April 9, 2009

Pacific Rising states the University’s aspiration to “advance sustainability through learning, practice and collaboration with local communities by considering our environmental, social and economic impact.” Sustainability focuses on "improving the quality of human life while living within the carrying capacity of supporting eco-systems," a definition provided by the United Nations.

The Sustainability Committee is an administrative standing committee with faculty membership and charged to advise the President on the development of sustainability strategies and policies across the University.

The Sustainability Committee will:

  1. advise on establishing and integrating sustainability strategies across the institution;
  2. recommend policy, institutional goals and resource allocation;
  3. monitor related indicators and progress through assessment and benchmarking activities; and
  4. encourage the alignment and expansion of education practices, teaching and learning, scholarship, and co-curricular activities.

The Committee membership consists of:

At least two faculty members nominated by the Academic Council, two student nominated by ASUOP, a representative of each of the divisions, a representative from the Sacramento and San Francisco campuses (may overlap above positions), and the Sustainability Officer (ex officio, voting), not to exceed 12 members. Student members serve one-year terms; all other members serve three-year staggered terms. All members and the Chair are appointed by the President.