The University Sustainability Council exists to advise the President, the Office of Sustainability, and the campus community about issues related to the integration of sustainability into campus operations. Campus operations include the physical campus as well as the University’s core missions of teaching, research, and service. To assist the University in implementing its Climate Action Plan, the Council considers the costs and benefit of various carbon reducing expenditures as well as policy activities that support carbon neutrality and sustainability.
Membership in the Council includes faculty, students and staff some of whom are permanent members while others have fixed terms. Members holding fixed terms are eligible for reappointed for one additional term.
Faculty (2-year terms)
Students (1-year terms)
The Council was established to advise the President, the Office of Sustainability, and the campus community about issues related to the integration of sustainability into the operations, the costs and benefits of various carbon reducing expenditures, and policy activities that support carbon neutrality and sustainability. The Council will oversee the University’s mission, as stated in the Strategic Plan, to be "widely recognized as a national model for a Green University" (p. 36) and to be "a university that seeks solutions to the world’s most challenging and vexing problems" (p.3) by recommending long-term sustainability goals and policies for the University and identifying the most cost effective means to achieve them.
The University Sustainability Council will meet quarterly or more frequently, as necessary, to:
The University Sustainability Council will create a national model for a sustainable, “green” university. We envision a university that is at the forefront of research, knowledge, practice, and service on sustainability, thereby creating a resilient community today and for future generations.
The Council supports the sustainability goals of UMD’s Strategic Plan and Climate Action Plan and will provide leadership, guidance, and senior level support in the achievement of these goals.
As part of the Council, a Student Advisory Subcommittee is appointed by the Council Chair from nominations provided by the Senate, the Student Government Association president, the Vice President for Student Affairs, and, in the event that the Graduate Students pay a sustainability fee in the future, the Graduate Student Government president and the Dean of the Graduate School. The Student Advisory Subcommittee is composed of at least three undergraduate students and two nonstudent members of the Council. Additional members may be added by the Council. The chair of the subcommittee is the undergraduate student representative on the Sustainability Council. The Student Advisory Subcommittee reviews proposals for funding by the sustainability student fee and make recommendations for funding to the Council.