The Environmental Issues Committee met monthly during the academic year and addressed the topics listed below. Detailed minutes of the meetings can be viewed at the Environmental Issues Committee website at http://darkwing.uoregon.edu/~eic/.
Reviewed carry over items from last year and new suggestions in order to set committee agenda for year.
Advised and supported the ASUO environmental coordinator with his proposal for curriculum requirement. Encouraged him to find academic department sponsorship for the requirement.
The committee was concerned that design went through the estalished University process to assure compliance with sustainability requirements. Project cancelled before letter written.
A subcommittee of the EIC met with the consultant working on OUS’ sustainability plan, to understand the proposed plan and give feedback.
Received updates on the status of this student initiated project, supported by a subcommittee of EIC the previous year.
Many members of the committee attended a presentation by students in the Environmental Studies Service learning program. They reviewed and gave feedback on a slide show to be presented to the campus community on energy conservation on campus.
Listened to presentation to the committee by Oregon Toxic Alliance, on problems with the use of vinyl.
Members of the committee attended a live telecast on sustainability and higher education, and discussed the telecast during a committee meeting.
Sponsored ads in the Daily Emerald advocating recycling, energy conservation and alternative transportation.
Fulfilled the requirement of the Environmental Policy to review and recommend updates. Although this is required biannually this is the first time that the review has been done. The committee found the policy basically sound and recommended only a few changes to language.
The committee is currently reviewing the policy to evaluate the success of its implementation. This review is hampered by lack of information on current conditions and lack of bench marks and critical indicators to compare with conditions before the policy.
Listened to presentation to the committee by students promoting purchase of wind power for campus. Encouraged them to contact other student groups working on similar issues, and to focus on energy conservation first.
Met with University Vice President for Advancement to discuss fund-raising in relation to the importance of a sustainable campus.
Displayed information on the committee, sustainability on UO campus, and transportation options. Led a tour of sustainable aspects on campus.
Recycled Paper Policy Amendments
Wood Products Purchasing Policy
It is important for the function of the committee that members have available to them information with which to evaluate issues within their charge. This was particularly evident in the attempt to evaluate how well the environment policy is being implemented, and applies to other issues as well. We are encouraged by the recent dedication of a part-time position within Environmental Health and Safety, and recommend that this position be continued and expanded.
The committee has forwarded to the Director of Environmental Health and Safety recommendations for minor updates of the Environmental Policy.