Sustainability Council

CONTACT INFORMATION

For the person completing this report.

joni newcomer

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INFORMATION ABOUT THE BOARD

Board Website (if applicable)

https://sustainability.nmsu.edu/council/

Official Name of the Board

Sustainability Council

Effective date of establishment

10/2004

Authorized by

President

Scope of Impact

System

Type of Board

Standing

Purpose

The Sustainability Council creates and supports an environment of sustainable practices for students, faculty/staff and NMSU stakeholders. This volunteer council is committed to education, research, operations and engagement that build an economically, ecologically and socially sustainable campus and community.

Authority

Working committees are responsible for developing action plans for sustainability initiatives and completing the STARS (Sustainability Tracking Assessment Reporting System) report. Monthly meetings have guest speakers to educate the community about various topics on climate change and sustainability initiatives on campus.

MEMBERSHIP

What is the process for selecting a chair?

We ask for nominations and search for volunteers; then the current members vote.

Chair for 2017-18 Academic Year

Name

joni newcomer

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Co-Chair for 2017-18 Academic Year

Co-chair Name

Jalal Rastagary

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Chair for 2018-19 Academic Year

Name

joni newcomer

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Co-Chair for 2018-19 Academic Year

Co-chair Name

Jalal Rastegary

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Additional Membership Details

Members are appointed by

As Individuals

Position appointment description

Committee chairs are appointed by the Leadership Team and Council Chair (2-year commitment with opportunity to continue with terms of 1 year). Committee co-chairs are appointed by Leadership Team and Council Chair (2-year commitment with opportunity to continue with terms of 1 year; it is encouraged that committee co-chair position be filled by students to facilitate student input and provide leadership training opportunities).

Is membership representative?

No

What university function/office is responsible for appointments?

The Office of Sustainability is the main supporting office for the Sustainability Council.

What are the terms of appointment?

Term for the chair of the Council and chair of the Planning, Administration and Engagement committee is two years, elected in even numbered years. Term for the chair of the Operations committee and the Education and Research committee is two years, elected in odd numbered years. Elections are held November of every year.

Are terms staggered?

Yes

Are members subject to reappointment?

Yes

Please explain the conditions under which members are subject to reappointment.

Many people want to volunteer again to chair a committee. It is completely voluntary to be reappointed.

What is the process for filling vacant positions?

We search for volunteers and ask for nominations; Council members vote during a regular meeting with "yea/nay" voting

Member List
Name Title Member Type
joni newcomer Board co-chair Voting Member
Jalal Rastegary Board co-chair Voting Member
Heidi Frohnapfel Operations committee chair Voting Member
Dave Dubois Education committee co-chair Voting Member
Luis Rios Education committee co-chair Voting Member
joni newcomer Programs chair Voting Member
Suzanne Montes Secretary Voting Member
MEETINGS & ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT

What university office/function provides administrative support to this board?

Office of Sustainability and Space Management Office

What are the requirements for the number of meetings to be held annually?

The number of meetings is between 10 and 11

Was the requirement for the number of meetings met?

Yes

List of Meeting Dates

February 7, March 7, April 4, May 2, June 6, July 4, August 1, September 5, October 3, November 7, December 5

Major Accomplishments

Completed the AASHE STARS (Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, Sustainability Tracking Assessment Rating System) report and achieved Gold rating; summer meetings were tours of sustainable sites on main campus; six guest speakers; gave green student clubs the opportunity to share what they are doing and try to get more members to join; continued to support "Greening the Curriculum" program to get three sustainability minors at NMSU.


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