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Sustainability and Environmental Awareness Committee

The University of Richmond Sustainability and Environmental Awareness Committee (SEAC) is an Administrative Committee and is advisory in nature. It addresses issues that pertain to sustainability at the University of Richmond.

SEAC is charged with identifying strategic opportunities to integrate sustainability into the core functions of the University, including educational, operational, and co-curricular activities. The committee reports to the Provost (Executive Vice President for Academics) and the Executive Vice President for Business and Finance.

Charge

1. To increase the University community's knowledge and understanding of sustainability issues and objectives;
2. To monitor University operations and recommend to the Director of Sustainability, the Vice President for Business and Finance, the Provost, and/or the University Faculty, as appropriate, steps that the University should take to protect and improve conditions that support the health and well-being of people and the natural world.
3. To update, support, and guide the implementation of the University’s Climate Action Plan, which calls for incorporating climate neutrality into the curriculum and educational experiences for all students;
4. To monitor and report progress toward meeting the goals in the Climate Action Plan and the Campus Master Plan;
5. To draft and implement a strategic plan for sustainability that outlines the goals and strategies to build a healthier, more sustainable campus community;
6. To promote University of Richmond’s sustainability practices and programs on a local, regional, and national level.
7. To support the University of Richmond’s efforts to develop innovative practices that steward our environmental, human, and financial resources.

Membership

• Two faculty members from Arts & Science

• One faculty member each from Jepson School of Leadership Studies, Law, Robins School of Business, and School of Professional and Continuing Studies

• Director of Sustainability (ex officio)

• Provost (or his/her designee, ex officio)

• Vice President for Business and Finance (or appointee, ex officio)

• Two student representatives

• Associate Vice President of Facilities (or appointee)

• Associate Vice President for Campus Services (or appointee)

• Director of Environmental Services (or appointee)

• University Engineer (ex officio)

• Two at-large staff members (appointed by the Provost and the Vice President for Business and Finance)

Subcommittees for 2020-2021

Academics Subcommittee: Functions as a resource for the promotion of sustainability literacy on campus and facilitates the creation of teaching and research opportunities for sustainability.

Campus Stewardship Subcommittee: Stewards the campus and local region through adoption of practices that minimize negative impact and maximize benefit of people and the natural world.

Culture Change Subcommittee: Promotes awareness and education of and for sustainability on campus and in the greater Richmond region.

SEAC subcommittees are chaired by a member of the committee. Subcommittee members of need not be members of the Sustainability and Environmental Awareness Committee. If you are interested in joining a SEAC subcommittee, email sustainability@richmond.edu.

2020-2021 Members

• Rob Andrejewski: Director of Sustainability
• Terry Baker: Executive Director, Dining Services
• Emily Boone: Director of Biological Instruction
• David Donaldson: Operations & Summer Programs Coordinator, Events, Conferences, & Support Services
• Joel Eisen: Professor of Law
• Kelsey Fastabend: Sustainability Program Coordinator
• Sylvia Gale: Interim Executive Director, Bonner Center for Civic EngagementOlivia LaFont: Assistant Professor of Management
• Olivia LaFont: Assistant Professor of Management
• Paul Lozo: Director of Environmental Operations
• Mason Manley: Class of 2023
• Andrew McBride: AVP for Facilities, University Architect
• Sarah Murtaugh: Class of 2023
• Tom Roberts: AVP of Recreation and Wellness
• David Salisbury, Associate Professor of Geography and the Environment
• Andrew Schoeneman: Assistant Professor and Chair of Nonprofit Studies, School of Professional & Continuing Studies
• Carl Sorensen: AVP for Human Resources
• Allison Steele: Manager of Custodial and Environmental Services
• Chris von Rueden: Associate Professor of Leadership Studies

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