Sustainability Committee

About the Committee

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The Office of Sustainability established the Sustainability Committee in the fall of 2012.  The committee is comprised of faculty, staff, and students from departments and schools all over campus in order to represent the campus community.

The mission of the committee is to promote sustainability within the campus community and larger Fort Worth community and support our university’s mission of creating solutions for a healthier community. The Sustainability Committee will support the Office of Sustainability’s efforts and HSC’s mission by striving to improve the environmental health and quality of life for our campus community, Fort Worth population, and beyond for present and future generations. The committee’s purpose is to:

  • Advance sustainable practices on campus through education, events and activities, outreach, and operations in partnership with the Office of Sustainability.
  • Enhance communication among the campus community regarding sustainability efforts and practices.
  • Provide suggestions regarding sustainability improvements on campus and review documents from the Office of Sustainability.
  • Vote on campus initiatives that use funds from the Sustainable Campus Fee (formerly Environmental Services Fee).

Membership

Committee members serve 1 year terms from September 1 – August 31.  Staff and faculty volunteer to serve on the committee while students are appointed by their student government. Each student government (6 total) appoints between 1 – 3 students to serve on the committee.  This ensures that each student group is represented within the committee.

Budget

The Sustainability Committee’s budget comes from the Sustainable Campus Fee, a fee collected from students each semester.  The fee was originally named the Environmental Service Fee and proposed and adopted by the students in 2010 and began to be collected in spring of 2011 as authorized in accordance with Texas Education Code Sec. 54.5041.  In 2016, the fee changed to the Sustainable Campus Fee, and the structure is based on number of hours taken by the each student.  Besides the committee, the fee is used as the operating budget for the Office of Sustainability to fund its programs, events, and initiatives.

Subcommittees

Within the Sustainability Committee, there are subcommittees tasked with more specific goals that align with the overall mission and purpose of the committee.  These currently include:

  • Earth Day – plans and promotes the annual Earth Day event to be held in April every year
  • Community Garden Steering Committee – oversees the HSC Community Garden in partnership with the Office of Sustainability
  • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle (RRR) – works on initiatives to help our campus community adopt sustainable practices focused on reducing, reusing, and recycling
  • LEAP – works to make our research labs more sustainable through the Lab Efficiency Action Program (LEAP)

Committee Documents

Committee Bylaws

Minutes

TERM 1 (2012 to 2013):

November 15, 2012

December 11, 2012

February 28, 2013

April 11, 2013

June 27, 2013

August 22, 2013

TERM 2 (2013 to 2014):

October 24, 2013

December 12, 2013

February 14, 2014

April 4, 2014

June 26, 2014

August 21, 2014

TERM 3 (2014 to 2015):

October 16, 2014

December 12, 2014

February 13, 2015

April 14, 2015

June 19, 2015

August 20, 2015

TERM 4 (2015 to 2016):

October 15, 2015

December 11, 2016

February 12, 2016

April 7, 2016

June 16, 2016

August 19, 2016

TERM 5 (2016-2017)

October 13, 2016

December 13, 2016

February 10, 2017

April 11, 2017

June 22, 2017

August 25, 2017

TERM 6 (2017-2018)

October 5, 2017

December 6, 2017

February 8, 2018

April 4, 2018

(no June meeting)

August 30, 2018

TERM 7 (2018-2019)

October 2,2018

December 6, 2018

February 26, 2019

May 2, 2019

July 25, 2019

TERM 8 (2019-2020)

September 19, 2019

November 12, 2019

January 21, 2020

April 2, 2020

 

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