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Governance Council

In support of our obligation to keep public lands and waterways healthy and to make clear our commitment to preserving our natural resources, Boise State President Marlene Tromp has created the Sustainability Governance Council.

We are looking for 2021-2022 council members – students, faculty, and staff are all welcome to join!

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You can read about Dr. Tromp’s vision for sustainability in her letter to the campus community announcing the creation of the council.

Boise River Greenbelt
The Boise River and Greenbelt, photo Patrick Sweeney

The University has a longstanding commitment to sustainable practices as evidenced through our robust volunteer program committed to implementing sustainable initiatives on and off campus, innovative research from the Center for Advanced Energy Studies, and numerous building retrofits and upgrades in the interest of energy efficiency.

The Sustainability Governance Council was created to ensure the university is establishing goals, tracking progress, and maintaining operations, infrastructure and education in a manner that is both environmentally and socially responsible as well as economically feasible.

This new council and its subcommittees is comprised of faculty, staff, and students who will make actionable recommendations and provide oversight and accountability of planned actions.

Council Members

The members of the Sustainability Governance Council (SGC) and its subcommittees are detailed in this spreadsheet. Summaries of the each committee’s duties are listed below.

Sustainability Governance Council

The Sustainability Governance Council will provide guidance and make recommendations to university leadership regarding campus sustainability priorities. Working with student groups as appropriate, the Council will form a collective vision for sustainability and coordinate the annual data collection and reporting under the AASHE Stars system. Support will be provided by the Campus Sustainability Office.

Academics and Research Subcommittee

The Sustainability in Academics and Research Subcommittee will coordinate data collection and reporting under AASHE STARS categories of Academics and Research, including but not limited to information related to sustainability in academic courses, learning outcomes, undergraduate and graduate programs, literacy, and research.

Chair will serve as the Subcommittee’s representative to the SGC. Inaugural Chair will be designated by the COO. Future Chairs will be elected from among the members. Support will be provided by the Campus Sustainability Office.

Engagement Subcommittee

The Sustainability Engagement Subcommittee will coordinate data collection and reporting under AASHE STARS category of Engagement, which includes but is not limited to sustainability across all aspects of campus life for employees and students plus outreach, culture, professional development, community partnerships and community service.

Chair will serve as the Subcommittee’s representative to the SGC. Inaugural Chair will be designated by the COO. Future Chairs will be elected from among the members. Support will be provided by the Campus Sustainability Office.

Planning and Operations Subcommittee

The Sustainability in Operations Subcommittee will coordinate data collection and reporting under AASHE STARS category of Operations, which includes but is not limited to emissions, buildings, energy, food/dining, grounds, purchasing, transportation, waste and water.

Chair will serve as the Subcommittee’s representative to the SGC. Inaugural Chair will be designated by the COO. Future Chairs will be elected from among the members. Support will be provided by the Campus Sustainability Office.