G-6-8.10 Sustainability Committee, Advisory to College Affairs

CHARGE: The Committee will inspire and encourage COCC students, faculty, and staff to embrace sustainable practices at COCC. The Committee has a balanced responsibility: 1. To facilitate integration of sustainability issues, science, socio/political debate and related elements into the instructional curriculum; 2. To foster institutional operations which are environmentally sensitive and model sustainable practices; 3. To integrate sustainability practices in a ways which are cost effective and make institutional operations simpler rather than more complex. The Committee will model good practices and educate the College community to promote sustainability. The Committee will also consider thoughtful operational systems and procedures that foster movement of the College and community toward a sustainable society. The committee will not force or mandate, as such mandates weaken an organizational understanding of sustainability practices presently and in the future.

This Committee Charter recognizes that actions and projects supported by the Sustainability Committee will be assessed in an effort to demonstrate outcomes (Student Learning Outcomes and Institutional Outcomes) and also to evaluate such initiatives in light of institutional capacity. One goal is to demonstrate that through good sustainable education and conservation, significant monetary savings for the College can result.

Scope of Responsibilities: Through inviting and creative ways, the Sustainability Committee will provide opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to learn about sustainable practices and advance the campus sustainable environment. The Committee will provide department opportunities to learn about good sustainability practices that may become embedded in curriculum. The Committee will also recommend improvements and modifications to COCC operational practices as appropriate, working within the existing budget process to pursue appropriate strategies having a fiscal impact.

Membership, Voting Status and Terms

Students (2)

Selected by ASCOCC

Voting

One year

Faculty (4)

Elected by Faculty Forum

Voting

Two years

Classified Staff (3)

Selected by CACOCC President or designee

Voting

Two years

Administration (2)

Appointed by the President

Voting

Two years

Director of Campus Services -(Joe Viola)

Automatic

Voting

Automatic

Appointments shall be made annually with staggered two-year terms. Student appointments may be made quarterly to maximize attendance and to accommodate schedules.

Meetings are open to all who would like to attend and participate. Opportunities exist for nonvoting members who have interest in the activities of the committee.

Chair Election: Committee Chair to be elected annually by the committee.