Mission and Framework
Augsburg College will fully integrate environmental stewardship into all aspects of campus life. To accomplish that objective and to ensure that environmental stewardship awareness, skill building, policies and procedures are institutionalized, the college has created a freestanding Environmental Stewardship Committee that reports to the President.
The Augsburg College Environmental Stewardship Committee is a non-governing body committed to helping the college reach its goals. Its mission is to assist the governance structure of the college including: the President, all officers, staff, faculty and students in implementing best practices regarding environmental stewardship in both campus operations and curricular development. The Committee will accomplish its mission by acting in the following roles:
As a Change Agent
The Committee will lead the college’s environmental stewardship initiative by creating tactics that further the implementation of the vision, including developing new policies and procedures, based on continual assessment of campus environmental stewardship. Additionally, the committee is empowered to promote skill building initiatives, to monitor environmental stewardship performance issues to all levels, to recommend changes where needed and to evaluate their implementation.
As a Strategic Planner
The Committee regularly and systematically identifies ways environmental stewardship can link to all aspects of the College identifying areas where such linkages should occur and recommends ways to make those connections, where practical, in anticipation and in advance of possible conflicts. It ties such recommendations to the strategic mission of the college.
As a Consultant
The Committee makes itself available to groups and departments that seek or would benefit from assistance in evaluating their programs, building environmental stewardship competencies and in making connections between groups on campus. The committee also seeks to bring new ideas and best practices regarding environmental stewardship to the campus to ensure that current thinking is an integral part of Augsburg’s environmental stewardship initiative.
As a Catalyst
The Committee sparks campus interest in and commitment to environmental stewardship by actively encouraging competencies through training, social interaction, entertainment and educational opportunities. It maximizes the effectiveness of such competencies by highlighting work and rewarding effectiveness.
As a Collaborator
Through a sub-committee structure the Committee establishes a collaboration model to facilitate long-term cooperation and information sharing between the variety of departments and groups on campus.
Operations & Governance
The Committee operates under the auspices of the Office of the President and takes its strategic direction from that office. The Committee may also work with other resources in the implementation of its work as directed or approved by the President.
Membership is open to any and all individuals who are staff, faculty, alumni or students enrolled full or part-time. The Committee will extend membership opportunities to all with an interest in and commitment to the mission.
At least one member of the Committee should also be a member of the President’s Cabinet.
All members will be asked to join at least one environmental stewardship sub-committee. The committee will actively seek participation from all members of the Augsburg community. Some members may also be appointed to the committee by the President.
Committee Structure and Roles
The Committee will have a chair who coordinates the work of the sub-committees, a vice chair who facilitates monthly meetings and a secretary who takes and posts minutes. Additional chair positions to take the lead on certain initiatives may be established at the request of a two-thirds majority of the committee. Sub-committees will have chairs and/or co-chairs depending on the perceived need of the sub-committee members.
The Committee meets formally on a monthly basis to consider new business brought to its attention by members or others; to further the interest of old business and to evaluate its own progress toward objectives; or, all of the above. Chairs and co-chairs of subcommittees will be asked to give standing reports at monthly meetings. The committee will publish minutes of its meetings.
Sub-committees are established by the Committee. Each sub-committee will focus on a desired campus greening outcome and work in collaboration with campus colleagues of relevant departments. Each sub-committee may engage in a range of actions to be determined by the sub-committee members. Some examples might be: reviewing department projects and/or programs and identifying (together with partners) green opportunities; providing best practices research and digestible information; organizing volunteers for labor intensive projects; fundraising or grant seeking/writing; skills training and consultation; celebration of green achievements; and other results-oriented actions by the sub-committee.
Sub-committees may define their own governance structure, membership and methods of achieving goals. Sub-committees, once established and organized, will provide a basic “one year work plan” to the ESC Chair and then periodic verbal reports to ESC.
- Clean energy and green buildings
- Sustainable land use and water conservation
- Waste reduction, reuse and recycling
- Neighborhood connections and advocacy
- Alternative sustainable transit
- Sustainable market support (purchasing) and ethical investments (endowments)
- Student and alumni partnerships
- Others as deemed appropriate by the Committee
This list is not intended to limit or prescribe the type or number of sub-committees, which may vary from year to year as warranted by circumstance.
Sub-committees will be established by the Committee and shall continue from one year to the next unless specifically abolished by the Committee.
The Committee requires and annual budget to facilitate its work. That budget shall be determined at the beginning of each year in consultation with the Committee Chair(s) and the President.
These funds will be used for training, program development, audits, refreshments for meetings, publicity, marketing, the contracting of outside consultants/facilitators, print materials, and for incidental expenses associated with the Committee’s business. Whenever possible, the Committee should work with established departments within the college that are already funded in order to accomplish its goals.
No funds shall be used to reimburse Committee members for their personal expenses related to Committee work unless approved in advance by the Chairs and the President. In no case shall any funds be used to pay salaries, hourly wages or per diems for employees of Augsburg College.
The Committee Chairs, at the end of the year, will provide an accounting of how all funds were used; statements explaining any deviations from estimates provided the year before and an estimate of funding needed for the following year.
This request for funds shall be linked to an estimation of anticipated activities and expenses. The Committee will not be tied to these estimates and may request adjustments in funding at any time based on need.
Marketing and PR
An important aspect of the Committee’s function is to highlight environmental stewardship issues at every possible level on campus. This implies regular communication with faculty, student and staff groups and departments as well as publication of Committee activities in on-campus newspapers, newsletters and on the Intranet with limited interface with external media.
In all cases of external media contact, the Committee will consult with the Assistant Vice President of Communications and Marketing. No contact will be initiated with external media without the consent and approval of the Director and/or the President.