Campus Leaders Join Sustainability Broad Council

Sustainability Broad Council works to advance sustainablity on UM campus

Photo by Robert Jordan/Ole Miss CommunicationsRepresentatives from all corners of the university community will convene for the first- ever meeting of the Sustainability Broad Council on Tuesday, February 24.

The council was established to enact the measures recommended by the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), signed by Chancellor Dan Jones in April 2014. A collaboration of more than twenty different offices and organizations across campus, the Sustainability Broad Council will oversee the development and university-wide institutionalization of a sustainability and climate action plan.

Members of the Broad Council will include representatives from the Chancellor’s Office, the Department of Athletics, and Ole Miss Dining Services, as well as the Associated Student Body and the Graduate Student Council. Support for the council’s creation has come from across campus.

“I believe this is a very important subject that deserves much discussion,” said Carl Hill, president of UM Staff Council.

The full membership of the Sustainability Broad Council will meet biannually, with working groups of the council meeting more frequently to accomplish particular tasks and monitor progress. The initial February meeting will give an overview of the Broad Council and ACUPCC timeline, and establish a timeline for next steps.