August 11, 2008
Source: Historical/Overview Document

Oxford College Sustainability Action Plan
Top 14 Initiatives for 2007-2009

Dear Members of the Oxford Community –

I am pleased to report that a group of Oxford faculty, staff, and alumni with the assistance of outside experts have developed a Sustainability Action Plan for our campus. This plan was developed within the context of the Sustainability Vision for Emory and represents significant progress in implementing strategic initiative #12 in our strategic plan: “Prioritize environmental stewardship and healthful living by integrating them into the planning and implementation of programs and facilities by 2010.”

A sense of place and an appreciation for the animate and inanimate world around us has long been part of the Oxford ethos. The phrase “temples in the trees” has been used to describe the campus and reflects the spiritual ambiance created by Oxford’s sylvan setting. But the Oxford campus is also an apt metaphor for the wider world. Generation of our electricity has the same impact on global warming as everyone else’s. Much of our food travels 1,500 miles to our plates. The Atlanta metropolitan sprawl has reached our doorstep, and in a quiet moment the sylvan solitude must compete with the muted roar of Interstate 20. The “temples in the trees” that constitute Oxford College are part of the global system, and our local actions have both local and global consequences.

Oxford’s Sustainability Action Plan (OSAP) helps us focus and organize ourselves to pursue changes in how we operate that will reduce our environmental impact and provide a more sustainable, harmonious relationship with the world around us. We are grateful to those who helped prepare it and to those who will help implement it in the future. It will be a priority for the College for some time to come.

Very best wishes,

Stephen Bowen, Dean

Oxford College Sustainability Action Plan
Top 14 Initiatives for 2007-2009

Strategy in Brief:

Identified below are fourteen initiatives grouped respectively under five themes taken directly from the framework of the University’s Sustainability Vision for Emory (2006). The four themes are:
  1. Healthy Ecosystem Context
  2. Healthy University Function in the Built Environment
  3. Healthy University Structures, Leadership, and Participation
  4. Healthy Living-Learning-Working Community
  5. Education and Research
The twelve initiatives are designed for relatively quick implementation with limited resources. Some initiatives will produce benefits immediately. Others are not outcomes in themselves, but will begin the necessary planning for future sustainable action.

For each action item, a team of faculty and staff “champions” has volunteered to conduct the planning and carry out the work. Groups will often call on others across the Oxford and Emory communities to support and assist as needed. Significant progress will require the expertise, talent, creativity, and energy of many individuals.

As this work progresses, the teams will offer a series of workshops for all stakeholders: students, faculty, staff, and administrators. The products of each workshop will be shared with the entire Oxford community and key University partners and will be incorporated into an annually-updated Oxford Sustainability Action Plan (OSAP). Specifically, each workshop is expected to result in:

1)An overview of sustainable practices in use elsewhere that offer possible approaches that Oxford may consider;
2)An analysis of the current situation on the Oxford campus;
3)A report on Oxford’s effort to improve sustainability on this issue thus far;
4)Recommendations for improvement, including implementation strategies;
5)Establishment of metrics by which to measure progress;
6)Integration of the solution set into campus structure;
7)Identification of research and learning opportunities for students

The Facilities and Environments for the Enhancement of Our Vision (FEEOV) subcommittee of the Strategic Action Committee will be responsible for generating an annual OSAP report and an updated plan by the end of July each year, adding initiatives as others are completed. The plan will be coordinated with the college calendar to optimize student, faculty, and staff involvement and participation.

Themes and Initiatives for 2007-2009

Theme One: Healthy Ecosystem Context

Initiative One:Sense of Place
Initiative Two:Forest Restoration
Initiative Three:Stormwater Management

Theme Two: Healthy University Function in the Built Environment

Initiative Four:Energy Reduction
Initiative Five:Water Conservation
Initiative Six:Waste Reduction
Initiative Seven:Built Environment
Initiative Eight:Green Purchasing

Theme Three: Healthy University Structures, Leadership, and Participation

Initiative Nine: OSAP Organization and Support Systems

Theme Four: Healthy Living-Learning-Working Community

Initiative Ten:Sustainable Food
Initiative Eleven:Transportation
Initiative Twelve:Healthy Lifestyles
Initiative Thirteen:Broader Oxford Community

Theme Five: Education and Research

Initiative Fourteen:Curricular Focus on Sustainability

THEME ONE: Healthy Ecosystem Context

“We seek a restored and restorative human and natural environment—a university community within a forested ecosystem, supportive of native species diversity. The planned campus will provide opportunities for faculty, students, staff, patients, and visitors to move through the natural world. Our university culture will value connection to place, will encourage time in the out of doors, and will teach about stewardship of our ecosystem, beginning with students’ and employees’ first moments on campus.” -- Sustainability Vision for Emory, 2006

Goals for Healthy Ecosystem Context:
•Create a long range land use and landscape design that contributes to a healthy ecosystem;
•Restore forested lands and control harmful non-native, invasive plant species;
•Improve water management practices to achieve healthy watershed function across the college campus.
•Restore and enhance the vision of Oxford’s original landscape designer, Edward Lloyd Thomas, of a forested environment in which people move from home and residence hall to work and study;

Recommended Initiatives
•Mark trails and natural features on Oxford College maps and campus signs.
•Remove non-native invasive plant species from campus forests and other college-owned property. Encourage the same invasive removal program throughout the surrounding community.
•Continue to enhance the campus landscape with native plant species.
•Continue commitment to a no-net tree loss policy.
•Develop a stormwater management plan.
•Ensure the Oxford College master plan is in support of this vision.

INITIATIVE ONE: Sense of Place

In 1837, the first Board of Trustees for Emory College engaged renowned surveyor and landscape architect Edward Lloyd Thomas to layout the plan for both the Emory College campus and the surrounding community of Oxford (Thomas also designed Columbus, Georgia). The vision was to establish, and to support visually with the natural and built environment, a single living-learning-working-worshipping community.

The original town plan included five main roads radiating like sun rays from the campus northward into the community. Both the five north-south roads and their transect east-west roads were given extraordinarily large rights of way (as wide as 165’) specifically to preserve the mature tree canopy along these corridors from the adjoining agricultural practices. To this day, both the college and city take great pride in the uniqueness of landscape design and the preservation of the tree canopy. The University has a no-net tree loss policy, the Oxford College campus is characterized by a series of “temples in the trees,” and the city has been an award-winning member of the national Tree City USA program for over a decade.

The vision of Thomas and the first board of trustees, maintained by stewards from the college and community alike over 170 years, has helped to create a strong “sense of place” at Oxford by blending the natural environment with human-made structures and the memories and rituals of relationships between people. The task of the current stewards is, as oft-quoted Emory President Atticus Haygood charged, to stand by what is good and make it better if we can.

Action Items, Initiative One (2007-2009):
•Continue to restore the campus landscape with native plant species.
•Practice “guerilla gardening,” planting flower bulbs around campus to add color and surprise and delight. Encourage the same in the Oxford community.
•Update/restore the Hearn Nature Trail with a new route, new tree markers, new supportive structures (gateway, benches, gathering spaces), and a new brochure.
•Continue annual program of planting a tree by each sophomore class.
•Work with the Sophomore Class Gift committee to determine and install appropriate and meaningful gifts that enhance the “sense of place.”
•Liaise with the University’s Sense of Place Initiative.
•Conduct campus-wide updates/presentations.

Primary Oxford Faculty/Staff Champions (2007-2009)
Susan Ashmore, Eloise Carter, Debbie Cowan, Penny England, Crystal McLaughlin, Eve Mullen, Erik Oliver, Aaron Stutz, Seth Tepfer; student champions engaged annually.

Atlanta Campus Resource Persons
Bobbi Patterson
INITIATIVE TWO: Forest Restoration

Until the middle of the last century, the area immediately west of campus up to Turkey Creek was predominantly old-growth forest. During Dean Y.C. Eady’s tenure, the dean authorized heavy logging of the woods to save the college from financial ruin. At one time, the campus baseball field was located in the area, now replaced by mature pines. In the last four decades, the area has begun to regenerate and is once again covered with hardwoods, predominantly oak, poplar, hickory, black gum, and sycamore.

In 1977, Mr. and Mrs. Mell Wayne of Monroe, Georgia, presented an open memorial gift in memory of her mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Candler Hearn, to Oxford College. The faculty approved development of a nature trail with the funds, to be planned and constructed under the direction of Professor Curry Haynes. The 1.5 mile Hearn Nature Trail was dedicated on May 7, 1978. Professor Haynes continued to personally care for the woods and the trail well into retirement.

In the last two decades, non-native, invasive plant species have overtaken much of the woods – an estimated 85% of the understory in the 15 acres immediately adjacent to campus. Lesser-used parts of the nature trail are overgrown, and many of the tree markers and other amenities (benches, rock garden, native plantings, bird feeders, etc.). Oxford College biology and botany classes have cleared sections of the woods annually in recent years, but without sustained effort, the areas succumb again.

In the winter of 2006, an invasive plant expert came to campus to assess the woods and to submit a proposal and bid for restoration. The College and University decided that the cost was prohibitive and that restoration would be better accomplished using staff, students, and faculty. Since November 2006, approximately 8 acres have been cleared of invasives, and staff follow up with careful application of herbicide (Garlon) to re-emergent invasives.

Action Items: Initiative Two (2007-2009)
•Continue to remove invasive plants over a minimum 5-acre area annually.
•Continue to educate and train students, faculty, staff and community members on the best practices for invasive species removal.
•Establish a long-term plan for restoration of all college land in Oxford.
•Work with “Sense of Place” team to restore the Hearn Nature Trail.
•Determine feasibility of using work-study students for regular restoration work.
•Encourage similar program in the surrounding community.
•Conduct campus-wide updates/presentations.

Primary Oxford Faculty/Staff Champions (2007-2009)
Eloise Carter, Erik Oliver (lead), Jeff Radovich, Jennifer Sirotkin; student champions engaged annually.

Atlanta Campus Resource Persons
Jimmy Powell, Bob Simon, John Wegner
INITIATIVE THREE: Stormwater Management

In recent years, Newton County has become an official part of the greater Metropolitan Atlanta Area. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Environmental Protection Division now mandates the cities of Covington, Porterdale, and Oxford to produce, implement, and regularly update stormwater management plans. Oxford College owns roughly 9% of the total land mass in the City of Oxford and is therefore a significant part of the city’s plan.

As the college adds new buildings and parking lots to the campus, it will increase its total amount of impervious surface. Without careful planning and implementation of best management practices, stormwater runoff from the college could have an even greater impact on surface erosion and Turkey Creek, into which all of the campus stormwater drains flow.

With implementation of a solid stormwater management plan, Oxford College can not only mitigate its future impact but also harvest rainwater to support the campus in times of drought. The recent level four drought in Georgia has emphasized the need for water conservation. And the college has already begun to take important steps in stormwater management, namely the installation of underground cisterns to collect stormwater from the new residence hall.

Action Items: Initiative Three (2007-2009)
•Develop stormwater management plan.
•Ensure compatibility of college and city stormwater plans.
•Set targets for implementation.
•Conduct campus-wide updates/presentations.

Primary Oxford Faculty/Staff Champions (2007-2009)
Steve Baker, Myra Frady; student champions engaged annually.

Atlanta Campus Resource Persons
Rob Manchester, John Wegner

Other Resource Persons
Hoyt Oliver (emeritus faculty, City Council of Oxford, city stormwater lead)
THEME TWO: Healthy University Function in the Built Environment

“We seek a global model through attention to this region and its natural cycles, efficiency in the use of resources and the reduction of waste, and restorative action in the built environment. Our buildings will embody sustainability practices so as to teach, be catalysts for change, and provide incubators for innovation. Our buildings will also be attentive to the abilities of all users, following what is known as universal sustainable design principles for accessibility. Through a commitment to human and ecosystem health here and elsewhere, Emory will seek to partner with other local institutions to lead the wider economic marketplace towards greening the supply chain-developing systems of production, distribution, and consumption that reduce pollution and conserve resources.” -- Sustainability Vision for Emory, 2006

Goals for Healthy University Function in the Built Environment:
•Assess the campus by sector to determine how better to create closed loops for energy, water, food, and other basic systems.
•Retrofit existing buildings with new technologies.
•Reduce average campus energy use (per square foot) annually.
•Reduce Oxford’s total waste stream annually.
•Partner with suppliers to obtain needed materials through methods of manufacturing, transport, packaging, and labor relations that embody the triple bottom line of sustainability (Environmental, Societal and Economic).
•Build new and renovated structures to contribute to Emory’s leadership in green building standards
•Engage in post-construction sustainability learning opportunities for Oxford College and surrounding communities.

Recommended Initiatives
•Develop a phased plan for energy conservation and greenhouse gas reduction, setting goals across the college both for energy efficiency and for overall energy reduction.
•Create innovation incubators and support initiatives on campus.
•Develop a pilot program to inform future policy and provide feasibility data for solar panels and green roofs, consistent with campus aesthetics.
•Develop a sustainability leadership program for representatives of each college building, who in turn will inform and foster creativity in their respective buildings.
•Expand awareness of and participation in recycling and waste reduction to achieve university goals.
•Support university renewable energy use.
•Review and align architectural and engineering design standards for consistency with sustainability goals.
•Develop policies to encourage purchases of fairly traded products in as many ways as possible throughout the college.
•Develop an annual Greening the Supply Chain conference with other local institutions and suppliers such as Keep Newton Clean & Beautiful, City of Oxford, City of Covington and Newton Country Chamber of Commerce.
•Reduce use of toxic materials in landscaping, maintenance, and other activities.

INITIATIVE FOUR: Energy Reduction

Energy use has been identified as a primary focus for Emory sustainability initiatives. Emory has set a goal to reduce average campus energy use by 25% per square foot by 2015, calibrating from a baseline of December 2005. With the addition of the new residence hall and the future library and academic commons and the math-sciences building, it will be important to re-evaluate the entire campus for energy efficiency modifications. Energy retrofits represent perhaps the biggest return on investment for all sustainability initiatives on campus.

Some modifications such as replacing outdated fenestrations on buildings or chiller equipment may be cost prohibitive initially and may be better served by incorporating plans for more efficient measures in future construction and renovations. While Oxford uses a relatively small amount of energy compared to the Atlanta campus, energy rates through the Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia (of which the City of Oxford is a member) are very high compared to the bulk rate available to the Atlanta campus through Georgia Power. Because of this, other energy efficiency measures, such as the retrofit of lighting, the addition of lighting controls such as occupancy and light sensors, and even the replacement of inefficient fans in the air handling equipment, may represent great payback and Return on Investment (ROI).

Action Items: Initiative Four (2007-2009)
•Document current energy use by building (may require installation of sub-meters for each building).
•Compile energy records to measure progress towards achieving energy reduction and greenhouse gas reduction objectives.
•Install occupancy sensors as a pilot project.
•Initiate renewable energy pilot project (e.g. photovoltaics or solar hot water).
•Develop programs to encourage energy conservation by faculty, staff, and students.
•Conduct campus-wide updates/presentations.

Primary Oxford Faculty/Staff Champions (2007-2009)
Todd Cain, Pam Lam, Theodosia Wade, Christine Loflin; student champions engaged annually.

Atlanta Campus Resource Persons
Chris Stripling, Eric Weber

Other Resource Persons
Gary Bender (Sodhexo Food Services, Oxford campus)

INITIATIVE FIVE: Water Conservation

The recent level four drought in Georgia has made consideration of water conservation an imperative for everyone. According to the Newton County Water & Sewerage Authority and the City of Oxford, the Oxford College campus directly consumes more than one million gallons of water monthly. That does not count the water consumed by MEAG at nuclear plant Vogel in the process of generating our energy. With no on-campus wells or reservoirs, Oxford College currently is wholly dependent on municipal water. To some degree, water conservation will be a fiscal boon to the campus. But more importantly, our patterns of behavior as an educational institution particularly influence the awareness and behavior of our students and the community around us.

Action Items: Initiative Five (2007-2009)
•Continue to monitor and record water use.
•Reduce per capita (tap) water consumption by 10%.
•Install a waterless urinal as a pilot study.
•Retrofit all shower heads on campus with 1.5 gpm flow.
•Retrofit lavatory faucets with low-flow faucets.
•Retrofit all toilets with water efficient models.
•Monitor campus for leaks and repairs.
•Consider feasibility of digging wells or partnering with neighbors Jeff & Janice Wearing to use their pond adjacent to campus to offset some landscape watering costs.
•Consider installation of cisterns/rain barrels to collect rainwater for landscaping.
•Conduct campus-wide updates/presentations.

Primary Oxford Faculty/Staff Champions (2007-2009)
Pam Lam, Al Mitchell; student champions engaged annually.

Atlanta Campus Resource Persons
Chris Stripling

INITIATIVE SIX: Waste Reduction

Currently, Emory University sends a vehicle to pick up recyclables at Oxford. Options are being explored to work directly with the surrounding community to recycle locally. Oxford College likely will begin bringing recyclables directly to Newton County or Covington recycling centers. This will reduce costs and the environmental impact associated with transit, and possibly it will serve as a small revenue generator. Emory currently spends $5,000-$6,000 annually to serve Oxford College’s recycling, although these costs are buried in the operations budget.

While the amount of recycling has increased at Oxford College, so has the amount of trash that is generated. The compactor used to fill every forty days on average; now that average is 25 days. Enrollment at Oxford College has not changed substantially, indicating an increase in the amount of consumption and subsequent waste.

The development of the recycling plan should follow the following steps:
1.Establish recycling plan including logistics and policy.
2.Expand the range of recyclables accepted.
3.Evaluate expanding coverage/accessibility of the plan to include the community.

Action Items: Initiative Six (2007-2009)

•Continually document current campus waste streams (volume and weight) including garbage and total recyclables.
•Continue/expand electronics recycling on campus.
•Begin campus composting program
•Develop plan to recycle dorm “moving day” waste.
•Reduce use of hazardous chemicals in chem./bio labs and building services.
•Establish Metrics: Number of days it takes to fill compactor

Primary Oxford Faculty/Staff Champions (2007-2009)
Joe Ducato, Andrea Heisel, Theodosia Wade, Rodger Brunson; student champions engaged annually.

Atlanta Campus Resource Persons
John Scheve, Claire Wall

INITIATIVE SEVEN: Built Environment

Emory is committed to achieving LEED Certification on new construction projects. Recent studies (Davis Langdon, July 2007) demonstrate that there is no cost premium for building green. The study, like the previous study that this built on (2004), compared buildings across building types, occupancy, etc. and found that there is no statistically significant cost difference between LEED and non-LEED buildings, including laboratories. While in most cases this was shown to be true for certified and silver-rated buildings, the sample size of the study was too small to prove a statistical significance in cost for gold-rated projects. However, indications are that as the sample size is increased, gold projects likely will show no significant cost difference either.

Oxford College has an opportunity to raise the University bar and seek a LEED Gold rating for its proposed Science/Math building and the propose Library and Academic Commons.

Action Items: Initiative Seven (2007-2009)
•Establish Oxford statement of intent for all new campus projects to strive for LEED Gold and EarthCraft House Certification.
•New Residence Hall -- Confirm LEED Silver Rating
•New Math Science building – Seek LEED Gold Rating
•Library and Academic Commons – Seek LEED Gold Rating
•Childcare Center (If Approved) – Seek Earthcraft Certification

Primary Faculty/Staff Champions (2007-2009)
Steve Bowen, Eloise Carter (Math/Science), Alison Cummings (Residence Hall), Kitty McNeil (Library/Academic Commons); student champions engaged annually.

Atlanta Campus Resource Persons
Laura Case, Todd Dolson, Steve Thweat

Other Resource Persons
Members of FEOV

INITIATIVE EIGHT: Green Purchasing

Environmentally Preferable Purchasing, or Green Purchasing, is the practice of purchasing sustainable products for campus operations including paper, office supplies, furniture and finishes, kitchen and janitorial supplies, etc. In campus settings, items such as fleet vehicles, renewable energy credits and curriculum supplies such as laboratory chemicals should also be considered.

For an effective green purchasing program, it is necessary to centralize purchasing activities. Many benefits support the centralization of purchasing including; economies of scale and purchasing power, single-point accountability and reporting on purchasing, evaluation and tracking of improvement, and also a reduction in research for suitable products.

Source Reduction: Buying less of what will become waste
Waste stream diversion: Assuring that recycled content products are utilizing former waste streams, products are used longer through reclamation and refinishing, and are also recyclable.
Local materials: to support local economies and reduce the embodied energy associated with transport of the product
Decreased toxicity: buying products whose manufacturing, use and disposal avoid the use of hazardous chemicals and materials.

The implementation of a green purchasing protocol is largely a policy decision, although stakeholder adherence should be monitored and support offered as needed. Once green purchasing policies are put into place, it is relatively easy to continue with little effort. The green product market has expanded considerably in recent years and offers many products that are cost competitive to their conventional counterparts.

The value of purchasing green is several-fold. In addition to preserving natural resources through recycled content, the local economy may be supported through the purchase of regional products. In some cases, such as furniture and finishes, green cleaning products, and office copy machines, an improvement in indoor air quality may be realized. In other cases, such as fuel efficient vehicles and energy star appliances, operational savings may be achieved.

Oxford has the potential for leveraging purchasing to green entire supply chains by encouraging the development of systems of production, distribution and consumption that reduce pollution and conserve natural resources. As an organization pursuing sustainability objectives, Oxford College should align with companies and suppliers that embody similar aspirations.

Action Items: Initiative Eight (2007-2009)
•Create a “purchasing map” of purchasing centers around campus.
•Document current purchases by department and tally into a single report.
•Create a “green” purchasing plan by June, 2008.

Primary Oxford Faculty/Staff Champions (2007-2009)
Margaret Dugan, Pam Lam, Rex Hardaway (Atlanta Campus)

THEME THREE: Healthy University Structures, Leadership, & Participation

“Emory seeks to support equitable social structures within an ethos of sustainability while developing strong leadership and participation among all students, faculty, and staff. Leaders at all levels who are inspired, informed, responsive, and engaged will include sustainability criteria in ethical and managerial decisions. Leaders among students, faculty, and staff will collaborate across units of the university to develop sustainable systems of daily life and help Emory thrive, economically, socially, and environmentally. We envision a future Emory with a strong, diverse student body, well supported with financial aid, and academically thriving. We envision also a diverse, vigorous, and productive faculty and staff. To this end, we seek to be a responsible employer, providing fair and just remuneration, including wages, benefits, and working conditions for all employees and contractors, with opportunities for advancement and reward. The Emory experience will engender a sense of place and a pervasive awareness of sustainability commitments which will invigorate cooperation among sectors of the university and will encourage aesthetic and celebratory expressions.” -- Sustainability Vision for Emory, 2006

Goals for Healthy University Structures, Leadership, and Participation:
•Coordinate Oxford College sustainability efforts with those at Emory University.
•Establish efficient oversight of all Oxford sustainability initiatives.
•Engage other Newton County leaders to support sustainability beyond the college.
•Engage Oxford College alumni to support sustainability beyond the college.
•Create incentive programs to support leadership innovation toward sustainability.

Recommended Initiatives
•Assign Oxford College liaison to the Office of the Director for Sustainability Intiatives on the Atlanta campus.
•Charge FEOV with oversight of sustainability initiatives, collecting annual reports from champion teams plus brief quarterly updates and periodic presentations.
•Dedicate staff support from the Dean’s Office to assist champion teams with research and fund-raising.
•Designate college liaison(s) to sustainability programs in the local community.
•Charge Development and Alumni Relations with identifying and engaging alumni who have a particularly related skill set or interest in sustainability.
•Establish a Sustainability Fund to which champion teams may apply annually in support of their initiatives.
•Develop and implement a campus-wide sustainability campaign, including use of the college website for documentation and communication.
•Choose a sustainability symbol and target five key behaviors:
a)Conserve energy by adjusting building temperature and appropriate seasonal dress code;
b)Conserve water among students by reducing shower times and frequency;
c)Promote health and energy conservation by decreasing elevator use and increasing use of stairs;
d)Emphasize Oxford as a walking/cycling campus;
e)Integrate connection to place and the environment in college rituals.

INITIATIVE NINE: OSAP Organization and Support Systems

Sustainability is not new at Oxford College. Faculty, staff, and students have a tradition of undertaking and achieving significant success in a wide variety of sustainable, particularly environmental, projects. The purpose of the Oxford Sustainability Action Plan is to build upon those successes and organize the work in such a way that progress is properly recognized, supported, and celebrated. With a well-organized approach and the careful application of resources, Oxford College will become a regional model for sustainable practices and continue to bring attention and accolades to and within Emory University.

Action Items: Initiative Nine (2007-2009):
Note: All recommended initiatives for Theme Three are scheduled for completion during 2007-2009.

•Assign Oxford College liaison to the Office of the Director for Sustainability Intiatives on the Atlanta campus.
•Charge FEEOV with oversight of sustainability initiatives, collecting annual reports from champion teams plus brief quarterly updates and periodic presentations.
•Dedicate staff support from the Dean’s Office to assist champion teams with research and fund-raising.
•Designate college liaison(s)/participant(s) to sustainability programs in the local community.
•Charge Development and Alumni Relations with identifying and engaging alumni who have a particularly related skill set or interest in sustainability.
•Establish a Sustainability Fund to which champion teams may apply annually in support of their initiatives.
•Develop and implement a campus-wide sustainability campaign, including use of the college website for documentation and communication.
•Choose a sustainability symbol and target five key behaviors:
f)Conserve energy by adjusting building temperature and appropriate seasonal dress code;
g)Conserve water among students by reducing shower times and frequency;
h)Promote health and energy conservation by decreasing elevator use and increasing use of stairs;
i)Emphasize Oxford as a walking/cycling campus;
j)Integrate connection to place and the environment in college rituals.

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