Environmental Issues Committee
The University of Oregon Environmental Issues Committee (EIC) is a working group of faculty, staff and students that serves to raise awareness about environmental issues on campus, identify problems and concerns, institute University policy for environmental issues. The EIC was formed in the fall of 1997 to:
1) Consider, analyze and report, in the form of advisories or recommendations on environmental issues that affect the quality of life and health of the University community, as well as on those issues about which the University should act as an educational resource. These reports shall include a financial impact statement for each recommendation as well as an informative, impartial summary of the topic that outlines its effects, the issues discussed at committee meetings, and any relevant background information;
2) Recommend development of rules or policies directly related to environmental issues affecting quality of life and health to be adopted by the University administration and/or University Senate on behalf of the University community. Such recommendations shall include a financial impact statement for each recommendation as well as an informative, impartial summary of the topic that outlines its effects, the issues discussed at committee meetings, and any relevant background information;
3) Recommend, facilitate and/or implement educational programs, training sessions, forums or workshops on environmental issues which could be offered to members of the University community and/or the general public;
4) Recommend ways to inform the University community about environmental issues;
In 2007 the University of Oregon became a signatory to the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment. As a result the University of Oregon is participating in an aggressive effort to address global warming by neutralizing greenhouse gas emissions and accelerating research and educational efforts to equip society to re-stabilize the earth's climate. This commitment will be one relevant principle in guiding the committee’s discussions and recommendations.
Membership of the Environmental Issues Committee consists of:
3 - 5 faculty;
3 students who represent a cross-section of students with environmental interests;
2 Officers of Administration;
2 classified staff members;
Director of the Office of Sustainability (Ex-Officio non-voting member);
Director of the Office of Environmental Health and Safety (Ex-Officio non-voting member); and
Associate Vice President for Campus Planning and Real Estate or designate (Ex-Officio non-voting member)
The Office of Sustainability shall provide logistical support for the committee including scheduling meetings, maintaining the EIC listserve and webpage, inviting guest speakers, and generating and distributing meeting minutes. The Director of Sustainability shall work directly with the Chair of the Environmental Issues Committee to develop meeting agendas and brief the committee as needed.
The Environmental Issues Committee is responsible to the University Administration as an advisor to the Vice President for Finance and Administration. In addition this committee also reports to the University Senate through, at a minimum, an annual written report submitted by the Committee Chair to the Secretary of the University Senate no later than the final University Senate meeting in May. The committee may also make additional written or oral reports to the Senate.