Feedback sought for updated Campus Sustainability Plan

Comments from faculty, staff due by May 25

The Center for Sustainability has released an update on the campus sustainability planning process for the Lawrence campus and is inviting the university community to provide feedback.

Available for download on the center’s website, the plan update lays out goals to improve sustainability throughout administrative, operational and academic aspects of the university. The report highlights nine key issues for campus sustainability and outlines potential strategies for addressing the challenges in socially, economically and environmentally responsible ways.

Over the past year, 10 working groups and more than 150 students, faculty and staff have collaborated in developing the plan. The working groups will continue to meet through the completion of the final report in late June, incorporating public feedback and prioritizing recommended action steps that will help the campus begin achieving the sustainability goals identified in the plan.

Members of the working groups and others in the campus community attended the April 22 Earth Day celebration at which the plan update was presented to Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little. Students from the urban planning graduate program, who are helping write sections of the document, presented a summary of the planning process and emerging themes across topics, which include:

• Improving the collection and public dissemination of data related to campus sustainability topics

• Integrating education and research into initiatives to advance sustainability in campus administration and operations

• Engaging the campus and broader community in sustainability initiatives

• Ensuring that sustainability initiatives extend beyond environmental and economic impacts to include social and cultural components of sustainability

To learn more about the sustainability planning process and provide feedback on the update document, visit sustainability.ku.edu/Plan/. Anyone wanting to comment on the plan should use the online form to submit responses by May 25.

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