Sustainability Committee and Goals

Sustainability Committee

Andrea Richards (Dean/ Core Faculty/USMA Co-Founder)
Audrey Mandelbaum (Staff/ adjunct faculty)
Cyndi Hubach (Alum)
Don Strauss (USMA Chair)
Jane Paul, Committee chair (Teaching faculty)
Kellum Lewis (Adjunct faculty)
Lisa Lepore (Librarian)
Misty Dawn Spicer (Student Engagement Coordinator and Bridge Site Director, Norwalk)
Sandy Lee (COO)

Sustainability Committee Goals

The Sustainability Committee will develop recommendations intended to help ensure that AULA campus practices support the institutional mission and local purpose. In addition, the Sustainability Committee is responsible for identifying and reporting to the Leadership Council instances when campus constituencies are not in compliance with federal and state regulations or with commitments made to independent sustainability evaluation programs. The proposed Sustainability Committee priorities include the following educational, community, environmental, economic and social goals:

  1. Development of AULA sustainability policies and practices in alignment with the Antioch University mission
  2. Alignment and compliance with the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) including the formation of and ongoing implementation of a Climate Action Plan
  3. Increased student, staff and faculty education, engagement, and awareness of impacts and benefits of sustainability efforts
  4. Stronger relationships with the external community  of advocates and decision-makers in sustainability, environment, social and economic justice
  5. Improved student, staff, faculty and worker health, attendance, productivity and morale by creating a safer, cleaner workplace
  6. Significant reductions in university greenhouse gas and toxic emissions
  7. Significant reduction of overhead costs through:
    • Increased energy and water efficiency
    • Decreased waste to landfills
    • Support of recycling and reuse sectors
  8. Increased alternative transportation options and infrastructure
  9. Adoption of procurement practices that promote environmental and public health as well as just labor practices
  10. Promoting support of local community-operated and environmentally-friendly businesses by promoting their services within and beyond the AULA Community (e.g., developing a list of vendors who follow sustainable practices)