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Sustainability Council

The Campus Sustainability Plan Building Sustainable Traditions is built around three main themes: engaged, adaptive, and efficient.  These themes and their associated action items complement the goals of Changing for Excellence and Bold Aspirations, creating opportunities to integrate the sustainability plan into these ongoing initiatives.  At the same time, the plan calls for new approaches to education and research that can enhance the changes already underway through Bold Aspirations and foster new opportunities for sustainability-related research initiatives. 

Thus, as a means of guiding the implementation of sustainability-related initiatives, the Campus Sustainability Council was developed and is responsible for the following:

  • Prioritize Action Steps to best meet the goals of Changing for Excellence and Bold Aspirations
  • Develop an implementation component for the plan based on these priority action steps 
  • Integrate implementation strategies within respective unit-level planning and operations where applicable    
  • Make recommendations for improvements to the plan
  • Review and update the plan on an annual basis to ensure it remains current and effective
  • Contribute to an annual progress report to be shared with the campus and general public


Sustainability Council Members

  • Barry Swanson (Chair), Associate Vice Provost for Operations/Chief Procurement Officer
  • The Student Body President
  • Nicole Corcoran, Director of Operations, KU Athletics
  • Chris Depcik, Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering
  • Joe Heppert, Associate Vice Chancellor, Research & Graduate Studies
  • Bonnie Johnson, Associate Professor, Urban Planning
  • Jeff Severin, Director, Center for Sustainability
  • Jane Tuttle, Assistant Vice Provost, Student Affairs    



Coronavirus Update

KU Recycling and KU Surplus have resumed services. As part of our efforts to reduce an on-campus presence and promote social distancing, we will continue to limit special collections that are not mission critical. For updated information on KU's response to COVID-19, visit protect.ku.edu

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