New group to promote sound environmental practices
9/25/2003 10:29:45 AM
A new Environmental Issues Council (EIC) has been created on campus to promote good resource management and environmental practices. The EIC, which will include R-MWC students, faculty, and staff, will hold its first meeting during the fall semester.
Its initial goals include recommending responsible energy and resource management policies; increasing awareness of the environmental implications of College operations; and promoting sustainable environmental practices throughout the campus.
EIC members will also coordinate the College's recycling program, which is being developed by the student Environmental Club. The club plans to place recycling bins in dorm rooms, classrooms, College offices, and other campus locations, along with instructing the R-MWC community on which items can or can't be recycled.
Separately, R-MWC will appoint new "environmental coordinators" for College buildings and academic departments. These coordinators will be responsible for seeing that everyone on campus understands how to take part in the recycling program and how to conserve energy.
"Our goal is to have the EIC and our environmental coordinators appointed and ready to hit the ground running early in the fall semester," says Karin Warren, chair of the Environmental Studies Department, who is spearheading both efforts.
CONTACT: Brenda Edson, Director of Communications