Title: Submission from the Sustainability Committee to the Faculty Senate for consideration as a Senate resolution
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Title: Submission from the Sustainability Committee to the Faculty Senate for consideration as a Senate resolution
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Language: English
Creator: University of Florida Sustainability Committee
Publisher: University of Florida
Place of Publication: Gainesville, Fla.
Publication Date: December 2004
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Submission from the Sustainability Committee to the Faculty Senate
For Consideration as a Senate Resolution
December 2004

Whereas, Sustainability is an emerging field of study involving multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary
research and teaching;

Whereas, Sustainability is a proven forward-thinking approach to operations that advance environmental
stewardship and the responsible use of human and natural resources;

Whereas, efforts aimed at making the University of Florida a global leader in sustainability are under way;
and

Whereas, the University of Florida has a ten-year history of pursuing sustainability initiatives as
demonstrated in the following milestones:
1994: UF joined 310 universities world-wide in signing the Talloires Declaration, pledging
support to reduce environmental degradation and natural resource depletion.
October 1997: The Greening UF program was initiated as a grassroots movement of students,
faculty and staff from across the campus for environmental stewardship.
September 2000: An Office of Sustainability was established within the College of Design,
Construction and Planning to facilitate, among other things, sustainability initiatives on campus
and in the community.
March 2001: A Sustainability Task Force was created jointly by the President and Faculty Senate, following a
Faculty Senate proposal of December 2000.
July 2002: The Task Force released the Final Report.
October 2002: The Faculty Senate endorsed the Task Force Final Report, but asked for
continuation of its term until Fall 2004 for developing an implementation plan.
March 2003: In response to a request from President Young, the Task Force identified high
priority recommendations from the Final Report.
April 2004: A Student Senate resolution (#1041) urged the creation of a university office of
sustainability with "full administrative support."
September 2004: An ad-hoc Sustainability Committee was established through appointments from
the Faculty Senate and President Machen.
NOW THEREFORE:

The Faculty Senate accepts the following recommendations of Sustainability Committee aimed at
enhancing initiatives for making the University of Florida a global leader in sustainability.

I. The University of Florida shall establish a university-level Office of Sustainability, effective before or during
the 2005-2006 academic year, for facilitating teaching, research, service, administrative, and fundraising
initiatives in sustainability.

II. The Ad-Hoc Sustainability Committee shall remain empanelled until Fall semester 2005, at
which time a permanent joint-committee on sustainability shall be empanelled through
amendment to the University Constitution.




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