Submission from the Sustainability Committee to the Faculty Senate
For Consideration as a Senate Resolution
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;
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.
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.