August 21, 2011 12:00AM
Pittsburg State University employees had a chance to give their feedback on a campus plan for sustainability during two forums presented March 2 and 3 by PSU President Steve Scott.
In the forums, Scott discussed adding a new sustainability goal to the university's strategic plan, which would create a clear and official goal that would move the campus toward a "greener" method of operation.
In the forums, Scott not only discussed how environmentally friendly practices would benefit the campus, but also how they've benefitted his life. Scott has been interested in issues of sustainability for years, witnessing environmental awareness during his international travels. From the hybrid he drives to the recycling he does at the office and at home, it is an issue he has made a priority in his first year as president.
At the forums, Scott recognized members of the University Committee for Energy and Resource Conservation, and discussed the efforts already underway on campus, such as a recycling center, the use of a Sequey by university police, and an audit of the university's energy use.
"What you have to remember is that there is a finite amount of resources, and we have to change that before they're all used up," Scott told the 200-plus employees who attended the forums. "We have a responsibility to do better. It is extremely important that our efforts are purposeful."
The proposed new goal calls for the university to institutionalize environmental sustainability into all university activities including "operations, teaching and learning, discovery and engagement," and to "enhance discovery and research."
The timeline calls for a draft planning document to circulate for comment in March and April, and for a final draft to be considered by the Strategic Planning Council in May.
"It is vitally important to have participation across campus in the strategic planning process," Scott said. "That's especially true when we consider adding a goal such as sustainability."
To view a video file of a forum, click on the strategic planning link on the President's Page.