Sustainability Committee

Made up of faculty, staff, and students, the Sustainability Committee (SC) oversees the Southwestern’s Tree Campus Higher Education recognition, Bee Campus USA affiliate certification, and Green S.A.F.E. Fund.

The Sustainability Committee is charged with the promotion of practices and programs that support the principles of social, financial, and environmental sustainability of Southwestern University as outlined in the Talloires Declaration and the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment.

In keeping with the principles of these agreements, this committee is tasked with: 

  1. promoting civic engagement and interdisciplinary learning to reduce climate change; 
  2. increasing awareness of and practices of sustainability within the campus and among community stakeholders; 
  3. reducing negative impacts on the global climate; 
  4. creating an institutional culture of sustainability; and 
  5. fostering environmental literacy.

The SC collaborates with groups devoted to curriculum, student life, and facilities and space utilization, among others. Issues on which the committee advises include, but are not limited to: energy use; recycling and composting; sustainability initiatives; building and landscape design; faculty and curriculum development; community partnerships; and civic engagement.

Sustainability Committee Members (2020 - 2021)

  • Carl Robertson, Co-Chair, Faculty Representative
  • Veronica Johnson, Co-Chair, Sustainability Coordinator
  • Joseph Hower, Faculty Representative
  • Sara Massey, Faculty Representative
  • Randy Erben, Staff Representative
  • Kelly Lessard, Staff Representative
  • Heath Roberie, Staff Representative
  • Megan Crinklaw, Student Representative
  • Will Hebl, Student Representative
  • Ethan Hendrix, Student Representative
  • Leah Horick, Student Representative
  • Krista Kelly, Student Representative
  • Noor Nazeer, Student Representative
  • Rick Martinez, AVP of Facilities Management, Ex Officio
  • Craig Erwin, VP of Finance and Administration, Ex Officio
  • Lance Roberson, Tree Campus/Bee Campus Community Liasion, Ex Officio
Sustainability Committee Monthly Meetings

The SC Meetings are open to anyone in the Southwestern community. In the Fall 2020 Semester, we will be meeting virtually on RingCentral from 3-4 pm on the following Fridays: September 25th, October 16th, November 6th, and December 4th.

Non-committee members who’d like to attend a SC Meeting should email Veronica Johnson ( at least 48 hours in advance.

Sustainable Advancements Funding Endeavor (S.A.F.E.)

The Sustainability Committee encourages students, faculty, and staff to submit proposals for a S.A.F.E. grant to advance sustainability at Southwestern. More information is available here.

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