Climate Action Subcommittee

The Climate Action Subcommittee (CAS) is charged with creating the university's Climate Action Plan. CAS is chaired by Professor John Swaddle and Director Calandra Waters Lake, and co-chaired by Law School student Michael Heard Snow and Thomas Liu'22. 

Spring 2020 Working Groups  

Interested in joining a working group? Contact the working group leader about their next meeting!

Curriculum & Research

[[jmkaste, James Kaste]], Associate Professor of Geology, Director of ENSP
This working group will explore ways to incorporate climate change and sustainability into the curriculum and research of the institution broadly, recognizing the power that students and faculty research have on addressing global challenges like climate change.

Resilience

[[amking02, Angela King]], Asst Director Va Coastal Policy Center & Molly Mitchell, Marine Scientist Supervisor VIMS CCRM
This working group will explore ways to connect, expand, and amplify the current resiliency efforts taking place at/through W&M. For example, connecting outward-facing efforts to inward efforts, such as curriculum, research, and the physical campus that can further benefit the local and global community. 

2030 Carbon Neutral Campus

[[gshipp, Gregg Shipp]], Director of Facilities Planning, Design & Construction, [[jgsirinakis, Jim Sirinakis]], Director of Operations
Acting as the lead on the path to a carbon neutral campus by 2030, this working group will create steps to mitigate and eliminate emissions from electricity, building fuels, and campus fleet. This will include ways to plan wisely for future emissions and responsibly purchase carbon offsets as a last resort.

Food & Diversion 

[[erharris, Eden Harris]], Associate Director, Marketing, Communications and Licensing, [[akomati, Anusha Komati]], Waste & Recycling Program Supervisor
This working group will explore and suggest ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation and production of W&M food in dining halls, cafes and other campus food supplier, as well as ways to reduce emissions from the landfilling of waste, emphasizing not creating the waste (reduce), reuse, then recycle. 

Commuting

[[wxhora, Bill Horacio]], Director of Parking Services
This working group will explore and suggest ways to reduce commuting emissions through behavioral, infrastructure, and operation changes, by refining ideas and building consensus across the campus community.

Study Abroad

[[mpknapp, Marina Knapp]], Global Education Special Programs Advisor
This working group will explore and suggest ways to address emissions produced through study abroad travel, while still encouraging and supporting student participation, by refining ideas and building consensus across the campus community.