The Committee on Sustainability (COS), formed in fall 2008 with the approval of W&M President Taylor Reveley, is charged with developing, planning and recommending to the President strategies for implementing the College’s Sustainability Policy, and integrating sustainability into the life of the College. COS not only taps W&M’s intellectual capital, but also feeds into and benefits from its teaching, research, and service missions.
President Reveley charged interim Law School Dean Lynda Butler and School of Marine Sciences and W&M Environmental Science and Policy professor Dennis Taylor with selecting dozens of faculty and staff members from all areas of the College community to serve on COS. Since the Green Fees passed by students and the Board of Visitors in spring 2008 are an integral part of the committee’s work, students serve alongside faculty and staff as contributing members of COS and its subcommittees.
The Committee on Sustainability is dedicated to:
- Promoting a culture of sustainability through the university community by engaging the powerful education, research and service traditions of W&M;
- Promoting sustainable practices that recognize the need to manage human interactions with ecosystems to minimize impacts of use, conserve the regenerative capacity of the natural environment, and promote its ecological integrity;
- Serving as a faithful steward of the Student Green Fee through prudent management of those fees to maximize their impact on sustainability;
- Building an operational model that ensures the long-term future of the university's commitment to sustainability; and