University Sustainability

University Sustainability Committee will advise the president on matters related to sustainability efforts of Washington and Lee. The committee will report to the President of the University and will periodically report to the President's Council. The committee may establish task forces or subcommittees on specific topics or issues to report directly to the committee. Financial support for programs developed by the committee or for the committee's operations will be determined on an annual basis and within the University's regular budgeting process. Specifically, the committee will:

  • create a strategic plan that will guide the University in achieving the goals of the Talloires Declaration and President's Climate Commitment;
  • annually, identify and recommend to the President key programs and priorities for the year including a budget request to support committee programming;
  • in conjunction with the Environmental Management Coordinator, assure the submission of necessary reports to the governing bodies of these initiatives;
  • serve as a clearing house for campus sustainability efforts through the provision of support for curricular and co-curricular efforts, including prioritizing needs and funding for programs that support the goals of the strategic plan
  • ensure that campus sustainability efforts are appropriately publicized;
  • coordinate campus efforts with the efforts of municipal organizations and the surrounding community; and
  • provide the President with an annual report that outlines the work of the committee and progress toward meeting the goals of the Talloires Declaration and President's Climate Commitment.

Elizabeth Knapp, Chair

Ex Officio Members:

  • James Farrar, University Secretary and Senior Assistant to the President
  • Randolph Hare, Executive Director of Facilities and Capital Planning
  • Kimberly Hodge, Director of Sustainability Initiatives & Education
  • Elizabeth Knapp, Director of the Johnson Program in Leadership and Integrity
  • Meredith McCoy, Associate Dean of The College
  • Nicole Poulin, Campus Garden Manager
  • Jane Stewart, Energy Specialist
  • Morris Trimmer, Energy Specialist

Three-year faculty appointments:

  • Stephen McCormick - 2015-2018
  • William Hamilton - 2015-2018
  • Gregg Whitworth - 2015-2018
  • Irina Mazilu - 2017-2020
  • Jeffrey Rahl - 2017-2020
  • Jill Fraley (LS) - 2017-2020

Three-year staff appointments:

  • David Merchan - 2016-2019
  • Anne Remington - 2016-2019

Student members nominated by the EC and approved by the president:

  • Kaitlyn Fitzsimmons '20 - 2017-2018
  • Thomas Kellog '20 - 2017-2018
  • Matthew Rickert '18 - 2017-2018