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President's Environmental Issues Council

The President's Environmental Issues Council (PEIC) was appointed by President Billy Greer to promote a strong environmental ethic and cultivate sustainable policies, practices and curricula throughout Virginia Wesleyan College.

Increased concern and awareness about environmental issues and global warming prompted President Greer to lead the charge in changing habits at Virginia Wesleyan, with the ultimate goal of making the College a more environmentally friendly place with environmentally conscious citizens.

Through its broad membership, the Council works with campus leaders to address environmental issues on campus and to promote conservation and environmental stewardship among Virginia Wesleyan's students, faculty and staff.

The Council has three sub-committees that work in more concentrated areas. They are the Curriculum, Policies and Procedures and Budget sub-committees.

The Council also oversees the awarding of the annual President's Environmental Challenge Grant.

The Role of the PEIC

The vision of the PEIC is for Virginia Wesleyan College to become a benchmark of sustainability that other educational institutions emulate. The Council hopes to achieve this by promoting a strong environmental ethic and cultivating sustainable policies, practices and curricula throughout the College.

Listed below are the specific goals of the PEIC:

  1. Develop statements that will provide structure, guidance, and foresight for the President's Environmental Issues Council and to the greater Virginia Wesleyan community.
    • Develop an environmental vision statement for the Virginia Wesleyan campus community.
    • Develop a mission statement for the President's Environmental Issues Council.
    • Provide ongoing reports that will inform the campus community.
  2. Conduct a campus wide audit of environmental stewardship.
    • Assess the College's physical plant.
    • Evaluate campus attitudes.
    • Determine academic commitment.
    • Conduct scientific audits of pollution, natural resource use, and biodiversity.
  3. Educate the Virginia Wesleyan community and promote the College's commitment to environmental stewardship.
    • Increase environmental awareness through programming opportunities.
    • Routinely communicate initiatives, progress, and activities to institutional constituents.
    • Provide workshops and presentations highlighting campus initiatives.
    • Integrate environmental awareness into curriculum and other academic opportunities.
    • Provide the opportunity for members of the community to affect change through service-learning, both on and off-campus.
  4. Develop policies and practices with regard to environmental stewardship.
    • Enhance the College's recycling program.
    • Create incentive programs for offices, residence halls, and individuals to be better environmental stewards.
    • Assure that the College's Physical Plant adheres to all environmental initiatives.
    • Encourage the College's continuing commitment to environmental stewardship through appropriate policies, business practices and decisions to include future construction, purchases, and training.
  5. Benchmark environmental stewardship in order to establish a comprehensive understanding of ideal programs and practices.
    • Investigate programs and practices of similar institutions of higher education.
    • Research programs and practices of other institutions within the Commonwealth.
    • Identify exemplary programs at other institutions and businesses.
  6. Periodically review campus environmental stewardship commitment and sustainability efforts.
    • Evaluate and modify mission, vision, goals, and objectives.
    • Assess instituted policies, practices, and initiatives.

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