The University Sustainability Council (USC) is a permanent standing committee established to develop a framework for the university’s Sustainability Campus Action Plan. This committee reports to the VP of Business Affairs, who submits recommendations to the President.
UTPA is taking the first steps towards establishing a leadership role, not only in incorporating concepts of sustainability into university practice, but also in the creation, dissemination, and application of new areas of academic scholarship in the emerging field of sustainability.
The USC is comprised of 15 committees, which fall under the three broad categories of Leadership, Education, and Operations.
Health & Wellness
Materials, Recycling, & Waste
Landscape & Grounds
These task force working groups are comprised of university personnel and community members. The members of the Council serve as the chair for each of the working group sub-committees. They also serve as a voice for their particular campus constituency to ensure that the voices of the entire campus community are heard with regard to their critical sustainability issues. The members of the Council must represent all aspects of sustainability on campus, including economic and social equity as well as environmental issues.