The UW-Whitewater Sustainability Office consists of a mix of full-time staff, part-time faculty, and student support positions to help fulfill the various goals of the sustainability program on campus. Currently, the following positions are affiliated with our sustainability efforts:
The Sustainability Coordinator provides leadership and oversight of all Sustainability Office projects and programs designed to improve environmental sustainability awareness and performance on the UW-Whitewater campus. The Coordinator serves as a resource for faculty and instructional staff to integrate sustainability concepts into academics through student projects, research, and interview assistance as well as providing guest lectures and tours with sustainability themes. The Coordinator also builds partnerships with internal and external entities to build collaborative sustainability efforts and engage a wider audience in sustainability topics. As a member of Facilities Planning and Management, the position also oversees collection and dissemination of operational data such as utility use and other aspects of environmental impact of the physical campus.
Wes Enterline has been employed by UW-Whitewater since July 2008 and is the only person to date to hold the position of Sustainability Coordinator at UW-Whitewater. He is also two-time graduate of UW-Whitewater, receiving a BBA in Computer End-User Technology in 2001 and a BS in Sociology and an Environmental Science-GIS minor in 2008. Wes became interested in environmental issues after reading The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight by Thom Hartmann and The Future of Life by Edward O. Wilson and has continued advocacy for a reduced carbon economy that respects the biodiversity of our natural world.
The Sustainability Assistant student employment program was started with the hiring of the first student serving an internship for the Environmental Science major. This position started as the Sustainability Planning Intern. The second student hired was called the Campus Garden Student Manager. After that, future students were hired under the same Sustainability Assistant title and the job description was altered to reflect the shared responsibility of various aspects of our Engagement efforts. However, these students are still assigned special projects and areas of focus to avoid overlap.
AHEC summer intern programs provide hands-on learning opportunities for students and assistance to local health departments. Programs in each AHEC region across the state are somewhat different, but each has at its core a partnership with local health departments to develop research projects and provide mentoring for health professions students interested in an intensive summer experience in community health. The placement is 8 weeks during June and July. Applications open in mid-December each year, so visit their website if you're interested in applying.
This faculty member position provides leadership for campus sustainability efforts, particularly in matters of curriculum, instruction, research, and community outreach. This role serves to promote integration of sustainability topics into a variety of academic disciplines. Some of the activities typical to this position include the advancement of sustainability education in general education curriculum, co-chair of the Sustainability Council, advocating for inclusion of sustainability in institutional initiatives and reforms, and establish and maintain contact with other faculty members about sustainability activities, and partner with other groups and offices to train faculty on sustainability topics and infusion in the curriculum.
The Sustainability Council was formed to continue the work of the Climate Commitment Committe, which was originally charged with the responsibility of responding to the American College and University President's Climate Commitment. The Council embraces a broad definition of sustainability which includes three integrated aspects: environmental, social, and economic. Efforts on the UW-Whitewater campus seek to further and balance sustainability across each of these components.
The Council consists of 10-15 members and is co-chaired by a representative of Facilities, Planning and Management, and the Sustainability Fellow. Membership includes representatives from faculty, staff, and students. Members are expected to serve a two-year term. The council will convene monthly while classes are in session and as special needs arise. The council will also create working groups as needed for particular issues or projects.