“Confronting our critical issues of climate and sustainability requires unprecedented commitment”
So now, in addition to pointless diversity administrators, schools are going to have sustainability staffers?
The School sent out a press release on News Wise:
University of Utah announces new chief sustainability officer
University of Utah Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Dan Reed announced Monday that Kerry Case has accepted an offer to serve as the U’s chief sustainability officer.
Case is currently assistant provost for Integrative Learning at Westminster College and has led that institution’s sustainability initiatives for 13 years.
Reed welcomes the vision Case brings to the university’s efforts to implement sustainable practices and policies. Case, he said, is “a proven higher education leader who will be able to build on the momentum of our existing efforts to create an even more robust ethic of sustainability in education, research, operations, health care and planning.”
Case will begin in early March 2020. She credited her decision to university leaders’ dedication to sustainability research and education, as well as the U’s success in driving down its energy footprint.
“Confronting our critical issues of climate and sustainability requires unprecedented commitment,” said Case. “Establishing this position further distinguishes the university as a local and national sustainability leader.”
College of Architecture + Planning Dean Keith Diaz Moore led those initiatives prior to the creation of an independent officer position. Moore said the U is already a leader in sustainability efforts in the state. He said it is the largest consumer of geo-thermal energy among higher education institutions and consumed less energy in 2019 than it did in 2010 despite construction of several new buildings. The university also offers nearly 400 courses that study sustainability through environmental, economic and equity lenses. Research grants and student engagement have made the campus a “living laboratory.”
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