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University of Utah Hires a ‘Chief Sustainability Officer’

University of Utah Hires a ‘Chief Sustainability Officer’

“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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The Friendly Grizzly | December 24, 2019 at 9:40 am

Another make-work job. Tuitiion goes up in 5, 4, 3…

“… 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.”

What the hell does that even mean?

A lot of colleges seem to be unsustainable these days. Maybe they do need someone to work on that.

ooh ooh (waiving raised hand), I know where they can start.

Unknown3rdParty | December 25, 2019 at 8:20 am

The UN continues their Communist Outreach program to indoctrinate subjects about Agenda 2030.

    Unknown3rdParty in reply to Unknown3rdParty. | December 25, 2019 at 8:29 am

    Agenda 2030 is the outgrowth of Agenda 21 wherein earth’s “citizens” will take the alleged high road and implement the UNs recommended changes to combat and alleviate global warming/global cooling/climate change/bad weather. It is subscribed to by US cities and counties (yes, it involves them sending YOUR tax dollars to the UN) where we reside, which, in turn, implement the UNs recommendations with administrative policies (it can’t be voted on because rational people will say Whiskey Tango …) on what you and I can and cannot do with our property, our vehicles, etc. to restrict and constrain our activities to “save” the earth.

I recently read somewhere that the guy in charge of the deck chairs on the Titanic was called the “Chief Sustainability Officer First Class.”

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