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The Committee for Sustainability promotes a culture of sustainability on the TU campus. The committee facilitates research, learning opportunities, policies and practices that address environmental, economic and social responsibility.

We serve as a connection for all members of the campus community – including faculty, staff and students – to advance policies and projects and participate in processes that lead to a more sustainable future.

Committee for Sustainability

Jason Grunin – (President), Assistant Vice President of Business and Energy Conservation

Angie Williams – (GA for Sustainability) Museum Science and Management Graduate Student

Jeremy Garrison – (President of Students for Sustainability) Undergraduate Student

Kevan Buck – Executive Vice President

Devra McManus – Administrative Associate to the Executive Vice President

Chad Settle – (Professor) Economics

Bob Shipley – Associate Vice President for Operations and Physical Plant

Steve Wilkins – WFF Manager

Mike Neal – Director of Dining

Lauren Wagner – TURN representative

Nick Salis – (Associate AD) Athletics

Steve Tipton – (Professor) Mechanical Engineering Department

Lara Foley – Center for Global Education

Student Groups and Campus Engagement

Sustainability Committee: Institution has an active student organization focused on sustainability.

Sustainability website and newsletter: Established April 2007 and includes administrators, students, faculty and staff from most stakeholder departments on campus including dining services, physical plant, purchasing, Janitorial Services and Administration.

National Energy-Environment Law and Policy Institute (NELPI): An initiative of the George Kaiser Family Foundation, in collaboration with The University of Tulsa, serves public interest through education and research in energy, natural resources and environmental law and policy (REEL) Certificate Program)

Resources, Energy and Environmental Law Society (REELS) and certificate program: Law School (3 research asst/speakers on campus) –  TU premiere Energy /Environmental Law School – REELS is currently working on TU become a nationally recognized energy law school with respect to traditional and alternative energy sources and their concomitant legal issues. Furthermore, efforts are being made to make the law school more environmentally friendly. Contest anticipated for first-year law students whereby teams will identify policies, procedures, and practices which the law school can change in order to reduce its environmental impact, thus saving resources and money. REELS assisting in re-design of outdoor student lounge on the east side of Mabee Legal Information Center. The plan is to incorporate recycled materials, xeriscaping, and solar and/or wind energy technologies.

Earth Matters: A group of students who goal is working to promote sustainability and environmental activism on and around campus. Earth Matters meets weekly and plans and hosts activities including speakers and Free Veggie Lunch Day.

Faculty Engaged in Sustainability Research

Indoor Air Program – Richard Shaughnessy, Research Associate

Collins College of Business –  Tim Coburn

Sustainable Energy and Resources Law – Gary Allison

Engineering and Natural Sciences – Jim Sorem

Chemical Engineering – Tyler Johannes (Algae Biofuels, Synthetic Biology)

Chemistry – Dale Teeters (Nanochemistry and Materials Chemistry as they apply to Battery Electrode and Electrolyte Materials)