Sewanee's Sustainability Master Plan (SMP) has now received approval by the student body, endorsement by the faculty of both The School of Theology and the College of Arts and Sciences, and approval by both the Board of Regents and Board of Trustees. The plan, the first of its kind at Sewanee, represents a blueprint for our institution's commitment to sustainability as we move forward, empowering Sewanee to teach and lead by example.
Find the Sustainability Master Plan and much more about Sewanee’s sustainability efforts on the Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability website.
The SMP has seven overarching strategic goals which, coupled with 39 operational goals, will direct the University's efforts in becoming a sustainability exemplar. Virtually all aspects of the University are within the SMP's scope: energy use, materials management, food operations, environmental stewardship, and more. This is one of the ways the newly approved SMP distinguishes Sewanee among its peer liberal arts institutions.
The genesis of the SMP was the passing of the 2008 Strategic Master Plan and Sewanee’s acceptance of the Presidential Climate Commitment for Carbon Neutrality. The creation of two positions—assistant provost for sustainability and environmental stewardship, held by Jon Evans, and the director of sustainability integration, held by Marvin Pate—were in concert with this new phase of Sewanee's efforts. Since then, faculty, staff, students, and sustainability fellows have dedicated much time and energy into creating a plan that reflects both the resolve and quality of the Sewanee community.
Creation of the SMP was guided by a Sustainability Steering Committee and was vetted in a number of meetings with groups throughout the University prior to its adoption.
- Vincent Leray, C'13, Post-Baccalaureate Fellow