School of Art & Design students will organize an art exhibition that explores how artists define sustainability. They will collaborate with Fresh Press, Students for Environmental Concern, and Professor Madhu Khanna’s ENVS 301 course. The artists will be from the university as well as the Champaign-Urbana community. Ultimately, this project aspires to show the UIUC community how sustainability impacts daily life from an artistic perspective. The students organizing the show will gain invaluable experience in gallery management and the artists will have an opportunity to expand their portfolios. The Student Sustainability Committee funding will contribute to materials, venue rental, and marketing.
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Projects Updates for Co-curricular Sustainability Programs
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The Sustainability Coalition met with Chancellor Wise on January 30. The students delivered a PowerPoint presentation describing what they would like to see from the Office of Sustainability, including specifically an OS with authority and capacity, a full time director, and an entity separate from the proposed Center for a Sustainable Environment. They shared sustainability structures from other universities to help illustrate this point. The Chancellor did not promise anything, but indicated she would take their input into consideration.
The Sustainability Council comprised of senior leadership and two student members also met on January 30. Though there were other agenda items, the focus was largely on the proposed Center for a Sustainable Environment, its structure, leadership, etc. There was also discussion regarding the possibility of an Office of Sustainability separate from the Center, and questions about where those resources would come from.
In continuation of the ACES conversations that began in the fall, staff met with Dr. Jeff Brawn, Head of NRES. He indicated that NRES sees themselves as “cheerleaders” for the sustainability efforts on campus and they look forward to working with the OS over the coming months and years.