Date of Current Revision: April 2012
Responsible Officer: Associate Vice President for Business Services
The university has made Environmental Stewardship a matter of strategic emphasis. If the university’s mission is to be fulfilled, students, faculty, staff, and the community must develop a campus culture that reflects the importance of effectively managing its natural and social resources. A critical element for the commitment to Environmental Stewardship is the effective management of energy use, which this policy addresses.
The Board of Visitors has delegated to the President the authority to oversee campus operations and establish university policy.
Virginia Executive Order 82 – June, 2009 – requires that no later than July, 1, 2010, each executive branch agency and institution shall have adopted and posted on its website a suite of policies regarding energy use, water use, waste reduction and travel that will reduce the environmental impacts and costs of those activities.
The responsibility for environmental quality shared by all those whose actions affect the environment.
Sustainability encompasses human and ecological health, social justice, secure livelihoods, and a better world for all generations. (Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, 2009 http://www.aashe.org/about/about.php)
Institute for Stewardship of the Natural World (ISNW)
A university department that facilitates sustainability by coordinating environmental stewardship efforts across campus, advocating for priorities, and challenging all members of the James Madison University community to think critically about their role in achieving the long-term stewardship of Earth. The ISNW serves as an internal and external point of contact for university-wide environmental stewardship activities.
This policy applies to all university students, faculty, staff, affiliates, and visitors.
Wherever and whenever applicable and feasible, the university will adopt practices that represent making the most efficient and productive use of energy. This includes not only reducing energy use where feasible, but ensuring that energy that is consumed is used at a maximum level of productivity and efficiency.
The installation of new incandescent or halogen lighting is prohibited.Energy saving suggestions:
Employees with access to manually-controlled thermostats will abide by this policy in the day and night setting of the thermostats.
Information Technology is responsible for compliance with this policy as well as Executive Order 82.
Facilities Management is responsible for compliance with this policy as well as Executive Order 82. This includes the installation of motion-sensitive light switches as well as centrally-controlled thermostats where feasible.
Building Coordinators are responsible for assisting in compliance of this policy.
Supervisors are responsible for their employees’ adherence to this policy.
Sanctions will be commensurate with the severity and/or frequency of the offense.
Authority to interpret this policy rests with the President and is generally delegated to the Associate Vice President for Business Services.
Previous Version: July, 2012
Approved by the President: November, 2009
This policy will be put into effect as of July 1, 2010.
The Institute for the Stewardship of the Natural World