About The Office of Environmental
Stewardship and Sustainability
The Office of Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability (OESS) is responsible for facilitating implementation of JMU’s 18th defining characteristic, “The University will be an environmentally literate community whose members think critically and act, individually and collectively, as model stewards of the natural world.”
To further collective efforts of the institution, the OESS:
- tracks, assesses, reports progress on environmental stewardship.
- coordinate with other offices on tracking and reporting of campus sustainability initiatives.
- develops and disseminates information and tools that promote best practices.
- recommends policies and practices that advance institutional environmental stewardship.
- facilitates strategic planning related to environmental stewardship.
- coordinates special projects. Example: East Campus Hillside Naturalization, Campus Energy Assessment, and Combined Heat and Power Feasibility studies.
- builds resources and partnerships that enhance environmental stewardship capacity.
- represents JMU’s environmental stewardship and sustainability efforts externally.
- coordinates the ISNW. The ISNW is divided into five committees with over 100 stakeholders who advance environmental via annual recommendations and via programs that advocate for best environmental practices.
To further individual and departmental/unit efforts, the OESS:
- organizes, co-sponsors, and participates in a rich array of experiences that challenge individuals to be environmentally literate citizens, critical thinkers, and environmental stewards.
- provides scientific and analytical support to JMU individuals and small groups engaged in environmental stewardship.
- processes requests for information on institutional environmental stewardship efforts.
- compiles citizen suggestions and recommendations for annual consideration by the ISNW.