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Faculty, staff, students, and local government staff representatives serve annually on the committees, which are collectively called the Institute for Stewardship of the Natural World (ISNW). The committees make policy and practice recommendations, create programming, and serve as peer educators. They are led by an Executive Council of senior administrators and supported by the Office of Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability (OESS) staff.

Current committees:
The Awareness and Programming Committee increases awareness of issues of sustainability and environmental stewardship through planning, marketing and supporting programs that share information which challenges all members of the JMU community to think critically about their role in achieving the long-term stewardship of the Earth;

The Campus Accessibility Committee supports the transportation demand coordination efforts on campus by assisting with analyzing progress and identifying transportation opportunities;

The Conservation Committee models and champions best practices for environmental stewardship and pilot tests potential environmental stewardship initiatives; and,

The Education and Scholarship Committee promotes and celebrates teaching and learning across disciplines and general education, as well as scholarly and creative activities that engage faculty, staff, students and other members of the community in improving our environment.

Original committees that have completed their charge:
Policies and Practices