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President James Madison has been referred to by author Andrea Wulf as the “forgotten father of American environmentalism,” and fittingly, the JMU community has a long history of individual and institutional environmental stewardship. The JMU Environmental Stewardship Action Plan (ESAP) 2011-2015 communicated a university-wide strategic commitment and initiated more systematic tracking, coordination and recognition of the many environmental stewardship activities occurring. This video highlights accomplishments over that period.  The guiding principles for the 2016-2020 ESAP are to conserve, steward and restore natural systems and to advance environmental stewardship through education, scholarship, engagement and operations.  The following are the goals in the plan:

Goal 1: JMU will make environmental stewardship and sustainability learning opportunities accessible to students.

Objective: The Office of Environmental Stewardship will increase promotion of environmental stewardship learning opportunities. In FY 2016, the OESS will inventory and will post JMU's sustainability-related courses on the campus sustainability website. 

Objective: The Center for Assessment and Research Studies will annually track student attainment of the environmental stewardship learning outcomes.

Objective: In FY 2016, in collaboration with the Office of Research and Scholarship, the OESS will identify faculty who conduct sustainability research and will post the information on the campus sustainability website.

Goal 2: JMU will encourage environmental stewardship professional development for staff.

Objective: By FY 2017, the Office of Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability will expand the Greening Your Office program to 10% of staff.

Goal 3: JMU will provide environmental stewardship professional development for faculty.

Objective: Identify and support professional development opportunities for faculty.

Goal 4: JMU will incentivize sharing accomplishments related to knowledge, practice and learning in the areas of environmental stewardship and sustainability.

Objective: In FY 2016, an ISNW Committee will pilot and analyze a campus culture of sustainability instrument for employees.

Goal 5: JMU will expand local community access to physical and intellectual environmental stewardship educational services.

Objective: University Advancement will cultivate support for environmental stewardship.

Goal 6: JMU will provide resources for students, faculty and staff to practice environmental stewardship through waste reduction, sustainable transportation (alternatives to single occupancy vehicles use) and energy conservation.

Objectives:  See the Facilities Management Sustainability Plan and the Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan for a complete list of objectives.

Goal 7: JMU’s grounds, building, transportation and purchasing practices will prioritize human and environmental health. 

Objectives: See the Facilities Management Sustainability Plan for a complete list of objectives.

Objective: University Events will pursue sustainable options for event centerpieces, written graduation materials and graduation gowns.