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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 environmental stewardship. Individuals and our institution work independently and collaboratively to conserve, steward and restore natural systems and to advance sustainability through education, scholarship, engagement, and operations.  The JMU Environmental Stewardship Action Plan (ESAP) 2011-2015 communicated our 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 following are the goals in the plan:

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

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

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 provide professional development, training, and other learning opportunities that engage employees in environmental stewardship.

Objective: By FY 2018, the Office of Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability will expand the Greening Your Office program to reach 10% of staff.

Goal 3: JMU will promote sustainability-related professional development for faculty.

Objective: Identify and support a greater array of 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-related educational services.

Objective: University Advancement will cultivate support for environmental stewardship.

Goal 6: JMU will provide information and tools that facilitate students', faculty members', and staff members' adoption of environmental stewardship practices. Waste reduction, sustainable transportation (alternatives to single occupancy vehicles use), and energy conservation are priorities.

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 and the Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan for a complete list of objectives.

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

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