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ISNW Faculty and Staff
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Amanda Bodle

Program Manager

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Christy Bradburn

Student Program Coordinator

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Essa Paterson

Program Coordinator

BACKGROUND

JMU has a long history of contributions across units and by individuals. Many of JMU’s environmental sustainability achievements to date can be attributed to voluntary past and current efforts of staff, faculty, and students in many areas, commonly in collaboration. In 2008, following the recommendations of the President’s Commission for Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability, JMU adopted a strategic emphasis to promote cultural change for environmental stewardship and sustainability and a broader sense of citizenship. The Institute for Stewardship of the Natural World (ISNW) was created to coordinate and advance sustainability efforts as consistent with universities' education, research, and service missions. Today, the ISNW maintains its focus on building an environmentally literate community whose members think critically and act, individually and collectively, as model stewards of the natural world. 

MISSION

Enhancing environmental stewardship and sustainability by advocating for priorities; coordinating the collaborative efforts of the university to promote cultural change and a broader sense of citizenship; and challenging all members of the JMU community to participate in educational opportunities and think critically about their role in achieving the long-term stewardship of Earth. 

The ISNW uses a working definition of sustainability that is adapted from the Federal Register (2009): To pursue sustainability is to create and maintain the conditions under which humans and the rest of nature can co-exist in productive harmony within our human-ecological system, that permit fulfilling the social and economic requirements of present and future generations. The ISNW recognizes the natural world’s intrinsic value, as well as the fact that human prosperity and environmental quality are inextricably intertwined. Accordingly, we are committed to contributing, as individuals and as an institution, to a thriving human-ecological system. 

ROLE

The Institute for Stewardship of the Natural World:

  • tracks environmental and sustainability education and engagement opportunities, including creating inventories of courses, programs, and research. 
  • assesses achievement of student environmental stewardship learning outcomes and the culture of sustainability.
  • measures university sustainability progress across the three dimensions of sustainability.
  • provides information and tools to encourage our community members to be environmentally literate, ecologically responsible citizens.
  • supports faculty and student sustainability research and scholarship as well as faculty professional development.
  • advocates for environmental stewardship priorities, including recommending actions that demonstrate environmental stewardship in operations.
  • showcases best practices and accomplishments.
  • builds internal and external partnerships that enhance environmental stewardship capacity. 
  • facilitates access to campus information and resources related to environmental stewardship.
  • coordinates the East Campus Hillside and Science On a Sphere.
  • coordinates ISNW stakeholder committees.
COMMITTEES AND EXECUTIVE COUNCIL

The ISNW organizes stakeholder committees, which were also formed in 2008 following the recommendation of the President's Commission for Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability.  Faculty, staff, and students serve on the committees. The committees make policy and practice recommendations, conduct projects related to their expertise, and serve as peer educators.

The Awareness 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 Conservation Committee models and champions best practices for environmental stewardship and pilot tests potential environmental stewardship initiatives.

The Education and Scholarship Committee promotes, celebrates, and advances 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.

The East Campus Hillside Committee provides recommendations, conducts scholarly studies, and conducts outreach about the area.

The ISNW is advised by an Executive Council, and council members chair the committees. Council members include:

  • Jini Cook, Director of Real Property and Space Management
  • Rick Larson, Assistant Vice President, Human Resources, Training and Performance
  • Marsha Mays-Bernard, Associate Vice President, Wellness, Orientation, and Multicultural Engagement
  • Dietrich Maune, Association Dean, College of Arts and Letters
  • Mack Moore, Risk Management Coordinator
  • Towana Moore, Associate Vice President, Business Services
  • Gary Shears, Executive Director of Facilities and Construction
  • Jeffrey Tang, Ph.D., Associate Dean, College of Integrated Science and Engineering

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