SAS Forms Student Sustainability Advisory Board
The school with the largest population of undergraduates at Penn, the College of Arts and Sciences, has established a Student Sustainability Advisory Board (SSAB) comprised of 16 College students.
The goal of the Advisory Board is to provide the College students with a forum to voice their concerns and implement ideas pertaining to sustainability, as well as provide feedback to the administration on new and existing initiatives.
“When the call went out requesting applications for positions on the board, we weren’t quite sure what to expect,” said Sara King, SAS Sustainability Coordinator, “We were happily surprised by the overwhelmingly strong response from students.”
The response was so strong that an additional board member position was added to each graduation year to allow as many students as possible to participate.
One of the first projects being tackled by the board is the planning of a town hall style meeting for fellow students to inform them of School and University initiatives currently underway, and answer their questions regarding sustainability. If the first sustainability town hall is a success, they hope to extend the idea into a series for other student groups, as well as staff and faculty.
SSAB is also exploring projects such as expanded recycling in fraternities and sororities, urban farming, and energy use reduction in on campus housing. Education on the subject of sustainability is an important component of the board’s work—both for members, as well as the larger SAS community.