Ecosphere Committee Governance Structure
The Ecosphere committee governance structure includes several levels of operation. At the highest level is the President’s Staff, which the Ecosphere Executive Committee reports to. The Executive Committee is comprised of members of the President’s Staff and chairs of secondary committees. These secondary committees report directly to the Executive Committee and are populated by appointed students, faculty, staff, and alumni.
The committee governance structure also hosts a number of formalized working groups that report to the appropriate secondary committee. Current working groups are focused on food initiatives, sustainability tracking and assessment, campus waste systems, landscape management, and other areas. Working groups are open to all interested members of the Swarthmore community.
Finally, all members of the Sustainability & Climate Executive Committee, the three secondary committees (Carbon Charge; Sustainability; Crum Woods Stewardship), and the working groups attend gatherings of the Sustainability Leadership Circle several times a year to unite in shared sessions.
Makes decisions on issues requiring presidential or Board support
Oversees the Sustainability and Climate Executive Committee
Sustainability and Climate Executive Committee
Reports to the President's Staff
Makes most approvals
|Carbon Charge Committee||
Oversees greenhouse gas reduction strategies for the College
Decides governing processes for the Carbon Charge
Allocates funding generated by the Carbon Charge.
Identifies policies and practices that promote the most efficient and responsible use of College resources
Monitors funds and grants pertaining to environmental sustainability; and
Coordinates and supports campus sustainability initiatives and efforts.
Protects, restores, and provides stewardship for the Crum Woods
Maximizes the pedagogical, recreational, and recuperative value of the Woods
|Working Groups||Lead progress on specific topics|
|Sustainability Leadership Circle||Renews shared vision of the full governance structure|
See here for:
- The Sustainability and Climate Executive Committee Charge [pdf]
- The Carbon Charge Committee Charge [pdf]
- The Sustainability Committee Charge (coming soon)
- The Crum Woods Stewardship Committee Charge (coming soon)
Other related committees: