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President Seeks Ideas for New Sustainability Initiatives

From President Christ:

The Board of Directors of the Five College Consortium is issuing a call for ideas for new initiatives and programs in academic, co-curricular, and operational aspects of sustainability. I have asked CEEDS to take the lead on this initiative. Over the next three months, it will convene a set of blue sky meetings of faculty members, administrators, staff members, and students to brainstorm possible programs and projects spanning the curricular and co-curricular lives of our students and the administrative and operational activities on each of our campuses, among our campuses, and in our region. The Five College Staff will schedule some broadly inclusive Five College meetings to generate ideas and assemble the lists of possibilities.

Invitations for you to sign up for one of the open meetings will be coming soon. The Five College website,, will also soon include a link for web-based submission of ideas for Five College sustainability projects and programs. You may also send your project ideas and project descriptions to Joanne Benkley, the Program Coordinator for the Environmental Science and Policy major and for CEEDS (email:, who will be our campus coordinator for gathering ideas and forwarding them to the Five Colleges staff. The Directors hope to have a summary of ideas generated by the end of February.