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09

what happened to lighter footprints?

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There was a number of people who have, in discussions they’ve had with me, brought up the persuit of the Lighter Footprint Strategy. This strategy for reducing the environmental impact of the AMS, and particularily SUB operations, the SUB being one of, if not the least, energy efficient buildings on campus.

Speaking of the Lighter Footprint Strategy, here is the document itself, the action plan, and the appendicies.

Anyway, this is the responsibility of the Impacts Committee, which is chaired by the VP Finance. I am not paritcularily pleased that this large strategy document, one that actually had an action plan for implementation, one that was approved by the governing body of the Society, one that actually makes sense in the long term – appears to be being completely ignored.

I find this perplexing, as Vice President Dvorak himself campaigned on environmental sustainability, on implementing the Green Shift for the AMS. His plans were sensible, and they should be implemented. The fact that even revenue neutral measures are not being implemented is boggling. I would hope that VP Dvorak follows through with his campaign pledges

Council was aware that the proposal was going to cost the AMS money. They made that trade off. They made a values judgment. Tim Chu found out the hard way that a VP is not elected in tandem with a set of policies, but rather with the mandate to pursue their agenda through the AMS’s legislative branch. I hope that Tom will not have a similar episode.

The time has come for the AMS to do what is right for both its budget, and for the planet. Sadly, I am not hopeful. Our current committee structure is mired down in the quagmire of fractionalization. Committee reform is the key to getting things done – and this Lighter Footrpint Strategy is something that should be done.

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3 Responses to “what happened to lighter footprints?”


  1. July 25, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    How ya doin? Looks like maybe you’re flagging a little again… Anything I can do to help?

  2. July 25, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    In comparison to other measures, this is minor, but I have set in place a plan to eliminate styrofoam from the AMS by September.

  3. 3 t-dawg.
    July 26, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    ouch.


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