University of Missouri

49-54: A Resolution to Recommend the Sustainability Fee

Missouri Students Association

University of Missouri – Columbia

Bill: 49-54

A Resolution to Recommend the Sustainability Fee

WHEREAS, The University of Missouri is in a unique position to address environmental sustainability concerns in a wide variety of ways, and multiple indicators, significant in both scale and unprecedented longevity, are suggesting that leadership in this area would serve the university extraordinarily well in the future, and

WHEREAS, In the current economic environment, with funding stretched increasingly thin, the impetus for such projects must come from a concerted and dynamic source, and the funding source that is currently in the best position to address this need is the student body, and

WHEREAS, Universities such as, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of Colorado at Denver, the University of Oregon, Harvard University, and the University of Colorado at Boulder, have already implemented similar student fees, and

WHEREAS, The University of Missouri has signed the American College & University President’s Climate Commitment and will need support implementing and promoting the changes required by this agreement in the next two years, and

WHEREAS, MSA Bill 48-19 recommended that University administration hire a Sustainability Coordinator, and

WHEREAS, this student fee would be used towards supporting the Sustainability Coordinator, and

WHEREAS, the fee has been used to hire two graduate assistants, each costing $12,000, and up to $15,000 a year, to assist the Sustainability Coordinator in the fulfillment of the Coordinator’s duties, oversee and coordinate the SustainaReps, research sustainability initiatives both at the University and other Universities in the nation, and perform audits at the University to show cost savings of sustainability initiatives, and

WHEREAS, the fee would also be used to hire student sustainability representatives, or “SustainaReps,” costing up to $1,000 per SustainaRep per semester with the funding for at most 6 students, to provide assistance communicating with students and leading programs to educate the campus body about sustainability, and

WHEREAS, the remainder of the fee would act as an operating budget, overseen by the Sustainability Coordinator and Graduate Assistants in conjunction with the MSA Sustainability Committee and Environmental Affairs Committee, to fund projects that will maximize the quantifiable impact of each student dollar, will be visible to or impact a great number of students, and will help establish the University as a leader in environmentally sustainable practices.

THEREFORE, be it enacted that the current Sustainability fee be continued at $1 per student per semester.

Respectfully Submitted,

Student Fee Review Committee