Towson no longer has a Sustainability Manager. This is the second time that a staff person has left this position since it was created in 2010 in Facilities Management. In the year that I have been at Towson, sustainability has made great strides at the institution due to the collaboration of many dedicated individuals. We finished the Climate Action Plan and set goals for TU to become carbon neutral by 2050. We completed the greenhouse gas inventory for 2010 and 2011 and started the inventory for 2012 and 2013. I completed a Waste Reduction Plan with recommendations to improve recycling and waste reduction at Towson and began implementing many of the recommendations. We held the Recyclemania contest, and organized TU’s first Trash-2-Treasure Sale. We completed the STARS (Sustainability Tracking and Assessment Reporting System) that established a comprehensive baseline on sustainability performance at Towson. We relaunched the Sustainability Website and started this blog and a mailing list which now has over 400 subscribers. With support from Housing and Residence Life, we implemented the residential recycling initiative and the eco-reps program. We organized the Environmental Conference and events like Electronics Recycling Drop Off Day and Campus Sustainability Day. I established the Sustainability Film Series and a Sustainability Fund for donors to give to sustainability at TU. I have also been able to engage eight students as sustainability interns to contribute to the effort.
On October 14, 2013 I was hastily dismissed from my job because, according to my supervisors, I was not fulfilling my duties as a facilities management employee due to a focus on student outreach. Even if this were true, I am very disappointed that Towson has taken such a narrow view of sustainability. It was simply not possible for me to continue the work I was doing without support from my supervisor and the Administration. However, I am encouraged by the great work that the staff, faculty, and students are doing in sustainability and have confidence that you all will continue the important work of caring for the planet and future generations.