Sustainability Advisory Group (Sages)
The Sustainability Advisory Group for Environmental Stewardship (SAGES) is a group of faculty, staff, administrative, and student volunteers who discuss and take action on sustainability issues.
Since 2007, the Sustainability Advisory Group for Environmental Stewardship (SAGES) has brought together faculty, staff, administrative, and student volunteers to discuss and take action on sustainability issues, ideas, and projects. SAGES developed Wesleyan’s first Climate Action Plan in 2009, which describes the actions, policies, programs, and current and future measures that Wesleyan will take to meet greenhouse gas reduction targets and achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. SAGES oversees six subcommittees: Academics, Energy, Green Building, Purchasing, Waste, and Transportation, which develop sustainability projects and programs that reduce Wesleyan's carbon footprint. SAGES is currently working on the Sustainability Action Plan.
SAGES started on the grassroots level, and has steadily increased its membership. It's not a formally recognized group, but has an administrative member who reports regularly on its progress to other senior administrators and the President.
MISTAKES & LESSONS LEARNED
It's been difficult to find meeting times that work for faculty, staff, and students, as schedules don't always overlap. In addition, it's often difficult for employees to take time away from their days to attend monthly meetings. We've tried to make the meetings more interactive to keep members engaged and interested in attending.
SAGES is in the process of developing a mission statement, which will provide vision and direction. We hope to do more trainings (how to talk to people about energy conservation, etc.) in the future to empower members.