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Drive For Green Revision : Introduction

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     In this report, we will address the issue of sustainability at Wayne State University (WSU), and discuss ways to improve funding for Wayne State's green sustainability initiative, along with examining how it is handled in the current committee. In 2006, the WSU Board of Governors implemented a "Resolution on Environmental Concerns which was designed to protect the environment by establishing a vision for a greener campus." (office of campus sustainability website) A year later, after receiving and reviewing a report by the Task Force on Environmental Initiatives, the Board of Governors began to adopt some of the initiatives that the report had mentioned.

     Over the last five years, Wayne State has made considerable strides toward a greener campus, and one major part of the improvements made came in 2011, with the creation of the The Office of Sustainability. This office is responsible for creating a user-friendly and greener environment in the Midtown Detroit Campus. However, lately, the progression on making Wayne State University greener has been grid-locked, and after our interview with the Director of Energy Management Larry Fodor, we found out that it is due to the fact that Wayne State does not have the funds to generate new, greener changes. Director Fodor informed us that he receives only a certain amount of money, each year, and that that money is to provide maintenance for current buildings, and whatever is left over he can use freely for sustainability purposes. The only problem with that is the fact that he receives a very small amount of money, and Wayne State is already in a whole due to the care for current buildings.  Impeded progress to green initiative projects will hurt Wayne State's marketability against other colleges and universities.  This would lead to a decrease in student enrollment.  A rise in health problem could also come as a result.  We have conducted a feasibility study and came up with with three potential alternatives to help increase the funding: the implementation of a 'green' fee set apart from students' tuition, the self-revolving fund, and the hybridization of the two.  This study highlights analysis drawn from our survey regarding students' desirability for each alternatives,  practices already implemented in other higher educated schools,  and the kind of income which can be brought into Wayne State's sustainable funding balance.  A recommended course of action is provided at the end after each alternative has been evaluated based on three criteria.   


What needs to be worked on:

- Make the problem seem more dramatic by adding a sentence saying every year we don't do anything we getting farther behind.  (The consequences of inaction)

- Forecast what's to come in this study


Positive Feedback

-Why they conducted the study

-Provides good background information

-This Intro persuades us that a problem exist, and convinces us that a problem does exist.



Comments (1)

Ryan Thai said

at 6:55 am on Apr 17, 2015

Updates in bold

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