Dossett Chosen As Sustainability Coordinator

by J.R. Enderle
Staff

In its continuing commitment to making the campus a greener place, Transylvania has created the position of sustainability coordinator.

Angela Dosset is hoping to lead Transylvania toward a sustainable future.

Angela Dossett has filled that position and said she will be “working on a comprehensive approach to sustainability on campus.” Dossett attended the University of Kentucky for her undergraduate degree and Ohio State University for her master’s in communication.

The part-time position of sustainability coordinator is funded by the Jessie Ball DuPont Energy Conservation Grant. Part of Dossett’s job will be acting as liaison to the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), an organization of colleges and universities which has agreed to combat climate change by working to substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

So far, Dossett has been pleased with what she’s seen at Transylvania.

“There are a lot of impressive things, a lot of energy,” Dossett said.

She said she has been particularly impressed with the number of people who have offered help and suggestions during just her first few weeks on the job.

Dossett has been actively engaging in and attending meetings of the Transylvania Environmental Rights and Responsibilities Alliance (TERRA), a group which she said has been great to work with.

Dossett is already busy spreading the word about the upcoming event RecycleMania. This 10-week drive to recycle, running from Jan. 31 to March 27, promotes waste management in the form of an intercollegiate and intracampus competition measuring how much the university and various residence halls are recycling. The competition will culminate in the winning hall receiving a pizza party.

“Transylvania already does a good job recycling,” Dossett said, citing the high number of receptacles across campus. Dossett said that events like the Jan. 28 waste audit will show how much better we can get.

Dossett is planning other initiatives that will be aimed at educating students on what is recyclable and what they can do to practice better waste-management habits.
Dossett is careful to point out that she sees sustainability as an ongoing process.

“We’re trying to integrate sustainability on campus so it’s not just event based,” Dossett said.

Dossett also wants to “reach out to the majority of campus” about sustainability issues and not just the people who are already involved in environmental issues.

Dossett welcomes all suggestions regarding sustainability and can be reached at adossett@transy.edu or x8278.

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