Friday, September 30, 2016

Council Charter

Council on the Environment

The University of Maryland, College Park

Council on the Environment

The purpose of The Council on the Environment (ConE) at the University of Maryland is to serve as an advisory group to the university on research, education, outreach, and economic development as they relate to the environment, both globally and regionally. A major charge to the Council is to coordinate and oversee strategic efforts to place the University of Maryland at the forefront of environmental and earth system science*.This includes identifying the unique core competencies and strengths that distinguish the University efforts in the environment from other entities; developing new partnerships with federal and state agencies and laboratories, corporations, and universities; creating new transdisciplinary funding opportunities involving multiple campus units; identifying philanthropic sources of funding for environmental initiatives; and promoting opportunities for economic development. The Council will work closely with internal and external constituencies, including deans, department chairs, and center directors in the natural sciences, engineering, public policy, national security, computational science, social sciences, communications, and health sciences, state and federal agencies, and companies and foundations. The principal goals of the Council are:

  1. Be globally engaged with regional relevance.
  2. Lead strategic efforts to place the University of Maryland at the forefront of environmental and earth system science.
  3. Provide incentives and support the development of cross campus proposals for transdisciplinary environmental research.
  4. Raise the level of discourse on environmental issues across campus.
  5. Identify gaps and potential overlap in various college curricula and, as needed, recommend how our students can become more informed about regional and global environmental issues.
  6. Support the production of a stream of superbly qualified graduates, at the baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral levels, who will help to build the future of Maryland and redound to the reputation of the university.
  7. Raise the profile and visibility of the high quality environmental work done at the University.
  8. Contribute to the expansion of the economy of the region, state, and nation through effective interactions with the private sector specific to the environment.
  9. Enhance the work of our federal laboratory partners in the region through co-operative programs.
  10. Establish an appropriate communications strategy that is commensurate with the University’s world-class scientific capabilities and reputation.
  11. Foster relationships with alumni, partners and friends to garner financial and strategic support.

*For the purposes of the Council, environmental and earth system science are broadly construed to encompass the physical, natural, social and human dimension sciences pertaining to environmental variability and how the Earth operates as a coupled system from global to regional scales inclusive of such fields as environmental public health.

Bylaws of the Council on the Environment

  1. Schedule

    The Council will meet four times annually. The Chair may also schedule conference calls as required to conduct Council business.

  2. Membership

    Members of the Council are chosen for their interest and capabilities in advancing the mission of the Council.  In identifying potential new members, the Chair and Provost will consider the Council’s objectives to maintain a diverse membership capable of meeting its objectives.  The Council will include regular members and a Chair.

    The Provost and Vice president of Research will appoint the Chair, who will serve an initial term of 3 years.

    The Chair, in consultation with college deans and approval by the Provost and VP for Research, will recruit members for the Council who will be appointed for a 2-year terms, renewable and staggered.

    The Provost and VP Research or their designees will serve ex officio on the Council. Some entities, such as MEES or JGCRI, may be designated by joint agreement of the Chair of the Council and the Provost to participate in certain Council activities.

  3.  Member Responsibilities

    Council members will share a strong commitment to the goals and outcomes of the Council and demonstrate a passion for improving the quality and extending the global reach of the Council's research, teaching, and public service activities.

    The Chair is responsible for maintaining open and ongoing communications with the Council.

    The Chair and Council members are responsible for:
    • Regular attendance at scheduled meetings;
    • Integrating the work of the Council and its members with other college and university initiatives and activities;
    • Participating in Council committees and other assignments;
    • Providing counsel and guidance to the administration and faculty of the university in areas where their individual backgrounds provide unique insight and wisdom;
    • Representing the Council and its mission to alumni, friends of science, members of government, and leaders in the corporate community.

  4. Committees

     The Council can maintain both standing and ad hoc committees to accomplish the mission of the Council.

  5. Changes and Amendments to These Bylaws

    The Bylaws of the Council may be adopted, changed or amended by a vote of at least at 80% of the Council. Adoption of a proposed change or amendment requires approval of the Provost and Vice President of Research.