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"We ask for your input..."

Sadly, what follows is all too typical of the way input is solicited at the U of M. Notice of the meeting goes out on a Friday - Fri, Apr 24, 2009 at 11:59 PM. We are invited to go to the web and learn about the U's sustainability goals over the weekend for a meeting on Monday. And this is some sort of party weekend for the undergrads because of impending finals.

"Please join us and provide your viewpoint." Yah, fer sure.... Thanks a lot for another opportunity to provide input, Professor Swackhamer and Vice President O'Brien. Sadly this is pretty much expected procedure around here. Why I'll bet it is even considered a best practice by our administration.

From a blanket email:

Dear members of the University Community:

For the past year, University faculty, staff and students from all campuses have been working together to develop goals and measures to implement the Regents’ Policy on Sustainability and Energy Efficiency (2004).

Preliminary goals and measures have now been drafted and the University Sustainability Goals and Outcomes Committee is hosting open forums to gather input regarding the goals. Please join us next week for one of two open forums on the Twin Cities campus. The open forums are scheduled for Monday, April 27 from 2:30 to 4:00 in room 3-100 Mayo, and on Tuesday, April 28 from 2:30 to 4:00 in room 105 Cargill. Everyone is welcome to attend.

The forums will include a brief presentation about the proposed goals and outcomes followed by open dialogue and discussion. To review the goals prior to the meetings and to find additional information, please visit the University's Sustainability Web site.

We recognize that this is an especially busy time in the academic calendar,
but hope that you will be able to participate in this process to shape the future of the campus environment. Transformation to a Sustainable U requires leadership, commitment to organizational change, and an actively engaged University community. Please join us and provide your viewpoint.

Sincerely,

Professor Deborah Swackhamer, Sustainability Goals Co-Chair
Vice President Kathleen O'Brien, Sustainability Goals Co-Chair

Sustainability Goals and Outcomes
Open Forums

Monday April 27
2:30 – 4:00 p.m.
3-100 Mayo

Tuesday April 28
2:30 – 4:00 p.m.
105 Cargill

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