Sustainability says bye to second director in three years
The University lost its second Sustainability Director in three years when Clara Fang was dismissed from her position on Oct. 14.
Previously, Jack Nye was in the position but left in April 2012, according to the previous Towerlight article “TU loses ‘green’ director.”
According to the Vice President for Administration and Finance Joe Oster, the University cannot discuss personnel actions.
However, he did say in an email that the University “…will begin looking for a new sustainability manager immediately.”
Fang posted a message on the “Towson Goes Green” blog on Monday, saying that she was dismissed because her supervisors told her she “…was not fulfilling [her] duties as a facilities management employee due to a focus on student outreach.”
“I am very disappointed that Towson has taken such a narrow view of sustainability,” Fang went on to write in the post. “It was simply not possible for me to continue the work I was doing without support from my supervisor and the Administration. However, I am encouraged by the great work that the staff, faculty, and students are doing in sustainability and have confidence that you all will continue the important work of caring for the planet and future generations.”
Towson has historically fallen behind other schools in the University System of Maryland in sustainability and recycling.
The University received a “bronze” rating from the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System in 2012, which is the lowest rating a participating institution can receive with the results being public.
According to the report, Towson only received 38.09 percent of the possible points. In the energy category, the University only scored 2.25 points out of 16.5.
The survey for the 2012 report was conducted between July 2011 and June 2012.
During the 2013 Recyclemania competition, which took place during February and March, Towson finished last in the USM, recycling only 18 percent of the possible products, according to the University’s Waste Diversion Inventory report, which was released on July 16.
That is below the 30 percent state mandate and the 37 percent average in the USM.
The same report also shows that the amount of waste from Towson sent to landfills increased by 19.6 percent between 2008 and 2012.
Oster could not be reached for comment regarding any upcoming sustainability programs or initiatives.
In his original statement, Oster said that the University takes sustainability “very seriously.”
In April 2012, the University was included in Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges, according to the previous Towerlight story “TU earns green honors.”
Later that month, the University also announced the installation of new solar panels on the roof of bus stops around campus.