Anna Doran is the new Vice President of Sustainability
- What does your position entail?
As Vice President of Sustainability, I sit on the executive board of the Student Forum in order to ensure sustainability across all campus endeavors. I also serve as the chair of the Green Fee Governance Committee which decides and facilitates how best to spend the Green Fee Grant of $25,000.
- What are your goals for the position?
This position has really grown in the last two years. I think that much more people are cognizant of sustainability on this campus since I was a freshmen. I am so lucky to work with a great team of professors, faculty, staff and fellow students who share in my interest so I guess my hope moving forward is just that these relationships remain strong and the VP of Sustainability continues to become a strong voice on campus.
- How did you feel when you received the news that you won?
I was incredibly honored and excited to hear that I received the position again. To be nominated once is a huge deal but I’ve been lucky enough to hold the position for three elections. The amount of outreach and support I saw from so many people in the Union community was also incredibly humbling.
- What steps will you take to ensure that the student forum plays an active role in determining policies affecting student life on campus?
Student Forum is an awesome organization that I am so lucky to be a part of. This past year, our leadership has been outstanding with Ilan Levine leading so many successful initiatives. He has done a tremendous job in getting our name out there and making sure everyone knows we are a resource for the student body. I know that Audrey Hunt will continue to do the same as she takes the position and by working simultaneously with the rest of the Executive Board, our efforts will just continue to grow.
- Do you have any initiatives/plans that you would want/plan to introduce on campus anytime soon?
I am really proud of what I have accomplished thus far in this position but still I am so excited for the 2016-2017 school year! I recently passed an initiative that allows Union Students to use their school ID on the public bus system in the capital region. This initiative starts in Fall of 2016 so in the coming months, I will be focusing most of my energy into that. Next year, I would love to see more students educated on the Cogeneration Plant that Union just built. It is a major step towards our carbon neutrality goal. I also plan to introduce an easier way for students to provide recycling and compost at their various events.