Commencement 2019

President's Environmental Issues Council

The President's Environmental Issues Council (PEIC) at Virginia Wesleyan University promotes a strong environmental ethic and cultivates sustainable policies, practices and curricula throughout the University.

Increased concern and awareness about environmental issues and global warming prompted the President to lead the charge in making the University a more environmentally friendly place with environmentally conscious citizens.

Through its broad membership, the Council works with campus leaders to address environmental issues on campus and to promote conservation and environmental stewardship among Virginia Wesleyan's students, faculty and staff.

The Council has two sub-committees that work in more concentrated areas. They are the Education & Research and Outreach & Community sub-committees.

The Council also oversees the President's Environmental Challenge Grant Program.

The Role of the PEIC

The vision of the PEIC is for Virginia Wesleyan University to be a model of environmental stewardship through education and community engagement. The PEIC strives to achieve this by promoting a strong environmental ethic and cultivating sustainable policies, practices and curricula in keeping with the University’s liberal arts tradition and institutional commitment to social responsibility and ethical conduct.

The President's Environmental Issues Council (PEIC) is made up of members from all areas of campus life, represented by administrators, faculty, staff and students. The broad representation of this Council is one of its strengths.

2018-2019 Members

Soraya BartolProfessor of Biology
Don CoberlyVWU Aramark Higher Education
Amanda Gerni, Student
Bill GibsonProfessor of Political Science
Katrina Henry, Assistant Professor of Physics and Earth and Environmental Sciences
Brian Kurisky, Director of Wesleyan Engaged: Center for Civic Leadership and Service Learning
Elizabeth Malcolm
Professor of Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences (Chair)
Sophie RondeauTechnical Services Librarian (Librarian II)
Philip VenanziStudent
Tiffany Williams, Director of Stewardship and Special Gifts