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Environmental Concerns Committee (ECC)

The Environmental Concerns Committee (ECC) is a public awareness organization.  The ECC is comprised of staff, faculty and student representatives.  To facilitate the practical execution of the ECC’s deliberations and endeavors, its membership comprises two groups.

The first group is made up of nine voting members: three faculty, three staff, and three students.

  • Two faculty members are appointed by the Faculty Senate; one is appointed by the President of the University. Each faculty member serves for three years; the terms are staggered.
  • Two staff members are appointed by the Staff Senate; one is appointed by the President of the University. Each staff member serves for two years; the terms are staggered.
  • Two student members are appointed by the University of Oklahoma Student Association (UOSA); one is appointed by the President of the University. Each student member serves for one year; terms are staggered.

Members of the second group serve ex-officio and do not vote. This group is made up of representatives from the following University departments: Administration & Finance, Facilities Management, Environmental Health and Safety, Architecture and Engineering Services, Housing & Food, Parking & Transportation, and any other campus department or organization the representation of which is deemed necessary or appropriate for the ECC’s purpose and functions.  View ECC Bylaws (pdf).

Contact ECC@ou.edu

Current Officials

  • Tammy McCuen  –   Chair
  • Scott  Greene –   Secretary
  • Tamera McCuen
  • Scott Greene
  • Koretta McArthur
  • Caleb Muckala
  • Lori Franklin
  • Timothy Smith
  • Jake Lange
  • Nathan Donahue
  • Chris Rocha

Meeting Dates

Meetings for Academic Year 2020 – 2021 will take place over Zoom.  Email Sarah Ballew at sarah.ballew@ou.edu for meeting details.

Each meeting will be hosted via Zoom from 2:00 - 3:00 PM.  Meetings will take place on the following dates:

  • October 26th, 2020
  • November 16th, 2020
  • Februrary 15th, 2021
  • March 15th, 2021
  • April 19th, 2021

Meeting Minutes

Environmental Stewardship Award

In 2017 the Environmental Concerns Committee began recognizing members of the campus community for their environmental stewardship efforts.  The following groups and individual were the recipients of the 2020 Recognition for Environmental Stewardship award:

  • Department – Center for Restoration of Ecosystems & Watersheds
  • Faculty or Staff Member – Dr. Rob Knox & Dr. Priscilla Crawford (Tie)
  • Student Organization – Green Week

 A plaque which commemorates their efforts hangs in the Oklahoma Memorial Union.

2019 INDIVIDUAL AWARD RECIPIENT – Elizabeth Ross

2019 STUDENT GROUP AWARD RECIPIENT - Geography & Environmental Sustainability Club

OU IT Learning Space and OU Biological Survey accept the 2018 ECC Environmental Stewardship Award for a department.
Representatives from the OU IT Learning Space team and the OU Biological Survey accept the 2018 ECC Environmental Stewardship Award for a department. The OU IT Learning Spaces team received the award in recognition of their effort to reduce paper waste. The OU Biological Survey received the award in recognition of their effort to provide information on biodiversity in the state. Pictured from left to right are Eddie Heubsch (OU IT), Byron Millsap (ECC Chair), Chris Kobza (OU IT), Lara Souza (OU Biological Survey) and Alex Nongard (ECC Secretary)
Dr. Bob Nairn accepts the 2018 ECC Environmental Stewardship award for an individual
Dr. Bob Nairn accepts the 2018 ECC Environmental Stewardship award for an individual. Dr. Nairn received the award in recognition of his work in conjunction with the Center for Restoration of Ecosystems and Watersheds (CREW). The team recently completed installation of their second passive treatment system for abandoned mine water at the Tar Creek Superfund site in northeast Oklahoma. Pictured from left to right are Byron Millsap (ECC Chair), Dr. Bob Nairn, and Alex Nongard (ECC Secretary)
Kat Mills accepts the award for the 2018 ECC Environmental Stewardship Award for a student group
Kat Mills represents the Environmental Science Student Association (ESSA) as she accepts the 2018 ECC Environmental Stewardship Award for a student group. The ESSA received the award in recognition of their investigation into the degraded quality of Tranquility Lake, a small reservoir in the Hall Park neighborhood. After conducting water sampling and analyses, vegetation identification, and spatial modelling, the ESSA determined likely causes of impairment and developed recommendations to the Hall Park Homeowners Association. Pictured from left to right are Byron Millsap (ECC Chair), Kat Mills, and Alex Nongard (ECC Secretary)

The following groups and individual were the inaugural recipients of the 2017 Recognition for Environmental Stewardship award:

  • Department – OU Printing, Mailing, and Document Services & OU Housing and Food Services
  • Faculty or Staff Member – Dr. Kyle Murray
  • Student Organization – OUr Earth
John Sarantakos (right) of Printing, Mailing and Document Services accepts the Environmental Concerns Committee's Stewardship Award for a Department.

John Sarantakos (right) of Printing, Mailing and Document Services accepts the Environmental Concerns Committee's Stewardship Award for a Department.  Printing, Mailing and Document Services received the award in acknowledgement of their effort to reduce the volatile organic compound emissions associated with toner usage.

Housing & Food Services Accepts Award

Dot Flowers (right) of Housing & Food Services accepts the Environmental Concerns Committee's Stewardship Award for a Department.  Housing & Food shared the award with the OUr Earth student group in acknowledgment of their joint effort to bring the Leafy Green Machine Freight Farm to campus.

OUr Earth Accepts Award

Allyson Wiley (left) of Our Earth accepts the Environmental Concerns Committee's Stewardship Award for a Student Group.  Our Earth shared the award with Housing & Food in acknowledgment of their joint effort to bring the Leafy Green Machine Freight Farm to campus.

Dr. Kyle Murray Accepts Award

Dr. Kyle Murray (left) accepts the Environmental Concern's Committee's Stewardship Award for an individual.  Murray received the award in acknowledgment of his research in the areas of a) reuse of water that is co-produced with oil and gas operations and b) the occurence and toxicity of Constituents of Emerging Concern (pharmaceuticals and personal care products) in water and wastewater and how to make wastewater treatment and reuse an option for future water suppy.