The purpose of the Renewable Energy Special Projects Committee (RESPC) shall be to increase the use of renewable energy and sustainable practices through funding of renewable energy, energy efficiency, maintenance, and energy education projects on campus.
Who are we
RESPC is a student committee that manages the money created by the Student Renewable Energy Fee ($4 per student per semester) allocated for renewable energy, energy efficiency, maintenance, and education projects on campus.
We are composed of voting members, non-voting members, and ex-officio members. Voting and non-voting members are students and ex-officio members are administrative advisors from the faculty and staff. Non-voting members are open to EVERYONE, click here to get involved!
In 2002 and 2003, students successfully campaigned to get a referendum for a Renewable Energy Fee on the ballot during campus elections. In February 2003, the referendum was approved by 74.5% of students, creating the fee and RESPC. The Board of Trustees and Board of Governors approved the fee in 2004, and collection began in the 2004-2005 school year. The fee was renewed in 2005 with 85% approval, 2009 with 83% approval, and finally in 2013 with 83% approval. The 2009 election expanded RESPC’s mandate to include energy efficiency, education, and maintenance along with renewable energy projects. The 2013 election made the fee permanent, though a bill is expected to pass that will require audits every four years.
Philip Barner – Director of Energy Services
Tait Chandler – Special Assistant to the Director of Energy Services
Obadele St. George – Energy Engineer
Brad Ives – Associate Vice Chancellor for Campus Enterprises
Jessica O’Hara – Energy Management Data Analyst
Cindy Register – Assistant Director of Engineering Services
Cindy Shea – Director of the Sustainability Office
There are 7 voting members appointed by Student Government: 3 undergraduates by Student Congress, 2 undergraduates by the Executive Branch, and 2 graduate students by GPSF. There are usually 10-15 active non-voting members in addition to these