Don Wuebbles, professor of atmospheric sciences, will serve as the first director of the Environmental Council at the UI.
The council is a new organization that replaces the Institute for Environmental Studies. The Office of the Provost and Vice Chancellor is selecting members of the council, chosen from the faculty at the UI. These members will be named in the next few weeks.
"They will be working with me formulating new research and educational programs across campus relating to the environment," Wuebbles said.
"The council will reach out more and is not intended to be its own entity," Wuebbles said. "The idea is for us to empower others."
Instead of serving as a unit itself, the council will be developing programs, maintaining existing programs and developing connections throughout campus in a variety of ways, he said. Areas of study that include physical, life and the social sciences, policy and ethics will be involved in the programs.
Wuebbles served as head of the department of atmospheric sciences and has taken leave from that position to serve as director of the council. He encourages input from the university community by e-mail at email@example.com or by calling 244-1568.