Wegners computer screen saver is a picture of Lullwaterthe
view from the presidents driveway, to be precise.
loves Lullwater. He likes this particular photo especially,
he says, because it has both a sugar maplethe symbol of
Canada, where he lived for twenty-five yearsand a magnolia,
native to Georgia, his home now.
level of attention to foliage might offer a clue as to why Wegner,
senior lecturer in environmental studies, was recently appointed
by President William M. Chace as Emorys first campus environmental
simple fact of the matter is, says Chace, that no
one at Emory knows the natural environment of the campus better.
He passionately cares for it, and no one could serve it more
vigilantly than John as its steward.
new appointment, the first of its kind at a university Georgia,
is a direct response to a recommendation made by a special task
force created to help implement the Universitys Environmental
Mission Statement. Among other suggestions, the task force asked
that someone be responsible for keeping track of all activities
connected with environmental maintenance and sustainability
at Emory. Although Wegner will be specifically joining the Facilities
Management Division in addition to maintaining his lecturer
position, he will work with groups across campus, from the Alternative
Transportation Program to Friends of Emory Forest.
job is to coordinate and integrate all of the great environmental
things that Emory currently does, plus fill in some of the gaps,
says Wegner, who served on the task force and has long been
an advocate for the environment at Emory. I really will
become a clearinghouse for environmental matters on campus.
For example, before, if somebody saw a stream on campus that
was not the color it should be, there was nobody to phone, nobody
to go and see. One of my roles is to at least be the person
to talk to.
appointment is just one element of the Universitys overall
commitment to keeping Emorys environment green and healthy,
and he hopes to serve as a resource for other institutions considering
similar steps. To view Emorys Environmental Mission Statement,
go to http://www.environment.emory.edu/who/mission.shtml.P.P.P.