April 14, 2010
Forbes College Multipurpose Room
Committee Members Present: Shana Weber, Chair; Patrick Caddeau, Katharine Hackett, Jenna Losh, Denise Mauzerall, Stu Orefice, Don Weston
Committee Members Absent: Michael E. McKay, Helen Chen ’11, Pablo Debenedetti, Robin Izzo, Tom Kreutz, Paul Lewis, Tom Nyquist, Derek M. Welski ’11
Other attendees: Mary Banfield, James Boehlert, Rick Curtis, Andrea DeRose, Roger Demareski, Jeff Domanski, Stephen Elwood, Sandra Kearney, Lisa Leisinger, Victor Li, Kristi Wiedemann
I. Welcome – Shana Weber welcomed everyone to the meeting.
- Shana announced the Spring Farmer’s Market opened on Tuesday, April 13, at the Firestone Library/Chapel Plaza. The market will be held every Tuesday through May 18, and students have volunteered to keep things running smoothly. Shana stated that the vendors will have more items to offer customers this year, and sustainability initiatives and nutritional information will be available. Please visit their website for additional information.
- Shana introduced the new Assistant Manager in the Office of Sustainability, Kristi Wiedemann.
- Shana announced that the University will pilot touch-screen displays that will be installed in Butler College this summer and in the Chemistry Building in the fall that will showcase how the buildings function with regards to sustainability. Other ideas about expanding the touch-screen display program were discussed.
- Shana reported that the Office of Sustainability has received approval to have a kiosk installed in the Frist Campus Center. This will be a place where sustainability information will be displayed and updated, and working groups will be able to report on their progress. The Office of the University Architect has expressed an interest in designing the kiosk. Shana stated that this is a significant step which will help to raise sustainability awareness.
III. Policy Updates:
- Tray Free Dining Update
Stu reported that Dining Services has successfully implemented "tray-free" dining in three of six dining halls – Forbes, Wilson, and Butler. Stu stated that tray-free dining helps to reduce water and energy costs by approximately $4,000 per year, saves the University up to $120,000 in food purchases, reduces food waste by up to 30 percent, and helps to reduce CO2 emissions.
- Electric Utility Vehicle Replacement Policy Update
Kristi Wiedemann discussed the feasibility of a new policy requiring the University to purchase electric vehicles instead of gas. The next step is to gather data on the energy savings. The Office of Sustainability is working with the Purchasing Department on identifying the best vehicles on the
IV. Policies Under Consideration for the Future
Shana announced that the following policies are being considered and will be discussed at the May PSC meeting. Shana stated that the goal of the PSC is to adopt two or three policies over the course of a year. Working groups will continue to meet over the summer in preparation for the November 2010 Sustainability Progress Report.
a. Adoption of a 3rd party sustainability performance tool (STARS)
b. Bottled water reduction/hydration station installation policy
Sustainability Ambassador Program
Victor Li ’13 and Jeff Domanski announced that the Facilities Department will pilot the Sustainability Ambassador program. Victor described the role of the ambassadors and benefits of participation in the program, such as cost savings, health and security. Ways in which to disseminate sustainability information to the ambassadors - such as, newsletter, bulletins, websites, blogs, etc. - were also discussed. The Facilities Directors will be asked to nominate a staff member within their department whom they think would be an appropriate candidate for the position by FRIDAY, MAY 14.
VI. Next meeting: May 11, 2010
The following items are on the agenda:
a. Butler Green Roof performance data update – Dr. Eileen Zerba
b. Vote on adoption of Electric Vehicle Replacement policy
c. Bike Master Plan – Dan Casey and Joshua Linkov, Office of the University Architect
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