Attendees: Leila Shahbender, Don Weston, Dan Casey, Miyuki Miyagi, Andrea DeRose, Dylan Ackerman, Tom Nyquist, Stephen Elwood, Robin Izzo, Jon Baer, Kathryn Goldstein, Elie Bou-Zeid, Shana Weber, Kristi Wiedemann, Judy Schedneck
I. Welcome & Introductions
I. Welcome & Introductions
Shana welcomed everyone to our final meeting of the semester.
II. Initiative/Policy Updates
· The Sustainability Steering Council retreat was held on April 10th and 11th. The retreat helped to define the role and purpose of the Council and develop a framework to guide the midcourse Sustainability Plan assessment.
· Postering is a continued conversation. The recent survey administered by the USG (undergraduate Student Government) indicated that postering was not necessarily the most effective way to communicate. We are working on an alternative: a “virtual lamppost” competition and are planning an app design competition in the fall.
· Leila Shahbender, Senior Manager, Customer Services, Support Services, Office of Information Technology, gave a “ Printing at Princeton” presentation. She noted that it looks as if this year’s data is on track for additional reductions, and mentioned several initiatives that aim to reduce amount of paper usage: Quota for students; Admissions is going paperless for Class of 2017; the Print Less campaign (for printing tips see www.princeton.edu/printless and printing statistics see http://printquota.princeton.edu ). She also discussed the Kindle Project carried out a few years ago (for those who are reluctant to use a Kindle it was mentioned that giving instructions on annotation on a Kindle would be helpful).
· AMG (Academic Managers Group) meeting: Shana presented at the meeting and discussed and responded to the following ideas to promote sustainability:
- Adding more recycling containers in the classrooms and meeting rooms.
- Streamlining coffee services; it was noted that the new type of individual coffee K-cups are wasteful as well as more expensive.
- Discouraging use of plastic cups. Everyone could have their own ceramic mug and some extra ones for visitors.
· Sustainable Princeton has launched “Green Maps” This map shows key green spaces and resources within and around Princeton, and some of the biking, hiking & pedestrian routes that help people connect to these green spaces and resources. See http://www.opengreenmap.org/greenmap/princeton-green-connections
IV. Recap of the Year and Looking Forward:
Presentation by Office of Sustainability. Some of the Recap highlights:
· Solar field - The solar power system comprised of 16,500 photovoltaic panels, is located off of Washington Road near Route 1. It will be completed end of this summer.
· SECN Cogeneration plant video award (see http://www.districtenergy.org/videocontest2012/ )
· Student Initiatives – EcoReps to enhance recycling at Reunions 2012; Ubikes has a new Manager for the new Student Agency formed; Princeton Garden Project has been actively maintaining their campus gardens and recently hired 2 summer interns; they would welcome volunteers for the Frist garden; Energy Service Corps has been working to promote energy efficiency in the community
· Campus as lab – Faculty Research of Eileen Zerba and Wole Soboyejo and student Bee Team exemplify ‘campus as lab’ concept; Bee Team recently visited the White House bee hives
· Drink Local Expansion – 150 new faucets with filtered tap water have been installed and a few dozen more are planned for this summer
· Virtual Green Tours launched on Sustainability website (see http://etcweb.princeton.edu/pumap/tour.php?tour=SUSTAIN)
Highlights looking forward:
· Open House will be Oct. 12, 2012
· Website redesign
· Frist Kiosk
- 2012 Sustainability Highlights
Next meeting: Fall 2012 (TBA)