December 11, 2007
Butler/Wu, Special Dining Room
Committee Members Absent: Andy Dobson, Leila Shabender, David Wilcove
Other Attendees: Mary Banfield, Jim Bochlert, Amy Carmody, Jeffrey Domanski, Will Fisher, Lisa Ridolfi-Leisinger, Rebecca Lutzy, Ruthie Schwab, Mark Smith, Kelsey Stallings, Treby Williams
Guest: Natalie Shivers, Associate University Architect for Planning
Michael McKay welcomed everyone to the meeting and introduced Natalie Shivers of the Office of the University Architect to the committee. The following items were presented:
1. Natalie Shivers - Update on Campus Plan Bicycle Program
Natalie Shivers presented an overview of the University's campus plan and efforts to encourage the use of bicycles on campus, including the U-Bike program, draft map of bicycle routes to and from campus, improved signage and road striping, more bike racks and a bicycle center on campus. Bike routes are being considered for access to future offices on Canal Pointe Road. Continued development of a bike culture in Princeton both on and off campus should be a primary focus for the University and its students.
2. Shana Weber - Sustainability Fund Announcement
Shana Weber announced that a substantial donation has been received from the High Meadows Foundation to increase efforts in sustainability at Princeton. Rules governing the allocation of funds will be established after the first of the year. Applications for these discretionary funds will be received by the Office of Sustainability and voted upon by the PSC for student sustainability initiatives under development, senior/junior projects, internships, student fellowships, course development, etc.
3. Tom Nyquist - Conservation Project and Targets of Opportunity
Tom Nyquist reviewed the University's strategies for reduced carbon dioxide emissions. Tom explained the campus emissions graph and pie chart which shows the breakdown of where reductions have been made on campus. These reductions came from insulation, steam distribution improvements, low flow shower heads, heat recovery systems and remote controls to monitor temperatures in buildings throughout campus. Tom went on to discuss real time Power Purchasing methods, heat pumps in Lawrence Apartments, occupancy sensors, LED street lights and ecosystem controlled lighting in buildings. Many of these methods are already in place, some have been funded and others will be presented through the Sustainability Working Groups. All will be packaged together and put before the Board of Trustees. The approved proposals will be discussed at the next PSC meeting.
4. Kelsey Stallings - Greening Princeton with Reunions
Kelsey Stallings, representing Greening Princeton, asked the committee for suggestions on sustainability topics that could be included with the Reunions lecture panels and scheduling.
The committee meeting concluded.
The next meeting date is Wednesday, February 6, 2008.
Assistant to the Director