December 9, 2008
Prospect House, Presidential Dining Room
Committee Members Present: Michael E. McKay, Chair; Patrick Caddeau, Pablo Debenedetti, Nicholas DiBerardino '11, Katharine Hackett, Robin Izzo, Tom Kreutz, Paul Lewis, Jenna Losh, Denise Mauzerall, Tom Nyquist, Stu Orefice, Lang Wang '11, Don Weston, Shana Weber
Other Attendees: Mary Banfield, Mary Baum, Jon Baer, James Boehlert, Rick Curtis, Roger Demareski, Andrea DeRose, Connor Diemand-Yauman '10, Jeffrey Domanski, Stephen Elwood, Sandra Kearney, Chad Klaus, William Layton, Paul Lewis, Lisa Leisinger, Colleen McCullough '12, Maureen McWhirter, Alex Renaud '09, Sierra Schelegle '11, Ruthie Schwab '09, Leila Shahbender, Kelsey Stallings '09, Eileen Zerba
Michael McKay welcomed everyone to the Committee meeting. He thanked Restaurant Associates for providing the "sustainable" meal. The following items were discussed.
1. Student Environmental Communication Network (SECN) Update and Screening of Green Roof Short Film - Alex Renaud '09
Alex reported the SECN received funding from the High Meadows Foundation for a five-week training course "Communicating Sustainability: Summer 2009 Radio and Video Training" for students interested in learning how to effectively communicate sustainability issues. One of the goals of the SECN is to reach out to students across the country to share ideas and new discoveries. Alex reported podcasts and short documentaries have been created. A screening of a film on green roofs prepared by the SECN was presented. Connor Diemand-Yauman added that Princeton will take steps to study the green roof at Butler College and its impact on the campus.
2. Campus Bulb Exchange Program Update - Connor Diemand-Yauman '10
Connor gave an update on the student-initiated compact fluorescent light bulb exchange program. With this program, members of the University community are able to swap their traditional light bulbs for more energy efficient models. The High Meadows Fund will continue to support this initiative. Connor stated that Building Services oversees the recycling/disposal of light bulbs. The benefits of using enery efficient bulbs and the associated cost saving for the University were also discussed.
3. PSC Working Group Updates
- Solid Waste & Recycling - Jon Baer, Building Services
Jon stated solid waste and recycling initiatives at the University continue to be a priority. Jon reported that many of the items students leave behind during move out, such as furniture, school supplies and food items, are taken to local charitable organizations. Getting people on campus to recycle and changing their attitudes about recycling continues to be challenging.
Jon reported that the University participates in the Recyclemania contest. This competition between colleges helps to promote recycling in general and serves as an excellent way to estimate the University's recycling efforts. Jon reported recycling guidelines have been revised by a team of graduate and undergraduate students. Additional information about recycling can be found at www.princeton.edu/recycling.
- Green Purchasing - Don Weston, Purchasing Department
Don gave an update on the green items the University is currently purchasing. He reported a greater number of departments are now purchasing % recycled paper. Don gave an update on the University's Energy Star Program, toner cartridge return program, green office supplies, construction material recycling and a surplus dorm furniture reuse program. Electronic recycling programs were also discussed.
4. High Meadows Sustainability Fund - Shana Weber, Office of Sustainability
- Overview of CERP/ARP Recommendations - Shana reported that the deadline for new Civic Engagement Proposals is February 2, 2009. The PSC (Princeton Sustainability Committee), ARP (Academic Review Panel) and CERP (Civic Engagement Review Panel) will evaluate the proposals at a PSC business meeting on January 15, 2009. The final list of approved projects will be announced following the committee's recommendations.
The meeting adjourned. The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, February 12, 2009.