February 2, 2011
Pablo DeBenedetti, Flavia Brancusi, Don Weston, Stu Orefice, Tom Nyquist, Jenna Losh, Patrick Caddeau, Malavika Balachandran ’11, Miyuki Miyagi ‘12
Other Attendees: Justine Hausheer, Kristi Wiedemann, Joanna Santoro, Anthony Pezzicola, Scott Sepsy, TaWanda Jones, Craig Piotrowski, Kim Jackson, Leila Shabender, Robin Izzo, James Boehlert, Shaundree Davis, Andrea DeRose, Sandy Sussman, Jon Baer, Bob Van Schaick, Jessica Hoppe Dagci, Roger Demareski (for Michael McKay), Marianna Bogucki, Holly Welles (for Kathy Hackett), Rick Curtis
· December 2010 STARS Adoption: The Office of Sustainability is pleased to announce that Princeton will be signing up to participate in STARS, a new sustainability tracking, assessment, and rating system. For more information on STARS, please visit the AASHE website.
· OofS movie and Frist Sustainability Kiosk update: The Office of Sustainability will be relocating to a new office in Frist, hopefully by the fall of this year. We are also working with a design firm to create a Sustainability Display / Kiosk in Frist.
· AASHE Conference 2011 October 9-12 in Pittsburgh: AASHE is the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. Their next annual conference will be held in Pittsburgh this fall. We would like to have a strong Princeton presence at this conference, given that it is being hosted close to home. Ideally, we would like to host a series of talks (perhaps by Working Groups) or a panel about sustainability on our campus. We encourage you to think about potential presentation or panel topics, and send your ideas to Shana Weber. We will follow-up with the date by which presentations need to be finalized. You can also visit the AASHE website to sign up for conference announcements.
· Metrics & Reporting tool: The Office is now working with FIT support in developing an internal sustainability metrics reporting tool, which will play into STARS and our Annual Report.
· Large PU Solar Installation in West Windsor: Tom Nyquist, Director of Facilities Engineering
Please find Tom Nyquist’s presentation here, followed by a few questions.
Rick Curtis – encouraged the group to think about how we can link academics to the project.
Patrick Caddeau – Asked if the power would be stored over night. Tom Nyquist said that no, the power will not be stored, it will be fed directly into the grid and used immediately. For real-time energy costs that change every hour, energy is actually more expensive during the day. So it will save Princeton more if the energy from the solar panels is used during the day.
· Revisiting the role of the PSC – Discuss “Purpose” section of the PSC Charter for updating
Rick Curtis: Noted that the PSC existed before the Office of Sustainability, when there was no other advisory body for sustainability. As we re-think the role of the PSC, we should think about whether or not the PSC is still an advisory committee now that we have a permanent Office.
Don Weston: An example of the role of the PSC can be seen in the University’s recycled paper policy. Although the policy is in place, some departments refuse to comply with it. How does / will the PSC work to make sure policies like this are followed / enforced?
· Guiding principle for new recommended policies / initiatives: We will continue to use the “Next Steps” sections within the 2010 Sustainability Report as guiding principle for new recommended policies and initiatives.
· Policies / Initiatives for discussion:
- Campus-wide paper reduction strategy: The Office of Sustainability would like to create a Working Group for a paper reduction. Although Princeton has the recycled paper policy, we would like to continue working to reduce paper use on campus. Examples are lamp-post posters, mass-printings of flyers for staff, etc. Please let Kristi Wiedemann now if you are interested in participating in the working group.
- Drink Local; Princeton-labeled departmental bottled water policy: A new idea for discussion is creating a policy that would require Princeton departments to purchase only Princeton bottled water, as opposed to other brands. More cost information is needed, but we would like to start the conversation on the potential policy. (Princeton bottled water comes from a local source and is bottled in biodegradable bottles. Compared to commercial bottled water, Princeton water is considered more sustainable.)
Rick Curtis asked if we could re-design the label to indicate the sustainable qualities of Princeton bottle water. Stu Orefice was happy to report that this has already been done, and that new labels featuring the Drink Local slogan will be appearing soon.
· Policies / Initiatives update:
- Drink Local: New bottle-filling stations have been in stalled in both Nassau Hall & Frist. The Office is currently conducting an inventory of water fountain locations on campus, and prioritizing those for hydration-station retrofits based on location traffic.
- “Healthy” vending machine pilot: Dining Services will be looking to pilot a healthier vending machine, potentially by June.
- Food waste disposal alternatives: The Office is currently researching different technologies and the companies that provide them. We have heard a presentation by the Rocket Composter / NATH Sustainable Solutions, and will soon hear a presentation by SOMAT.
- Electric cart policy: The electric cart policy is currently in review by the upper administration.
Next Meeting: March 2, 2011