February 8, 2006
Butler/Wu, Private Dining Room
Committee Attendees: Michael E. McKay, Chair; Peter Allen, Janet Gruschow, Robin Izzo, Cathy Kunkel, Tom Nyquist, Stu Orefice, Barclay Satterfield, Leila Shabender
Committee Members Absent: Joe G. Conley, Any Dobson, Emmanuel Kreike, David Wilcove, Don Weston
Other Attendees: Mary Aaen, Kathryn Andersen ’08, Mary Banfield, Alex
Barron, Sarah Bavuso, Darcy Copeland, Rick Curtis, Katherine Hackett, Chad
Klaus, Robert Ortego, Lisa Ridolfi, Garth Walters, Scott Welfel
Sustainability Manager Position – Update
Tom Nyquist reported interviews for the Sustainability Manager position were held in January. There are two final candidates. Reference checks are underway.
Darcy Copeland ’06 reported Princeton University has joined the recycling contest “Recyclemania”. Darcy stated 93 universities are participating nationwide in the contest, including Brown, Dartmouth, Harvard, and Yale. The competition will run from January 29, 2006 through April 8, 2006. The goal is to increase awareness about the students’ waste practices and to identify ways to reduce Princeton’s overall waste. Weekly results will be posted on the Recyclemania website, www.recyclemaniacs.org .
Pollution Savings/Recycled Paper
Alex Barron discussed the environmental impacts of Princeton’s campus-wide switch to recycled paper. Alex discovered the environmental benefits of recycled paper at the Environmental Defense website: http://www.environmentaldefense.org/documents/2602_qarecycledpaper.pdf. Alex distributed the Annual Environmental Impacts Report, prepared by Greening Princeton.
Greening Princeton Dining Update
Greening Princeton representatives reported on local food purchases, increasing organic foods served in campus dining halls, local cage-free eggs, and organic milk. Greening Princeton is interested in having a Farmer’s Market on campus. Possible locations for a market were discussed. Stu Orefice reported Dining Services continues to investigate new vendors for supplies and equipment.
Food Matters Presentation and Discussion
Rita Hindin ’75 gave a presentation on her proposal Food Matters. Issues of food production, animal welfare, food sources, local/regional and organic foods, as well as funding challenges were discussed. Mike McKay stated the committee will review the proposal and discuss it in more detail at the next PEOC meeting in March.