March 10, 2010
Wu Hall, Special Dining Room
Committee Members Present: Michael E. McKay, Executive Sponsor; Shana Weber, Chair; Patrick Caddeau, Robin Izzo, Tom Kreutz, Jenna Losh, Tom Nyquist, Stu Orefice, Derek M. Welski ’11, Don Weston
Committee Members Absent: Helen Chen ’11, Pablo Debenedetti, Katharine Hackett, Paul Lewis,
Other Attendees: Jon Baer, Mary Banfield, David Banks, Jim Boehlert, Roger Demareski, Andrea DeRose, Steve Elwood, Sandra Kearney, Lisa Leisinger, Colleen McCullough, Miyuki Miyagi
Welcome – Mike McKay, PSC Executive Sponsor, VP Facilities
Mike welcomed everyone to the meeting. Mike reminded the attendees that the focus of this year’s PSC meetings is campus culture change and policy development.
- Shana announced that the Office of Sustainability will have two summer internship positions available with the Princeton Garden Project and Farmer’s Market. The application due date is April 5. For additional information about the positions, please visit: Sustainability
- Colleen McCullough’12 announced there will be a Garden Project Event – Apple Tree Christening - on Friday, March 26. More information will be forthcoming on the Sustainability website.
- Colleen McCullough stated a Farmer’s Market will be held on campus in the spring. A Farmer’s Market is also being planned for the summer, location to be determined.
- Stu stated that the Dining Services Chefs are interested in a 200 square foot area next to the Frist Campus Center for an herb garden. More discussion will follow with Tom Myers, Director, Frist Campus Center and University Scheduling.
- Shana Weber announced Kristi Wiedemann has accepted the Assistant Manager Sustainability position and will be joining the Office of Sustainability on April 1.
- Patrick Caddeau announced Forbes College has received approval for a greenhouse to be installed around April 2. The greenhouse will be dedicated in honor of Jim Consolloy, former Grounds Manager.
- Shana stated that having at least one of the following policies endorsed and implemented this year by the PSC is a priority:
- Adoption of a 3rd party sustainability performance tool (STARS)
- Bottled water reduction/hydration station installation policy
- Electric vehicle replacement policy
- Covered bicycle parking
Life Cycle Assessment
Don Weston, Director of Purchasing, introduced David Banks. David, currently on a 2-year term appointment in Purchasing, is working on a life cycle assessment project. This tool evaluates products and services and identifies the raw materials, manufacturer, transportation, distribution, use and end of life/disposal of a product as well as the environmental impacts. Discussion on how cost is worked into the evaluation, opportunities for training sessions for other departments that may be interested in this type of tool, and peer institutions that may be currently using a life cycle assessment were discussed.
Sustainability “Green Space” Proposal
Miyuki Miyagi ’12, on behalf of Carol Dreibelbis, Greening Princeton, presented the “Green Space” proposal to the PSC. This proposal represents the work of more than 10 PEN (Princeton Environmental Network) groups on campus. Miyuki stated that the creation of an “environmentally-focused” Green Space on campus would provide an opportunity to showcase the sustainability efforts on campus and increase student awareness on environmental initiatives. The group envisions this space to be a hub for environmental activities and asked the PSC to consider relocating the Office of Sustainability so that it is more centrally located on campus. The group is open to further discussions about the staffing and the location. Miyuki stated that the USG has endorsed the proposal, and they are looking to the PSC for their endorsement. Roger Demareski, Facilities Assistant Vice President for Plant, recommended that Carol Dreibelbis meet with him, Shana, and the University Architect to discuss the proposal in detail. An update of the proposal will be reported at the next PSC meeting.
Next meeting: April 14, 2010
Office of the Vice President for Facilities