March 24, 2009
Wilcox Private Dining Room
Committee Members Present: Katharine Hackett, Paul Lewis, Cole Morris '12, Tom Nyquist, Stu Orefice, Derek Welski '11
Committee Members Absent: Michael McKay, Chair; Patrick Caddeau, Pablo Debenedetti, Robin Izzo, Tom Kreutz, Jenna Losh, Denise Mauzerall, Shana Weber, Don Weston
Other Attendees: James Boehlert, Rick Curtis, Roger Demareski, Andrea DeRose, Stephen Elwood, Janet Gruschow, Kim Jackson, Sandra Kearney, Chad Klaus, William Layton, Lisa Leisinger, Wesley Loo '11, Colleen McCullough '12, Catherine Peters, Peter Quimby, Ruthie Schwab '09, Leila Shahbender, Kelsey Stallings '09, Ruth Stevens, Josh Weinstein '09, Benjamin Weisman '11, Eileen Zerba
Guest Speakers: Sherry Dudas of the Honey Brook Organic Farm, Mark Smith '09 of Food TASK
Roger Demareski, Assistant Vice President for Facilities Plant, welcomed everyone to the meeting and introduced the new PSC student members, Cole Morris '12 and Derek Welski '11.
The following items were discussed:
1. High Meadows Update: Fall 2008 Awards Announced
Roger Demareski presented an update on the following awards:
Academic and Research Awards - Six projects were funded for the following departments: Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI), Woodrow Wilson School STEP Program, School of Architecture and Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE). Project include the Lake Carnegie watershed studies, sustainable agriculture and food course development, web-based sustainable design education tools, mitigation of campus nitrogen runoff and development of a sensor network over Princeton.
Civic Engagement Awards - The following projects were funded:
- Organic Garden Project
- Greening Princeton Farmers' Market
- Student Design Agency Sustainability Conference
- Exterior lighting study for the School of Architecture
- Student Environmental Communication Network (SECN) summer training program
- Chemical Engineering Sustainability Research Symposium
- OIT paperless course pilot program
- SEAS Office of Communications sustainability video storytelling program
- Outdoor Action Freshmen Trip sustainability program
2. Evolving Role of the PSC
Roger Demareski reported that planning will begin for the formation of a subcommittee to evaluate the future role of the PSC. If anyone is interested in participating, please contact Shana Weber at firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. Honey Brook Organic Farm - Sherry Dudas
Sherry Dudas gave a presentation on the Honey Brook Organic Farm. Sherry and her husband, Jim Kinsel, own and operate the farm, located in Pennington, NJ. Honey Brook is the largest organic farm in New Jersey. Sherry stated that in order for a farm to be considered certified organic, it must be chemically free for at least three years and be inspected annually.
Sherry also spoke about the types of box shares at the farm:
- Food deliveries to nineteen locations in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
- Mini-delivered box shares that serve Princeton University students in the fall.
- On farm pick-up - individual and family size.
Sherry explained that Princeton University students volunteered to help with the program last year, and that the program was very successful. In addition to the box share program, the farm has also been able to make leaf compost into a fertilizer source. Furthermore, the farm is currently in discussion with an engineer to look into having geothermal wells.
4. Food TASK - Mark Smith '09
Mark reported that the Food TASK project has seen a drop in donations this year. There are currently about thirty seven active volunteers that deliver food donations twice a week to the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen. In 2008, approximately 2,170 pounds of food was recycled, and over 4,000 meals were delivered. Mark stated that the future goals of the Food TASK project include:
- Expand services to eating clubs.
- Sustain volunteer base.
- Reusable tray use.
- Maintain close ties with PU Dining Services.
5. Farm2Fork (Organic Garden Project/Farmers' Market)
Ruthie Schwab '09 gave an update on the Garden Project at Forbes College. The purpose of this project is to support local farmers and make sustainable food accessible to the University and surrounding community. Volunteers harvest the food biweekly and are currently preparing for the Spring by performing general clean-up, planting bulbs and setting up a tool shed donated by Athletics.
Ruthie also announced the Spring Farmers' Market will be held every Tuesday at the Firestone/Chapel Plaza. The market will begin April 14 and will run through May 12. The market hours will be 11am - 3pm April 14-May 5, and 3pm - 6pm May 12. Dining Services will offer cooking demonstrations and samples. Ruthie explained that Greening Princeton is looking for ways to broadcast the market to the Princeton community, schools, the hospital, senior citizen center and the public library.
The meeting adjourned. The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, May 14 at noon in the Forbes College Multipurpose Room.
Assistant to the Assistant Vice President, Plant