March 26, 2008
Butler/Wu Special Dining Room
Committee Members Absent: Andy Dobson, Katharine Hackett, Robin Izzo, Emmanuel Kreike, Don Weston, Shana Weber, Aritetsoma Ukueberuwa, David Wilcove
Other Attendees: Mary Banfield, James Boehlert, Amy Carmody, Roger Demareski, Jeffrey Domanski, Jeff Dwoskin, Lin Ferrand, Kim Jackson, Elizabeth Jobson, Lisa Leisinger, Robert Sheneman, Kelsey Stallings, Treby Williams, Eileen Zerba
1. High Meadows Fund Process Update
Mike McKay gave an update on the High Meadows Foundation Funds for the 2008 fiscal year. These funds will be used for academic and student-initiated projects associated with sustainability. Jeff Domanski reported that the funds currently available are being considered for research projects in the School of Engineering and the School of Architecture, energy conservation projects, the Farmers' Market, the Sustainability Forum scheduled for later this year and student-run projects such as the bulb exchange, Eco Reps, the garden project and the UBike program. Katy Andersen suggested applications should include how the project relates to the Campus Sustainability Plan. A formal application progress for the funds will be developed over the summer.
2. Sustainability Plan Forum Update
Lin Ferrand, Senior Analyst in the Office of the Executive Vice President, reported that a Sustainability Forum will be held in September at the Frist Campus Center. This information session will provide an opportunity for the campus community to learn more about all aspects of the Sustainability Plan at Princeton. It will also give attendees the opportunity to discover how they can become part of the initiative. Lin also explained that a design firm has been hired to develop graphic displays for the event.
- Farmers' Market - Katy Andersen reported the Farmers' Market began on April 8th. There will be a meeting with the Borough regarding zoning approval.
- Working Groups Chairpersons Meeting - Jeff Domanski reported there will be a Working Groups Chairpersons meeting on Monday, March 31st. The meeting will be at 8:00am to discuss the three areas of the plan: Greenhouse Gas Reduction, Resource Conservation and Research, Education and Civic Engagement.
- Earth Month Calendar - Jeff Domanski announced that an Earth Month calendar is being developed on the Office of Sustainability website. If you have any events to add to the calendar, please send them to Elise DeMeo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Office of Sustainability Internships - Jeff Domanski reported that the Office of Sustainability has two intern positions available. One is for the Bike/Pedestrian program, and one is to assist with the updating of the Green Guide to Living at Princeton. Jeff also mentioned there will be at least one additional internship in the Purchasing Department which will be announced in the near future. Application and position descriptions can be found by going to www.princeton.edu/sustainability/employment/
- OIT - Leila Shahbender announced that OIT is looking for volunteers to campaign to keep printing numbers in the computer clusters. If you have any suggestions or ideas please email Leila at email@example.com.
Jeff Dwoskin, Electrical Engineering graduate student and Elizabeth Jobson, '10, gave a presentation on the recycling program at Princeton. Rules, guidelines, the economics of the process and the destinations were discussed. Jeff and Elizabeth visited the recycling plants and took photographs. Their report explained the rules established by the recycling plants and how they process the materials once they arrive on site. Jon Baer stated Princeton's current recycling rate is approximately 40% and the goal is to get to 50%, which is very ambitious. Jon also announced Princeton continues to participate in the Recyclemania Contest and also led a discussion on the overall historical recycling rates over the years on campus, recycling receptacles on campus and the collection process.
Robert Sheneman, head of the Material/Environmental Division at PPPL, reported that PPPL, which has approximately 450 employees on 90 acres, has a recycling contractual goal with the Department of Energy.
The meeting adjourned. The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 30th.
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