May 11, 2010
Wu Hall, Private Dining Room
Committee Members: Shana Weber, Chair; Katharine Hackett, Robin Izzo, Paul Lewis, Tom Nyquist, Stu Orefice, Don Weston
Committee Members Absent: Michael E. McKay, Executive Sponsor; Patrick Caddeau, Helen Chen ’11, Pablo Debenedetti, Tom Kreutz, Jenna Losh, Denise Mauzerall
Other Attendees: Jon Baer, Mary Banfield, Dan Casey, Rick Curtis, Roger Demareski, Jeff Domanski, Joan Huxley, Sandra Kearney, Josh Linkov, Ruth Stevens, Kristi Wiedemann
Welcome – Shana Weber, PSC Chair and Manager Office of Sustainability, welcomed everyone to the meeting. Shana thanked Stu Orefice and the Dining Services staff for catering the PSC meetings this past year.
- Shana announced that the Office of Sustainability will launch a Campus Green Tour with the 25th Reunion class. Student volunteers are currently being trained to give the tours.
- Shana announced that eco reps will be at the P-rade wearing bright neon green t-shirts with appropriate signage about recycling during Reunions.
- Jon Baer announced that the number of recycling bins will be increased during
end-of-year move-out. There will be 19 sites around campus for recycling of clothing, furniture, appliances, school supplies, etc.
- Shana announced the last day for the Farmer’s Market will be on May 18th. The market will reopen in the fall.
- Shana announced that the Sustainability Ambassador Pilot Program has been launched in Facilities. The ambassadors will receive training and will serve as a “communication hub”.
- Shana stated that the Ivy+ Sustainability Committee has issued a statement to limit the number of sustainability surveys. The group will collectively endorse 1 or 2 surveys that are reputable.
Policy Proposal for PSC endorsement today:
- Kristi Wiedemann asked for PSC’s endorsement for the Electric Golf Cart Replacement Policy. Centrally funded power charging stations, protecting the charges, battery life, and funding for the power stations were discussed. The Committee endorsed the policy.
Policies Under Consideration for Future:
- Expanded electric and low emission vehicle replacement policy
- Policy to install hydration stations in all new projects and major renovations (include in standards) to reduce deliveries on campus
- Butler Green Roof performance data update
Dr. Eileen Zerba from Ecology and Evolutionary Biology gave a presentation on the benefits of the Butler green roof. She stated that Butler’s green roof is cooler than a conventional roof and it serves as a habitat for birds and insects. Eileen reported that green roofs help to extend the life of roof waterproofing systems, reduce rain runoff impacts, filter pollutants, and reduce sound reflection. Eileen stated that Facilities is working on discovering whether green roofs decrease energy demands.
Eileen also reported that the soil used on the green roof retains moisture and requires low fertilization. The roof serves as a weather station with meteorological sensors installed which helps measure humidity and wind speed. Conventional and green mock roof models were built with the help of Facilities so that runoff could be compared. Eileen stated that Sherrerd Hall has the distinction of being the first building on campus with a green roof.
- Bike Master Plan
Dan Casey and Josh Linkov from the Office of the University Architect explained the methodology of the bike circulation plan which grew out of the Campus Master Plan. The UA Office is working with the Transportation Demand Management Program, developing sidewalk improvements to complete the network of roadways throughout the campus. Signage to alert motorists that bikers are sharing the road, municipal approval, obstacles preventing people from biking to campus were discussed.
- Shana reported the First Annual Sustainability Working Group Summit will be held on June 15 in preparation for the 2010 Sustainability Progress Report (November publication date).
Mary E. Banfield
Facilities, Office of the Vice President