May 14, 2009
Forbes College Multipurpose Room
Committee Members Present: Pablo Debenedetti, Robin Izzo, Tom Kreutz, Denise Mauzerall, Cole Morris '12, Tom Nyquist, Shana Weber, Derek Welski '11
Committee Members Absent: Michael McKay, Chair; Patrick Caddeau, Katharine Hackett, Paul Lewis, Jenna Losh, Stu Orefice, Don Weston
Other Attendees: Mary Banfield, James Boehlert, Laura Burke, Amy Carmody, Andrea DeRose, Jeffrey Domanski, Stephen Elwood, Shane Farrell, Sandra Kearney, Tara Kinsey, Chad Klaus, William Layton, Peter Quimby, Ruthie Schwab '09, Leila Shahbender, Kelsey Stallings '09, Jolyon Thomas, Eileen Zerba
Shana Weber welcomed everyone to the meeting. The following items were discussed.
Theme: Progress Toward Sustainability Plan Goals
1. Princeton Energy & CO2 Presentation and Discussion
Tom Nyquist, Director of Engineering, gave a presentation on greenhouse gas emissions. Tom presented graphs illustrating historical data on carbon dioxide emissions on campus and discussed future goals to reduce campus emissions, electric usage and steam use. Tom also explained the CO2 reduction measures that were completed this year, such as replacement of hundreds of steam traps, lighting retro fits in several buildings, dorm shower heads replaced with low flow models and a heat recovery system in Lewis Thomas. In addition, Tom stated that several ongoing emission reductions will continue this year, such as lighting projects, replacement of parking lot lights with LED's and desktop computer energy reductions.
Tom also gave an update on energy conservation strategies for existing buildings. Projects that are currently underway are outdoor lighting with motion sensors, wireless motion sensors for lighting, LED lighting for office and street lighting and dormitory integrated motion sensors with temperature sensors. Future conservation efforts that will be investigated this year are free cooling for chilled water storage tanks, an energy survey in the Lewis Thomas building, pre-heating domestic hot water with steam condensate and re-heating hot water heat pumps. Furthermore, Tom reported that design guidelines for energy conservation are required for new construction. The University's goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020. Tom added that the State of New Jersey has mandated a 20% reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 2020.
2. Next Steps for the PSC: Role in 2009-10 Academic Year
Shana Weber reported that the role of the PSC will be reinforced during the next academic year. The format of the meetings will be interactive. The PSC will become a venue where new policies, practices and initiatives will be discussed. Responsibilities of the PSC will include:
- Allocation of the High Meadows Sustainability Funds for proposals reviewed and recommended by the ARP (Academic Review Panel) and CERP (Civic Engagement Review Panel).
- Development of institutional policy and practices for recommendation to University administration.
- Incorporating Sustainability Working Group processes with the implementation of the Princeton Sustainability Plan.
- Engagement with PEN (Princeton Environmental Network) student leaders and environmental groups.
The meeting adjourned at 1:15 pm. This was the last meeting for this academic year. Meetings will resume in the Fall.
Mary E. Banfield