May 9, 2007
Butler/Wu, Special Dining Room
Committee Members Present: Michael E. McKay, Chair; Peter Allen, Kathryn Andersen, Janet Gruschow, Katharine Hackett, Robin Izzo, Tom Nyquist, Stu Orefice, Barclay Satterfield Leila Shabender, David Wilcove, Shana Weber
Committee Members Absent: Andy Dobson, Emmanuel Kreike, Don Weston
Other Attendees: Mary Banfield, Jon Bradshaw, Amy Carmody, Carole, Loffredo, Connor Cobean, Rebecca Nyquist, Lisa Ridolfi, Mark Smith
Michael McKay welcomed everyone to the meeting and introductions were made. The following items were discussed:
PSC Working Groups/Sustainability Report
Shana reported a draft memo was sent to the PSC Working Groups outlining the goals for the first annual Princeton University sustainability report. Shana stated each working group has an appointed chair who will work closely with the Office of Sustainability and will be responsible for leading the process. By early October each working group will need to have its proposals ready for review. Shana stated a consultant will be hired to bring together all of the information including the history, current status, recommendations and strategies. The report, which will include short term and long-term assessments and recommendations, will be presented to the Trustees and university administration in November 2007. Shana stated she is looking for volunteers to work in the various group.
Updates were reported on the following working groups.
|► Energy & CO2||- Chair, Tom Nyquist|
|► Dining Services||- Chair, Stu Orefice|
|► Domestic Water||- Chair, Tom Nyquist|
|► Solid Waste & Building Services||- Chair, Jon Baer|
|► Transportation||- Chair, Jeff Domanski|
|► Grounds, Landscaping & Groundwater||- Chair, David Wilcove|
|► Purchasing||- Chair, Don Weston|
|► Education & Research||- Chair, Kathy Hackett|
A preliminary meeting for group chairs to kick off the process will be scheduled shortly.
Ruthie Schwab reported a ground breaking ceremony was held on Earth Day at the Organic Garden at Forbes College. Ruthie stated one of the goals of this project is to make the garden more of a gathering area. Events - such as cooking demos, films and dinners - are being planned for the fall.
Earth Day events update
Shana reported a variety of events were held on campus during a two week period in observance of Earth Day. An Earth Day Fair @ Frist, 5 K Run, presentations, lectures, and environmentally themed movies were held. Sponsors of the Earth Day Events included PEI, the Alumni Association, Greening Princeton, Eco Reps, Princeton Water Watch, and other student groups.
- Mike McKay reported a Campus Energy Master Planning in a Carbon Constrained World session will be held on Wednesday, May 23rd. This event will involve some of the best thinkers in the areas of energy and the environment.
- Shana reported a Greenhouse gas reduction strategy meeting was held at Yale University on April 30th. Julie Newman, Director of the Office of Sustainability at Yale, facilitated the meeting. Details as to how Yale’s proposal was developed, how the group can work together to move forward on developing strategies to reduce greenhouse gases, measure emissions and share this information were also discussed.
- Kathy Hacektt reported a lecture sponsored by PEI and the Program in Italian Studies titled “Slow Food Nation” by Carlo Petrini will be held at 7:30 pm on Thursday, May 17th, in McCosh 50. Posters were distributed.
- Leila stated OIT is the largest consumer of paper on campus. OIT is looking for ways to reduce waste The quota system was discussed.
- Shana announced Barclay Satterfield will be leaving Princeton for a new position in Washington, DC. Shana thanked Barclay for her dedication during her years at Princeton University. Barclay will be missed!
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