November 10, 2010
Committee Members: Malavika Balachandran '12, Patrick Caddeau, Kathy Hackett, Robin Izzo, Tom Kreutz, Miyuki Miyagi ‘12, Thomas Nyquist, Stu Orefice, Rachel Park ‘12, Don Weston
Committee Members Absent: Michael McKay - Executive Sponsor, Shana Weber - Chair, Pablo DeBenedetti, Denise Mauzerall, Paul Lewis, Jenna Losh
Other Attendees: Chrissy Badaracco, Jon Baer, Stephen Elwood, Justine Hausheer, Kim Jackson, TaWanda Jones, Leila Shahbender, Kristi Wiedemann
I. Welcome - Kristi Wiedemann welcomed everyone to the meeting.
• The Sustainability Open House will be next week, Tuesday November 16th. We are still calling for volunteers to help greet visitors, and to work the Office of Sustainability table. Please contact Kristi if you are able to volunteer your time.
• Sustainability Report Highlights Brochure will publish on Monday November 15. Look for a feature on the Princeton main page.
III. Discussion – STARS
• The Office of Sustainability has had conversations with all of the working groups as to the adoption of STARS. There is an unofficial consensus for adoption.
• Committee members were asked to vote on the adoption of STARS. The PSC members present moved to adopt STARS. Absent committee members will be asked for their vote.
• Electric vs. Gas Cart Cost Analysis: According to findings compiled by the Office of Sustainability with help from the Facilities Garage, there are nearly even maintenance and service costs between gas and electric carts (average cost over 5 years is approximately $1600 for each type). Given that electric carts are more efficient (gas vs. energy), electric carts are economically more feasible to run. An additional cost to the electric vehicles is the installation of the proper outlets. Facilities has offered to cover this expense. We will present a memo to Mark Burstein documenting our results and recommend adopting the policy.
• Amendment to PSC Charter: The Office of Sustainability proposed an amendment to the PSC charter concerning undergraduate students. The amendment would state that student representatives from USG and PEN would be appointed by those groups. The PSC members present moved to adopt the change. Absent committee members will be asked for their vote.
• Review of PSC Member terms: The Office of Sustainability will be contacting all Committee members concerning their terms to inquire about extending current terms or whether members would like to recommend a replacement.
V. POSSIBLE Policies / Initiatives for Development
• Expanded electric and low emission vehicle replacement policy
• Bottled Water Reduction Policy: Update from Stu Orefice:
- Current goal is to reduce, not eliminate.
- Strides have been made in reducing bottled water sale / consumption on campus. For example, catering now charges for bottled water.
- The water that is sold has a relatively good carbon footprint, compared to other bottled water / bottled soda. The bottles are a plant plastic, and the water comes from a source about 75 miles from campus.
Questions raised and possible solutions include:
- Should we be targeting bottled water, or all bottled beverages? There are concerns that a ban on bottled water sales will encourage the consumption of sodas, etc.
- One potential improvement would be to have a policy banning the use of bottled-water vending machines.
- The popularity of the DrinkLocal campaign (Office of Sustainability & Facilities) has brought up the potential for selling the DrinkLocal water bottles in retail locations.
- It was suggested that additional signage by water fountains drawing attention to the filtered water would be helpful; the Office of Sustainability brought this idea to the university Architects Office, and they do not want additional signage posted in public areas, but places like residential halls and bathrooms are okay to post.
VI. Next Meeting: December 1, 2010