November 11, 2009
WU Hall, Special Dining Room
Committee Members Present: Patrick Caddeau, Helen Chen ’11, Robin Izzo, Jenna Losh, Denise Mauzerall, Tom Nyquist, Stu Orefice, Shana Weber
Committee Members Absent: Michael E. McKay, Chair; Pablo Debenedetti, Katharine Hackett, Tom Kreutz, Paul Lewis, Don Weston, Derek M. Welski ’11
Other Attendees: Mary Banfield, Daniel Brookshire, Amy Carmody, Rick Curtis, Jeff Domanski, Roger Demareski, Daniel Growald ’11, Chad Klaus, , Pablo Mosteiro, Sierra Schelegle, Aliza Wasserman
Welcome & Announcements
Roger Demareski, Assistant Vice President for Facilities Plant, chaired the meeting. He welcomed everyone and thanked Dining Services for the lunch. Roger announced that an organizational adjustment has been made to the PSC: Mike McKay will be the Executive Sponsor of PSC, and Shana Weber will chair the meetings.
Sustainability Progress Report 2009
Shana announced the first Sustainability Report has been published. Shana expressed her gratitude to the working groups, students, faculty and staff for their support and hard work in preparing this comprehensive report which integrated the University’s commitment to teaching, research and civic engagement.
For the complete Sustainability Report please visit:
Shana stated that a shorter version of the Sustainability Report which highlights the progress to date is also available.
Campus Culture Change
Shana led the discussion about ways in which the PSC can impact the culture on campus.
Jeff Domanski stated that steps, such as the Ambassador Program, High Meadows Fund, and the Faculty Advisory Group, with the Psychology Department serving in a supervisory role, will help to discipline a culture change on campus.
Students suggested the following:
- A well-advertized Open House Forum
- Sustainability representatives across campus
- Posting visual sustainability items throughout the campus in locations such as the Frist Campus Center, Murray Dodge Café
- Lunch n’learn sessions on a monthly basis
- A Sustainability web page calendar
- Key events on a more frequent basis
- A more centrally located Office of Sustainability
- Table Tents for Dining Halls/Frist Campus Center
Roger asked the committee to think about additional ways the PSC can impact the culture on campus and come prepared for a discussion at the next meeting so that the committee can move forward.
PSC Policy and Process Discussion and Action
Shana stated that the role of the PSC this year will be to focus on policies and act as a forum for policy recommendations that will be presented to administration for approval. The following policy proposals were presented and discussed.
- Bicycle Plan
- Hydration Station plan
- Electric Vehicle Replacement policy
Shana asked the group to think about other priorities that would be appropriate for the PSC to consider. Committee members will rank and vote on the proposals at the December 2 PSC meeting. PSC will work on the highest ranking policy and draft a policy document that will be presented to administration for approval.
The meeting adjourned at 1:20 pm
Next Meeting – December 2, 2009, Wu Special Dining Room
Office of the Vice President, Facilities