November 30, 2005
Butler/Wu, Private Dining Room
Committee Attendees: Joe G. Conley, Janet Gruschow, Robin Izzo, Cathy Kunkel, Tom Nyquist, Barclay Satterfield
Committee Members Absent: Michael McKay, Chair, Any Dobson, Emmanuel Kreike, Stu Orefice, Leila Shabender, David Wilcove, Don Weston
Other Attendees: Peter Allen ’07, Kathryn Andersen ’08, Mary Banfield,
Rick Curtis, Chad Klaus, Lisa Ridolfi
Tom Nyquist, Director of Engineering, discussed energy conservation projects on campus. Existing buildings are being evaluated to identify ways in which energy dollars can be saved. Tom reported there are strict sustainability building design guidelines for architects to follow when designing new buildings for the campus that will improve the energy efficiency of the campus. These guidelines will also provide direction for the renewal of existing buildings.
Tom reported motion sensors have been installed in many buildings on campus. These sensors turn lights on when there is movement in a hallway or office and the sensors turn off when the space is not occupied. Tom stated the program will be expanded.
Reinsulating steam tunnels, the increase in natural gas prices, the installation of the new chilled water storage tank were also discussed.
Energy Star Products – Update
Peter Allen ’07 reported the Purchasing Department is doing an excellent job buying Energy Star products. “Energy Star is a government-backed program helping businesses and individuals protect the environment through superior energy efficiency.” http://www.energystar.gov/
Peter stated vendors used by the University recognize there is a demand for these products. As older appliances break down, they will be replaced with Energy Star products. Purchasing is working with staff in Faculty/Staff housing and university rental properties in bringing in more of these products. Possible incentives for purchasing Energy Star products were also discussed.
Summer ’06 Intern Position
Janet Gruschow, Executive Director PEI, reported the advertisement for the summer intern position needs to be posted. If anyone has a need for the intern, please let Janet know.
Next Meeting: Proposed Date Wednesday, February 8, 2006