September 30, 2009
WU Hall, Special Dining Room
Committee Members Present: Michael E. McKay, Chair; Patrick Caddeau, Helen Chen ’11, Katharine Hackett, Robin Izzo, Tom Kreutz, Paul Lewis, Jenna Losh, Tom Nyquist, Stu Orefice, Derek M. Welski ’11, Shana Weber
Committee Members Absent: Pablo Debenedetti, Denise Mauzerall, Don Weston
Other attendees: Jon Baer, Mary Banfield, Daniel Brookshire, Amy Carmody, Dan Casey, Carol Dreibelbis ’11, Roger Demareski, Andrew DeRose, Jeff Domanski, Kevin Hughes, Monika Kopacz, Lisa Leisinger, Karina Lorenzana, Sierra Schelegle ’11, Leila Shabender
Mike McKay, PSC Chair, welcomed everyone to the meeting. Introductions were made.
Shana Weber summarized some of the achievements of the Sustainability Committee over the past two years, e.g., use of 100% recycled paper on campus, formation of the Office of Sustainability. Initiatives PSC would like to have continued as an institution, such as the Farmers’ Market, and long-term planning for student-based projects that may not have a funding source, were discussed.
PSC Policy Recommendations
Mike stated that PSC will refocus on policies and will act as a forum for policy recommendations that will be presented to administration for approval.
Sustainability Report Update
Shana reported that the final sustainability report, which is a culmination of an enormous campus community effort, is in the final stages and will be launched in early November. The report will be web-based with a pdf option.
Working Groups Updates and Projects with Policy Potential
The chairs for the following working groups gave an overview and update of their current projects. Projects that might have policy potential were discussed.
- Building Services
- TDM (Transportation Demand Management)
- Academic Programs/Research
- Outdoor Action
- Office of Sustainability
- OIT Print Less Initiative Student Representatives (PEN, USG, GSG)
For additional information about the progress of the working groups, please visit:
Framing Priority Options
Shana reported that three categories will be used to identify priorities for PSC approval:
- Initiative priorities (eg. Hydration stations, Garden, Market, others?)
- Policy priorities (eg. Tray free dining, print less, bottled water ban, others?)
- Process priorities (eg. PSC charter review, membership representation, role, others?)
Conversation – next steps
The Committee agreed that PSC meetings should be kept at the noon time slot. Locations for future meetings were discussed; no consensus was reached.
The meeting adjourned at 1:20 pm.
Next meeting – Wednesday, November 11th
Office of the Vice President, Facilities