Request a [heated] footrest!

Winter in the Northland is right around the corner.  The LSC maintenance department works hard to assure the comfort of all building occupants.  If your work space is feeling chilly, consider a few tips:

  • contact our maintenance department to find out if adjustments can be made,
  • consider dressing in layers, or
  • contact the Sustainability Council to get a heated footrest.

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Space heaters are NOT allowed in any campus area.  They are a fire hazard when located under desks or near paper, and should never be plugged into extension cords.  Additionally, space heaters use 1,500 watts per hour of electricity!  That’s the equivalent of running a dishwasher or microwave in your office, all day long!  Alternatively, the Sustainability Council provides heated footrests that use a small fraction of energy, about 100 watts per hour.  Contact us for more information or to request a footrest.

 

 

 

 

 

Interpretive Trail Grand Re-Opening

News Coverage of the October 1st Event

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PRESS RELEASE

Miller Creek Interpretative Trail, Repaired from 2012 Flood Damage, to Formally Reopen on Oct. 1

Media Contact: Janet Blixt, 218/733-7774, j.blixt@lsc.edu

 

(Duluth, Minn. Sept. 25, 2014) – The record-breaking summer solstice flood of 2012 damaged many of Duluth’s 42 creeks and rivers and adjoining trails and bridges. The Miller Creek Interpretative Trail on the Lake Superior College campus was one of them. Both bridges spanning the creek were washed downstream and stream-monitoring equipment was destroyed.

 

A formal reopening of the Miller Creek Interpretative Trail will be held on Wed., Oct. 1 at 1:00 p.m. at the trailhead sign on the Lake Superior College campus.  The public is welcome to attend with free parking available in the west lot.

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Since the 2012 flood, LSC faculty, staff, students and the Duluth community have pitched in to repair the damage done to this designated trout stream. The trail bridges were re-designed by Larry Sampson from the Superior Hiking Trail Association and located to new crossings. Volunteers, including LSC Fire Technology students, helped with bridge construction, installation and creating additional tread walkways, including stone stairways.

 

The $5,000 stream monitoring equipment was replaced through FEMA funding. Jerry Henneck with UMD’s Natural Resources Research Institute (NRRI) reinstalled this equipment, which provides real-time temperature, stage height, turbidity, flow, and conductivity data to the LakeSuperiorStreams.org database.

 

Bridge locations and connecting trails were altered so the new trail system was re-mapped by LSC Civil Technology students. A Civic Engagement class designed and installed a new trail entrance sign and way-finding arrows. Building Construction faculty member John Calcaterra built the new cedar trail sign holders.

 

The Miller Creek Interpretive Trail is a half-mile route connecting 14 sites of ecological and geological interest in the creek valley and surrounding area. Illustrated signposts explain features found at each location.  “Our biology, geology and physical education faculty use Miller Creek as an outdoor classroom for our students. This trail serves as a community, educational and recreational resource, accessible to everyone for fishing and hiking,” said LSC Sustainability Coordinator Kristi Heintz. “We appreciate all the volunteer time and support from our campus and community.”

 

LSC is northeastern Minnesota’s largest two-year college with a fall semester enrollment of approximately 4,500 students. LSC provides a wide range of programs and services, including liberal arts and science courses for transfer, technical programs intended to provide occupational skills, continuing education, and customized training for business and industry. LSC is also a leader in online-delivered courses and programs in Minnesota.

 

Solar Power Hour @ LSC 9/18

Lake Superior College will host Midwest Renewable Energy Association’s Solar Power Hour public education session on September 18th at 7:00 in E2154.  Park in the lower main parking lot (Lot 1) and enter the “E-building” doors, look for signs to E2154.

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“This FREE, 1-hour program, called a Power Hour, educates participants on the benefits of solar energy and demonstrates that solar power has never been cheaper or easier to install.

The Power Hour details the components of a solar photovoltaics (PV) system, discusses market trends, outlines the step-by-step process of evaluating the feasibility of PV for your home, talks about the economic benefits, reviews the list of approved solar installers, and has a solar expert available from Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) to answer your questions.

For additional details about the Power Pack Illinois program, visit the Grow Solar website.”

This event is open to the public.  Please register here (not required, but appreciated).  We look forward to seeing you!

 

LSC Bags It

Have you seen the plastics display in the main floor concourse near Student Life?  It’s made from used plastic bags and plastic bottles collected during World Water Week.  The photos next to the plastics chain give you a glimpse of the environmental problems associated with accumulating plastics in our ecosystem.  BUT, do you know who is NOT contributing to the plastic pandemic?  The LSC Store!

plasticscol2LSC’s commitment to waste reduction can be seen throughout the campus, from worm composting to recycling uncommon waste, we’ve committed to diverting our waste load  from the landfill.  The very best way to do this, though, is to change the procedures that bring that waste to our campus in the first place.  Four years ago, the LSC Store manager, Connie Moore, decided to make a real change in the way she operated the store.  Like many retail shops, our campus store sent customers out the door with high quality, single-use, plastic bags to carry their newly purchased text books and other items.  Recognizing the waste this generated, Connie made a change that stuck.  The LSC Store now gives away re-usable tote bags with each text book, supply, and merchandise purchase.  If students bring in their own bag, they receive $1 off their purchase.  Connie reports, “Cloth bags are about 40 percent more expensive than plastic, but we feel they are worth that extra expense”.  Since moving away from plastic, the LSC Store has given away nearly 10,000 reusable bags.  Those bags can be seen on student’s shoulders all year, and with various uses: lunch bags, gym bags, even diaper bags!

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EZ Books @ the LSC Store

Additionally, the bags serve as a promotional tool.  They are adorned with the LSC EZ Books Reservation logo, which is another program the LSC Store recently launched.  Many students order books online.  Before EZ Books, the only way to receive those books was through the mail, creating additional emissions through the shipping process.  Now, EZ Books allows students to pick up reserved books at the EZ Books distribution window. The EZ books system also gives students first dibs on the used book supply, and students can grab their books in a free tote bag when they’re on campus.

Bag It, Duluth

A local group of passionate plastic bag crusaders, called Bag It, Duluth, is working to create an awareness and dialog about the use of plastic bags.  They’re urging businesses and consumers to think a bit differently about the plastic bag that is used once, sometimes for only a few minutes, then discarded in a landfill where it will sit for at least 1,000 years.  Worldwide, 1 trillion plastic bags are used annually.  Use less where you can, recycle where available (like here, at LSC!), and check out this light-hearted YouTube video, The Majestic Plastic Bag: A Mocumentary.

 

World Water Week @ LSC

LSC is working with the University of Minnesota, Duluth, University of Wisconsin, Superior, College of St. Scholastica, and Fond du Lac College to celebrate World Water Week!  Events at LSC will take place on Tuesday wwd-week's eventsin the Atrium  from 10:00-2:00.  Bring your empty plastic water bottles, and add them to our bottle chain.  Learn about the effects of plastics in our ecosystem, and attend the week’s great events to learn how to properly dispose of many household items.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This event was organized by the League of Women Voters.  Posters created by  UMD Graphic Design & Marketing student, Hannah Farmer.

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LSC Runs on LED

LSC is now three years into an ongoing, multi-year energy saving plan, achieved  partially through lighting fixture and bulb upgrades.

In 2011, the Main Concourse was fitted with new energy saving lighting fixtures. This has allowed lower-watt bulbs to more efficiently cast light.  The concourse lights also utilize photocell technology, a high-efficiency function that allows natural lighting to determine whether the light stays on…or off. When sufficient daylight permits, a number of the lights in the concourse will switch off—in turn, further reducing our energy needs.  new library lights-smAdditionally, the library added a new row of ultra high efficiency T-5 fixtures to a space that was in  need of brighter, yet more efficient, lighting.  Finally, in some hallways where ballasts permitted, inefficient compact bulbs were replaced with more efficient lower watt bulbs.  Since the first year’s round of projects was completed, our energy consumption in those areas has reduced by almost 224,000 kWH per year, saving $13,000 annually! This project also utilized an almost $10,000 Minnesota Power rebate. To date, total payback from energy savings has nearly been reached!

LED parking lights300In 2013, a total parking lot lighting fixture upgrade cycle began.  Since then, 61 400-watt metal halide fixtures in LSC’s North and Lower Main parking lots have been upgraded to 116-watt LED, with photocontrol added for diurnal dimming depending on available daylight and parking lot use.  Rebates from this project were placed in an energy efficiency revolving fund, and that money will be reinvested in additional campus energy efficiency upgrades.  Anticipated payback for this project is about 10 years.  The campus’ West parking lot is next in line for LED upgrades.

Want more Information?

In The Dark About Picking A Light Bulb…”  for your home or office?  Check out this FAQ article from NPR.  You’ll even see a great watt comparison, from incandescent to CFL, to LED, they outline relative energy consumption, light output and life expectancy in “NPR’s Guide To Changing Light Bulbs.

 

Energy Grant for Retrofits

 

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Lake Superior College was recently awarded a $30,000 conservation grant from Comfort Systems, Duluth for major energy efficiency upgrades at its main campus.  The 43,000 square foot main building now contains a hybrid boiler system, where one of the three existing standard boilers were upgraded to two natural gas fired, high efficiency, full condensing, modulating boilers.  According to Plant Maintenance Engineer, Jim Borg, the two new condensing boilers serve as primary building heat suppliers, while the two older boilers are now back-ups, triggered mainly during periods of peak demand and extreme cold temperatures.  High efficiency water heaters, which feed into the boiler system, were  installed as part of the project as well.  The HVAC system was also upgraded with five variable frequency drives on the pumps and air handling unit fans.

IMG_0240The 11,600 square foot Art Building’s steam heat system was also updated with two natural gas fired high efficiency hot water boilers.

Overall, the project will reduce 347,636 pounds of CO2 emissions and save almost $20,000 annually.  The project payback is just over 14 years.

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Sustainable Twin Ports 2013 Public Showcase

Join us on October 3rd at the Spirit Mountain Grand Avenue Chalet.  The event starts at 4:30 and will showcase the four community organizations that completed the 2013 Sustainable Twin Ports training: University of Wisconsin Superior, Canal Park Brewery, Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, and Lake Superior College!  At the event, we’ll showcase our sustainability visions and plans as well as feature a couple of our most recent sustainability projects.

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The keynote speaker for the event is Greg Benson, CEO and founder of Loll Designs, with music by Greg Tiburzi.  View the Sustainable Twin Ports facebook event page for more details. STP poster700

Campus Stormwater Management

Stormwater Sensitive Infrastructure

In 2012, LSC’s newest parking lot fix incorporated some major underground stormwater management structures.  These structures will slow the flow of water and settle almost 50% of sediment that would otherwise reach Miller Creek through a direct pipe outfall.  Reduced sediment to the creek means less chance of increasing stream temperatures of this trout stream.  DSC_2066-400Read more about the design in the LSC Wave article by Mat Gilderman.  The parking lot also features energy efficient LED lighting controlled by photoeye technology.

Raingardens, Wildflowers, and Native Grasses

wgarden_200The first raingarden constructed at LSC was a cooperative effort between the college and the South St. Louis County Soil and Water Conservation District.  The garden was funded by a $11,000 Clean Water Partnership grant. In 2006, this garden was installed to capture the runoff from the large west parking lot.  Because of the volume reaching this garden, it was constructed with a primary entrance point, the forbay, which temporarily holds and settles water and sand.  Water then flows into the main water treatment area which is planted with native vegetation.  Because of the specific design of this garden, some periodic sand removal from the forbay is required to keep it functioning properly.

Visit the SWCD site for more information on Miller Creek restoration projects, including the “Jumbo Gully” project near campus in 2011.

rain garden sigsn300The main entrance raingarden was constructed in 2007 with the Student Services Building addition.  The raingarden was installed to capture hillside runoff from the north side of the building through an under-building tunnel.

 

 

H-terrace200In 2011, LSC’s newest Health and Science Building was constructed uphill from the north side of the main building.  The H-Building sits atop a 150 foot vertical decline to Miller Creek.  Bio-swales were incorporated into the south facing slope and native grasses are planted to promote infiltration of at least 90% of roof and pavement runoff from an average rainfall event.  During initial site preparation, over 1,750 tons of rock were blasted and excavated, and some of the rubble was used in the construction of the terraces.  These swales have also proven to be great bedding habitat for deer and their fawns!

SS Legacy first summer 200In 2012, after years of planning, the Student Senate Legacy Project kicked-off with a turf kill and initial seeding of about 3,000 square feet of native grasses and wild flowers on the front lawn.  The Senate has been working with Boreal Natives, a local division of Prairie Restorations, which specializes in native plant community restoration.  They’ve been actively involved in site preparation, planting, and maintenance since the project started.  While not a typical rain garden, this area does include a stormwater pipe outlet and wet drainage area.  The planting included two different seed mixes; wetland and dry prairie.  The grasses will take at least two growing seasons to fully establish, so look for first signs of color and diversity in 2014.  The Legacy Project will change and expand each year to include seating areas, walking paths, fruit trees and “adoptable” garden plots in summer 2014!

S project area before200One of LSC’s newest wildflower area conversions was seeded fall 2013.  The campus’ Student Services Building (S-Building) entrance space was converted from typical turf to a low-growing northern climate short grass and wildflower seed mix.  This space includes roughly 3,000 combined square feet. The seed mix consists of blue dwarf coneflowers, blue flax, and baby blue eyes along with california poppys,  calendula and more.  This has been a tricky maintenance area for years, with narrow sidewalks, large snow removal equipment and poor soil, the grass on either side of the sidewalk has had a difficult time thriving.  This is the first step in finding a solution  that will suit everyone’s needs.

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Landscape Planning Process

This winter, LSC’s Campus Sustainability Council formed a Landscape Planning Work Group.  The group’s first task was to develop a landscape planning map.  With input from the campus community, our maintenance department and community members, the group will create an annual maintenance plan as well as short- and long-tem planting plans.  With well-designed plans, we will mitigate erosion on tricky slopes, reduce stormwater inflow and improve the quality of water flowing to Miller Creek.  Additionally, we’ll reduce the need to mow a typical turf grass lawn-scape, and create some areas of interest to invite greater utilization of our outdoor spaces both for education and leisure.

The view from our front lawn includes the St. Louis River estuary and Lake Superior; through Miller Creek, we have a direct connection to both, so we can’t help but be inspired to be great stewards of this land!

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SWCD and the Miller Creek Watershed

From the Miller Creek TMDL to the Jumbo Gully Project below LSC’s overflow parking lot, the South St. Louis County Soil and Water Conservation District’s (SWCD) is passionate about protecting our natural resource:

From the SWCD Miller Creek Watershed webpage

Miller Creek Watershed overview
Miller Creek is unique in that it is a designated trout stream located within a heavily developed urban corridor (the Duluth Miller Hill Mall Area and the City of Duluth). Miller Creek has been the subject of myriad studies and has received much attention over the past few decades. The watershed is approximately 10 square miles. It originates from headwater wetlands in Hermantown and empties into Lake Superior at 26th Ave. West just below Lincoln Park.

The primary concern with Miller Creek is the decline and potential loss of the brook trout fishery in the creek. Related concerns include increased water temperatures, sedimentation, loss of habitat, and high chloride and metals concentrations. The overall goal of the Miller Creek Watershed Restoration Project is to provide for a viable, self-sustaining urban trout fishery, as well as to educate the public regarding watershed health and urban impacts to area trout streams. “

 

Learn more about the SWCD and projects they’re involved in by clicking here.

 

LSC Adopt-A-Parking Lot Project

Most lots on campus has been adopted, and the program so far has been a HUGE success!  These adopting groups have cleaned the trash from adopted lots and surrounding green space once per month since October 2012, and the groups have received unique recognition for doing it.  We put each team’s name on a sign posted at each lot.  Student Life also contributes $100 to the club’s budget after a semester of clean-ups is complete.

Email sustainability@lsc.edu for more information or to request a lot!

LOT LIST

MILLER CREEK LOT: Rad Tech Club

LOT 1-UPPER: Physical Therapy Assistant Club

LOT 1-LOWER: AVAILABLE!!

LOT 2 Phi Theta Kappa

LOT 3: Nursing Club

LOT 4: Auto Classes

LOT 5: AVAILABLE!

LOT 6: LSC Store

LOT 7: AVAILABLE!!

LOT 10: Respiratory Club

ERTC: Fire Tech Club

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New Health and Science Building Achieves LEED Silver

LSC’s new Health and Science Building was designed LEED Silver, which means the design is responsible for incorporating at least 50 points related to environmental sustainability.  At final tally, we were just short of Gold certification!  Here’s just a few of the key points we achieved:

 Construction Activity Pollution Prevention

Sitework for the building was designed and constructed in a way to:

  • Prevent loss of soil during construction by stormwater runoff and/or wind erosion, including protecting topsoil by stockpiling for reuse.
  • Prevent sedimentation of storm sewer or receiving streams.
  • Prevent polluting the air with dust and particulate matter.

Construction Waste Management

  • Over 75% of the construction debris was diverted from disposal in landfills.
  • Recycled content and regional (within 500 miles) materials were used throughout the building process.

Public Transportation Access

LSC’s Student Life funds a free bus pass for students through the UPASS Program, reducing our reliance on single passenger vehicle travel to and from campus.

Preferred Parking for Carpool

LSC will designate two preferential parking spaces specifically reserved for carpools, increasing awareness of the need for reduced single passenger vehicles.

Undeveloped Outdoor Space

A space equal to the building footprint will be left vegetated and undeveloped on the northeast of the building, maximizing open spaces adjacent to the building.

Stormwater Management

Bio-swales, consisting of a biofiltration soil mix and tolerant native plants, promote infiltration of at least 90% of roof and pavement runoff from an average rainfall event.

Water Efficient Landscaping

The landscaping installed for the project does not require permanent irrigation systems.  Native plants, sod & seed mixes were selected for their drought tolerance and will obtain adequate moisture from normal rainfall events.

Water Use Reduction

Water fixtures throughout the building reduce water usage by 20%.

  • Urinals use 0.125 gallons per flush vs. typical 1.0 gallons per flush urinals.
  • Faucets use 0.5 gallons per minute vs. typical 2.5 GPM lavatory faucets
  • The janitor sinks uses a low flow 2.5 gallon per minute flow faucet.
  • The lab sinks use a low flow 2.0 gallon per minute flow faucet.

Fundamental Refrigerant Management

No HVAC&R system equipment in the building uses CFC-based refrigerants. Refrigerants and HVAC&R equipment for the project were specifically selected to minimize or eliminate the emission of compounds that contribute to ozone depletion and global warming.

Storage & Collection of Recyclables

LSC has an extensive recycling program, and a recycling room is provided in the new building to ensure proper handling of recyclable materials.

Indoor Air Quality

The building meets and exceeds the LEED Standard Minimum Indoor Air Quality standards by 30%.

Outdoor Air Delivery Monitoring

Permanent monitoring systems are installed to provide feedback on ventilation system performance and ensure that ventilation systems maintain design minimum ventilation requirements.

Environmental Tobacco Smoke Control

LSC prohibits smoking in buildings and on campus, improving overall air quality in and around buildings.

Low-Emitting Materials

Low-emitting adhesives and sealants were used on the interior of the building.

Primers, paints and coatings used on the interior of the building were required to meet specific VOC requirements established for buildings by Green Seal Standards.

All carpet installed in the building was required to meet the Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) Green Label Plus program.

Recycled  content concrete tiles were installed in the main hallway and some labs and classrooms.  These tiles are removable and individually replaceable, and also allow for easy access to air and water handling pipes (that’s right, under the floor!).

Composite wood, and agrifiber products, used on the interior of the building could not contain added urea-formaldehyde resins. Laminating adhesives used for casework also contain no added urea-formaldehyde resins.

LSC has specifically purchased low-emitting furniture which will not negatively impact the indoor air quality in this new building.  Furniture has been manufactured, refurbished or refinished within one year prior to occupancy and must be either Greenguard Indoor Air Quality Certified, or been tested by a third-party testing laboratory following procedures defined by the EPA.

Lighting and Thermal Comfort

A high level of lighting system and thermal control by individual occupants is installed to promote the productivity, comfort and well-being of building occupants.

Daylighting and Views

This building provides daylight to 85% of the occupied space.

  • Daylight sensors reduce the demand on the light fixtures, reducing the energy used to light spaces when receiving daylight.
  • Window shades are utilized to avoid high-contrast situations that could impede visual tasks.
  • Tubular skylights (SolaTubes) utilizing reflective surfaces are used in many places to bring daylight into interior spaces.

Green Housekeeping

LSC has adopted green housekeeping policies and procedures intended to minimize negative affects to indoor air quality campus wide, including the use of many GreenSeal cleaning prodcuts.

 

 

2011 Greenhouse Gas Report Submitted

LSC has recently submitted its bi-annual Greenhouse Gas Inventory Report to the ACUPCC (American Colleges and Universities Presidents’ Climate Commitment) reporting site.  Here’s a quick summary:

Reporting Year 2008 2011
Building gsf 362,241 sq ft 362,241.0 sq ft
Student FTE 3,415 3,854
Type of Emission metric tons CO2e metric tons CO2e
Stationary Combustion* 965.0 1,121.0
Mobile Combustion** 111.0 120.0
Purchased Electricity 2,683.0 2,521.0
Commuting 5,906.0 6,348.0
Air Travel*** 494.0 256.0
Solid Waste 141.0 153.0
Wastewater 2.1 1.3
Paper 67.5 74.8
*burning of fuels to produce electricity, steam, heat, or power using equipment in a fixed location
**burning of fuels by institution-owned transportation devices
***all air travel paid for by or through the institution

Want more info?  Find it on the official ACUPCC Reporting site.

 

LSC’s Vending Miser Project

In an effort to save energy here at LSC, we have been installing Vending Misers and Snack misers on the vending machines located around the LSC campus.  They are sensors that shut off the machines and conserve energy when nobody is around to use them. The misers fit onto the back of the machines and the sensor activates it when someone is right in front of it. The Vending Misers cycle the refrigeration units every 2 hours to keep the drinks cold, and still conserve energy.

For the first part of our study we placed kilowatt meters on several random machines around the campus and monitored them for a week. One machine used 36.10 kilowatts of energy in one week without the Vending Miser on it. After the Vending miser was installed the energy consumption was down to 21.51 kilowatts in one week. If they all had vending misers on them that’s 14.59 kilowatts per machine per week of energy saved.  It’s worth noting that our study was done during spring semester.  The potential energy savings over summer semester could be much greater.

In total we have 23 pop machines and 5 snack machines. We would also save a lot of money if we removed a few of the pop machines. There are several locations where there are two or more machines very close to one another. If we got rid of one or two of them, it would save us almost $100 a year per machine in operating costs.

Currently we have installed Vending Misers on 7 different vending machines around the school. We do have more of them, and will be installing them in the near future. If you have any questions about them please ask someone on the Environmental Council.

Without miser With miser
Energy use in 1 week 36.10kW 21.51kW
Cost to run machine 1 week(@ 5¢/kWh) $1.81 $1.08
Operating cost in a year $93.86 $55.93

 

 

 

 

 

Written by Lance Lindquist

Environmental Council Work Study

LSC’s Sustainability Plan of Action

As a 2008 signatory to the American Colleges & Universities Presidents’ Climate Commitment, LSC is required to complete and submit a plan outlining our goals and intentions to reduce carbon emissions through various energy emission mitigation strategies and educational and community outreach efforts.

Over the course of one year, the Lake Superior College Sustainability Plan of Action was completed by students and staff within the college’s Environmental Council with input and support from administration, knowledge of many individuals on campus, and collaborative efforts with other colleges in our region.

View the full Plan here: Lake Superior College Sustainability Plan of Action

This document is a plan for LSC to achieve at least a 50% reduction in eCO2 emissions by 2030.  Recognizing the fluctuating nature of environmental technology and social change, this Plan will focus on the next few years followed by five-year interim goals until 2030; bi-annual reviews of this document will address the years to follow.   This review process will address LSC’s goal to achieve climate neutrality by 2060. To achieve this goal thoughtful planning and direction are necessary.  This goal and Plan will prompt meaningful discussion and development of policies and procedures needed to get us there.

As of May 6th, 2011, the final Plan has been submitted to ACUPCC!  This document will utilized in annual planning for campus sustainability projects and will be updated every two years and re-submitted to ACUPCC.  If you have comments or suggestions for future drafts, feel free to leave them here!

Meeting Minutes 10/3/2014

10:00 – 11:45
Student Life Conference Room

Attendance
Governing Council Members present: Deanne Roquet, Kristi Heintz, Theresa Hornstein,
General Members present: Glenn Merrick, Jane Marynik, Melanie Kelson
Guest Present:

Announcements

Annual Minnesota Waste Wise meeting/Chamber of Commerce Business Conference will be held next Wednesday, October 8th at the Hilton Minneapolis. Attendance is $55 per person.
Fall open house is November 7th. We’ll have a table.
Duluth Solar tour and open house is October 4th, sponsored by Arrowhead Interfaith Power & Light, CERTS, Ecolibrium3, Sierra Club, and UMD Sustainability.
The Sustainability Council has 8 low energy heated footrests available from the Sustainability Council. Kristi asked Mat to put an announcement next week’s Newsplash.
Lake Superior Binational Forum’s Open Public Meeting is November 14, 2014 12:30-5:00, at Legendary Waters Resort and Casino in Red Cliff, WI. Complete agenda will be published on the Forum’s website by mid-October. Contact Kristi for more information.

New Business
AASHE annual membership dues are up and due November 1st. There was no quorum at today’s meeting, so Kristi will send an email vote request to pay the $280 dues. Deanne motioned to pay dues, Glenn secondedd.

At last meeting, the Council discussed including campus sustainability in the Integrated Planning documents. Kristi and Glenn will work on this document next week and email for Council review. It’s due to Mark M. by October 15th.

Ongoing Business
It’s time for Wildflower winterization in front of the S-building. The Council discussed best practice for doing this. It was agreed that the area should be mowed and bagged, black dirt and compost added, then cover with dried mowed material. Kristi will talk to maintenance about spreading black dirt for us.

Old Business
At last meeting, Kristi brought discussion to the group regarding metrics fatigue and the nature of multiple reporting formats and conflicting information. The Council discussed the value of the ACUPCC as a resource. After discussion and feedback from Al, the Council decided the best course of action would be to submit a recommendation to the Cabinet to un-file from the ACUPCC. Kristi drafted a recommendation to the President’s Cabinet, and the draft was reviewed at today’s meeting. Kristi will include those elements discussed, and email the draft to the Council for final review.

The Miller Greek Interpretive Trail re-opening ceremony received some great coverage. You can find the press release and news coverage on the Sustainability Council blog page.

Midwest Renewable Energy Association (Custer, WI) ran a Power Pack Program solar education hour called Power Hour at LSC on September 18th. It focused on residential PV evaluations. MREA approved installers discussed financing options and Minnesota Power discussed grant process. Attendance was good, with about 25 people. MREA hopes to hold another event in early winter.

Work Group and Student Employee Reports
Policy and Procedure: employee reminders, education, and training needs (printing, recycling, supplies, computers, small appliance)
*Carol, Kristi, Mel
No updates.

Master Facilities Plan
*Dick, Cliff, Glenn, Kristi, Theresa
No updates.
Sustainability Reporting/Benchmarking: GGI, ACUPCC, MnSCU Sustainability Reporting, Superior Compact, B3, publicizing info
*Kristi, Aaron, Deanne, Bruce
No updates.
Sustainability Kiosk: energy dashboard/demo, sustainability signage
*Duane, Rachel, Student Senate Rep
No updates.
Landscape Planning: annual flower planting, rainwater harvesting, no-mow areas, rooftop gardening
Theresa, Mike, Aaron, Kristi, Jane, maintenance rep
No updates.
Sustainability in Curriculum
*Theresa, Duane, Aaron, Kristi, Deanne, Glenn
No updates.
Other SE Updates
-update from Mel on composting project and Jane on landscape

Budget
FY1 Budget: $8,500
Encumbrances to date:
MN Waste Wise membership 2014-2015: -$150
Boreal Natives-Swale/Ditch project: -$5,735
Airpark Disability Services (plastic bag recycling): $-208
Dan’s Feedbin: -$200
Menards: -$200
BALANCE as of today: $2007.00

FY15 potential budget items
• Earth day costs
• Concourse lighting signage
• Ditch/swale info signs
• Additional bike rack for main entrance
• Interpretive Trail bench, trash/recycling cans, exclosures
• Parking lot/rain garden info signs
• Sustainability kiosk
• MnSCU Sustainability Across Curriculum workshop host costs

Motions
Motion to pay AASHE dues: Deanne, Glenn seconded

Next meeting
November 7th, 2014, 10:00 am, Student Life Conference Room

Notes submitted by Kristi Heintz

Meeting notes are also posted to LSC Employee Portal > Committees

Meeting Agenda 10/3/2014

October 3rd, 2014 10:00

Student Life Conference Room

Review Last Meeting’s Minutes

Announcements
Annual Minnesota Waste Wise meeting/Chamber of Commerce Business Conference, October 8th at the Hilton Minneapolis. $55 per person.

Fall open house is November 7th. We’ll have a table.

Duluth Solar tour is October 4th, sponsored by Arrowhead Interfaith Power & Light, CERTS, Ecolibrium3, Sierra Club, and UMD Sustainability.

Heated footrests available from the Sustainability Council, Newsplash announcement next week.

Lake Superior Binational Forum’s Open Public Meeting, November 14, 2014 12:30-5:00, Legendary Waters Resort and Casino in Red Cliff, WI

Sustainability Council meeting minutes are now posted on the employee portal > committees page as well as the SC blog.

New Business
AASHE membership due November 1st: $280

Ongoing Business
Wildflower “winterization”, renting a rototiller

Old Business
ACUPCC Proposal to President’s Cabinet to review membership (Kristi, Glenn)
Integrated Planning (Kristi)
Interpretive Trail opening ceremony recap and coverage
Solar Power Hour recap (Kristi, Theresa)

Work Group and Student Employee Reports
Policy and Procedure: employee reminders, education, and training needs (printing, recycling, supplies, computers, small appliance)
Carol, Kristi, Chad
Sustainability Reporting/Benchmarking: GGI, ACUPCC, MnSCU Sustainability Reporting, Superior Compact, B3, publicizing info
*Kristi, Aaron, Deanne, Bruce
Sustainability Kiosk: energy dashboard/demo, sustainability signage
*Duane, Rachel, Student Senate Rep
Landscape Planning: annual flower planting, rainwater harvesting, no-mow areas, rooftop gardening
*Kristi, Mike, Aaron, Theresa, maintenance rep, Wade
Sustainability in Curriculum
*Theresa, Aaron, Kristi, Deanne
-updates from Mel and Jane
-Garden Club update (Neldon, Aaron)

Budget
FY15 Budget: $8,500
Encumbrances to date:
MN Waste Wise membership 2014-2015: -$150
Boreal Natives-Swale/Ditch project: -$5,735
Airpark Disability Services (plastic bag recycling): -$208
Dan’s Feedbin: -$200
Menards: -$200
BALANCE as of today: $2007.00

FY15 potential budget items
• Concourse lighting signage
• Ditch/swale info signs
• Additional bike rack for main entrance
• Interpretive Trail bench, trash/recycling cans, exclosures
• Parking lot/rain garden info signs
• Sustainability kiosk
• MnSCU Sustainability Across Curriculum workshop host costs

Next Meeting
November 7th, 2014 10:00 in Student Life Conference Room

Meeting Minutes 9/5/2014

10:00 – 11:45

E2028 Workforce Development Conference Room

Attendance

Governing Council Members present: Deanne Roquet, Kristi Heintz, Aaron McIntire, Theresa Hornstein, Heather Rantula, Wade Gordon

General Members present:  Dick Haney, Glenn Merrick, Carol Johnson, Al Finlayson, Jane Marynik, Melanie Kelson

 

Announcements

Kristi introduced of SC’s new student employees: Jane Marynik will be the student employee Groundskeeping Assistant and Melanie Kelson is the student lead on the campus composting pilot study.  Both gave an update on projects they’re working on.

 

Midwest Renewable Energy Association (Custer, WI) will offer a solar education hour called Power Hour at LSC on September 18th in E2154 from 7:00-8:00.  It will focus on residential PV evaluations.  MREA approved installers will discuss finance. LSC agrees to help promote the event; Kristi is working with MREA’s representative on this and a campus announcement will be out soon.

 

Deanne presented an opportunity to attend the Recycling Association of Minnesota’s October 8th conference in Bloomington.  She also identified free resources available through their website; some may be helpful in promoting the composting pilot study and other waste sorting initiatives.

 

Work Group and Student Employee Reports

Policy and Procedure: employee reminders, education, and training needs (printing, recycling, supplies, computers, small appliance)

*Carol, Kristi, Mel

Carol brought the recycling/trash in office space issue to the table.  Discussion followed about maintenance best practice.  The Council’s discussion ultimately lead to an opt-in scenario where employees take responsibility for getting rid of their own garbage cans to use a centrally located trash and recycling can.  Kristi will work with Mel on past progress of this project, and re-convene the work group.

Master Facilities Plan

*Dick, Cliff, Glenn, Kristi, Theresa

No updates.

Sustainability Reporting/Benchmarking: GGI, ACUPCC, MnSCU Sustainability Reporting, Superior Compact, B3, publicizing info

*Kristi, Aaron, Deanne, Bruce

Discussion about GGI and ACUPCC in New Business.

Sustainability Kiosk: energy dashboard/demo, sustainability signage

*Duane, Rachel, Student Senate Rep

No updates.

Landscape Planning: annual flower planting, rainwater harvesting, no-mow areas, rooftop gardening

Theresa, Mike, Aaron, Kristi, Jane, maintenance rep

Kristi gave a brief update on the Boreal Natives project and potential spring projects with Janice.  Jane updated the Council on the work she and Janice did over the past month.  Further landscape and budget discussion took place in Ongoing Business.

Sustainability in Curriculum

*Theresa, Duane, Aaron, Kristi, Deanne, Glenn

No updates.

Other SE Updates

Kristi shared interested Garden Club members with Aaron.  He and/or Neldon will follow-up with those individuals.

 

New Business

Kristi shared that she and Glenn have been working on an updated Interpretive Trail Guide.  Designed by Jean Kirwan, the Guide follows the same format as the trail signs.  We’ve also asked Janet to include some history of the trial and 2012 flood as well.  The Guide will be housed on the LSC Sustainability and Biology Department webpages as well as DuluthStreams.org.

 

The group showed interest in a re-opening of the trail event to showcase the new interpretive signs and bridges.  October 1st (student success day) was suggested, and Deanne suggested we invite the mayor.  Kristi will work with Gary K on this.

 

The FY13 Greenhouse Gas Inventory was completed and submitted to ACUPCC in July.  Kristi brought discussion to the group regarding metrics fatigue and the nature of multiple reporting formats and conflicting information.  The Council discussed the value of the ACUPCC as a resource.  After discussion and feedback from Al, the Council decided the best course of action would be to submit a recommendation to the Cabinet to un-file from the ACUPCC.  Kristi and Glenn will draft a letter before the October meeting.

 

Theo forwarded a message pertaining to the Green Ribbon Schools new Post-Secondary Award opportunity.

 

As our Committee structure indicates, our Committee Structure Document is to be updated this meeting, the first of fall semester.  Membership was updated, our meeting minutes will now be posted to the employee portal as well as the SC blog, and new co-chairs were voted in for the 2014-2015 year.  Kristi and Glenn were nominated, and motions passed unanimously.

 

Aaron shared that Chad Johnson has extended an opportunity to anyone at LSC that might want to visit and tour Spirit Mountain Farm.  A Saturday in September would likely be the best time.  Kristi will send an email next week to gauge interest.

 

The Council would like to include campus sustainability in the Integrated Planning documents that both faculty and staff have been tasked with developing.  It’s due to Mark M. by October 15th.  Kristi will send an email, and ask for volunteers to complete this document, next week.

 

Ongoing Business

As the Sustainability Council becomes more involved in campus landscaping projects, and has now funded two major projects, Kristi suggested the Council discuss landscaping budget responsibility.  Kristi has been careful to note purchase orders that pertain to campus landscaping versus other sustainability related projects.  After lengthy discussion involving budget allocations, Al suggested we take a look at spending from this year and anticipated projects for next year, and work some initiatives into our budget proposal for FY16.  He also cautioned against proposing expenditures for any budget outside our own.  Going forward, the Council will continue to approve purchases through voting, as it sees necessary, to move landscaping projects forward.

 

Old Business

 

Budget                                                         

FY1 Budget: $8,500 

Encumbrances to date:

MN Waste Wise membership 2014-2015: -$150

Boreal Natives-Swale/Ditch project: -$5,735

Dan’s Feedbin: -$200

Menards: -$200

BALANCE as of today: $2415

 

FY15 potential budget items

  • Concourse lighting signage
  • Ditch/swale info signs
  • Additional bike rack for main entrance
  • Interpretive Trail bench, trash/recycling cans, exclosures
  • Parking lot/rain garden info signs
  • Sustainability kiosk
  • MnSCU Sustainability Across Curriculum workshop host costs

 

Motions

Deanne motioned to adjourn at 11:45, Glenn seconded.

 

Next meeting

October 3rd, 2014, 10:00 am, Student Life Conference Room

 

Notes submitted by Kristi Heintz

 

meeting agenda 9/5/2014

September 5th, 2014 10:00
E2028 Workforce Development Conference Room

Review Last Meeting’s Minutes

Announcements
Introduction of SC’s new student employees: Jane Marynik and Melanie Kelson
-Landscaping and Compost Pilot updates

Midwest Renewable Energy Association (Custer, WI) may offer a solar education hour called Power Hour at LSC on September 18th. It will focus on residential PV evaluations. MREA approved installers will discuss finance. LSC agrees to help promote the event. If you’d like more information about the event, ask Kristi.

Recycling Asso. – meeting and posters (Deanne)

 

Work Group and Student Employee Reports
Policy and Procedure: employee reminders, education, and training needs (printing, recycling, supplies, computers, small appliance)
Carol, Kristi, Chad
Sustainability Reporting/Benchmarking: GGI, ACUPCC, MnSCU Sustainability Reporting, Superior Compact, B3, publicizing info
*Kristi, Aaron, Deanne, Bruce
Sustainability Kiosk: energy dashboard/demo, sustainability signage
*Duane, Rachel, Student Senate Rep
Landscape Planning: annual flower planting, rainwater harvesting, no-mow areas, rooftop gardening
*Kristi, Mike, Aaron, Theresa, maintenance rep, Wade
-Landscape Plan and Boral Natives project
-update on Groundskeeper, and Groundkeeper Assistant (SE) positions (Kristi or Glenn)
Sustainability in Curriculum
*Theresa, Aaron, Kristi, Deanne
-Ag space update from meeting August 27th (Kristi, Theresa, or Aaron)

-Garden Club update (Neldon, Aaron)

New Business
Interpretive Trail Re-Opening Event & New Trail Guide
Greenhouse Gas Inventory/ACUPCC discussion: metrics fatigue, where do we focus efforts?
Green Ribbon Schools-new Post-Secondary Award
Update Committee Structure Doc, vote on 2014-2015 Council co-chairs
Tour Spirit Mountain Farm? (Aaron)
Integrated Planning for campus Sustainability

Ongoing Business
Landscaping budget responsibility discussion (Kristi)

Old Business

Budget
FY1 Budget: $8,500
Encumbrances to date:
MN Waste Wise membership 2014-2015: -$150
Boreal Natives-Swale/Ditch project: -$5,735
Dan’s Feedbin: -$200
Menards: -$200
BALANCE as of today: $2415

FY15 potential budget items
• Concourse lighting signage
• Ditch/swale info signs
• Additional bike rack for main entrance
• Interpretive Trail bench, trash/recycling cans, exclosures
• Parking lot/rain garden info signs
• Sustainability kiosk
• MnSCU Sustainability Across Curriculum workshop host costs

Next Meeting
October ?, 2014 ?:?? in Student Life Conference Room

Meeting Minutes 4/8/2014

1:00 – 2:00

Small Administrative Conference Room

Attendance

Governing Council Members present: Deanne Roquet, Kristi Heintz, Mike Francisco, Heather Grillo, Aaron McIntire, Heather Rantula, Wade Gordon

General Members present:  Bruce Wallis

Guest Present: Deanna Keller (PTK), Alyssa Heim

 

Announcements

The Intercultural Center is sponsoring its annual Sugar Bushing trip on April 24th, group leaves LSC at 2:00 pm and will return at about 6:00.

 

Work Group and Student Employee Reports

Policy and Procedure: employee reminders, education, and training needs (printing, recycling, supplies, computers, small appliance)

                *Rachel, Carol, Kristi, Chad

No updates

 

Master Facilities Plan

                *Dick, Cliff, Glenn, Kristi, Theresa

No updates.

 

Sustainability Reporting/Benchmarking: GGI, ACUPCC, MnSCU Sustainability Reporting, Superior Compact, B3, publicizing info

                *Kristi, Aaron, Deanne, Bruce

No updates.

 

Sustainability Kiosk: energy dashboard/demo, sustainability signage

                *Duane, Rachel, Student Senate Rep

Steve Fudally and Kristi talked a bit about options.  Steve thinks it can be done in-house, he will arrange a meeting with Wade and Kristi soon.

 

Landscape Planning: annual flower planting, rainwater harvesting, no-mow areas, rooftop gardening

                Theresa, Mike, Aaron, Kristi, maintenance rep

The group met with Gary Chick on April 2nd so discuss the LSC Landscaping Map and plans.  They identified some additional problem areas and made a plan for the spring and summer. 

Kristi has been in contact with Paula Castleman, and the DNR/DFD will allow a burn on the H-hillside, but it will need to happen on very short notice when conditions are just right.  Kristi will continue to work with Paula and will talk with Gary Adams as well.  We are looking for suggestions on planting the hillside this summer.  Kristi will reach out to Jeff West to do a site visit for ditch sedges as well as hillside suggestions. 

Kristi is working with maintenance to keep the muddy annual garden in front of the S-building as bearable as possible.  Stakes and rope will need to be placed around the perimeter to keep mud off sidewalks and out of buildings.  Motion to purchase items later in the meeting.

 

Sustainability in Curriculum

                *Theresa, Duane, Aaron, Kristi, Deanne, Glenn

The curriculum committee met on March 20th, along with Jenni Swenson, Theo from the grants office and 2 PTK members.  The PTK members were set on putting together a greenhouse proposal, but Aaron met with Al yesterday and the outlook for a greenhouse on campus looks bleak.   More discussion on this topic at the May meeting.

 

Other SE Updates

Aaron is continuing to work on the café benchmarking project.  Kristi suggested PTK, shift their attention to helping Aaron with this project and expand it to utilizize the Real Food Challenge and the Real Food Challenge Calculator.  Additionally, Institute for a Sustainable Future put together this: ISF Lake Superior Local Food Purchasing Toolkit.  Both tools could be helpful to give our benchmarking project momentum.  Bruce was supportive of expanding our “local” purchasing beyond the compact area.  Kristi, Aaron, and Bruce will meet about this.

 

New Business

The Earth Day planning committee met on March 3rd to continue discussions for Earth Day planning.  Kristi will ask Jean to create a poster for the meal, featuring vendors and where to buy.  The poster or another will feature the day’s schedule. Schedule below:

Time

What

Where

Month of April: weekly blog post featuring LSC Sustainability efforts in This Week in Student Life, Newsplash, and facebook

11:00-2:00

vendor tables

Council table featuring recycling options: plastics, cartridges, compost etc

Student Life hallway

11:00-1:00

Campus Clean-up w/ water bottle give-away

 

11:00-1:00

Student posters, herb planting, worm bin giveaway

Atrium

11:00-noon

Speakers: Chad Johnson (conf), Thousand Hills (tent), Food Farm (tent), LoLa (tent) Gnar Foodz (alt)

Lounge

noon-1:00

Lunch: Thousand Hills hot dogs (tent), Food Farm Rutabaga fries (tent), CoOp hummus (tent), LoLa hard boiled eggs (tent) compostable eatware and bins

I-net Cafe

12:00-1:30

“Fresh” movie, discussion (Kristi tent)

Lounge

(tent)=tentative    (conf)=confirmed   (alt)= alternate

 

World Water Week is being recognized locally on March 24-25; collaborative events from CSS, UMD, UWS, and LSC are being organized by the League of Women Voters.  LSC will gather plastic bottles and create a garland chain on March 25th in the Atrium.  Garden Club will make popcorn, we will show the movie Tapped or similar water focused documentary, and invite all students (through posters on the vending machines and facebook) to connect their bottles to the chain where images of the destructive nature of plastic in ecosystems will also be hung.  The garland will hang in the concourse until Earth Day. 

 

Ongoing Business

 

Old Business

 

Budget                                 

Motions

Considerable conversation occurred with most motions, all motions passed unopposed

Request for heated foot rest for the Administrative Assistant to the VP.  Wade suggested we purchase 3 at $52.64 each.  Deanne motioned, Mike seconded.

The bus to Silver Bay to tour Victus Farms.  Bruce motioned to pay for the $300 bus, Deanne seconded.

Bruce motioned to purchase compostable plates, cups, and napkins for 300 people Earth Day, up to $100, Deanne seconded.

Heather R. motioned to purchase 200 compostable hot cups and small plates for employee Development Day breakfast, Heather G seconded.

Deanne motioned to pay $75 for our Earth Day speaker, Chad Johnson, Mike seconded.  Kristi will work on his contact for services.

Deanne motioned to purchase posts and rope for S-bldg seeded area, up to $320, Kristi seconded.

Heather G. motioned to purchase the Interpretive Trailhead sign from ShelDon for $132, Deanne seconded.

Deanne motioned to put remaining Council funding toward bottle filling stations for the Student Services building and ERTC, Heather R. seconded.

 

FY14 Budget: $9,000 

Encumbrances to date:

MN Waste Wise membership 2013-2014: -$150

Open PO for Menards (landscaping supplies: azalea mulch, planter flowers): -$200

Open PO for Menards (Interpretive trail supplies) – $200

AASHE membership: -$280

Airpark plastic bag recycling program: -$208

Rene Fall (Int Trail GIS mapping): -$320

UMACS Kristi travel and registration: -$758.39

ACUPCC annual 2013-2014 membership: -$750

Eden Brothers (seed mix for S-bldg): -143.96

Grainger for faucet aerators: -$85

BALANCE as of 3/7/2014: $5918.65

FY14 potential budget items

·         Concourse lighting signage

·         Bottle filling station for ERTC (did this happen in FY13?) and downtown campus

·         Additional bike rack for main entrance

·         Outdoor recycling cans

·         Interpretive Trailhead sign

·         Interpretive Trail bench, trash/recycling cans

·         Parking lot info signs

·         Legacy: fencing for exclosures

·         Sustainability kiosk

·         MnSCU Sustainability Across Curriculum workshop host costs

 

Next meeting

May 2nd, 2014, 9:00 am, Student Life Conference Room

 

Notes submitted by Kristi Heintz