Meeting Minutes 10/8/10

Environmental Council

Meeting Minutes

October 8th, 2010

8:30 Student Life Conference Room


Innovative Office Solutions would like to meet with the Council when they do a campus visit on October 22nd.  They are working to become LSC’s primary source for office supplies and offer many eco-friendly supply options.  This would be a point to include in the CAP and also LSC’s Sustainable Purchasing Policy.

Theresa and Deanne discussed an RFP for an MPCA grant aimed at sustainable agriculture and campus/student research.  It would be a partner grant with UW Superior and possibly St. Scholastica.  Theresa is following up on more details.

Kristi updated the group on the progress made on the sustainability website and mentioned that Travis Jackson is doing a fantastic job of formatting information that we want placed on the website.  Kristi and Travis will meet with Steve next week about getting that info uploaded to the server.

Mat is working on placing an “advertisement” on the LSC website telling people where they can pick up free shredded Styrofoam.

Sub-Committee Reports

Kristi updated the group on the Climate Action Plan and discussed resources for continuing to add content. She also suggested we send the AASHE document “Leading Profound Change” to President Johns to look over before we engage him in discussions related to our plan.  The group agreed to work on the CAP at regular Friday meetings.  The CAP and all resource documents are available on SharePoint.

Wade will discuss the idea of LSC’s target climate neutrality date with the President’s Cabinet at a meeting next week and will ask for feedback.

Old Business

Kristi updated the group on the disk golf course clean-up on September 29th.  About 7 students participated in the clean-up and 12 bags were added to the 8 bags that had been collected by a student group over the weekend.  Kristi also followed up with the City of Duluth on trash cans, there are now 2 cans on the edge of the course, 1 along Trinity Road and 1 by the gate near the LSC main entrance.  The City is checking the cans and picking up trash weekly.  The City suggested we put together an agreement that we (LSC) will be in charge of cleaning up the course on a regular basis and they will put up an adopt-a-park sign with our name on it.  Kristi will work with the Environmental Club on signage pointing out where the nearest trash cans are.  Kevin will look into getting 1 or 2 more cans placed on the course.

New Business

Wade discussed our involvement in this year’s Living Green Conference.  We need to get an earlier start this year and form a sub-group to work on planning.  Many ideas were discussed for collaborating with another event to combine efforts.  The issue of cost to visitors was also discussed.   Carol mentioned that the League of Women Voters contacted her and is very interested in partnering to work on organization.  Wade has followed up with them and will report back to the Council when he discusses with them their potential roll.

Budget Report

Date Item (-) Balance
7/1/2010 Beginning FY11 Balance $ 5000
7/9/10 MN Waste Wise Membership dues $150 $ 4850
8/24/10 Print/Laminate 2 compost posters p
8/25/10 Print/Laminate 2 energy miser posters p
9/17/10 Waste Wise Annual Meeting Registration for Kevin and Kristi $70 $4780
9/24/10 MN Waste Wise Meeting Mileage for Kevin and Kristi $306 $4474


No motions were made at this meeting.

Next meeting

October 22, 2010 9:30 Student Life Conference Room

Submitted by Kristi Heintz

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