Meeting Minutes 11/19/2010

9:30 Facilities Conference Room

Faculty/Staff members present: Kevin Futhey, Wade Gordon, Dick Haney, Kristi Heintz, Theresa Hornstein, Cliff Koski, Glenn Merrick, Deanne Roquet, Jeri Schwerin, Megan Bugge

Students present: Tom Deschenes

UMD’s Winter Campus Sustainability Fair is November 29th and 30th. More information available at UMD’s Sustainability website:

Reminder, the last Duluth Energy Efficiency Program (DEEP) workshop will be offered on December 6th @ Evergreen Senior Center, more information can be found at

Sub-Committee Reports
Living Green:
-Deanne and Kristi talked with Suzie Darley-Hill at WLSSD about the possibility of partnering with the rain barrel/compost bin sale in late April; Suzie is open to the idea although the date wouldn’t be very flexible. Deanne will follow up.
-All agree the entrance fee should be lowered, possibly to $2-$3 or a food-shelf donation
-Cost to venders will depend on the cost to cover advertising
-League of Women Voters hasn’t gotten back to Wade yet
-Wade, Deanne, and Glenn will follow-up on possible partners/advertising avenues

Old Business
CAP Extension request: Kristi will work on wording for the request and forward to Wade for submitting. The request will include our need for an extension noting change in president and administrative structure.

New Business
CAP Meeting with President Johns: Members of the Environmental Council will meet with President Johns on November 30th at 1:00. At today’s meeting we discussed several key points that we’d like to bring up with him regarding the Climate Action Plan including a request to be part of sustainable planning such as retrofits, transportation, stormwater, etc.
-Dick shared a conversation he and Pat had regarding campus accessibility, including trail access, and he reported that the Facilities Master Plan will be up for renewal soon, the Council feels they should be included in discussions leading up to compiling this document.
-The Council agreed we need to approach the meeting informed of what’s contained in the document, Kristi suggested everyone take a look at the plan prior to the meeting. Glenn suggested we meet an hour prior to the meeting with Pat to go through the Plan. Kristi will contact Hilary to reserve the conference room for an extra hour.
-Deanne and Kristi will make sure Pat has a draft copy of the CAP to look through prior to the meeting.
-The Council agreed also that we should emphasize the time that has been spent on the Plan to this point and give a cost comparison of what other insitutions have put into formuatling their plans.
-Kristi recommended we put together an agenda to follow for the meeting with Pat, she will work on that before the Nov. 30th 12:00 meeting.

Jeri and Glenn will attend the noon planning meeting
Deanne, Cliff, Theresa, Kristi, Tom and Kevin will attend the 12:00 and 1:00 meetings

GHG Inventory Annual Data Collection: Cliff discussed the many hours needed to compile and convert information to usable numbers for annual GHG Inventory data collection. In the past, Cliff has had a work study do it, but theses work study hours were not allotted this semester or next. We also need to go back and collect past data for the Climate Action Plan trajectory which will take hours to complete. Deanne will talk with Hilary about additional work-study hours.
-A work-study position for our website compiler position was also discussed. We could possibly combine this with GHG inventory work.

Budget Report
-Due date for the AASHE annual membership fee: 11/1/2010. The Council agreed we could pay the $250 dues from the EC budget.
-The Council agreed LSC should be responsible for paying the “voluntary” dues to ACUPCC. Wade will discuss this with Pat and will also suggest they pick up the AASHE dues from now on.

EC balance YTD

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 P $306
11/22/10 AASHE Annual Dues P $250

Theresa motioned to pay the annual AASHE dues immediately, Deanne seconded the motion, all approved. Kristi will set up a PO for the payment.

Next meeting
Next meeting will be December 3rd, 9:30 – 11:00 in the Student Life Conference Room

Submitted by Kristi Heintz

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