Meeting Minutes 3/16/2012


Location: Student Life Conference Room


Governing Council Members present: Amy Brooks, Deanne Roquet, Kevin Futhey, Kristi Heintz, Mike Francisco, Theresa Hornstein, Wade Gordon

General Members present:  Mat Gilderman, Lance Lindgren, Kevin Lindgren, Heather Grillo

Guest Present: Beth Johnson



Spring Open House is today from 3:00-6:00.  Kristi and Lance will staff the table.

Duluth Bicycle/Pedestiran/Trail upcoming meetings and progress report  Reminder; “Carless in Duluth” at the Teatro Zuccone, Tuesday March 20th.  Read an article in the DNT here.

David Sobel at UMD next Tuesday, speaking on “Children and Nature Design Principles” and “Natural Play Areas for Children”.

Darby Nelson, Minnesota aquatic ecologist, professor emeritus, Anoka-Ramsey Community College and conversation activist, presents “For the Love of Lakes” Presentation and Book Signing Thursday, March 22 at Canal Park Lodge 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.  Admission and parking are free!  For more information call 218-727-2497


Work-Study & Work-Group Reports

RecycleMania: Thanks to Beth, Heather, and Amy, April has turned into an LSC Earth Fest! With Earth centered activities almost every week leading up to Earth Day.  Heather handed out a 2 page list of activities planned.  April 4th will the Recyclemania and Earth Day collection kick-off event.  See attached items page from Heather detailing events.

Earth Day T-shirts: A few design and slogan ideas were generated for t-shirts.  The Council took a look at each one and voted on their favorite.  Kristi contacted Make Your Mark designs for t-shirt pricing.  She will print organic cotton shirts for $10 each with no set-up costs.  The Council decided to go with this bid.  Wade will talk with Gary K to see if PR will cover the cost of the t-shirts.  If he will not, Deanne motioned we spend up to $1000 on t-shirts, Theresa seconded the motion, unopposed.

Vending Misers:  Lance will report on vending misers at next meeting.

Student Trip to Living Green Expo:  Deanne brought the Living Green Expo in May.  Any student interested in going should talk with Roger about the possibility of Student Life helping to fund travel.

Adopt-A-Parking Lot signs:  Gary Adams has approved the idea to start an Adopt-A-Parking Lot program on campus.  Kristi also ran the idea past Student Life, and it seems many student groups would be willing to adopt lots to keep clean.  Steve got a quote from ShelDon for metal signs, and they’ll cost up to $300 to print.  An idea generating design was presented to the EC, Kristi will work with Mat and Jean on a sign design.  Wade motioned to pay for the signs, Deanne seconded the motion unopposed.

Arbor Day Some ideas were generated regarding our obligatory Arbor Day promo in compliance with Tree Campus USA.  Giving away trees was an idea, as was planting herbs instead of giving away trees.  Kristi will look into the availability of free trees.

5R Promo  Kristi is still waiting on an official go ahead from Administration to run this year’s 5R event.  The Council decided to use last year’s design, changing the date and some details, for promo this year.  The event will be on Friday, April 27th.

“Local Sustainability Folks” meeting:  LSC will host the group’s meeting on April 19th at 3:00.  We’ll do a campus tour and meet in the H-Building.  Kristi will send out an email to the “folks”.

Ongoing Business

Earth Day Classroom Discussion: Wade put together a great power point and embedded the you tube video, the majestic plastic bag.  He also included some talking points.  Kristi will work on adding a few more plastic bag facts and post it to the EC SharePoint for Council review, then post it to the EC blog for faculty view.  Deanne will send the link to faculty on Earth Day.

Food Service Director Search:  Dick has written a very thoughtful letter to Vice President Finlayson and President Johns regarding the EC’s commitment to promoting a sustainability and health/nutrition conscious individual to fill this position.  He asked the EC to make revisions where we saw fit, then forward that letter to Pat and Al.  The EC made revisions, Wade will hand deliver the letter later today.

Old Business



PO encumbrances since last meeting:

Balance as of 2/22/2012: $2,379.37

  • Adopt-A-Parking Lot signs $180-300
  • Interp Trail Sign Supplies: $300
  • Earth Day/5R/Recyclemania printing :$
  • Earth Day t-shirts: $
  • Water bottle station: $700 (retrofit) $1300 (full) + installation


Next meeting

Next meeting is March 30th  at 9:00 in the Student Life Conference Room



Notes Submitted by Kristi Heintz

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