Meeting Minutes 4/3/2015

10:00 – 11:00

Student Life Conference Room


Governing Council Members present: Glenn Merrick, Kristi Heintz, Mike Francisco, Theresa Hornstein, Deanne Roquet

General Members present: Aaron Ekstrom, Nate Bronk, Al Finlayson

Guest Present:



2015 UMACS Conference at Bemidji State is June 17th – 19th. Student registration is $30, employees are $125 until May 1st. Bemidji State offers free camping on campus and State Park camping options in addition to hotel stays.

New Business

At last meeting, Kristi again brought up the idea of a Sustainability Council member recruiting meeting or open or informative setting. The Council suggested we ask for a bit of time to outline the Council’s current projects and solicit membership. The Thursday’s agenda wasn’t conducive to our pitch, so we’ll try to get on the agenda for fall Duty Day.


The Social Committee announced our plans for the May 7th Power Hour: Clean-Campus work session. Kristi also sent a follow-up message to Mat to announce in Monday’s Newsplash. We’d like people to sign up ahead of time so we can gauge interest and supplies needed.


Kristi asked for a motion to increase the Dan’s Feedbin PO by $100 for campus flowers and spring landscape supplies. Deanne motion, Mike seconded unopposed.


The Council discussed final planning for Earth Day on April 22nd : “Scraps to Soil: Campus and Community Compost”. In lieu of a speaker, the Council (Deanne, Theresa, Kristi and anyone else) will present some “how-to-compost” tips and show a short vimeo on home composting. We will also so a short composting movie from the PBS series Food Forward titled “SOS: Save our Soil”. Heather and Student Life will provide popcorn in compostable bags, trail mix in compostable cups and apples. All of these activities will be in the Student Lounge.


Also on April 22nd, Kristi reported on the WLSSD community drop site. Susie will host a kick-off event and Q&A in W2888 for all employees. Kristi will send an e-invite to employees the week before Earth Day.


Ongoing Business


Old Business


Work Group and Student Employee Reports

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

Carol, Kristi, Mel, Wade

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

*Kristi, Aaron, Deanne, Bruce

Grants and Awards: Pre-grant drafts and collaboration with grant office on potential opportunities

*Deanne, Kristi, Wade

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, Glenn





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

AASHE: -$280

IOS (footrests): -$263.20

Amazon (footrests): -$123

Eden Brothers (S-bldg wildflower seed): -$192.51

SWCD for RSPT annual dues: -$300

Anticipated Travel for UW Madison Earth Day conference: -$400

BALANCE as of today: $406.42


FY14-15 potential budget items

  • LSC Earth Day costs
  • Spring landscape supplies (flowers)
  • Concourse lighting signage
  • Ditch/swale/raingarden 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

May 1, 2015, 10:00 in Student Life Conference Room


Notes submitted to SC blog and LSC Employee Portal>Committees by Kristi Heintz

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