Meeting Minutes 2/5/16

9:00 – 10:00

Student Life Conference Room


Governing Core Members present: Mike Francisco, Theresa Hornstein, Glenn Merrick, Nathan Bronk, Deanne Roquet, Kristi Heintz, Wade Gordon

General Members present:  Cliff Koski, Dave Israel, Heather Grillo

Guest Present:





New Business

Earth Day at LSC will be Wednesday April 20th.  This year’s theme will be focused on promoting our campus and city trails.  Glenn suggested we contact a speaker with an extensive hiking background, Joanna Swanson(?), to ask if she’d be willing to speak at noon in the SL Lounge.  Kristi will put together an invite list of potential tabling vendors, and ask Mel to do the invites again this year.  The Coucil agreed the City of Duluth’s Parks/Trail Department should be highlighted with maps and information on trails.  COGGS will be a new invite this year, with discussion topics about a potential spur trail on our campus.  Deanne’s students will set up posters in the Lounge from 11-1:00, Heather will provide trail mix, popcorn, and lemonade.  Kristi will work with our student employees to organize a scavenger hunt (GREAT idea, Wade!), and we’ll host the campus clean-up with incentives for participation.  Additional details or ideas should be emailed to Kristi.


Kristi reported that last night’s “Know Your Solar” event co-hosted with Ecolibrium3 was a great success, with about 30 guests.  A few students attendee, Minnesota Power was represented as well as a number of PV installers and educators.  Kristi also shared that Bret has been moving forward to connect interested Community Solar Garden partners.  He’s very excited about the potential opportunity for LSC to be the PV array host site.  More information will unfold about this in the next couple of months.  Kristi, Wade, and Al will continue to assess this as an option.


Kristi received an update from Airpark Disability Services on our soft plastic recycling program.  2015 data showed a big increase in our recycled material, with 555 pounds recycled!


Old Business

Kristi gave an update on the submission of the NREL solar assistance and implementation grants.  UMD also submitted the applications.


Kristi reported the MS4 Permit Application and related procedures are nearing completion.  Our contractor, Michael Kooi, hopes to have the final pieces completed by the end of February.  Kristi will continue to work with him to complete these documents and submit to MPCA.


Kristi showed the draft stormwater signs that were designed by Jean, and also shared the logo she developed. Kristi will send the sign drafts out to Council to review and offer more specific content feedback, then Kristi will share feedback received with Jean.  Kristi and Aaron will continue to develop content for multiple signs around campus.


Work Group and Student Employee Reports

Kristi will doodle poll a landscape meeting to discuss spring seeding and planting needs.


We are still hiring for a student employee to train with Jane and Aaron for spring and into next fall, when they will both be leaving.  The position is posted on the LSC employment page.



FY16 Budget: $8,400 

Encumbrances to date:

  • Boreal Natives (fall maintenance): -$348.68
  • Human Svs Dept (plastic bag removal-annual): -$280
  • AASHE travel (hotel for 2): -$601.58
  • AASHE registration for 2: -$575
  • Encumbered supplies (Dan’s, Shopko, Home Depot, Menards): -$700
  • Garden/Council supply shed: -$1000
  • AASHE dues: -$280
  • Food Service: <-$150

BALANCE as of today: $4,219.92


FY15-16 potential budget items

  • AASHE travel reimbursement
  • Educational signage
  • Ditch/swale/raingarden info signs
  • Additional bike rack for main entrance?
  • Interpretive Trail bench, trash/recycling cans, exclosures
  • Sustainability kiosk
  • MnSCU Sustainability Across Curriculum workshop


Meeting adjourned 10:15

Next Regular Meeting

March 4, 2016


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

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