Meeting Minutes 9/2/2016

10:00 – 11:30

Student Life Conference Room


Governing Core Members present: Mike Francisco, Theresa Hornstein, Glenn Merrick, Nathan Bronk, Deanne Roquet, Kristi Heintz, Wade Gordon, Eric Brandt (new member)

General Members present:

Guest Present:



Growing Sustainable Communities Conference Oct 4-5, Dubuque IA

Grants available for Minnesota playgrounds and athletic field upgrades

Recycling Assn of Minnesota’s Annual Conference Oct 5-6 in Bloomington



New Business

Kristi brought the FY17 co-chair nominations discussion to the table.  The Council reviewed current membership, quorum, and discussed the merits of co-chair shared roles.  The Council felt a faculty chair was beneficial along with Kristi’s co-chair role.  The Council agreed to think about the best fit for the co-chair and will discuss at November’s meeting.


Kristi suggested the Council discuss FY17 goals and priorities, and allow those goals to drive student employee hires for the year.  The Council has budged 20 hours per week for students and has hired 1 student already for landscape and plant watering responsibilities.  Using the Integrated Planning document developed for 2015-2016, a number of continuation projects were discussed:

  • Legacy Garden advisory and development assistance to Student Senate
  • Interpretive Trail signage “refresh” (adding a few and re-printing those that have faded)
  • Mapping and signage for north loop trail
  • Energy-related:
    • portal/kiosk
    • Sub-metering the main campus electricity meters, updating descriptors
    • Office area thermal audit (temperature and comfort zone analysis)
    • Streamline B3 data input and assessment (possibly direct input from MN Power?)
  • Purchasing:
    • Additional education about the Sustainable Purchasing policies and applicability for campus users, utilizing the Policies Prezi Kristi posted this summer.
    • Develop a sustainable supply purchase request process (request to SC, tracking in ISRS, request to budget request committees, etc.), open to all

These ideas will be sent out via email to the Council to review and priorities further at October’s meeting, each will be discussed for its student employment potential.


Stormwater-related landscape signs are printed, cedar supplies have been purchased for frames, and John Calcaterra will build the signs when he has student employees available.  Install may wait until fall.


Kristi gave a brief update on the Zero Waste initiative.  Kristi designed some sample templates for reduced paper towel use.  Mark is in the process of replacing most/all towel, soap, and sanitizer dispensers, so we’ll wait until the dispensers are replaced to initiate signage.  Kristi has talked with the new supply rep about signing the GreenSeal soap products that will now be used, and also inquired about highlighting the additional sustainability attributes (less packaging/waste, sustainable forestry, etc).  Based on conversations Kristi had with students at Welcome Week table, recycling and composting education is sorely needed.  This could potentially be a nice student worker initiative.


Additional discussions about SC responsibility as an Advisory body ensued, as well did discussion surrounding the appropriate use of Sustainability Council budget for facilities-related matters.  Additional heated foot rests have been requested, the conversation held at the onus being placed on facilities or individual departments to rectify the comfort in some of the building areas.  This conversation related back to the student employee project to assess temperatures of each space.


Kristi reported that she has set up food scrap pick-up service with WM for the kitchen.  3 of the 4 worm bins have been emptied and the bins are in cold storage.  Kristi talked with Bruce, Jill, Arlene, and Mark about getting food scrap to the bin.  Mark purchased bins and bags, Jill and Arlene are eager to comply.  Since Monday, the only compost bags that have been placed in the bin is the one Kristi brought from the Biology office.  Kristi will continue to monitor the situation, and contact WLSSD if additional assistance is needed.

Additional agenda items, deferred to October meeting: Gary Adams tribute, ACUPCC new commitment framework, and NREL assistance update,…


Old Business


Work Group and Student Employee Reports





FY16 Budget wrap report and FY17 priorities discussion

  • Landscaping, Atrium work


Motions needed


Encumbrances to date:

  • Boreal Natives (fall maintenance): -$200
  • Human Svs Dept (plastic bag removal-annual): -$260
  • Menards -$400
  • Dan’s -$200.02 of $300 enc

BALANCE as of today: $7,290.00

FY17 Budget priority review/planning will follow October’s priority project planning


Review/revise FY16-17potential budget items (carryover FY15-16 list)

  • Ditch/swale/raingarden info signs
  • Picnic table under H skywalk
  • Additional bike rack for main entrance?
  • Interpretive Trail bench, trash/recycling cans, exclosures
  • Sustainability kiosk: pamphlet holder, plastic bag bin
  • MnSCU Sustainability Across Curriculum workshop


Meeting adjourned 10:30

Next Regular Meeting

October 7th, 2016


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

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