Sustainability Council meeting agenda 9/8/2017


Sept 17-23, Celebrate the Night Sky Week, organized by the Starry Skies Lakes Superior

Sept 19th, 11:30, Climate Conversation in S1981.  Ron Moen (Asst. Professor in the Biology Department at UMD and Senior Research Asst. at NRRI) will speak on Climate change and potential trends in NE MN mammal populations.  “Climate change is projected to increase mean annual temperature and precipitation in the upper Great Lakes region. This will affect the distribution and abundance of mammal species in the region. We used past trends in population size, climate envelope modelling, and observations to predict species responses to climate change in NE MN. Because MN is on the southern edge of the boreal forest and at the transition of prairie, northern hardwoods, and boreal forest, we will see more change than other regions. I will provide an overview of possible changes collectively and with specific species, accompanied with the caveat that we are entering a future with no historical analog.”

New Student Employee introductions and projects

Interpretive Trail work, next Friday Sept 15th.  Talk to Glenn if you’re interested.

New Business

GreenCorps update

  • Supervisor training in St Paul, Sept 15th (motion needed)

B3 Energy reporting – award update

  • Awards luncheon, October 26th (motion needed)

Airpark and soft plastics recycling program discontinued

Trex recycling challenge

Strategic Planning Goals, FY18

Request for outdoor recycling bins

New trail maps and display


Old Business


Work Group and Student Employee Reports



FY 18 total budget: $8,450

Encumbrances to date:

  • Menards: -300


Review/revise FY17potential budget items

  • Bottle filling station for Atrium?
  • Picnic table under H catwalk, or Student Life area?
  • Interpretive Trail bench, trash/recycling cans, exclosures
  • Sustainability kiosk: pamphlet holder, plastic bag bin
  • workshops?


Next Meeting

Friday, October 6th, 10:00

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