Meeting Minutes 5-1-2018

1:00 – 2:00

Student Life Conference Room


Governing Core Members present: Tim Leudke, Kristi Heintz, Marissa Berger, Mike Francisco, Deanne Roquet, Connie Moore, Nate Bronk, Theresa Hornstein, Glenn Merrick, Mark Cardinal

General Members present:

Guest Present: Chris Whaley



May 9th is National Bike to School Day. Duluth Bikes and Zeitgeist support a range of activities during the month of May.  Kristi suggested we mark the day with coffee, cookies and orange juice for morning active commuters (bus, bike, walkers).  Kristi will bring coffee and orange juice, Marissa and Deanne will each bring cookies.


New Business

The Council review the current FY18 budget and worked through potential final budget items.  After extensive discussion, the Council approve expenditures for the following:
Current balance: $2,441.18

  • Dan’s Feedbin (flowers, fertilizer) -$300
  • Menards (soil, supplies) increase -$300
  • Smart strips ($28 each x 6)
  • Campus countertop compost bins/bags ($29 each x 6)
  • Heated footrests ($45 each)
  • EnergyStar refrigerator for Art Bldg ($280)
  • Picnic table (quote obtained from Max-R, appx $950 with shipping)
  • Cordless saw/drill kit for trail work (up to $400), Mike will assist in finding an appropriate model
  • Interpretive Trail trailhead sign ($1500)
  • Training/travel?

Kristi will encumber funds and work through purchasing before June 30th.


Garden/Grounds planning:

  • Tree planting is cancelled (spread the word). We will have the area burned this spring and will continue to    but Kristi and Glenn are organizing some trail work this Thursday at about 10:30.  Mike will bring a saw from home to use for this effort.  Glenn will have some students helping with the effort.
  • Glenn and Kristi would like to move the trail head sign. Mark and Mike had some great suggestions; we’ll work through this project soon.
  • We have at least 1 faculty and student interested in “adopting” raised beds in the vegetable garden. Tim Larson has amended and “tamed” the hugel bed and planted seeds.  Kristi and Danielle will discuss development of signs for the space.
  • The student employment position for groundskeeping and trails is still open. Send any interested students to Kristi.


Kristi and Chris are working on light switch stickers for Green Office.  The stickers are intended to remind people to turn off lights when the space isn’t occupied.


MAP #3 “Distinctions” Task Force: Leadership with a Sustainability focus will be put forward to the task force.  Kristi, Glenn, and Deanne will continue to develop this Distinction/focus.


The Boreal Natives contract is set for the spring burn. Meeting addendum: the burn will happen Wednesday, May 2nd.  Kristi will alert admin and involved maintenance.


Old Business

Earth Day review (adjourned before discussion occurred)


Work Group and Student Employee Reports

(adjourned before discussion occurred)


FY 18 budget balance: $2,441.18

Encumbrances to date:

  • Earth Day supplies, compost bags and cookies: -271
  • Shoreview Natives: -3,000
  • Prairie Restorations: -1,050
  • Amazon (smart strips): -275
  • Amazon (pruners, compost bags for campus): -87.67
  • RSPT annual membership: -330
  • Menards: -300
    • Atrium soil, potting soil, landscape tools
  • Mileage reimbursement: MPCA site supervisor training: -160.50
  • Mileage B3 luncheon: -167.99
  • B3 luncheon registration: -27.37
  • AASHE annual membership: -280
  • Print/postage: -36.47


Next Meeting


Minutes respectfully submitted by Kristi Heintz, 5/2/2018.  Posted to LSC Sustainability Council Blog and Employee Portal Committees page.

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