Conservation Council Minutes

Date: 
October 3, 2006

Recycling
(Brad Baldwin):  Conversation has been occurring over the
faculty/staff listserv about recycling -Rick Scott reminded the council that
Marcus Sherburne informed us last year that SLU is doing as well or better than
our comparison schools; also that the university contracts with Gibson &
Son, who take all our trash, sort it, and receive profit for recyclables
(therefore it is in their best interest to recycle.)  Suggestion that we meet with custodial staff
and discuss whether they can keep recyclables separate and sorted in the
future.  In the next few weeks, recycling
subcommittee will create a document outlining what SLU currently does, as well
as a document making suggestions for improvement, and make both available to
the entire campus community.  Also, fact
sheet/ FAQ's.  Possibly more molded
plastic bins with separate areas for recyclables in different places on campus.  As a council, we should visit the campus
recycling/trash center, take pictures, make a video, post these on the
Greenpages.

This
subcommittee will present its "findings" next meeting, Oct. 17. 

 

Greenbikes (Kira Krumhansl): ODY Library is looking to hire a
student employee (10+ hours/week.)  Ruta
has found a space to store the bikes for winter.  One bike was slightly damaged last week; all
bikes are usually checked out.  Problems
with locking - idea to create a sticker saying, effectively - "we saw you - lock
your bike!"  Decision was made to charge
students for damage based on the cost of repair, loss based on cost of
replacement.

Farm
2 School
: A Gardenshare dinner at
SUNY Potsdam last week highlighted dishes featuring local food, which are all
made by one special chef, and which are an important feature at their dining
hall.  Suggestion: a student-led (EAO -
Andrea Bye) trip to Potsdam's dining hall; having that chef come speak at SLU
to Cindy Atkins dining services.

 

Thelmo
Environmental Council
:  Is working on drafting energy efficiency
suggestions for administration.  Heating:
a wing of each dorm is controlled by a few sensors; problems arise with
heat-producing devices like fridges, or students who open windows, thus causing
the rest of the wing to overheat (Res. Life should know which rooms these are
and inform their occupants of proper use. 
Potential of informing students directly.)  Possibility of installing more sensors and
using an averaging program to even out temperatures.

Space
for this Thelmo council will be created on the Greenpages for minutes.

 

Transportation : Ride board no longer exists and should be
reinstated for the coming breaks, on a bulletin board downstairs in the
UC.  Jason Eisenhuth and Colie Collen
will head up this initiative.