Present: Louise, Amanda, Molly, Catherine, Brad, Mary
Discussion started on the edible garden.
idea is to have edible landscaping on campus (permaculture, apple trees,
Molly talked to Cathy Shrady about her Zen
garden. For the Zen garden, they had obtained funding from grants, which may
not be applicable to our case. Kathy also indicated she would be willing to
Find out about different possible funding
sources (Mellon Grant, show
connections between different groups or departments); how much time should we
spend on getting additional sources of funding if Mellon doesn't work?
How much $ needed?
How much maintenance does this type of garden
require, and who is in charge? (can't realistically be asking volunteers)
Ask Kathy about the logistics of implementing/
starting a garden (how did Adm. Get involved?
Does the space need to be approved? It might be
easier if it is in a centralized or designated area (more easily identified as
a teaching tool).
Molly will look into $$ needed and will write a paragraph on
this project (first shot at proposal)
Discussion then went on to discuss the "tree
oriented" grounds forum.
idea is to highlight what is done on campus about grounds sustainability.
Amanda will ask Matthias (absent) for an
e-mail update. A date needs to be set. Suggestions included: Earth day (April
22d) and Arbor Day (April 30th) 4/27
Location: Student Center (large room
upstairs, check for VP approval)
Suggestions included a tree hugging event
(Louise), with pictures taken, and a geo-cashing event (Amanda). Marcus could/
may be able to present a "10 tips to beautify your lawn" (interesting for
community members as well).
ESREP (renewable energy payment plan) Blackbird
café - March 29th (5-7 p.m.)
Youth Energy Fair, SUNY Canton - April 7th
(9 a.m. -12 p.m.). Looking for student volunteers .
Present: Louise Gava, Amanda
Lavigne, Matthias Nevin, Lindsay Guerin, Catherine Boulatoff and Ben Ross.
Ben was invited to join us to
discuss trees. His Senior project is on creating on planting trees on campus.
3p.m. The meeting started by
discussing old business:
policy. Louise explained that the name of the policy was renamed "reduced
anti-idling". Buildings and grounds has until March 15th to review
and respond to the proposal (Louise)
on what needs to be done next: what signs for vendors need to be put , etc.
Amanda asked if we needed to revitalize the issue. This is be discussed during
our next meeting.
Ground Forum. Matthias was given the dates of Sunday, March 28 and Monday,
March 29 for having the forum in the Winston room. It was agreed that these
dates are too early to be ready on time.
The open forum
is to raise awareness on faculty, staff, and students on what is currently
being done to make the campus grounds more sustainable, and to inform everyone
of the directions taken by Marcus that move SLU toward a more sustainable
timeline to keep during Spring break to keep things moving were highlighted:
points do we want to bring out?
Who should be on
the panel? The panel should include individuals from the faculty, Staff, alum/
community member, and student. Suggestions included: Tom Coakley, Brad Baldwin,
Karl Schonberg, or/ and someone from the broader community, such as Charlotte
Ramsey. Marcus may also have some suggestions (for example, the person on the
crew who picks up trash on Friday morning).
Arboretum or tree
walk. The idea is to make people feel welcome on campus.
mentioned her discussion with Kathy Craig, who is working with high school
students on a project. They get to pick out five (5) types of trees that would
be nice on campus. They were also picking the spots on campus where they should
acknowledged that to make an arboretum requires a considerable amount of work.
Different individuals are needed to make it a successful project; someone from
biology, psychology, design...
Ben then talked about his
senior project with Jon Rosales. Stage 1 is to create a sustainable woodlot on
ESL property, using black locusts, and interspacing them with oak trees. Stage
2 is to plant more from the nursery (spruce, pine, locust). They will need to
be transplanted. One hope is to have the trees ready to be cut by the time the
boiler breaks down.
One question asked was
whether SLU should grow its own trees (nursery) to replace current trees on
One idea which spruced up was
to have the Conservation Council sponsor a tree planting day.
Besides the Ben's project, it
was mentioned that Jon Rosales and his class are already planting trees, as
well as EAO on Earth day (April 2).
Maybe the planting day
sponsored by CC could be a joined event with Arbor day. Or at least CC could
piece together the different activities. Suggestions of activities included a
"scavenger hunt" for elementary kids, or/and for students, "offering trees to
community members", and a "hug a tree" event.
It was duly noted that DEC
typically donates 53 trees. Amanda offered to contact DEC to see what they
Louise informed us of several
things happening on campus:
Marcus is now
reducing the use the Round-up, and instead is using lemon oil (also cheaper)
Sue Powers is
looking for students to represent SLU to talk to high school students about
environmental programs on campus at the Youth Energy expo. One potential
problem is that this would take place on a Wed. from 10 a.m. to noon, that is
when most SLU students are in class.
Students are also
needed to entertain high school students. Example: using Amanda's thermo
camera, or a bike generator. Amanda will contact Sue Powers.
Tasks given at the end of the
Get date for
Talk to Karl
about Arboretum (Matthias)
Print tree walk
from other schools (Matthias)
+ Erik Cooper (Amanda's advisee) looked at the
creation of a special fund for environ./ sustain. Projects. He found out that
such funds are relatively common in other colleges.
Arturs asked the Council if it would be a signatory on a
letter of support for these initiatives he would like to present to University
President Bill Fox during a private meeting on 3/4/2010.
After a few questions, the members of the Council present
all agreed that they would like the Council to sign the letter. The chair agreed to act as signatory for the
group, and would pass the letter around electronically so that individual
member could weigh in on whether they would like their name specifically
identified as a member of the Council, and thus identified specifically as a
Arturs was thanked for his presentation, and left the
- Updates from tasks assigned during the last meeting:
Matthias-will look into possible dates and
location for forum (after spring break) as well as consider the goals and
Tried to contact Timberly Hewitt without
much success to establish location. Will
try to request room through web-based form.
Lindsay and Matthias-will have meetings with
admissions, biology and psychology about what an Arboretum might mean for them
Sent some emails without much
response, but feels that there is support, it is just the time of year when people
don't have much time to respond to every group email. Will try an alternative communication method
to try and engage stakeholders about this project.
Molly-will consider what possible edible
landscape options we have-starting with looking to see what other schools have
Some examples found, some very
interesting examples, mostly southern schools, but the possibility of an
integrated garden with edible components including trees, and berry bushes
providing food for human and animal consumers was presented.
An idea was put on the table about
whether the Zen Garden process could act as a model for a project along these
lines - Louise pointed out that the Zen garden was funded by a grant, but that
the general framework for the project would probably be very applicable. Molly will talk with Cathy Shrady about the
Zen Garden process and report back.
Louise-will find five schools that are pesticide
free to give Marcus some ideas
Some examples found, mostly in the North
West, some partially pesticide free and some totally free (including athletic
fields) Louise will work with Marcus to communicate this information.
Eric-will look into the amount that other
schools ‘charge' students for a green fee
Eric was not at the meeting so this was
tabled for the next discussion
3:50-4:00 - Assign tasks for the next week
Amanda will distribute letter and act as
signatory on hard copy
Molly will contact Cathy Shrady and ask about
the Zen Garden and how we might use that model
Matthias, Lindsay will continue to try and
engage arboretum project stakeholders
Louise will work on getting feedback on the
anti-idling policy, and will communicate her finding to Marcus
Conservation Council Meeting Minutes
Thursday, February 18th 3-4pm Memorial Hall
Present: Eric Cooper, Louise Gava, Lindsay Guerin, Matthias
Nevins, Molly Parren, Rick Scott, and Andrew Skaggs
1. Feedback on anti-idling policy (Louise): our draft policy
is in the hands of the building and grounds committee. They will review for next week's Wednesday
meeting and provide feedback to us.
Facilities managers also saw and commented on the policy, as previously
discussed the idea is accepted but we must tweak the action items to minimize
potential confrontation or accident. The
new action item likely to be accepted is reporting the vehicle number or
license plate to facilities or security.
2. Recap meeting with Marcus, consider action items:
-Sharing information about our landscaping with the broader community through a
CC sponsored forum, possible panel form with lots of time for audience
-Andrew: questions why we can't have cans for recycling with our garbage cans
-Matthias: wonders if we have enough trash cans along the ‘drunk walk'
-Louise: perhaps CC should do a spring campaign to encourage a walk/bike
friendly campus and downtown. This could
be coupled with anti-idling policy ‘unveiling,' improvement of bike routes to
downtown, encouraging students to walk (not drive) to the gym and the beginning
of the SLU arboretum project.
-Molly: noted that while berry bushes (perhaps along Romoda) are a great idea
for edible landscaping they might not be easy to grow without pesticides.
-Lindsay: just presented on edible landscaping in her sustainable house class
and if that project is selected perhaps ESL project and SLU project on main
campus can work together
-Eric: edible landscaping and arboretum project combined if we plant cherry
-Louise: we have a paper map (very dated) which has location and type of trees
(thanks to previous work of Karl McKnight).
Katie Craig will work with a group of Massena High School Students to
GPS, update and recommend new trees for a small section of campus. This should fit nicely into the larger
3. EAO and Thelmo Updates
-Molly: EAO has two groups right now, one that was working on the film series
idea is now working to influence class gifts so they are more
sustainable-considering helping grounds become more sustainable and deal with
their budget issues through class gift
-Lindsay: EAO second group is working on campaign to ban bottled water. Dasani will be banned once the stock runs out
and Aquafina will be banned at the end of the year. Hoping to show the film ‘Thirst' right at the
time when Dasani is banned from campus
-Matthias: met with Corey (Thelmo President), talked mainly about a capital
improvement fund where students would pay money ($25 a year?) and then groups
would approach Thelmo with proposals for funding-Corey is still working out the
details. Matthias made the proposal that
a portion of the fund be reserved for ‘green' uses only. Thelmo also wants to work on advertizing,
partnering with EAO and getting the Thelmo name out while raising environmental
1. Matthias-will look into possible dates and location for forum (after spring
break) as well as consider the goals and format
2. Lindsay and Matthias-will have meetings with admissions, biology and
psychology about what an Arboretum might mean for them
3. Molly-will consider what possible edible landscape options we have-starting
with looking to see what other schools have done
4. Eric-will look into the amount that other schools ‘charge' students for a
5. Louise-will find five schools that are pesticide free to give Marcus some
1. Remember to use AASHE as a resource for what other schools are doing
2. Ag Plastic Baling at Cornell Cooperative Extension on Route 68 Feb 23rd
3. Youth Energy and Environment Expo and Science Fair at SUNY Canton April 7th,
judges and volunteers needed
4. 2 Hour training session for renewable energy payment plan, early March, more
details to follow
Come join our meeting, share your thoughts and get involved
with other faculty, staff and students working toward a more sustainable
campus though promotion of an anti-idling policy and ecologically focused landscape plan.
Come join our meeting, share your thoughts and get involved
with other faculty, staff and students working toward a more sustainable
The agenda for our Thursday Meeting 3-4 Memorial Hall 102:
3:00-3:15 - Old business....Any feedback from anti-idling policy?
3:15-3:30 - Recap our meeting with Marcus - what did we learn, and how can
3:30-3:45 - Members time - what's going on in Thelmo and EAO?
3:45 - 4:00 - Define next steps for CC - assign tasks
4:00 - Adjourn
The Conservation Council's primary concern is with energy
use and conservation on the University campus.
Its function is to lead a concerted effort throughout the University to
reduce energy consumption, with a combination of short-range, intermediate, and