Campus Committee for Sustainability and Climate Neutrality

Date: 
September 14, 2012
CCSCN Meeting
September 14, 2012
SC 336  2:00-3:00

In attendance: Jon Rosales, Neil Law (co-chairs), Dan Seaman, Rick Scott, Louise Gava, Kathleen Buckley            

Co-Chair's Report   

The committee met for the first time to outline the workload and agenda for the academic year.

The committee will meet on Fridays, at 2 pm, unless notified. Louise will not be able to meet in the second half of the semester, as she will be teaching

Rosales suggested that the committee focus on doing two elements of our charge well this year:

1.  Communicate more effectively with the campus
2.  More actively coordinate sustainability activities

Strategies to accomplish these two will be developed in subsequent meetings.

Discussion

Neal Law had several questions for Dan Seaman about the Master Plan.

Dan suggested we attend the meeting about the Master Plan to hear more about the progress.

Plans for a new residence hall have been split from the master plan.  An architect and construction company will be chosen this fall and they will explore potential sites versus costs.  The hope is that the building will be geothermal (and expand the geothermal system to include additional buildings), which could decrease our carbon footprint.

Two alumni have started a green roof company near Boston with a focus on food roofs.  

Jon: NYSERDA has feasibility grant money for looking at district heating.  We might want to look at this. Imagining a broader solution for our community might be timely.  One issue is the time it takes for a full conversation to make this happen.

Louise: Princeton Review and College Prowler - some of our students are saying we are not following through with our green commitments. 

Next meetings

9/28   Meet new students assigned by THELMO to this committee.
Continue our discussion of the Master Plan in lieu of Sarasota Associates' presentation to the campus community.

10/3 or 10/5 Joint meeting with Buildings, Grounds and Campus Support Committee to discuss Master Plan. BGCS has been contacted to ask what day they would like to meet.

10/19 Louise Gava or Cathy Shrady to update the committee on the Sustainability Semester Start discussion on a communication strategy of the Climate Action Plan

Other meeting dates: 11/2, 11/16, 11/30, 12/14