Sustainability Steering Committee
March 6, 2013
Present: R. Rowan (Facilities and Operations), T. Green (Parking and Transportation), V. Hollamon (O&M), G. Viola (O&M) T. Fahey (SON), R. Potla (GSA) M. Krone (O&M)
New member Ratnakar Potla representing Graduate Student Association was introduced to the group. M. Krone was also introduced to represent the energy management group.
System is investigating the possibility of using International Green Construction Code in lieu of LEED.
A subcommittee has been exploring the concept of a garden/playing field across MLK. A. Fowler-Young reported that she approached Site Resources to provide pro bono analysis of the site.
The December energy consumption numbers were passed out to the group. A copy will be sent out with the meeting notes.
There is an artist, Sandhi Schimmel, who is using recycled materials to create art work in the Health Sciences and Human Services Library.
There is a seminar on Backyard Gardening on Monday in the Southern Management Corporation Campus Center Green Room at noon.
Transportation and Teleworking: Tony Green, Chair
T. Greene reported that the Zimride program will be launched this March. The Medical Center will be added later.
Operations: Vassie Hollamon, Chair
Demolition of the offices in the recycling building is completed. The program had one truck burn in an off site repair facility. We received about $500 in insurance. We are trying to buy another used truck.
The purchase of a large shredder is in process. The goal is to have a process to be able to shred and bail all documents by early summer 2013.
They are working on a scope for a relocated recycling center.
The recently submitted All Stars recycling report for 2012 indicated that we achieved a 40 percent recycling rate.
V. Hollamon is negotiating with the animal facility leadership to start a recycling program for animal bedding to be composted.
The Walter P. Carter Center is still targeted for demolition and conversion to surface parking. Funding source has still to be identified for this project.
R. Potla reported that the Graduate Student Association is considering a sustainability fund modeled after the Oregon State program. It is hoped that the University will match the fund for innovative projects.
There was a discussion about a community garden on the Pearl Street parking lot. A. Fowler-Young will schedule a meeting to discuss with V. Hollamon, M. Drymala, and someone from the GSA.
The next meeting will be on April 3, 2013 at 11 a.m., in GR-001 of the Saratoga Building.