Sustainability Committee Meeting 9/11/13

Present:

Jenny Taylor, Saiyare Refaei, Jessica Sadler, Sara Patterson, Joe Bell, Chrissy Cooley, Rachel Haxtema, Tanya Ulsted, Gretchen Howell, Mercy Daramola, Wendy Robins, Kelly Kohlwes, Nick Lorax, Romey Haberle, Rose McKenney

 Appointed positions:

Treasure -Sarah (RHA Sustainability Director)

Secretary – Saiyare Refaei (Former Sustainability Fellow)

Jenny Taylor (President of GREAN Club) – Divestment from Fossil Fuels on Campus

          Plan for a Divestment Forum Oct. 14th , 4 pm

          Invite experts on various campus boards for a speaker panel

          Connecting with other campus club leaders

          Suggested by Dr. McKenney to talk with Dr. Kevin O’Brien and other professors, Dr. Susan Harmen, Dr. Mark Holmer, Dr. Katherine Pratt

          Contact Jenny via email or the GREAN email

          Jenny will be sharing a list of current or potential campus investments tied to fossil fuel companies

          Helpful to have a list of what Jenny needs from us

          Wendy Robins suggested the table top adds are free in The Commons and talk with Emily Peterson (ASPLU Finance Director)

          Chrissy Cooley suggested writing in the Mast for their new sustainability column

          Mercy Daramola suggested talking with RHA and RHC Sustainability Directors

Chrissy Cooley – Diversity Justice Sustainability (DJS)

          Subcommittees came together for the final draft of the report for the last academic year

          Recommend to reinstate committee to focus DJS

          Recommendation to get another VP

          Collaborating on a lot of events

          Part of 20/20 plan

Green Fees (Jenny Taylor)

          $30,995 Green Fees this year

          New matrix to apply for Green Fee Proposal on Sustainability webpage

          A couple left over proposal from CCES

o   VISTA position to start the Healthy Parkland Initiative (education about food security) – ask Joel Zylstra

o   (VISTA program 1-3 years to set up a strong partnership so that the community can sustain the program themselves)

o   Partners with Trinity Lutheran Church, Emergency Food Network, Franklin Pierce School District and local community gardens

o   For $5,000 dollars

o   What is the sustainability of this project in five years?

          Another proposal from business student Alex for an alternative spring break to make wells in Nicaragua (needs to contact Wang Center)

o    Asking for $5,500 to cover for the cost of making the well

o   Everyone who goes on the trip will pay for their way there and back

o   Additional advertisement costs?

          $1,500 asked for the Habitat for Humanity Build from CCES

o   well thought out plan

o   for transportation for class service learning experience on the site

          New compost buckets from Chrissy and Wendy

Subcommittees

          Human Ecology and Food – Wendy, Rachel

          Carbon Offsetting/Onsetting –Gretchen, Tanya, Chrissy, Joel

          Experiential Learning – Dave, Wendy

          DJS – Mercy, Saiyare

          Green Fees – Jenny, Aiko, Sarah

          Outdoor Classroom – Nick,

          Green Fees—Sara, Jenny, Aiko

Announcements/Requests

          (Jenny) upcoming Oct. 17th coal export terminal hearing at the Tacoma Convention Center

          (Saiyare) campus mural connecting with CCES, Sustainability, Residential Life, Art Dept. soon

          (Chrissy) unPlugged in October, film to be shown in each hall thanks to Aiko

          (Wendy) purchased 30 more composting buckets from a company in Tacoma, requesting Green Fees for a reimbursement, hopes of more off campus students can participate, connecting with pig farm to serve as feed and saves money, staff can take home a bucket too!

          (Rachel-CCES) Sept. 24th last day to volunteer at Mother Earth Farms, food drives in October (Oct. 19th game end of drive), Trinity Food Pantry open Tuesdays and Fridays

          (Nick) PLU Community Garden Workshop Sept. 20th, United Day way of Caring, 10 people from Microsoft coming to volunteer, some beds going to the Empty Bowl Campaign soon

o   I522 on ballot to label GMO Foods going up for election this November, rally in Sumner open house for discounted meals etc. this Saturday (email Nick for more details)

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