Time: 8:00 am

Present Richard Strong, Miako Ushio, Dennis Easley, Wayne Beierman, Dale Jamieson, Phil Camill, Ben Lum, Jamie Long, Julie Klassen

Secretary: Jason Mulvihill-Kuntz

New Business:
Goals for EAC
Discussion about formulating a general set of goals or principles for the committee
Will examine committee by-laws and draft several possible goals for next meeting (Jamie Long and Jason Mulvihill-Kuntz)
Environmental Statement of Principles (follow up)
How does/should the Environmental Statement of Principles be incorporated into the goals and function of the EAC?
Question was raised about whether or not it is official college policy
– Has the general committee of trustees passed it?
– If endorsed, the Environmental Statement of Principles was supposed to be written into the college course catalogue, which did not happen.

  • Should ask Barbara Johnson and Registrar formally about putting it in the course catalogue


New Ideas and Topics for EAC

1) Energy Use / Meeting Kyoto Protocol
– Facilities is in the process of quantifying and collecting data on campus energy use in order to see if it is feasible to attempt to meet the reduction in energy use outlined in the Kyoto Protocol. (reducing energy emissions by 7% of 1990 levels, by 2009
– Facilities is interested in trying to meet these goals, but is not formally committed to meeting them. (Will have current data on campus energy use compiled by November – EAC will revisit topic at this time)
– Carleton College has grown 20% since 1990, so the present attempt is to standardize by the square foot and attempt to locate institutional or national benchmark data for energy use and reduction.
– Concern was voiced about being too “reactive” to energy reduction issues instead of incorporating them in the planning phases of building construction projects.

  • Energy reduction issues were looked at and considered in the design and construction of the Language and Dining Center, and facilities plans on incorporating ideas on sustainable design into the design and construction phases of future construction projects.

– Discussion of problems with attempts at energy reduction:

  • Several aspects of the college would have to sacrifice and change usage
  • Gains would have to be both cultural (human awareness) and design (construction of buildings)
  • Machines and equipment that have to be left on in certain buildings (freezers, some fume hoods, air conditioning for art preservation, etc..)
  • Air cycles in Rec. Center
    • College and EAC should provide “feedback loops,” so that people understand the consequences of their actions – let people know what impacts are.
    • Plan to re-visit topic in November when current data has been collected

2) Tree-Free Campaign
– Last year, use of “virgin,” or 100% un-recycled paper, was campus-wide. This year, after the Tree-Free Campaign of last year, all the paper used in copy machines on campus is made from100% post-consumer materials, several departments are now using at least 30% post-consumer paper, and there is an ongoing attempt to get every department and office on campus to use paper that has some percentage of post-consumer content.

3) Composting

– Last year, facilities was working with interested students to get composting receptacles for at least four locations around campus, but they have not received information on receptacles to purchase.
– Facilities is willing to implement a composting project on campus (including pick and delivery to onsite compost receptacle near farmhouse), but there is a need for student help and motivation
– Miako Ushio has committed to working with facilities and residents of the townhouses to work on a composting project for that area of campus, where there was support for it from incoming residents.
– Dining hall composting:

  • Discussion about coordinating with other organizations to split cost of pick-up. Schools and hospitals were identified as likely candidates for cooperation.
  • Get Endres, Inc. to pick-up (reprocess material to produce animal feed)

4) Buildings

– Concerns have been raised about the day lighting of classrooms in the Language and Dining Center. People are having difficulty using equipment such as slide projectors, because the daylight hits screens. Facilities plans to have meetings with the White Group (building consultants), as well as an informational and educational meeting about the use and function of the windows.

– The design of the new Art Gallery will include an architect who is familiar with sustainable design and architecture.
– Discussion about plans and ideas for a new “environmental building.” Should it be constructed as a place to house the ENTS dept., or should it be a residential building for students?

  • What should it look like?; Where should it be located?; etc…

5) Paving Projects
– The main trail in the upper Arboretum has been paved at the request of the Arboretum committee. Concern was voiced about the paving itself as opposed to other available materials as well as the width of the trail.

  • Should the EAC be involved in an advisory role in these types of projects?

– Last year an alternative paving project for the townhouse parking lot was brought to grounds, but was deemed to be significantly more expensive than regular paving and was therefore not implemented. However, the alternative project may be used in future parking lot construction projects.
– Several issues about new parking lot construction were raised. Facilities and grounds have been considering the availability and demand for parking on campus. Alternative methods of reducing use of cars on campus were discussed.

6) Construction of Baseball Field
– The construction of the new baseball field will result in the displacement of a significant portion of the farmhouse organic garden. Meetings between students, farmhouse residents, and facilities staff resulted in a mutually agreeable relocation site for the organic garden in the front of farmhouse.

7) New Heating Plant

– The college’s current heating plant is running at the maximum output currently. Alternative strategies for heating buildings, such as individual geo-thermal units, were discussed and could potentially reduce energy use significantly. However, steam heating, which is currently used is efficient and is the typical institutional heat source employed. Phil Camill will provide facilities with more information and research about alternative heating systems at a future meeting.
Meeting Adjourned