Location: Sayles 251

Time: 9:00 am

Present Phil Camill, Dennis Easley, Julie Klassen, Jamie Long, Richard Strong, Joel Weisberg

Absent Wayne Beierman

Secretary: Arijit Guha


Jamie and Dennis discussed the current state of composting at Carleton. The composting program in off-campus houses is fully operational. Twelve bins are in use so far; depending upon use, some bins may be shifted. No problems have been reported so far, though the smell of the compost with bins near windows can potentially lead to issues. Jamie reported that a group of students will be attending to the compost bins, making sure to check and turnover the contents when necessary (probably twice per term). Joel mentioned that the Center for Sustainable Living offers a bike pick-up service for compost. Dennis gave an update regarding the composting consultant who may come to campus at the end of October or early November. Tentatively, the schedule for the visit would include three presentations — one to EAC, one open to the general public during Common Time, and a third to a class. Dennis will coordinate further details.

Green Purchasing Policy

Jamie reported that the Green Purchasing Policy does not seem to have moved any farther than its progress last year. EAC approved language of a GPP last year, though Barbara Johnson’s office has not yet responded with their take on the entire issue. Meanwhile, President Oden agrees with the mission of the GPP and fully supports it. Related to the issue of green purchasing, it was brought up that many departments on campus still do not use recycled paper. Staff at Carleton meeting may be a good time to bring up to Departmental Assistants that recycled paper is available and results in very little noticeable difference, not does it cause many problems with photocopying machines. Also, Jamie and Richard will examine idea of officially making Carleton an EnergyStar partner.

Wind Power

Richard delivered an update on the situation with the joint construction of a wind turbine between Carleton and the Northfield School Board. Northfield has reneged on their promise to be a joint investor for the time being until residents vote on November levy and take informal poll to gauge support for the plan. If School Board decides to completely pull out, Carleton still has other potential investors: Rice County and City of Northfield have both expressed potential interest. If no partner is immediately found, Carleton could potentially front initial costs, then eventually lease a portion of the turbine to a partner.

Sustainable Eco-House

Richard and Gary Wagenbach will teach a joint class in spring regarding the building of a sustainable eco-house on campus. The class will help to develop potential models for what could potentially be built at Carleton in the near future. Additionally, Richard announced that Facilities will be building a straw bale warehouse this summer, either using wheat or oat straw bales. Materials are still being located.

Environmental Footprint

Richard announced that Carleton will soon be assessing its overall environmental footprint. A number of colleges (Vassar, Wellesley) already have assessed their eco footprints. A standard worksheet exists to account for overall energy use. This project could potentially be pursued by student working on their ENTS Capstone projects.

Socially Responsible Investing

Jamie introduced the idea of a committee to pursue a socially responsible investing strategy. Williams has had a committee since 1978. At Carleton, the committee consists of one member, Carol Burnett. Oden has shown interest in making committee larger and more powerful.