Location: Facilities Conference Room

Time: 3:30 pm

Present Steve Spehn, Gina Hatch, Martha Larson, Tsegaye Nega, Justin London, Sarah Goldman

Absent Bereket Haileab, Amy Sillanpa, Zander Deetz, Jake Kramer, Morgan Richmond

Secretary: Brent Murcia

I. EAC Overview

Martha Larson gave a brief overview of the EAC’s mission. She also discussed the EAC budget and common uses for this budget.

II. Funding Request- Jackson Van Fleet

Jackson Van Fleet made a funding request for travel to the Post Landfill Action Network (PLAN) conference this October (beginning October 3rd). Some previously awarded EAC stipends were reviewed to provide some perspective on typical amounts given. An important criteria for funding requests is what they will bring back to campus, and Martha Larson pointed out that Jackson is very active on waste issues on campus, so any knowledge that he gains is very likely to be applied. Tsegaye Nega asked how often the EAC initiates these sort of events as opposed to accepting student-generated requests. Martha Larson talked about the UMACS conference last year as an example of EAC-generated initiative. Tsegaye Nega suggested that in the future, the EAC move towards initiating more event travel. Justin London motioned for a vote to grant Jackson $250, but suggested that a condition of the funding be that Jackson scout out the conference for potentially making this an ongoing trip for Carleton students. The motion to grant Jackson funding passed unanimously.

III. AASHE Conference

Martha Larson described AASHE and the AASHE conference, and explained that due to the dates and location of this year’s conference, there was no student interest in attending. She also noted that next year’s conference will take place October in Minneapolis, and that she has already been asked how Carleton will be involved. Justin London asked whether or not St. Olaf has been involved, and if a wind turbine tour with Carleton and St. Olaf might be a component of the Minneapolis conference. Tsegaye Nega suggested that in addition to conferences like this, the EAC look into publishing Carleton student experiences and sustainability initiatives in some sort of outside journal, as another way to increase its visibility and allow this committee to have more influence on school policy. Sarah Goldman noted that there is also a definite need for an internal, regular journal at Carleton covering sustainable goings-on. Martha Larson noted that abstracts for presentations at AASHE can be submitted. Gina Hatch noted the potential of all of these kinds of initiatives to also attract prospective students with environmental interest to Carleton.

Martha Larson asked if anyone would be interested in being part of a steering/planning committee for the next AASHE conference. Tsegaye Nega expressed interest, provided that any such committee have a clear and productive agenda. Justin London suggested that we could offer up something uniquely us that we could provide in lieu of getting involved with program planning and logistics. Martha Larson suggested that we as a committee could commit to rallying students and faculty to present at this conference. There was some suggestion of the pros and cons of trying to organize a Carleton/St. Olaf windmill tour.

IV. Class 5 Energy Proposal

Martha Larson informed the committee that Class 5 Energy, a corporation that works with behavior change initiatives, has selected four Minnesota cities to receive grants for behavior change energy efficiency programs, including Northfield. Northfield referred Class 5 to Carleton, and they have since reached out to us about the possibilities of a grant to Carleton. She described that Carleton would need to contribute staff time, willingness, and enthusiasm, but would receive a structured pilot program, professional market support, and other high-quality resources.

Multiple members expressed concern that this grant might entail Carleton just receiving another list of things to do, rather than actual support in accomplishing those things. General consensus seemed to be that more information is needed before the committee can decide on this opportunity.

V. Open Forum/Discussion

Tsegaye Nega posed the questions: What are the priorities for making Carleton more sustainable? As a first-time participate, what exactly are we trying to accomplish in the future? Could we potentially zoom the EAC’s mission in on 2 or 3 things?

Sarah Goldman commented that students seem to know that the EAC exists, but are unsure how best to utilize it. Timmy Zhu agreed that the EAC could do more to support student initiatives.

Tsegaye Nega said that he sees potential for the EAC and ENTS to work together with their resources, if they can target things more specifically.

Martha Larson also mentioned that the committee has responsibility for supporting the Climate Action Plan and ensuring that it is upheld. She feels that we need to engage the community more broadly in ensuring that we have buy-in for our goals.