Location: Sayles 252

Time: 3:00 pm

Present Martha Larson, Tanya Hartwig, Erica Zweifel, Liesel, Alex Miller, Andrew Fias, Mary Savina

Secretary: Alex Miller

  • Welcome to Liesl as our new CSA liaison.
  • PLAN Conference Update
  • Funding Requests: 
    • CAW budget:
      • $893.22 for Climate Action Week events funding
      • Mary Savina made a motion, Tanya seconded
      • Motion passes unanimously
    • Environmental Alliance
      • $103.20 for meals for students off board
      • Mary Savina made a motion, Andrew seconded
      • Motion passes unanimously
  • Faculty Workshop update
    • George Vrtis organized a faculty workshop for ENTS staff over winter break. The workshop was three afternoons and attendees discussed two books, The Bet and The Toaster Project, as well as shared faculty research with each other. The ENTS department is a diverse group of faculty that operate across multiple departments, and was nice to have faculty with a few support staff discussing environmental topics and getting to know each other.  
    • Recommended reading for the STAs- The Nature of College by Jim Farrel
    • Idea of having one specific EAC meeting dedicated to intellectual growth, waste as a specific topic.
    • Residential Life has a book group as well that the EAC could tap into
  • Applying for Green Schools Award
    • Recognition award with three pillars of evaluation: our impact on environment, our behavior and our teaching
    • Timing might be good with PLAN work and geothermal project in process; continuation of Climate Action Plan goals
    • Bemidji State won the award last year, biggest advantage was to send a message to their Administration
    • Forward to next meeting; need updated slides
  • Sightlines Data Results (our carbon emissions from FY17)
    • Saved for next meeting
  • Geology Research Site Proposal
    • Seven bores to study the geological formations across the three bore fields on campus with the geothermal bore fields.
    • Rika Anderson may be interested with her course work
  • STARS- paying for a subscription?
    • Paying for STARS is $900 for Carleton on an annual basis. Carleton has historically not purchased to obtain the ranking.
    • Princeton Review and other ranking systems have changed how they collect data- they are only accepting rankings from schools that have paid for the subscriptions.
    • College Communications may have advice on how to go about this
    • Reason Carlton Sustainability Office uses this program:
      • Building relationships across campus
      • Gathering comprehensive data across campus
      • Comparing against peer institutions
    • Other reasoning to keep this data:
      • Helpful, but not essential to things like recruitment.
      • Helps back up our values on campus
  • Idea to setting EAC meetings for a regular schedule
    • Keep up with an