WATgreen Advisory Committee Meeting
Minutes of the meeting held Thursday, February 12, 1998.
PRESENT: Patti Cook, Paul Eagles, Dennis Huber, Winston Cherry, James Kay, Ian Fraser, Roydon Fraser, Jeremy Steffler, Donna Schell.
1. Approval of Minutes from December 11/97 meeting.
Hamish Duthie emailed Patti Cook with a change to Tom Galloway's presentation: Item 2, Turfgrass, 4th line. PESTICIDES kill insects, HERBICIDES kill weeds. Collectively they are called BIOCIDES. (As taught to Sci 454 students!). Les Van Dongen of Plant Operations confirmed that herbicides and insecticides were used on campus.
2. Bicycle Management Plan:
The bicycle plan has been put in motion starting with fixing operational issues (snow removal around bike racks, repair of racks to accommodate wide tires). Patti Cook will look at lockups for bike storage. It was suggested to purchase ten storage units, situate them in a centrally high usage location (by MC) and charge a fee for storage. A pilot study monitoring the use of the storage units would guide the committee on whether the units work and if more should be purchased.
3. 285 Projects:
All the projects are listed on the
ERS285 WEB site.
The final presentations will be held Tuesday, April 14, ES1-132.
4. Environment Commission:
Jeremy Steffler reported the Environment Commission is looking for one large project to work on in the upcoming term. They will be holding a round table on environmental issues on Wednesday, March 11 in the Student Life Centre. The day will consist of focus sessions, a lunch speaker (perhaps a WATgreen member), a display of the major issues from focus sessions where the campus can view them and add comments and ideas.
5. Other Business:
- There is still a large amount of junk mail circulating internally on campus. Photocopies are down 50% but the volume is still high.
- The Finance Department is in the process of developing a system where departments can view their financial statements on their computers so the printing of statements can eventually cease.
- Communicate annually to Executive Council report on WATgreen. It was decided that James Kay, with the help of Patti Cook and Dennis Huber, would prepare the report for the September Executive Council meeting. The report would include statistics on the reduction of waste on campus, reduction of water and hydro consumption, and other environmental accomplishments.
- Paper reduction on campus. The Gazette has reduced their circulation by 3,000 papers a week from 10,000 to 7,000 copies. The Imprint resists reducing their circulation numbers (must keep circulation numbers high for advertising purposes).
- James Kay expressed that there were no students from other faculties in 285 this semester. Having students from many disciplines work on projects (much like the Environmental Commission operates), is one goal of both the course and of the WATgreen Advisory Committee. James would like to re-open the issue of having Engineering recognize ERS 285 so that Engineering students have the opportunity to take the course, and students have the opportunity of working with Engineering students. Roydon will assist in this matter.
6. Next Meeting:
The next meeting will be held Thursday, March 19, 9-11am in DC 1331.
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