WATgreen Advisory Committee Meeting
Minutes of the meeting held Thursday, March 19, 1998.
PRESENT: Paul Eagles, Patti Cook, Dennis Huber, Les Van Dongen, James Kay, Len Eckel, Winston Cherry, Emily Pascual, Roydon Fraser, Donna Schell.
1. Minutes of the February 12/98 meeting were approved.
2. Bicycle Management Plan:
Patti Cook reported on the Bicycle Management Plan.
Presently, Plant Operations is leaving the bicycle racks out in winter
making them accessible by snow shovelling around them. They are also
repairing bicycle racks and widening the tire slots.
Short term - There is budget money to purchase new racks so a sub
committee of Roydon Fraser, Patti Cook, James Kay and Les Van Dongen of
Plant Operations will decide what kind of level 2 bicycle racks fit the
University's criteria and will go ahead and purchase them.
Long term - Monitoring the use of the racks, what kind of racks/lockers we
want to use.
Les Van Dongen of Plant Operations reported he has been communicating with
the City of Waterloo on their purchases and also to the Engineering Machine
Shop on the cost of making racks. He wants to purchase racks that are
portable, clean, galvanized and designed not to be moved.
Winston Cherry brought up the issue of removing abandoned bicycles from
bike racks. Presently, Plant Operations cut the locks and take the bikes to
Security for storage. A debate ensued if a policy should be made, if
bicycles should be removed, tagging abandoned bikes, and taking the
abandoned bikes to the Cycle Centre at SLC for storage.
3. Environment Commission Report
Environmental Roundtable on Campus held March 11/98
Emily Pascual reported attendance at the roundtable was very low (less than
ten people attended and most of these were from Engineering). The issues
discussed were education and attitude, landscaping, water quality at Laurel
Creek, chemicals in labs, food/solid/paper wastes, promoting usage of cans
and bottles. The next stage for the Commission is to form a list of action
goals for the upcoming year. Once the list is completed, they will send a
copy to Patti Cook and James Kay.
4. Environmental Policy for the University
The University does not have an Environmental Policy but does have a Terms
of Reference which the WATgreen Committee completed June, 1996. This
document has been accepted by Executive Council and is considered our
mission statement. James Kay is working on a yearly report on WATgreen
activities which will be presented to Executive Council in September. It
was decided that Executive Council would decide if the report would go to
Senate or the Board of Governors.
5. Other Business:
- ERS285 presentations scheduled for April 14 has been changed to Wed,
April 15 in ES1-221. James Kay will inform us of the new schedule.
- Hamish Duthie gave a report last month to the Science Faculty Council on WATgreen. Some of his colleagues thought we only talked about landscaping. One issue was brought forward regarding no access ramp for disabled people from Parking Lot B. Les Van Dongen will look into this matter.
- Dennis Huber said the University is arranging to use the boiler house to
burn off land fill gas. The WATgreen Committee is in full support in
endorsing this endeavour.
- Patti Cook informed the Committee the Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge
Environment Forum will be held Tuesday, April 28, 8am-3pm at the Kitchener
City Hall. There will be 20 to 25 exhibitors and the admission is $20.00.
- Paul Eagles brought to the Committee's attention that the Coop Education
office is using new procedures for job placements. All the student resumes
are on the WEB so copies don't have to be mailed out to each employer. It
was reported approx. 40% of the copying from Fed Copy Plus at SLC was
resumes so this has reduced a lot of paper waste.
6. Next Meeting:
The next meeting will be held the third week of June, 1998.
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