WATgreen Committee Meeting
Minutes of meeting held on Monday, October 30, 1995
PRESENT: James Kay, Hamish Duthie, Patti Cook, Winston Cherry, Keith Warriner, Paul Eagles, Bob Elliott, Saeed Parto, Donna Schell
1. Patti Cook reported on the "Greening for Higher Education Conference" she attended in September in London.
A suggestion was made from J. Kay to host a North American greening conference at UW.
Two seperate but related issues:
Two observation to keep in mind:
- Greening the curriculum in every discipline
- Documents to encourage greening the curriculum:
The Tolloires Declaration, Agenda 21, the Toyne Report.
- Greening the campus
- Models of how some Colleges and Universities are integrating environmental issues into the curriculum
- Tufts Environmental Literacy Institute
- Harvard University Heinz Professorship,
- University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, where they are using the general education curriculum. To graduate, students must complete a 3-credit environmental literacy course.
- "Because colleges, universities, and professional schools educate most of the people who develop and manage society's institutions as well as the teachers who educate children, they bear profound responsibilites to increase the awareness, knowledge, technologies, and tools to create an environmentally sustainable future. There is growing student demand at colleges and univerisities everywhere for environmental education and for the institutions to reduce the environmental impact of their own operations."
- "Institutions of higher learning are responsible to educate students for the future, preparing them for the responsibilities and opportunities of adult life, and a curriculum that does not include sustainable practices, does not completely prepare the students and falls short of it promise of education."
2. Remarks from Bob Elliott.
He summarized how WATgreen originated, the appointment of Patti Cook as Waste Management Coordinator, how WATgreen serves all aspects of campus, the importance of faculty involvement, the appointment of Larry Martin as UW's rep to the Silver Lake issue and the next phase of WATgreen.
3. Hamish Duthie has organized a tour of the chemical waste facility (ESC 109) for Monday, November 6, 11 am for anyone who wishes to attend.
4. Goals of WATgreen:
To focus on faculty awareness.
- Prepare an info package for faculty to include info about WATgreen, what faculty can do as individuals about conservation, recycling, etc, on campus and how faculty can incorporate environmental and greening issues in their courses. (Keith Warriner will assemble materials from other universities regarding integrating environmental and greening issues in courses).
- Each faculty rep will make a presentation to their faculty councils by March. Patti Cook and James Kay will help with material (a prepared talk including overheads from James, WWW home page for WATgreen). In the context of these presentations, an inventory of campus greening related goings on in each faculty will be developed along with a list of interested faculty.
- Paul Eagles will coordinate a WATgreen workshop as part of TRACE frosh week activities September 1996. Some ideas from Paul for discussion are the description of past experience in the use of WATgreen concepts in teaching at UW and the development of an appreciation of the role that individual faculty and staff might play in the future of WATgreen.
5. Other issues
J. Kay noted that there is a matrix of WATgreen topics and sent these to each member of the committee. He also reminded the committee that a WWW site exists for WATgreen and that this as an extensive environmental audit for the campus on it.
- Invite a staff member to brief us on their area and what's happening environmentally at each meeting.
Patti Cook has offered to speak on Waste Management at our next meeting.
- Patti will set up a meeting with the Directors of Service Departments and WATgreen committee members to review ideas for student projects.
- P. Eagles expressed an interest in transportation and traffic on campus, landscape planning/policy, bicycle issue. He wondered if the Kinesiology study of ergonomics in the workplace would be a part of WATgreen? and if it is a way of connecting WATgreen to what is happening on campus. Is quality of the working environment part of WATgreen's mandate. Also wonders which issues are applicable? ie water, waste management, energy, air, transportation, landscape, purchasing, quality of life, ...
6. Other topics for future discussion:
- appointment of new chair by February
- ISO 14000 and out reach to the community of our expertise.
- taking WATgreen off campus
- Perhaps a tour of the campus landscapes by Rudy?
7. Topics for future student work.
As discussion occurred, ideas for student topics came up. These will be listed at the end of each set of minutes for easy reference.
- bicycle use
- transportation on campus
- shuttle bus from parking lot X (behind OPT bldg)
- the creek and Silver Lake
- healthy bodies-workplace-environment
- landscape policy for campus
NEXT MEETING: Wednesday, December 6, NH 3001.