WATgreen Advisory Committee Meeting

Minutes of the meeting held Thursday, September 5, 1996

PRESENT: Paul Eagles, Patti Cook, Dennis Huber, Dean Fitzgerald, Hamish Duthie, Winston Cherry, Roydon Fraser, Ian Fraser, Jeremy Steffler, Donna Schell

1. Minutes of June 6, 1996 meeting approved, with one change; Bate Ratter should be Beate Ratter.

2. Draft Terms of Reference

Paul Eagles would like approval of the 'Terms of Reference' by October. Comments from each Faculty Council and/or Dean should be forwarded to Patti Cook or Paul Eagles for distribution to committee members for review before the next meeting.

3. Laurel Creek Workshop Update - Dean Fitzgerald

Dean Fitzgerald gave a short presentation on the Laurel Creek Workshop to be held on Tuesday, October 29 in DC 1301 and 1302. Lisa Weber of the Heritage Resource Centre is assisting with the coordination of the workshop. There will be approximately 12 speakers and presentations will be 15 minutes in length. Areas of interest are biological and hydrological perspectives, planning perspectives and long term perspectives. The speakers will prepare a short manuscript on their presentation for the committee to be given to Dean Fitzgerald 2 to 3 weeks after the presentation, for the creation of proceedings from the workshop.

Please forward names of anyone who should be invited to the workshop. The City of Waterloo Planning and Engineering Departments, the Regional Municipality of Waterloo, the Grand River Conservation Authority, the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Ministry Of Environment and Energy will be invited as well.

The focus of this workshop is to provide information for the University community and space is limited to a room of 100 and an additional 50 if required. Therefore publicity should be limited to on-campus and invited guests at present.

Note: The City of Waterloo approved a $100,000 Long Term Monitoring Program for Laurel Creek at the August Council meeting.

4. Addition of Safety Department Representative to Committee

The WATgreen Advisory Committee was designed so that individual departments would be called upon as required, as the interest arises. The Safety Office has an interest in many issues, and therefore may be called upon to attend many meetings. The Safety Office may, of its own accord send a representative to all meetings, but it was thought unnecessary to add mandatory attendance to its already busy schedule.

5. Parking Lots

Dr. Michael Hickman, a botanist and horticulturist from the University of Alberta suggested that in Edmonton their lots were 'greened'. Trees provide shade in the summer, keep car interiors cool, and the green strips are convenient snow-dumping areas in winter. Should we look into something similar here? Discussion followed on greening the parking lots.

Roydon Fraser has asked about the design of Lot A and was informed the lot was built for efficiency, and there were no 'greening' plans. Ian Fraser indicated there were concerns for better lighting and safety. With this in mind, the lots had been designed by Paragon Engineering for efficiency and safety.

The lots were built to maximize the number of spaces, as parking lot reconstruction is extremely expensive. There were environmental aspects built into the design, such as; fill was added to help filter water run-off before going into the stream, the asphalt was recycled and the fill was all reused materials. Others on campus have shown an interest in 'greening' parking lots by planting alternative ground cover on the berms. It was suggested that parking lot re-design be added to the student project list, and that possibly the WATgreen Advisory Committee participate in the specifications for the next lot being redesigned.

6. Botanical Garden

Dr. Michael Hickman is the Director of the Devonian Botanic Gardens at the University of Alberta. The Gardens are financially viable. There is a lot of community interest in the gardens - they act as a horticultural resource centre for Edmonton. Dr. Hickman has several ongoing projects designed to conserve biodiversity and gene pools, such as a collection of rare strains of rose and apple varieties. They also have a constructed wetland research project.

Could we promote community interest in our own incipient Botanic Gardens and Woodlot? For a start, we need to get the Woodlot and Gardens recognized as a campus resource on the Official UW plan. The Woodlot and Botanical Gardens are in the Master Plan under the environmental reserve and can not be developed. Dennis Huber suggested it could be recognized as a botanical garden and the Master Plan should be updated to show this. Perhaps linking Joe Berridge (author of the Master Plan) and Professor Emeritus John Morton would assist in the update?

Should the WATgreen Committee be actively involved in developing the garden?

7. Student WATgreen Network Update-Jeremy Steffler

Jeremy reported the membership for the winter, start-up term had about 20 members, the summer term had 6 members. This term's first meeting is set for Wednesday, September 18. They are officially a constitution of the Federation of Students and their board has a chair, will have a co-chair, and student representation from every faculty. They have cleaned the shores of Laurel Creek and will be performing a waste audit within the Federation of Students office. They have also setup a booth for Clubs Days, have setup a newsgroup (uw.watgreen), and email address (watgreen@watserv1), and a web homepage. They have a number of ideas for this term's projects and will set up working groups for those projects where interest is shown.

8. Other Business

Christine Roenspiess was hired to work on the WATgreen and Waste Management web pages.

No replacement yet for George Priddle , ES. Patti Cook will contact the Dean for a replacement.

9. WATgreen Presentation

Paul Eagles and Patti Cook will be presenting 'WATgreen' at the TRACE Faculty Development Days.

10. Next Meeting - Thursday, October 17, 1 - 3 pm, BMH 1633.

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