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Meeting 2 notes

SECOND MEETING Tues May 6th noon to 1

Present: Anne Samuelson, Lindsey Fabian, Sarah Rydell, Rose Hilk, Therese Ockenden, Elizabeth Richardson, Mark Weaver, Nathan Mitchell

See extended entry for meeting notes


Bike/walk to work week is next week
None present attended the 4/28 Institute on Environment/MPIRG meeting
MN Independent School District 191 joined the Schools for Energy Efficiency program and “during the 2004-05 and 2005-06 school years, the district avoided more than $410,000 in energy costs.?


Green Team and Epi Going Green Group were offered as ideas.

Discuss the purpose of the group

Tentative mission statement:
The goal of the (Green Team) is to conserve (EpiCH) resources by
• answering conservation questions knowledgeably
• disseminating information to the division and beyond
• recommending policies and procedures
• providing a forum for individuals to recommend and pursue conservation efforts

Old business:

Reviewed task list with the following updates based on research:

What is the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment?

The University has agreed to reach “climate neutrality? with these steps:
• Within 2 months create structures to implement plan
• Within 1 year inventory greenhouse gas emissions
• Within 2 years write plan for climate neutrality
• Adopt 2 of 7 listed practices/policies

Contact the TC campus Sustainability Coordinator

Amy Short is working on very large scale ideas. They are adding more recycled content and substituting less toxic chemicals. One applicable plan is “Just Power Down?, which encourages us to turn off conference room lights during the day. We will likely be among the leaders in projects at the department level.

How much energy does an elevator trip use?

On an individual basis, little. “Assuming you are traveling 20 floors, making 2 round trips a day you would use 5.8 kWh a month (calculations below). At $.07 a kWh this would be $.40 worth of electricity.? Cumulative effects are larger. Industry estimates for workplaces come in at around 5% of total electricity costs. A college experiment delaying door closings to 26 seconds reduced elevator electricity usage by 1/3 and saved $1.74 (1981) per day.

What is a friendly e-mail signature that discourages printing?

Options presented included
• Do you need to print this e-mail? Be kind to the environment: Think before you print.
• Be kind to the environment: Think before you print this e-mail.
• Save paper, help the environment. Think before you print.
• Do you really need to print this e-mail? The environment thanks you for your consideration.
• Eco-tip: If you must print this e-mail, print it double-sided.

At this meeting we suggested “Save paper: Think before you print.?

Is there a paper-saving program that edits SAS output?

options formdlim = ‘-‘; substitutes a line of ------- for page breaks, or you can set the distance between breaks to be large (instructions to come later).

How do electric hand dryers compare to paper and cloth towels?

Energy use is similar, but the costs of refilling and disposing of waste make electric preferred. As discussed previously, this should be combined with reversing the door hinges so that touching the handle is not required.

What is the EpiCH dishwashing ‘policy’?

Ginger says the dishwashers are run when mostly full. Sean says he was instructed to run them daily, time allowing. He says that they are usually more than half full.

Is there a U/WBOB policy on space heaters?

No, but they are discouraged. Along with other high-energy devices they present a risk of breaking circuits and fire.

Has the Epi Shuttle log been reviewed and is the data available?

Yes, Ginger presents monthly reports with totals by day and by trip time. Average use during the period reviewed was just under one rider per leg, with almost 0 using the MDH trip.

Can we set up an electronic ‘bulletin board’ through EpiCH or the AHC?

Yes, but all postings would need to be reviewed. An alternative is to create an Epi conservation blog. This would allow registered users to enter information under topics. Others could post comments, but they would be reviewed before publishing. Carol Wiebe and Nathan Mitchell will look further into this.

Formal response to FEC
Bathroom entrance doors should be hinged in reverse, or replaced with offset walls to allow handicap access. Once this is done the paper towels could be replaced/supplemented by electric dryers.

New business:
Added composting, motion-sensing lights and reducing the number of coffee pots to idea list

(If you have information to contribute please contact the volunteer)
Rose: Will talk to Ginger about reducing coffee supply to one kitchen per floor
Elizabeth: Lighting – at what point is it better to turn lights off and on vs. leave on?
Anne: Clarify paper recycling rules and request newspaper recycling bins
Mark: Place ‘1 sided paper’ bins at printers
Sarah: Work on increasing use of stairs
Therese: Look into glass/plastic recycling at ECRC
Nathan: Will advertise Bike/Walk to Work Week and do an EpiBike demonstration
Will write a mission statement for review at the next meeting

Internal communication
We will use an e-mail list for now. Please use reply all responsibly. Carol Weibe will assist us in creating a blog to make communication more effective and efficient.

Next meeting:
Tuesday May 20th at noon