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Sept. 28, 2015

Present: Steve Wilke, Sara Weinert, Rick Cowlishaw, Allyson Moon, Zak Larson, Brian Pekarek, Cata Wingfield, Kali Brewer, Jessica Gremling, Krista Scheuerman.

After introductions, Steve oriented new members to the Sustainability Council website. We meet twice each semester. Right now we have the Green Team  (a student group), the sustainability minor, the Climate Action team, and the Sustainability Council. We have worked on articulating a better statement of what sustainability at SC means, lobbied for the minor, and lobbied for the visibility of the minor. We have a sustainability campus map.

One of our projects that has improved is recycling. Every floor in the academic spaces of the college now has at least one place where trash and recycling are offered together. We are trying to push toward eliminating trash cans in offices and classrooms.  Steve suggested the Green Team can now do a story of our trash and recycling. This story (in PowerPoint or video) could be shown during orientation. Zak suggested we need signs that explain the recycling bins—that we are single-stream. Rick added that we should include why we are doing this. What happens if we don’t recycle? The Green Team also could make a list of companies that are doing good things in recycling. Allyson suggested that we need recycling containers outside as well as inside.

Steve talked about a possible Sustainability Center, which has been discussed for a few years. This is proposed because we don’t have a visible place on campus that is a space where students “do” sustainability activities. A center also would give the school something for which to write grants. It also would be a place for meetings, and a group for outside folks to partner with. The center also could be inside residence life in some way that students could choose to be in a sustainability living area. For example, if Sutton Center was to become the sustainability center, some of the rooms could be dedicated to sustainability outreach and the living areas of the building could be retrofit to be more sustainable (solar panels, etc.). Student council members were enthusiastic about the idea. There’s room around it for simple gardening projects, social gatherings, etc. Send ideas to Steve about what students would do if they lived in the sustainability center—what would make it cool? How could it be organized? Allyson pointed out this could be an exciting recruitment angle.

Steve discussed a beginning proposal to have an EcoBuilder Club. This would be an effort to interact with people in other areas of the college who will not be on the Green Team but who have interest in sustainability. This could be a half-day per semester (four hours) that would allow people to get involved in a more limited basis than on the Green Team. This could be anyone—community, faculty/staff, etc. It would help us acknowledge our volunteers as well as give an opportunity for involvement. Krista emphasized that the low-commitment aspect of the group should be stressed.

It was suggested that admissions could give refillable water bottles to prospects touring campus.

Next meeting of the Sustainability Council is Nov. 23.


Sara Weinert, scribe

Mon, 28 Sep 2015 15:20:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[College Sustainability Council Minutes April 27, 2015]]> Southwestern College Sustainability Council

April 17, 2015    


Members present: Richard Cowlishaw, Jackson Lashier, Allyson Moon, Sara Weinert

  1. Sara walked through the changes in how we print and copy at the college. Paper saving technologies include automatically printing double-sided and in black-and-white. Print jobs must be “released” from the printer through card-swipe, and all jobs can be traced to the user. (This is expected to prompt users to think about whether they actually need the job printed or not.) At this point, students are not being charged for printing but the usage will be tracked. Committee members discussed whether this could be a recruitment tool—perhaps with an allowance for student copies?


  1. Rick reported that we had gotten behind on tracking greenhouse gas figures due to a change in contractors. Everything is being brought up to speed now, and the inventory should be done by May. We hope this will help make a smooth transition to the new president’s support of the Presidents’ Initiative.


  1. Update on the minor in sustainability (Rick): It’s difficult to get an accurate number of how many students are in the minor because many students think they’re in the minor but haven’t formally declared it with the registrar. He estimates 5-10 students from several different academic areas are in the minor and Rick tries to make sure classes are offered in the proper sequence. “The minor isn’t easily managed in one academic area,” he says.


  1. How can we discuss the importance of campus sustainability with the new president, and what role can the council play in talking about the mission of striving to live by and teach a sustainability way of life on our campus? (Sara): It’s a distinctive we can use in recruitment. (Allyson): Economics. We will save money if we are more sustainable.


  1. A discussion followed on how we make sure Sodexo employees are on board with sustainability and recycling efforts.


  1. Recycling containers are working well across campus and more will be added over the summer.


  1. A discussion of the proposed sustainability center followed, with the thought of explaining the idea to the new president.


Minutes submitted by Sara Weinert

Mon, 18 May 2015 10:34:46 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[College Sustainability Council Minutes February 23, 2015]]> Southwestern College Sustainability Council

February 23, 2015

Employees present: Steve Wilke, Jason Speegle, Sara Weinert, Allyson Moon, Rick Cowlishaw.

Green Team members present: Shawna Castaño, Kasie Jones, Kali  Brewer, Cata Wingfield, Jessica Gremling, Stephanie Hill, Kylie Stamper, Krista Scheuerman.


Green Team members served as a focus group to talk about possible initiatives for future sustainability efforts by the college.

Steve led a discussion on the student center. The lower floor of the union is underutilized, and there have been suggestions that we put more program headquarters on this floor. This could be a sustainability center and would give a focus for sustainability issues. The space is located in the current Moundbuilder Market area.  (Reaction to this is discussed in #2 below.)

What would be the next steps of progress? Green Team suggestions:

  1. Not using trays in the cafeteria? Sustainability will be one of the criteria companies bidding to do SC’s food service will be judged on when they make presentations next week.
  1. Steve asked about relationship between Green Team and remainder of student body. One member said most students don’t know who members of the Green Team are. More outreach is needed to get visibility. Jason’s office is not on a main traffic pattern. Signage needed? Members were enthusiastic about putting Jason’s office and Green Team activities in the lower level of the student center. This would aid visibility, convenience, and participation.
  2. Is a sustainability club or other activity needed for persons who want to be involved but not to the extent of being on the Green Team? Eco-Builder? Students say that is already the way the Green Team is organized. Everyone is welcome to join, whether on scholarship or not.  More awareness is needed by students, education on how to live sustainability. Both why and how are important, as is making it easy for people to change their behavior.
  3. Is the college changing on sustainability? Veteran members of the group see change, but slowly.
  4. Workshop on living green? People forget to do the small things that lead to sustainability (such as turning off lights.)
  5. What about the relationship with Winfield? Some things we can do as Winfield does it. (Single stream recycling, for example.) E-waste is an example of success of working with municipalities. Rick pointed out this is a service for the city. Allyson mentioned the partnership of Green Team with Grace UMC to pick up Island Park.
    1. Making spaces a great place to be?
    2. Some political work with businesses to influence retail to make different choices? How do you affect the kind of change that lets Sonic not use Styrofoam?
    3. For incoming freshmen, could we send a group to a recycling center? Or to a business that they could experience recycling?
    4. Meet with mom-and-pop shops to get them to transition to sustainability? How to incentivize this? Greenbucks that could be exchanged for a t-shirt?
    5. Recycling containers at Island Park? And all public spaces (baseball fields, tennis courts, etc.)?
  6. What is in the mind of high school students? At Stephanie’s high school, a class is taught in going green, but none of the high schools of other GT members did. It would be easier to shape attitudes and behaviors if students came already with some exposure to this issue. Even in Winfield High School there are no recycling bins.
  7. Several of the students are in the sustainability minor. How did they find out about it? Jason has been the primary promoter of the minor. To be on the Green Team a student has to be enrolled in certain sustainability classes and earning the minor is only a couple classes beyond this.
  8. How could class projects be used in other ways? Class poster project of green projects in Java Jinx was successful. Leaving it out longer would have been helpful.
  9. Steve suggested the majority of those not involved with sustainability on campus are not opposed to sustainability, but uneducated. GT members agreed. Peer education and influence could help with the issue. Rick: Sustainability is being defined by the wrong people. Instead of being promoted as a healthier and more prosperous life, it is being promoted as deprivation and hardship. We have to make sustainability cool for young people.  



Mon, 23 Feb 2015 15:47:02 -0600 (Southwestern College)
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