November 2016 Meeting of Sustainability Task Force

Notes for November 17, 2016

Task Force attendees:  Andy Friedland (co-chair), Rosi Kerr (co-chair), April Salas, Anne Kapuscinski, Flora Krivak-Tetley, Elena Bird, Merritt Patridge, Jenna Musco, Catherine Rocci, Alex Derenchuk, Lisa Adams, Julianne Perry, Lee Lynd, Amro Farid, Meg Rauner

Invited Guests:  Abbe Bjorkland, Lisa Celone, Jenna Musco, Annelise Sauter-Ortiz, Frank Roberts


Welcome and Introductions
Rosi welcomed Task Force members and described the structure and framework of the group
The goal is to preliminarily finalize the energy recommendations of this report, and to review recommendations for waste, goals, principles, and commitments. 

Andy shared milestones since the last meeting:
• Photovoltaic tracker located on campus that is providing energy to the Moore Psychology building.  Generates 4250 watts of power on sunny days. 
• The announcement of the Irving Center for Energy and Society helps bring greater attention to our work and the greater need for sustainability practices.

In an administration that is looking for financial return on investments, our principles and recommendations must be compelling in terms of their ability to interact with teaching and research, and acknowledge financial tradeoffs.   Our principles should align with the academic mission.

Rosi updated the on recent outreach events include:
• Outreach forum held on November 16
• Student Office hours: students raised concerns about divestment and how to change behaviors in relation to waste. 
• Upcoming: Open house in January and alumni webinar


Rosi started the conversation on this topic by mentioning that overall waste generated at Dartmouth has increased over the past 10 years, even while rate of recycling has increased.  The biggest component of that increase is waste to landfills.  Zero-sort recycling, compost, cardboard, and construction debris are other contributors to our total waste.

Committee reaffirmed the objectives of reducing first, then reuse and then recycling.  An overall goal is to reduce our total waste. After that, a secondary goal is to increase the amount of waste diverted away from the landfill. That is because even recycling has environmental and financial costs (energy, pollution, water and eventually produces waste).

After reviewing draft principles and goals together, committee members circulated around the room adding comments to the various draft versions of waste principles and goals that were posted on the walls.

Amro Farid proposed a new principle: “Each week, Dartmouth should quantify and communicate building level information of the quantity and type of waste being produced on campus.” 

Lisa Adams suggested that consumption be more adequately evaluated and that we try to reduce consumption.


• Group then reviewed the updated energy principles and goals, particularly changes made since the last meeting. Many comments were made on principles and goals, and were recorded by Annelise for addition to the draft. (Only high level comments are included here in these minutes.)
• Lee Lynd brought up the point that the principles and goals should remain focused on objectives and not on means to reach those objectives.
• Merritt Patridge suggested bringing the word affordable into the level of “Principle” in Principle number 3 (e.g. “Develop and maintain a reliable, affordable….”).
• Group agreed that including Scope 3 emissions was important and a worthy objective in GHG calculations.
• Develop blanket statement about what we mean by dates (2017 = end of calendar year 2017)
• Comment was made that a definitions section would be helpful. Rosi agreed to add definition section will be added to the report’s appendix.
• Group agreed we should continue to recalibrate principles and goals over time to make sure they’re aggressive and far-reaching.  This document should contain that aspiration.

Rosi said that she would incorporate comments on principles and goals into the working draft recommendations, and circulate. Energy section will be left alone until final review in March.
The next section that the Task Force will review is Food. We might cover more than one topic in each remaining meeting.
Task Force adjourned.