Sent: Thursday, January 30, 2014 3:32 PM
To: Anthony Cavaliere
Subject: notes from today's meeting
Here’s what I captured from today’s meeting re: your ES 302 project. Let me know if there’s anything major that’s missing or if there’s anything you want to change.
“Plan A” is to expand the campus garden and add a composting system. This is somewhat contingent on getting funding through the WalMart grant I mentioned, although if you are committed to this idea and the grant doesn’t go through, we could work on finding other funding alternatives. This work would involve finding out from Sodexo, the Facilities Department and/or other sources about health and sanitation concerns that would have to be met. It would involve community engagement and getting other students involved, particularly some of the ES classes. You would most likely want to take advantage of the energy and awareness surrounding Earth Week (April 21-24) to conduct some kind of event/programming in the garden, so we will need to coordinate on that. You’ll also want to think about how you’re going to measure the impact of this project, whether that’s in terms of greenhouse gases not going into the atmosphere, conservation of land/resources, economic savings, etc.
“Plan B” is take the lead on planning this year’s “zero-waste move-out.” We have a speaking event coming up on Feb 12 with Alex Freid of Post-Landfill Action Network (PLAN) which will kick things off. PLAN provides education and leadership training for students – you should definitely check out their website. Two other students have taken on this project in years past, and I can forward you their sustainability project reports so you have their experiences to draw on. This project will also involve working with Residential Life staff, SGA, and other groups as needed, so it would be a great use of your leadership! The tag sale and sports equipment swap can all tie in, too. This is a much needed project!