Campus Environment Committee
December 9, 2008
VP Administration Conference Room
3:00 – 4:30 pm

Attending: Gil Hanson, Chair; Vice Chair, John Robinson:  Nick Koridis, Recording Secretary; Fred Walter, John Murray, Catherine Horgan, Geeta Maleickal, Dylan Selterman, Julia Link, Jonathan Mandel, Amandeep Pahar, and Stephanie Koenig.

Excused: Wendy Fidao, Mary Hotaling, Dorothy Shannon Schiff, Krupa Gohil, Muriel Weyl, Ramona Walls, Kristen Nyitray, Paul Siegel, and Kathleen Weber
Staff: Amy Provenzano

Guests: Malcolm Bowman

Meeting called to order by: Gil Hanson 3:04 PM

  • Introductions – G. Hanson - Introductions were made of all attendees.
  • Review of the Minutes – A motion to approve minutes as amended. Fred approved and seconded by John
  • Status Reports

1.         Environmental Master Plan – Amy Provenzano

  • Nothing to report at this time.

2.         East Campus Environment Committee – Catherine Horgan

  • Catherine Horgan is the co- chair and acknowledged they will have their first meeting on February 10.
  • There is an extensive list of items to bring up which may be in place.
  • They will educate the folks on the east campus about what we do on the main campus.
  • Presentation…input from all venues east campus.
  • An invitation was extended to members of this committee collectively.
  • Roy Steigbigel who is a faculty member was instrumental in this effort to get the east campus started.
  • There is a need to minimize the redundancy of information conveyed from east to west.
  • The Long Island States Veterans home has representation although Chapin Apartments does not which falls under a different set of rules of Residence Life. The Long Island High Tech Incubator is not included either.

2.         Developments at the Research and Development Park – Amy Provenzano

  • Nothing to report at this time.

3.         Status of Hotel

  • Nothing to report at this time.

4.         Campus Sustainability Task Force/Recycling – Amy Provenzano

  • This report was deferred to allow time for the GHG presentation.

5.         Smoking Policy Sub-committee – Gil Hanson

  • The proposed smoking policy discussed and agreed upon at last month’s meeting was presented to Bernie Lane. It was approved by Bernie.
  • The proposal was also shared with the GSO.
  • Amy to work with labor relations with the unions to get the 25’distance policy Approved by them as well.
  • A question arose to what other SUNY campuses is smoke free. SUNY Buffalo and Albany may be the first for the State University.
  •  A request was made for a copy of the article from the American Lung Association for the minutes

6.         Greenhouse Gas Inventory – Amy Provenzano

  • Dr. Kenny signed the ACUPCC on September 15, 2007 -  AASHE.ORG
  • The first milestone within this commitment was the implementation of 2 of the short term goals. SBY chose to implement the LEED certification and participation in Recyclemania goals.
  • Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) information is available online that addresses green house gas inventory.
  • Per the commitment, this inventory encompasses anthropogenic sources only.
  • Information from FY 02/03 is our starting inventory.
  • There are an estimated 320 thousand tons per year of emissions from campus
  • Other university’s inventories are available on the AASHE website.

7.         University Safety Committee – Mary Hotaling

  • Nothing to report at this time.

8.          Parking and Transportation Subcommittee – Paul Siegel

  • Nothing to report at this time.

9.         Friends of Ashley Schiff

  • Nothing to report at this time.


4:26 pm meeting adjourned. The next meeting will be Thursday, January 22, 2009 at 3:00 PM at the Office of the VP in the Administration Building.