University Environment Committee
February 18, 2011
Administration Building - VP Conference Room 2nd Floor
9:30 am – 11:00 am
Attending: John Robinson, Chair; Paul Siegel, Vice-Chair; Nick Koridis, Recording Secretary: Gilbert Hanson, John Murray, Eric Lamberg, Anne Doherty, Joseph Antoneli, Gary Mar, John Sparano, and Fred Walter.
Excused: Nancy Balkon, Matt Aiello-Lammens, Robert Aller, John Shandra and Paula Di Pasquale-Alverez
Staff: Amy Provenzano
Guests: Barbara Chernow
Meeting called to order by: John Robinson 9:30 AM
1 - Introductions – John Robinson passed around the agenda and Nick passed around the sign-in sheet. There were introductions of all the attendees.
2- Review of the Minutes – Motion to approve the minutes from the January 19, 2011 by John Murray and Seconded by Paul Siegel all in favor and no abstentions.
- Special Guest – introduced by John Robinson
- It was noted that the last meeting minutes in January the entrance to R&D Park was a concern with a missing stop sign for traffic control at the entry. It was noted there have been many discussions with the Town of Brookhaven and a point of interest for safety at the entrance.
- Amy P started a presentation on the campus master plan.
- There was a slideshow with a comprehensive facilities master plan that will include environmental growth that includes safety.
- Campus Master Plan 2013 – 2023 Cooper, Robertson & Partners which is an Architectural Firm. The plan included a few options as well as alternative plans that can compliment east and west campus orientation.
- Gill H asked how much growth of undergrad was expected over the 10 year span. Questions fielded about the overall master plan for the overall growth and well being for the future.
- Questions fielded on transportation, bike path and connecting east and west campus.
- All buildings will be silver LEED certified as well as a discussion on Funding and Phasing.
- Preferred Parking areas expanded to handle 4000 cars. Debt service is a concern about parking to pay for garage and surface areas. Collective bargaining agreement with unions was mentioned.
- Discussion was held after the presentation and improvement plans.
- John R would like to minimize the impact on the environment and improve replanting indigenous species in small parcels.
- Amy P sustainability plan to cap dollars to be used for parking garages as there were 1600 spots added in 2010 on campus.
- Amy P went over a list of items for an update to larger construction projects.
- Simons opened in the fall 2010 and is LEED gold. AERTC will have occupancy any day now which is LEED platinum.
- Nobel Hall, Lauterbur Hall and Yang Hall opened in the fall but are pursuing a Gold LEED Status.
- Student Recreation Center is scheduled for completion by the end of 2012 with at least LEED silver.
- A new Marine Science Center is in the planning stages to open 2013 on the Southampton Campus.
- A new computer science building addition is in design that is expected to be completed by mid 2011.
- Harriman Hall is on the list for design.
- Old Chemistry Building is scheduled for renovation by the SUCF within a month called the “New Classroom Building” as of now.
- Amy P did a presentation on Environmental Sustainability list via website.
- Bike racks and pathways were discussed as it was brought up by Eric that HSC has very limited resources.
- DOT has bike storage on campus but concerns about accessing them and problems with security.
- Freewheel in Student Union Basement does repairs on campus for bikes left unattended and also occupies a shed in the R&D Park.
- Barbara proposed to this committee to come up with a sub-committee to promote items such as Bike issues on campus. John R promoted that our next meeting we should establish an agenda.
- Amy pointed out there is an Organic garden alongside South P lot entry.
- Anne asked about SOMAS location at South Campus with the safety of walking paths and access to the bus stop to the Marburger Drive. Barbara asked Anne to work with Amy on that concern.
OTHER: Meeting adjourned 11:50am
The next meeting is scheduled in the VP Administration Conference Room on the second floor on Friday, March 18th 9:30 AM.