Student Affairs Green Team
May 4, 2010
Present: Peg, P. Burlingame, B. Collitt, M. Edington, B. Harper, M. Scotilla,
Guest: Al Matyasovsky, Rich Fitzgerald
Absent: J. Hurst, B. Smith, C. Fisher
Introductions were made
What we can do to be more green when making purchases?
· Switch to recycled paper.
· Can choose 30%, 50% or 100% recycled.
· 100% recycled is more expensive than virgin paper.
· Suggest 30-50% recycled.
· Pricing is cheaper at 30-50%
· There is no mandate at PSU to buy recycled.
· There is no mandate to use general stores.
· Jamming issues are bogus. Using recycled paper doesn't jam any more or less than virgin paper.
· Quality and shine is the same at 30-50% as it is in virgin paper. The paper may look dull at 100%.
· Need to change the way people think.
· People may go to Staples to buy non-recycled paper. The University has spent about 1 million dollars buying paper from Staples.
· Within SA we could choose to only buy recycled paper.
· Consider a recommendation to the Vice President to use only recycled paper.
· IKON Contract
· All new printers will be set to double side copying.
· Current printers will be re-set to double side copying when maintenance is conducted.
Toner cartridge recycling
· Recycled cartridge vs. an original cartridge.
· PrinterMech and LaserForce in State College offer recycled cartridges. They also fix anything they sell and will recycle the used cartridges.
· Recycled cartridges do not print differently than original ones.
· General Stores carries recycled cartridges.
· In Ebuy/General Stores on line - click on advanced search and click down for keyword. Box pops up that says recycled goods. This wiill narrow the list.
· Al and Rich are part of a team reviewing carpeting manufacturing.
· PSU has19 million square feet of carpet.
· Developing a standard for everyone to follow when purchasing carpet.
· There will be a list of approved vendors.
· One vendor in Atlanta Ga., constructed a 10 mile underground tubing system that off loads the methane gas from the local landfill to their plant. The entire facility is heated by the methane gas from the landfill.
· Standards should be established by Dec. 1, 2010.
· Alert the directors that there will be changes in policy.
· Purchasing can steer you toward green companies if you need to replace carpeting before Dec. 1.
Water filling stations
· Investigating several companies.
· One company has a system similar to a sippy cup. There is no backwash.
· Lock the bottle in and the water fills from the bottom . Down side is you have to buy their bottle.
· EH&S is studying contamination. They may come up with recommendations for sanitary filling.
· Drive is to get water bottles off of campus and to find a healthy way to refill bottles.
· Looking at vendors that use a system where you need to push the water bottle down for the water to fill.
FSC Forest Stewardship Council - Use FSC Wood
SFI - Sustainable Forest Initiative. - Not as good as FSC.
· SFC puts a lot of effort into the manufacturing processes.
· Hard to find conference room furniture in wood.
· Focus is on office furniture.
· Need to provide current SA directors with information on how green they are.
· Develop ways to put best practices into a planning document.
· All envelopes are made of virgin paper.
· Currently testing recycled envelopes that have 30-50% content.
· Identified the 10 top users of envelopes on campus. Testing envelopes through their mailing machines.
· Recycled envelopes are cheaper.
· Hope to have recycled envelopes identified before the start of the fall semester.
· Purchasing will be fully electronic by year's end.
· Recommended auditing SA as a pilot for purchasing behavior.
Philip to send list of the administrative units within student affairs with budget numbers to Rich to obtain purchasing information.
· Free furniture pieces from all over the university are housed at the old Corning Building on Rt.26
· All furniture is free.
· There is a delivery charge.
· Phyllis Hooven, firstname.lastname@example.org can schedule a time to go to look at the furniture.
· Chairs, desks, tables, storage cabinets, shelving and more are located there.
Other areas for recycling/savings
· Consider adding motion sensors when renovating or building.
· Switch to compact florescent bulbs.
· Recycle batteries
· Save toner - type of font makes a difference in how the toner is used. Century Gothic uses 30% less toner than other fonts.
· Composting - everything, meat, pizza, pizza boxes, any box from meals, dairy, bones, etc.
No Can Do Program
· Have no garbage cans offices.
· ARL has done this since moving into their new facility.
· No cost of the garbage bag.
· Save on labor.
· 57% is recycled at PSU
· ARL is at 80% as a building.
· Everything you generate in your office area with the exception of #2, 5, and 6 plastics can be recycled/composted.
· No smell in garbage cans because it is only has #2,5,& 6 plastic so it can be emptied weekly instead of daily.
· Carbon footprint is reduced.
· Measures every pound.
· Being done at UHS this week.
· Tells you where you are compared to the overall university.
· It will tell you where there are opportunities for improvement.
Minutes respectfully submitted by: Cathy Stout.
The next meeting will be May 28th from 11:00 - 12:00 in room 205 Student Health Center