Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee Meeting Minutes March 18, 2014
Limestone District School Board
A meeting of the Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee was held in the Barry C. O’Connor Board Room at the Limestone Education Centre, 220 Portsmouth Avenue, Kingston, on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.
Members: T. Carpenter, SWITCH
L. Malcolm, KFL&A Public Health
Z. MacEachren, Faculty of Education, Queen’s University
R. Noordegraaf, Kingston Coalition for Active Transportation, KFL&A Public Health
Officials: P. Murray, Chair
D. Hendry, Sustainable Initiatives Coordinator
J. Hendry, Energy/Environmental Technician
D. Jackson, Trustee
P. Murray, Trustee
S. Lehman, Supervising Principal
M. Sewell, Program Leader, Skills Training & Technology
Guests: K. Day, A. Evans, Bayridge Secondary School Students
S. McLagan, Teacher, Bayridge Secondary School
Regrets: B. Corby, School Council Liaison Committee
A. Mack, Co-chair of the School Council Liaison
D. Fowler, Manager of Facility Services
S. Luxford Oddie, Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority
M. McCormac, Student Trustee
T. McKenzie, County of Lennox & Addington
D. Hahn National Farmer’s Union
Recorder: M. Aitken, Records Management Coordinator
The meeting was chaired by Chair Paula Murray, Trustee. Chair Murray called the meeting to order, welcoming those present to the meeting at 6:11 pm. Those present introduced themselves. Chair Paula Murray and Supervising Principal Lehman welcomed guests Katey Day, Angela Evans, and Steve McLagan, Bayridge Secondary School of One Earth One Chance.
As there was no quorum, Chair Murray advised that this meeting was an information session.
Approval of Agenda
Information session only.
Approval of the Minutes
Information session only.
Business Arising From the Minutes
Information session only.
One Earth One Chance Presentation and Working Session
Katey Day, Angela Evans, and Steve McLagan from Bayridge Secondary School gave a presentation on the One Earth, One Chance, Environmental Summit to be held at the school on April 23, 2014. The purpose of the summit is to educate students on environmental issues and get them to take action in their schools and communities. The summit is a student run environmental conference for students, and is run and organized by students (the Environmental Science Class, the Environmental Club, and the Environmental Leadership Focus Program). Their target audience is grades 7 to 12. Dr. Smol, named a Canadian Change Maker by Canadian Geographic magazine, is the keynote speaker.
Some of the workshops include: urban farming; energy conservation; water leaders; our threatened oceans; and greening your schools.
Supervising Principal Lehman thanked the students and Mr. McLagan for their presentation, and stated that without their vision this summit would not happen. Chair Murray agreed and wished them luck on the conference.
Trustee Jackson discussed the possibility of the Board funding environmentally sustainable initiatives, and suggested he will be bringing this forward at the May 7th ESAC meeting for further discussion.
Limestone Sustainability Update
Dan Hendry, Sustainable Initiatives Coordinator, updated the committee on currently running programs and ideas for new ones.
Mr. Hendry noted that he is continuing to work with the class of Queen’s HLTH 415 students on drafting the Sustainable Food Garden Guidelines. Mr. Hendry stated that there are several being planted this spring. He is talking with several other schools, and the structure is based on health and safety.
Linda Malcolm, KFL&A Public Health, updated the committee on the ‘walking school bus’ initiative. She stated that May 7th, 2014 is the targeted day for all elementary schools
to have all children walk, cycle, or take the bus, thus keeping individual cars away from the school. The day is known as “Walk, Cycle, Take the Bus to School (Leave the Car Behind)”.
Ms. Malcolm stated that as a society, we need to start working on a broader cultural shift, for example, by promoting several days per year on same theme. There is a perceived
safety issue regarding having several cars around schools that are not regulated. As well as the concern for physical safety, the initiative keeps gas emissions away from children, and helps the environment. Obstacles to be dealt with are: owning a car is a right-of-passage in this culture, and in rural areas a car is needed.
Chair Murray suggested that we need to invite the Integration Committee planning committee for the new elementary school to give a presentation to ESAC, which ESAC can provide input on.
Mr. Hendry informed the committee that there was an Inter-Institutional Energy Sharing Session pilot held at the Board office on March 6th, 2014, including 25 representatives from various large Kingston-area institutions, such as KGH, PUC, Collins Bay Penitentiary, and Hydro One who compared and brainstormed physical capital changes.
Mr. Hendry stated that it was an excellent discussion and hopes to organize another one.
Limestone Earth Hour will be held on March 28th noon hour, the day before International Earth Hour, so that Limestone staff and students can participate together for change.
Mr. Hendry informed the committee about the Kingston Climate Action Plan, which works on strategies to help mitigate greenhouse gases. 51% comes from ICI’s. Mr. Hendry is working with various art classes on coming up with ideas, including displaying washable hand-written flags with individual environment-saving ideas in schools.
Review of Sustainability Criteria and Annual Sustainability Report
Coordinator Hendry circulated The Sustainable Living Project: LDSB 2012/2013 Priorities Report as well as a priorities spreadsheet. Supervising Principal Lehman requested the committee review these pieces, at which time, the committee discussed the various priorities in groups then reported back to the whole their feedback.
Chair Murray stated that the report is a “living document”, which is a continuous working document and changes as needed. The goal is to send the document to the
April 9th, 2014 Board Meeting.
Chair Murray requested that if there is anything the committee wishes to take to the Board Meeting, to please e-mail before the Board Agenda Setting meeting of March 31, 2014.
Trustee Jackson informed the committee of the Sustainable Kingston Green Symposium being held May 6 – 7th, 2014.
Next Meeting Date
(The next meeting of the ESAC is scheduled for Wednesday, May 7th, at the Limestone Education Centre, 220 Portsmouth Avenue, Kingston, at 6:00 p.m.)
The session adjourned at 8:01 pm.