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Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee - February 11, 2014
Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee
February 11, 2014

        A meeting of the Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee was held in the Board Room at the Limestone Education Centre, 220 Portsmouth Avenue, Kingston,
on Tuesday, February 11, 2014, at 6:00 p.m.             
Present Trustees:
P. Murray, Chair
D. Jackson
H. Chadwick
D. Villeneuve, School Council Liaison Committee
T. McKenzie, County of Lennox & Addington
J. Thompson, Alternate, County of Lennox & Addington
E. Savill, County of Frontenac
D. Hahn, National Farmers Union, Local 316
J. Kittle, County of Frontenac, Member of Green Energy Task Force
K. Maki-Esdon, Alternate, Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority
A. MacPhail, Kingston Coalition for Active Transportation, KFL&A Public Health
T. Carpenter, SWITCH
S. Sears, Alternate, Hydro One Networks
D. Fowler, Manager of Facility Services
D. Hendry, Sustainable Initiatives Coordinator
J. Hendry, Energy/Environmental Technician
S. Lehman, Supervising Principal
M. Sewell, Program Leader, Skills Training & Technology
M. Aitken, Recording Secretary
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

K. Hagarty, L. Healey, P. McAuley, K. McKibbon, Queen’s HLTH 415
K. Wall, Project and Outreach Coordinator, Sustainable Kingston

The meeting was chaired by Ruth Noordegraaf, Kingston Coalition for Active Transportation, KFL&A Public Health. Chair Noordegraaf called the meeting to order, welcoming those present to the meeting. Supervising Principal Shawn Lehman welcomed those present to the meeting at 6:10 pm. Those present introduced themselves.

Approval of Agenda

MOVED BY Tracey McKenzie, seconded by Linda Malcolm, that the agenda, as distributed, be approved. Carried

Approval of the Minutes

MOVED BY Tracey McKenzie, seconded by Linda Malcolm, that the minutes of November 6, 2013, as distributed, be approve. Carried

Business Arising From the Minutes

Supervising Principal Lehman informed the committee that he had consulted with the Ministry of Education (as noted in the agenda item Consultation: Building the Next Phase in Ontario’s Education Strategy; [Strategic Plan Reference:  Item 1.1] item in the November 6, 2013 meeting). The information, as acquired through consultation with a variety of partners, regarding the next phase of an education strategy, was submitted at that time. As yet we have not heard back from The Ministry.

Presentation:  School Garden Guidelines (Queen’s Health 415 Group)

        Four 4th year Queen’s students from the Health 415 class presented a PowerPoint presentation on school gardens and the initiatives that are being both proposed and implemented in various participating schools. Their goal in creating the guideline is one of “providing safe and effective measures for a sustainable school food garden”, as their research (and the Ministry of Education) supports the idea that healthy eating and education are intertwined.

Their areas of focus included soil contamination, safe food handling, garden site layout, raised-bed gardens, and summer sustainability.

Supervising Principal Lehman thanked the students for their excellent presentation.

Community Presentation:  Sustainable Kingston (Katie Wall)

Katie Wall, Sustainable Kingston, gave a PowerPoint presentation on the organization, which follows the model of the 4 Pillars of Sustainability:  Environmental Responsibility; Cultural Vitality; Social Equity; and Economic Health. Discussed were various programs that they are sponsoring in the community, such as the concert series Earth Hour: Kingston Unplugged, Pitch-In Kingston, From Pavement to Paradise, a speaker series with film screenings and lunch and learns. A community forum will be taking place in April and held at the K-Rock Centre, bringing like-minded organizations with the Limestone district together to discuss such issues as youth engagement, public transportation, food security and community health and well_being. The group is embarking on an exciting new venture in their new Sustainable Kingston Centre, which includes a lending library and exhibit space.

Limestone Sustainability Update

        Dan Hendry, Sustainable Initiatives Coordinator, updated the committee on currently running programs and ideas for new ones. Limestone is partnering with the Queen’s Health 415 group to help research and produce a school good garden guideline. Three schools are considering installing gardens this spring.

        On January 16, 2014, Leslie Myles of the Limestone Learning Foundation and
Kathryn Allwright, KFL&A Public Health shared information with Environmental Sustainability school contacts, which was well received.

        Grade 9 and 10 classes in Kingston area schools had orientation regarding bus passes and 846 students received this.

        Safe Waste audits, whereby schools weigh their recycle bins, were completed by 17 schools. In 2010 roughly 6 schools participated.  

        Odessa PS is working with Teracycle to recycle Tassmiso coffee caps for money.

        Events include battery recycling (13 schools involved), Sweater Day, Public Health Active Transportation initiatives, Inter-Institutional Energy Saving Sessions, Limestone Earth Hour (March 28) and One Earth One Chance (April 23).
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.
Other Business

        Tom Carpenter, SWITCH, noted that Samsung, which is working on a project on the edge of Kingston, is offering a community benefit package to support initiatives in the city. Mr. Carpenter informed the committee that Samsung is currently reported to be doing face-to-face meetings with those who apply for the fund.

        MOTION:  That the Limestone District School Board meet with City of Kingston staff regarding the possible collaborative use by the board and the City of Kingston of the Samsung Community Vibrancy Fund.
        MOVED BY Trustee Jackson. Carried.

Next Meeting Date

        March 18, 2014 @ LDSB, 220 Portsmouth Ave., Kingston at 6:00pm.


        MOVED by Tom Carpenter that the meeting be adjourned. Carried. 8:04 pm.