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Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee - May 7, 2014
Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee Meeting Minutes
May 7, 2014

        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, Ontario on Tuesday, May 7, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.                
P. Murray, Chair
D. Jackson
H. Chadwick
T. Carpenter, SWITCH
A. Mack, Co-chair of the School Council Liaison
L. Malcolm, KFL&A Public Health                                                  
T. McKenzie, County of Lennox & Addington
T. McKenzie, County of Lennox & Addington
R. Noordegraaf, Kingston Coalition for Active Transportation, KFL&A Public Health
P. Murray, Chair
D. Hendry, Sustainable Initiatives Coordinator
J. Hendry, Energy/Environmental Technologist
D. Jackson, Trustee
M. McCormac, Student Trustee
P. Murray, Trustee
S. Lehman, Supervising Principal
B. Corby, School Council Liaison Committee
D. Fowler, Manager of Facility Services
S. Luxford Oddie, Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority
Z. MacEachren, Faculty of Education, Queen’s University
D. Hahn National Farmer’s Union
M. Sewell, Program Leader, Skills Training & Technology

M. Aitken, Records Management Coordinator
        The meeting was chaired by Ms. Noordegraaf, who called the meeting to order, welcoming those present to the meeting at 6:00 p.m. Those present introduced themselves.

  • Approval of Agenda
MOVED BY Ms. McKenzie, that the agenda as distributed, be approved. Carried.

  • Approval of the Minutes
  •  February 11, 2014
MOVED BY Ms. Malcolm, that the minutes of February 11, 2014, as distributed, be approved. Carried.

  •  March 18, 2014
MOVED BY Ms. Malcolm, that the minutes of March 18, 2014, as distributed, be approved. Carried.

  • Business Arising From the Minutes
Arising from the March 18, 2014 Information Session, Trustee Jackson discussed the possibility of the Board funding environmentally sustainable initiatives, and requested this be put on the May 7th ESAC meeting agenda for further discussion.

Chair Noordegraaf noted this would be discussed in the Other Business portion of the meeting, and requested it be added to the agenda.

4.      Community Presentation: County of Lennox and Addington’s Sustainable Initiatives (Tracey McKenzie)

        Ms. McKenzie provided a presentation on the County of Lennox and Addington’s sustainability initiatives. She stated that the County had developed a Sustainability Plan in 2010, which was a requirement to Federal Gas Tax funding. Ms. McKenzie informed the Committee that to date Lennox & Addington has received approx. $8.2 million    

        Ms. McKenzie stated that the County’s Sustainability Goals are as follows:

  • Planning and Policy;
  • Economic Development and Tourism;
  • Health and Social Services;
  • Information and Communications Technology;
  • Transportation;
  • Capacity Building;
  • Service Coordination and Integration, and;
  • Energy and the Environment.
        Ms. McKenzie stated that the committee’s initiatives included more consistent recycling of products such as toner cartridges and batteries; creating an inventory of gently used binders, etc. for use throughout County operations; availability of recycling bins in high_traffic public areas, and; integrating sustainability principles into everyday decision making and management of County operations.

        Chair Noordegraaf thanked Ms. McKenzie for her presentation.

5.      Limestone Sustainability Update - Dan Hendry, Joe Hendry

        Mr. Dan Hendry stated that the CKWS television program “Alive at 5”, hosted by Limestone student Kendra Thompson, showcased a story on the recent April 21st Earth Week. The committee viewed the YouTube video of the broadcast.

        Mr. Hendry informed the committee that the March 29th Earth Hour was a great success, seeing the greatest participation in its history with over 40 participating schools, saving approximately, 1547 kWhs. Mr. Hendry stated that this amount could power 119,000 CFLs (13watt) light bulbs for one hour; save 470 kilograms of carbon dioxide emissions; or power a laptop for 34,378 hours.

        Mr. Joe Hendry, Environmental Technologist reported that 12 schools are seeking ecoSchools certification this year, and that 1075 Lbs. of batteries, have been recycled to date. He informed the committee that the Board is exploring computer hibernation options, potentially 9,000 PCs will switch to hibernation at end of each night, resulting in huge energy savings.

        Mr. Joe Hendry also informed the committee that the school Board has made an arrangement with the City to pick up green bins at schools, with no added cost to the Board. A list of schools to participate is in process.

        Chair Noordegraaf thanked Coordinator Hendry and Technologist Hendy for their presentation and updates.

6.      Review of School Food Garden Guidelines – Dan Hendry

        Mr. Hendry distributed the report of the Limestone District School Board’s School Food Garden Guidelines booklet to the committee. He informed them that the goal is to formalize the Guidelines by the fall of 2014, so that gardens can be planted in the spring of 2015.  

         Chair Noordegraaf thanked Mr. Hendry for the information shared.       

7.      Review of School Food Garden Guidelines (continued)

        Mr. Hendry requested the committee disperse into small group to review the document and upon returning, provide feedback.

        The committee withdrew to review the guidelines for thirty minutes and reconvened at 7:30 p.m. The committee discussed the report at length.

        Chair Noordegraaf thanked Mr. Hendry for the information shared.

8.      Other Business

  • ESAC Survey
        Mr. Hendry advised the committee of a survey that was created to gather feedback on ESAC’s progress and areas it might improve. He stated all ESAC members would be sent the survey electronically and requests it be completed within seven days.

To follow-up the discussion of the March 18, 2014 Information Session, the committee discussed moving forward with a motion to go to the May 12, 2014 Committee of the Whole Board (Budget) Public Consultation Meeting:

MOVED BY Tracey McKenzie, seconded by Amy Mack that through the 10 Sustainable Priority Areas, developed by the Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee significant cost savings have been realized, through waste reduction and energy conservation. Therefore the committee requests the Board consider capital, operating and programming funding be allocated to further support the environmental sustainability priority areas of the Board to be included in the 2014 -2015 capital and operating budget of the Limestone District School Board. Carried.

        Supervising Principal Lehman and Chair Murray will draft the correspondence that will be shared with the Board of Trustees.

9.      Next Meeting Date

        The next meeting of the ESAC is scheduled for Wednesday, October 8th, at the Limestone Education Centre, 220 Portsmouth Avenue, Kingston, at 6:00 p.m.

10.     Adjournment

        MOVED BY T. McKenzie that the meeting be adjourned. Carried.

        The meeting adjourned at 8:38 p.m.

These minutes have been vetted by the Co-Chairs.