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April Meeting Notes

April 9, 2002

Outline:

1) Vermont Earth Institute discussion courses

2) Drought

3) Cars

4) Copiers/Printers/Fax machines

5) Energy-efficient offices

6) 100% post-consumer paper

7) New digital color press

8) LEED registration

1) Vermont Earth Institute discussion courses

The VEI has proposed offering their free (foundation-supported) courses on campus. Offering them to a mix of students (they were offered last year through ECO) and administrators has a variety of benefits. The ECO administrative department representatives are an appealing group with which to start. Time constraints may preclude offering the courses this term, but they should be explored for the fall term. Larry Litten will continue conversations with VEI.

2) Drought

Michael Blayney told the committee about the New Hampshire drought advisory and the need to prepare for a possible alert. John Gratiot described a letter that is being prepared to inform the campus about water conservation and water use policies. It will be particularly important to encourage water conservation in residences and laboratories should conditions worsen.

3) Cars

1 hybrid car, a Prius, has been ordered and will be added to the VOX fleet

4) Copiers/Printers/Fax machines

Procurement suggests that departments use a single, networked, digital copy machine for all their copy and print jobs, and to take all the other laser writer printers in their department off-line. This uses less energy and less toner, and saves money. Concern over document confidentiality can be overcome with passcode printing. It is believed that many departments have not adopted this set up because of the higher capital cost of the copiers and because individuals want the convenience of printers in their offices. Suggestions on how to overcome this included: requiring that the $1800 stipend to faculty for computing equipment not be used on personal printers; performing a full energy audit and fully making the case that this saves energy and money; and spreading the idea more pro-actively

5) Energy-efficient offices

A model, energy-efficient office has been created at Tulane. Andy Friedland proposed that the Environmental Studies Department could provide such a model at Dartmouth. It was also suggested to have a display office at the Fall Benefits Fair. The possibility was suggested of offering "technology audits" for offices (on the energy-audit model employed by utility companies). The long-term cost benefits of higher initial-cost equipment could be shown during such audits.

6) 100% post-consumer paper

The college received a shipment of such paper from Badger and is currently testing it in College Printing and Mailing, FO+M, and other places on campus. John Gratiot noted that the real test would come in a couple months with the humidity, which may cause the paper to curl and jam.

7) New digital color press

College Printing and Mailing recently acquired this device which will allow them to make glossy posters and other items that currently had to be sent to Gnomen Copy. The press allows them to make copies from a digitally stored image, which means they can charge the same price per copy for a 50 copy job as for a 1,000 copy job, and can thus encourage users to make only the number of copies they need. Currently, hundreds of extra copies are made to get a bulk price.

8) LEED registration

Jack Wilson announced that the two planned residential construction projects, residential halls B and C, have been registered with LEED and are expected to achieve the Silver certification.

Last Updated: 1/14/09