New members of COTE: Charles Allen, John Emert, Dru Furbee, Mai Kuha, JohnLewis and Kurtis Moss
Guest: Dean John Jacobson from the Teachers College was the first dean to meet withCOTE. COTE members expressed their appreciation to Dean Jacobson for his leadershipand hope it sets a precedent for other deans to meet with COTE in the future.
ProgramThe program featured The Okala Project. Louise St. Pierre, IDSA, assistant dean at EmilyCarr University of Art + Design, Vancouver, B.C. presented via telephone. The OkalaProject offers guidelines that work across disciplines.Synopsis of program: http://www.idsa.org/images/pdfs/eco/IDSA_okala_guide_web.pdfFull course guide: http://www.cbe.wwu.edu/dunn/rprnts.OkalaSupport.pdf
Action ItemsCelebrate:–The Hoosier Environmental Council recognized Ball State with its TechnologyInnovator of the Year Award during its third annual Green Policy Forum Nov. 6.–Johnson Hall won the 2010 Residence Hall Energy Challenge. Overall, residents in allhalls in the competition reduced their energy consumption during the contest. To learnmore about the competition, go to http://thebeat.iweb.bsu.edu/energychallenge.html.–Sheryl Swingley, representative from the College of Communication, Information, andMedia, reported that seven letters of congratulations that recognize sustainability effortswere sent to seven people. They are as follows:–Lou George, FPM–Melinda Messineo, Sociology–John Motloch, LA–Rebecca Staley, Student (BEAT)–John Taylor, FSEEC–Megan Tuttle, graduate student–Jack Willis, FPMFacilitate:–COTE members discussed two resolutions, but asked for revisions. The resolutionsinvolved:–Mercury use on campus–Bikeway planning for Ball StateAnticipate:–The COTE awards banquet will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 21, at the AlumniCenter. Awards nominations are now being accepted for COTE's Green InitiativesAward, Exemplar Award and Exemplar Lifetime Achievement Award. Deadline tonominate people or groups for these awards is March 28, 2011. Anyone can nominate aperson or group for the awards. See the COTE website Awards section for the nomination form.–Ball State will be one of only 25 universities in the nation to participate in Focus on theNation on Thursday, Feb. 24. Graduate student Vivian Bogue is serving as chairwomanof the organizing committee.
Member reports:–Mike Mayfield gave a sustainability report as the representative for contract faculty.–Dave Concepcion from the College of Sciences and Humanities announced he will bethe new department chairman for philosophy and religious studies and that Mai Kuha willtake his place on COTE beginning February 2011.–Dean John Jacobson presented the Teachers College report, during which he committedto increase the Teachers College role in promoting, teaching and practicing sustainability.Announcement–Annette Rose, email@example.com, from Applied Sciences & Technology announced thatwork on the 2011 Living Lightly Fair is under way, and those who are interested inworking on the fair may contact her for additional information.
The next COTE meeting is Monday, Feb. 7, 2011.-----------Members of the Council on the Environment are appointed by the Provost, and theCouncil provides support for sustainability initiatives at Ball State University and thesurrounding community. COTE also provides a forum for the exchange of informationpertaining to sustainability by interweaving social, economic and environmental issues;striving to increase awareness of the sustainability implications of university andcommunity operations; facilitating communication and education about sustainabilityissues; and celebrating university and community sustainability achievements.
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