Notes from Saturday, January 28, 2017 CFS Meeting
- survey shows top results 1.5 hr, monthly meeting on Saturdays; then second best is Tuesday earlier.
- monthly Saturday meetings (2nd Saturday, 10-11:30) —Feb 11, March 11, April 8, May 20, June 10, July 15, August off (VillageFest), Sept 9, Oct 14, Nov 11, Dec 9.
- Ask Jay: Quarterly Tuesday morning meetings (7am)—April , July, Oct, Jan
Prioritize topics and plan a discussion with Jay and Mark
questions beginning with highest priority
Attendees: Clif, Bettye, Paul, Lona (where will meeting take place?)
Topics for Tuesday:
- Quarterly Tuesday morning meetings in April, July, Oct, Jan for overlap with city staff
- What sustainability initiatives are in comp plan?
- (comp plan report from June meeting is on the SAV website)
- When draft is done in the summer, there will likely be a public event
- We could coordinate volunteers
- Earth Day/Week park cleanup event(s)
- What can we do to help the Parks Commission plan this?
- Could we place the city staff at parks to thank residents?
- Can city provide bags and pick up?
- Can city put up signs in each of 5 couple weeks in advance?
- Adopt-a-park for organizations?
- GreenStep City Step 4 (Kristen has electronic copy)
- Is there any way the residents can help city apply?
- Perhaps CFS members could focus in on specific areas
- Any relationship to resilience section of the comp plan
- Since Parks commission does sustainability, add “Sustainability” in the name?
- Sustainability Coordinator
- Can we get a full-time SAV sustainability coordinator shared with Falcon Heights?
- Can we help right write the application/choose projects for a green corps member?
- Street ice melt composition?
- Organics collection
- The city hauler collection agreement required haulers to be ready to implement organics collection 1/1/2016, what came of that?
- In Elk River it cost $250/month for a large organics dumpster
- Now that organized collection is settling in, add organics pickup?
- Can we just put organics bins in parks/city parking lots?
- Regulations on water efficiency
- Is there any policy for city water use?
- Add odd/even restrictions officially?
- Can we help educate residents?
- Lowry Grove
- Awesome that kids are able to finish school year!
- Are there meetings for public input?
- Sidewalk requirements? Any coordination with public transit?
Topics for a future meeting:
- Tree diversity
- What trees are suggested to residents for streets project? Any food trees?
- Tree sale/discount to residents?
- Can we connect with Roseville arboretum
- Transition plantings at city hall and in parks (changing)
- Does the city have any plans, how can we help (pollinator benefits, not spraying)
- Apply for a watershed grant for Trillium park/Silver Point Park?
- Light pollution
- Is there any policy? Can we help educate?
- Energy efficiency
- Are there city buildings codes regarding efficiency? Can we suggest improvements?
- Can we promote Excel energy audit
- Campaign to recognize both a business and resident in efforts to conserve energy
- Sustainability Fair
- Can we/city plan it? Tie in to Earth Week.
- Instead of a student poster session with talks, focus on brief talks/panels with vendors. It’d be great to hear Mark and Jerry about city sustainability?
- Have it in the Spring instead?
- Maybe have it at city hall? Outdoors?
- As an alternate plan to U of M-planned Sustainability Fair Elk River paired up with University of St. Thomas
- The city of elk river and also the Mississippi WMO have partnered with the program which pairs city sustainability project needs with university classes. They are looking at add more partners for the fall semester and I would be happy to coordinate a meeting with the director, Maria Thomas. You can see the projects completed and get her contact information at https://www.stthomas.edu/osi/sustainablecommunitiespartnership/
Earth Day/Week cleanup
- Communicate in March and ask if anyone has relationships with: Scouts, Ecology Club, Key club, NHS, Kiwanis
Can we work with another college/university for a Sustainability Fair?
- What other students/classes can we work with?
- Thoughts on kitchen composting using enzymes/bacteria
Brain storm with Kristin S areas to focus in 2017 to build on her work, and areas she thinks have greater likelihood of success getting city support
- Will work with MWMO grant on water related project which includes part of SAV
- Events: Sweep up clippings off the street into the grass
- Adopt a storm drain
- Maybe a grant to reduce runoff going straight from lawns to street
- Nativity seed exchange/pollinator event
- Nativity outdoor learning environment
- Parks Commission update on Pollinator Pathway success?
- Kristen already presented an update
Nativity Lutheran Church’s series on Sustainability and Equity: We Are All In This Together
- November 13, 9:00am use the lower door
Sustainability and Equity in City Plans and Community Projects, 9 – 10 AM, Sunday, November 13
Presentations by Alexis Pennie, Redeemer Center for Life, Minneapolis, and Kristin Seaman, former St. Anthony Village Sustainability Coordinator
What can cities do to incorporate sustainability and equity into the community for environmental benefits that serve all people? Kristin Seaman will talk about St. Anthony Village’s comprehensive plan, now under development. Alexis Pennie will talk about community projects in North Minneapolis to enhance biking and walking options to improve community health, safety and equity. Join the dialog and ask your questions about projects and plans that affect your everyday life.
This is the second of a three-part series on sustainability and equity hosted by Nativity Lutheran Church. Location: Fellowship Hall, Nativity Lutheran Church, 3312 Silver Lake Road, St. Anthony, MN
January 7th Sustainability Forum featuring Michael Conley (with Alan Ware)
- Conley Family Foundation, U of M OLLI instructor, late-life sustainability convert
- other potential SEF topics
- biomimicry (invite transition towns)
- bring in Mark Casey on storm water
- future ideas: streaming, smaller group discussions
Staying connected to city
- invite Brianne or Mark Casey about
- check in with Kristin Seaman about involving city
- Heights Next is a pseudo transition towns group working on comp planning
- trying to connect to city planning
- creating an event for public input on comp plan
- perhaps create a sustainability commission (official city role)
- CFS give endorsements
- how do we memorialize Kristin’s input in official report
- year-end review with Mark Casey (a discussion)
- can we review neighboring city comp plans before SAV’s is finalized
Engaging new and current members
- Message for each city quarterly newsletter
- Next Door
- get meetings on city calendar
- put meeting on city message board along Silver Lake Road
- Partner with village people, SAV action committee, other Facebook groups
2017 meeting schedule
- 2nd Tuesdays 7-8:15 am
- Perkins? City Hall? Library?
- volunteer for breakfast items
- Saturday meetings in 2017:
- Year end review on January 28th 10-noon
- At VillageFest in August
- electric car show
- solar sub-group
- bike/walk for sidewalk in Stinson
- invitation to comp plan
- Village Fest outreach
- pollinator pathway
What’s next–ideas to focus on in 2017?
- when will sust fair be?
- Join/create green drink group or some other informal social networking
- electric charging station (petition? Electric utility)
- can we be involved in next year’s Kristin selection? GreenCorps
- CURA partnership
- urban farming in city property
- push for a SAV sustainability director
- Getting involved in schools
- grants for greening the school (so you don’t need to go on a field trip)
- involve parents
- citizen guest speakers in class