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Massachusetts Schools Sustainability Coordinators Roundtable

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MSSCOR RECYCLEMANIA CONFERENCE CALL
Date & Time: February 14, 2014, 12:00 p.m. (EST)
Location: Conference Call | (712) 432-1500, Access Code: 427609#
Meeting DetailsIn this meeting, we will be engaging in a discussion around Recyclemania and hear first-hand from sustainability movers and shakers on the ground. To raise your hand, please use the Wiggio Discussion Board.
Proposed Agenda:
- Welcome and Introductions (10 min)
Dumpster dive into Reyclemania 
- Presentation by Rob Gogan, Recycling and Waste Manager, Harvard University (10 min)
- Presentation by May Vickers, Student Ambassador, Bryant University (10 min)
- Presentation by Eric Van Vlandren, Sustainability Coordinator, Emerson College (10 min)
- Question/Answer period (15 min)

 

MSSCOR FOOD & ORGANIC WASTE CONFERENCE CALL
Date & Time: October 25, 2013
Location: Conference Call | 712-432-1500, Access Code: 427609#
Meeting Details: Be on the first MSSCOR conference call with John Fischer, DEP; Sarah Cadorette, FoodDay Massachusetts; and Heather Billings, Recycling Works, and more – (we have additional Discussants and we will have Q&A after each speaker, and Open Discussion after their presentations).
In order to have an orderly flow of conversation, please email Rick Reibstein directly if you would like to say something – use email to “raise your hand”. For more details and questions, please email Rick, or call 617-626-1062.
Resource - Presentation by Recycling Works

 

SECOND SPRING CONVOCATION OF STUDENTS WORKING WITH SUSTAINABILITY COORDINATORS
Date & Time: April 9, 2013
Location: Hampshire College | Amherst | MA 01002
Meeting Agenda | Details about the student presentations (Deadline for proposal submission was March 15, 2013.)
Registration is required. For more details and questions, please email Rick Reibstein, or call 617-626-1062

 

SPRING 2013 MSSCOR MEETING - ORGANICS & THE MA WASTE BAN
Date & Time: February 22, 2013 | 8:30AM - 1:30PM
Location: Harvard University | 175 N. Harvard Street | Boston (Allston) | MA 02134
Host: Rob Gogan - Please RSVP to rob_gogan@harvard.edu by February 20, 2013.
Meeting Details: Dozens of sustainability professionals and students from around the state gathered at Harvard University to discuss waste reduction and composting challenges and opportunities.
Resource - Presentation of "Massachusetts Organics Action Plan" by MassDEP | Resource - Presentation of "Campus Food Scraps Management: Preparing for Food Waste Ban, 2014" by Harvard University

 

ADVANCED APPROACHES TO ENERGY IN LARGE FACILITY MANAGEMENT
Date & Time: November 1, 2012 | 9:00am - 1:00pm ET
Location: Boston Architectural College | Carcieri Hall, 2nd Floor | 320 Newbury Street | Boston | MA 02115
Please RSVP to rick.reibstein@state.ma.us or emattison@suffolk.edu
Meeting Details | Meeting Notes | Resource - Presentation of "The BAC Green Alley Project" by Linnean Solutions | Resource - Presentation of "Solar Opportunities in Massachusetts" by Post Parity Power | Resource - Presentation of "Integrated Energy Management Systems" by Horizon Solutions 

 

HAVE MORE TREES ON CAMPUS, THE MOST VISIBLE GREEN THING YOU CAN DO
Date & Time: April 17, 2012 | 9:00 am - Noon
Location: Boston University | School of Hospitality Administration, Room 201 | 928 Commonwealth Avenue | Boston | MA 02215

This event included presentations by Mathew Cahill of the Boston Natural Areas Network (BNAN), and Amory Sivertson of the Boston Tree Party, to discuss exciting new communal initiatives for tree planting and care. Trees are tangible, accessible products of institutional greening – this meeting was a chance to learn how to create attention and enthusiasm by engaging students and others to get results that everyone will enjoy for years to come.

 

STUDENTS WORKING WITH SUSTAINABILITY COORDINATORS
Date & Time: Wednesday | April 4, 2012 | 8am -noon
Location: Franklin Patterson Building | Hampshire College | Amherst, MA

MSSCOR, Second Nature and Hampshire College invited students working with sustainability coordinators at other colleges to present on their work, and/or their ideas, at the Spring Convocation (agenda) on April 4th at Hampshire College.  There were presentations from Emerson Colege, Bunker Hill Community College, UMass Amherst, Suffolk University, Worcester State University, Boston University, Hampshire University, and Lasell College.  To our knowledge, the event was the first of its kind.  Information about the student contribution to campus sustainability is being shared with the presidents of colleges and universities in Massachusetts, along with these constructive suggestions, the product of a working session:

  • Integrating sustainability into all aspects of higher education and campus operations is essential to the health of human civilization.
  • Incorporate the topic of sustainability into meetings, speeches, and plans.
  • Set baselines and require action plans to meet goals, with deliverables.
  • Revise faculty and staff metrics to instill and ensure a culture of sustainability and make this purpose known to students, faculty, staff and the public.
  • Provide resources such as funding, staff, expertise, and the charge to revise procedures and overcome barriers.
  • Preserve the institutional memory necessary to continuously improve.
  • Let your students know that their initiatives have institutional support. 

Please view the presentations here:
Boston University | Bunker Hill Community College | Emerson College | Hampshire College 
Lasell College | Suffolk University | UMass at Amherst | Worcester State University

Please watch the meeting here:

 
                                     Part 1                                                                            Part 2

 
                                     Part 3                                                                         Part 4

 

MEASUREMENT OF SUSTAINABILITY PROGRESS AND CAPACITY: CURRENT PRACTICE & EXCELLENCE
Date & Time: October 26, 2011 | 9:30am-noon ET
Location: Wentworth Institute of Technology | Evansway/Tudbury Auditorium
Please RSVP to: Debra Shepard | 617 330 5001
Meeting Details | Participants | Meeting Notes | Resources

Please watch the meeting here:

       
                                      Part 1                                                                                     Part 2

 

CO-GEN AT SMITH COLLEGE, RECYCLING AT FIVE COLLEGES
Date & Time: June 8, 2011 | 1:30pm ET

Location: Smith College | Ford Hall, Room 240

To sign up to attend, contact: Rick Reibstein | 617 626 1062

Meeting Details - Agenda | Participants | Meeting Notes | Resources

 

SAVING ENERGY COSTS THROUGH DEMAND RESPONSE & ENERGY EFFICIENCY MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS
Date & Time: March 7, 2011 | 8:00am-Noon ET

Location: Worcester Polytechnic Institute | East Hall conference room (directly ahead of main entrance) | Boynton Street | Worcester | MA

Meeting Details - Agenda, Driving/Parking Information | Participants | Meeting NotesResource - Tour of East Hall, a Gold-certified LEED building at WPI | Resource - Presentation of "Saving Energy with Building Management Systems" by BCM Controls Corporation | Resource - Presentation of "Demand Response and Advance Metering for the Education Sector" by EnerNOC Inc.

 

EXPLORING AIR EMISSIONS RESTRICTIONS
Date & Time: December 10, 2010 | 10:00am-Noon ET

Location: Northeastern University | 340 Egan Engineering/Science Research Center(EC) & Raytheon Amphitheater | 120 Forsyth Street | Boston | 02115

To sign up to attend, contact: Carol Rosskam | NU Sustainability Program Manager | 617 373 8730

Meeting Details - Agenda, Speaker's Bio, Driving/Parking Information | Participants | Meeting Notes Resources

 

MSSCOR INAUGURAL MEETING
Friday | October 15, 2010 | 8:30am-10am ET
Location: Suffolk University | 73 Tremont Street | Amenities Conference Room | Boston | MA 02108

To sign up to attend, contact: Erica Mattison | Campus Sustainability Coordinator | Suffolk University | 617 973 1145
Meeting Details - Agenda | Participants | Meeting Notes | Resources

 

The Concept:

  • To create a forum for those who have been charged with enhancing the environmental performance and long-term sustainability of university, college, and school campuses. We plan to hold periodic meetings, to make it easier to stay up-to-date on new opportunities, requirements, and other relevant information.
  • Meetings will be efficient opportunities for all members to hear from desired speakers, such as agency representatives explaining new regulations; technology experts explaining alternative energy or other resource conservation or pollution prevention options; or members willing to share how they managed successful projects. Members may also wish to share problems and ask questions of others, and engage in brainstorming sessions on how to overcome common barriers to furthering the sustainability agenda.
  • Each meeting host will have the chance to show new equipment or projects if they like, and participants may also wish to plan joint activities for mutual benefit. In short, there is much to be gained from simply getting together.
  • We envision no fees or formal arrangements at this time for MSSCOR. The Massachusetts Office of Technical Assistance, which has provided sustainability assistance to nearly 2,000 facilities in the state since its founding in 1990, has volunteered to assist in organizing the meetings. Suffolk University has volunteered to host the first meeting.
  • By taking part in the first meeting or simply responding with enthusiasm to this invitation, you become a co-founder of MSSCOR. Henceforth, you may play a role in determining what form this organization takes.
  • To sign up to attend this free roundtable, reply to this email by October 1. There will be a light breakfast. If you know someone who coordinates sustainability at a MA school and did not receive this email, please feel free to forward it.

The Context:

  • MSSCOR is based on the Business Environmental Roundtable model, which OTA pioneered in the mid-1990’s, forming the North East Business Environmental Roundtable and then the Central Massachusetts Business Environmental Roundtable. (It is also based on the Healthy Schools Network and the Massachusetts Task Force on EHS in Schools.)
  • The model is simple: those responsible for improving the Environmental, Health, and Safety performance of businesses meet to exchange news about regulations, pollution prevention opportunities, and other relevant concerns, and to see physical installations such as boiler economizers, solar panels, waste compactors, etc., at each other’s facilities.

  • OTA’s participation formed a conduit for regulatory officials to transmit important news and to receive feedback from companies about how regulatory regimes affected them and could be improved.

  • This is the model we are employing for the launch of MSSCOR, but as a co-founder, you will be in a position to determine the form of MSSCOR in the future, its focus, and purpose.

Contact:

Questions? Contact Rick Reibstein | MA Office of Technical Assistance | 617 626 1062

 

 

Hello

Great to have had some of you take part in the kick off meeting at Suffolk. Please use this forum for sharing links, meeting information, and comments.

Erica Mattison
Campus Sustainability Coordinator
Suffolk University
Boston, MA
recycle@suffolk.edu, 617-973-1145

MSSCOR

We had a wonderful convening of the founding members of MSSCOR at Suffolk on Oct 15th!