Posted by: Spring Greeney | May 1, 2009

4.27 Meeting Minutes

“HCC 2009 – 2010: Four Models”

Members present:
Tiffany Curtis (HDS), Dan Chandler (GSAS), Stephen Jensen (GSAS), Craig Altemose (HLS), Allyson Meyers (HKS), Emma Crossen (HDS), Dave Lewis (GSD), Kevin Banahan (HSPH), Peter James (HSPH), Julia Roos (HSPH), Julia Africa (HSPH/GSD), Karen McKinnon (College), Katie Walter (College), Gracie Brown (College), Nicole DeSantis (Extension School), Jake Bowman (Extension School), Garrett Smith (HBS), Jane Baumgartner (HILR), Charlie Allen (HILR), Andrew Costigan (HGSE), Lina Swislocki (HGSE), Shannon Simms (GSD)

Introductions

HCC 2008 – 2009 Annual Report:

Distribution: Please hand-deliver to your dean.  Aron and Spring have emailed out a cover letter template you can use if you’d like.
If you’d like more copies of the report, please email Spring by noon on Friday (May 1).

Extension School Presentation:
Community-based social marketing (Jack Spengler/Leith Sharp)
Discussion of how to recognize “sustainability” – success when the term is no longer necessary because it is simply a part of how everything works
Challenge: Extension School students are busy, splitting time between work and school.
Benefit: Extension School students are often around in the Boston area longer than your average Harvard student
Harvard Extension Environmental Club (HEEC) has an active following of roughly 100 people.

Environmental Health Club (@HSPH) Presentation

HSPH_HCC_presentation
Founded 2007
Dining Services is an ally – Composting program started in 2008 thanks to student effort and supportive staff.
HSPH GHG Reduction Strategy
•    construction standards
•    behavioral change
•    infrastructure upgrades
•    training
•    research of new technologies
•    analysis
Advanced (and energy-efficient) monitoring system for ventilation in the labs
Successful collaboration with HGSE and HMS student group (SEAM)

GSAS Presentation

GSAS_HCC_presentation, GSAS_Student_Housing_HCC_presentation
No central environmental club — ever a challenge
Small emissions relative to other schools.
Trying to work to set up more Green Teams
Work in the Grad Dorms:
–    Environmental Kick-off (at beginning of year)
–    Flower-planting party
–    Environmental Poster Series to raise awareness

Group Discussion: Potential Shape of and Role for HCC 2009 – 2010

4 models (not mutually exclusive):
1. HCC 2.0 or the “Harvard Sustainability THINK TANK.”
2. CURRICULAR CHANGE and a BROADER FOCUS
3. REGIONAL HCC
4. COMMUNICATIONS, continued

Members suggest possible roles for the HCC:
–    Push for administrative and implementation transparency
–    better practice sharing between schools
–    building stronger student relationships
–    building ties outside Harvard and learning from other schools

What has been most useful about the HCC this year?
Administrative speakers are okay, but we can’t and shouldn’t rehash that next year: boring and repetitive.  Student presentations are good, but that content can be covered in the annual report.  Meetings should focus on going more in-depth with specific topics. 
Real benefit of the group: cuts across school lines: possibility to build really strong student-student relationships that can spur collaborative efforts.

How to encourage this student relationship building?
– Group retreat in the fall
–    training on behavior change
–    start with HCC Annual Report ’08 – ’09 (expect attendees to have read it before the  retreat), build  from there
– Create internal HCC working groups to lead discussions
– topically-oriented (depth in favor of breadth at each meeting)

Possibility to generate side groups working on specific projects, implement big ideas (orientation program, J-term interschool charettes, &c.), though the HCC needs to remain focused on the task of knowledge and ideas sharing.  All HCC reps are busy with their own groups, and the HCC can function as a way to develop leadership ideas and possibilities that can be dispersed throughout Harvard via the HCC reps.

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