CITY-GREEN Meeting minutes, Tuesday July 21, 2015 at New Leaf.
Present: Wesley Glebe (Chair); Laura Dininni (Vice-Chair); Mike Rybacki (Secretary); David Stone (Steering Committee)
1) Approval of last meeting minutes: unofficial, no approval.
2) Select a local official to invite to dinner: Wes nominated Ron Lichman (Water Authority). Mike nominated Walter Schneider (Agency head, COG Code Enforcement). Laura nominated:
Laura brought up the idea to start off inviting local officials to New Leaf’s Friday Salad Hours – more people to browse with, less formal. Then possible dinner dates after that. Decided to table discussion until August meeting and be ready to begin inviting to salad hour one to two weeks after August meeting (end of August).
3) Review status of request to COG’s Walt Schneider for # geothermal installs in region. Mike will follow up at COG office in person by next meeting.
4) Discuss/vote to offer CITY-GREEN endorsements for renewable energy-equipped homes. All of us interested in some form of third party CITY-GREEN verification for buildings that have renewable energy, but concern was raised about C-G’s responsibility. Idea proposed to have 1) verification that system is working and 2) show curated literature referencing average increases in building equity ~$15,000 per $1,000 per year saved.
Main goal is to simply make available comparable information for RE-equipped home sales to increase buyers/sellers/realtors/lenders/appraisers awareness of added value.
(see attached updated sample verification statement).
5) Status of CITY-GREEN’s involvement in the Penn State-hosted American Solar Energy Society conference. Laura stated OPP’s Rob Cooper will buy CNET’s videos then deed PSU’s rights back to CNET for free dissemination, not costing CITY-GREEN or anyone else to peruse/use.
Mike – still waiting for press pass to cover the event on behalf of CITY-GREEN Newsletter.
6) Public Comments – other related topics.
– Dave Stone had met with OPP concerning air quality issues. Says OPP claims they will not use extra capacity in the oversized NG boilers West Campus, especially in light of impending multi-megawatt solar array PSU is planning to build. Says OPP claims they cannot use extra capacity anyway for lack of extra steam dump in summer months.
– Harvard study update. Wes, Dave – meeting with Tom Fontaine, Steve Maruszewski. – The Borough still working on the idea of a Task Force recommended by the Harvard Study, which would be created to smoothe over future energy infrastructure plans. Not sure current status. May contact Alex Wiker who penned a CITY-GREEN response earlier this year.
– General discussion of growth issues and the definition and meaning of growth. Certain Borough Council members define growth as more density – people, buildings/high rises, infrastructure. Others feel there is distinction between sustainable growth and unsustainable growth. Question was raised: on the political level, is there a truly comprehensive, strategic sustainable planning for future development/lifestyle for this region that is sustainable?
– Laura – Meeting with Sarah Potter, Chair Friends & Farmers. Discussed need to for a non-profit for local foods – education and outreach of high impact of local food supply. Will have a slogan and kickoff “Leaping into Local” (Logistics, Education, Access, Promotion (LEAP) at the pie table at the PA Farm Fest August 8-9 in Centre Hall.
– Group decision to ask COG PS&E if we can postpone our bi-annual meeting with them tentatively scheduled for August. Mike will email Pam Adams to see about postponing until PS&E meeting first week in September.
– Laura – Concerning the issue of volumetric (as opposed to categorical) billing for utilities, such as water, Laura mentioned a local contractor, Tom Songer, who is been developing this issue politically in Ferguson Township.