March 28, 2012
Student Government Association
March 28, 2012
II. Approval of Minutes
III. Approval of Agenda
IV. Unfinished Business
a. Athletic Bill: We decided to go with all day one charges, $1,205. Since we only have two more discussion meetings, we thought they should receive the money.
i. I motion $1,205 for the athletic bill, if we do not allocate the remaining of the money, we will likely allocate the remaining bill money to the athletic bill. (12/12) Passes
V. Guest Speaker
VI. Action Items
VII. Discussion Item
a. Kyle Brookes: Offsetting Energy Consumption on Campus-
i. I was speaking with some administration about us using nuclear energy
1. We buy our energy from the City of Gunnison, and they buy their energy from Nebraska, who has nuclear energy. We will buy percentages of wind credits to offset our energy.
2. Do we have any information on what other schools admit?
a. Boulder has a similar credit, so it is hard to tell, their fee is $17/student. Not off the top of my head on other schools emissions.
3. You mentioned that you wanted to buy solar panels after three years, why not just save the money and buy more panels in three years?
a. We want to reduce emissions immediately to reach the 2020 climate goal. It will be hard to know exactly how many students will pay the fee, we would rather do something than nothing with the money to have an effect now, and students can see them immediately.
4. Say the fee goes through and all students pay for it, that is almost $31,000/semester.
a. The whole idea of waiting three years is that the cost of solar panels is dropping. Many other schools that have solar panels had outside sources funding these projects. After three years, we should have enough money to buy solar panels. Right now, the cost of solar panels is very high.
5. Are grants securable after we instate this fund?
a. Yes. Depending on other student’s interests. The cost to buy credits is so low and the cost of a solar panel is very low.
6. What is preventing students from buying these credits directly from the city of Gunnison. The fitness center fee is paid by 75% and only 25% use the fitness center.
a. The college doesn’t have a program for that. The way it has been done in the past is we have had to set up a contract with the city of Gunnison. On an individual level we won’t have as big of an effect as if we bought they as a group.
7. You mentioned the cost of solar panels, what is the depreciation rate and the cost for repair?
a. The life-span is about 30 years, and the repair costs are high.
8. In future years, what’s going to be implemented for future students to get involved with this project.
a. Applied environmental studies class is a great opportunity for students to implement change in their community. Students are adamant about getting solar panels, and that’s why we are trying to get fund on lock down before we ask again. We try to make sure the baton continues to be passed, this is a long term goal.
9. It is my understanding that this was on campus three years ago and ended. Is this something the city already pays for?
a. We are buying additional contracts, since the city has made their own commitment, and have a green purchasing plan through the city. The amount of credits that we would be buying each year would fluctuate each year.
10. Do you have a plan after the 30 years and would the fee continue to offset energy after the three years?
a. It is not up to me to decide, it will be up to administration, we will offset energy for a short amount of time until we can buy panels.
11. Say it does pass, but people opt out and there is not enough money for the contract then what would you do?
a. We would save the money and try to jump on solar panels as soon as possible.
12. We will motion to vote on this but it will be motioning to OK it on the ballot, voting to let the students vote.
a. All SGA vote (17/26) t will go to the board and into special election.
VIII. Advisor Report
Res Life is hosting Pinnacles tours and if you are interested sign up in res life March 29, April 3,4,5 at 5pm
Nicole: Luau Thursday the 5th
Adam: please get the paper out of your boxes the paper is full.
Rodney: if you want to tour the pinnacles and the time does not work, email me. Provide incoming class with t-shirts to start traditions, wear it throughout the years. Gauge support for a free freshman tshirt.
X. Committee Reports
Constitution committee we need to finally meet
21+ went fantastic, we met today again as a committee to see where we wanted to go from here. Field Day Bonanza Friday before finals April 27th. Something for students, to have fun before finals.
Election committee, I made door hangers for applications.
Pro-cycling challenge, They want to paint the roads and the water towers and hanging flags from buildings. We also want to get kids on campus the week of the race.
XI. Advisory Reports
Sarah board of trustees pass Western State Colorado University to go through to legislation. Celebration of Scholarship is April 19th. Application for elected officials are due no later than 430 on April 6th and a mandatory meeting that night April 20th applications for appointed will be due.
Nick: The states revenue forecast for funding is getting much better so we are not expecting the same cuts. Partners new facility is next to the oldest building in Gunnison, and received money to restore the building. The farmers market has opportunity for internships if you would like to email firstname.lastname@example.org
Grace: We have $2047 in bill and $1974 in internal
Meg: A comedy group will be formally funded next year, and videos are posted on the web.
Travis: Flag football is coming up, and four on four is still in the same spot. April 3rd it will begin. Trivia night next Wednesday 7pm at the wine bar.
Hayden: Lacrosse 330 Friday at mountaineer bowl, Saturday 330 vs Utah in the bowl, Sunday 2pm against Regis Baseball is home for CC at Gunnison HS on Sunday at 10 am, rugby gateway field 10 am.
Elijah: A great turn out at the hypnotist. Comedian coming next week Wednesday April 4th in the recital hall in Quigley.
Noah: This weekend we have rock climbing skills clinic and learn how to tune-up your bike. Tomorrow night at 6pm Red Bull Paper Wings challenge will be here.
Karen: This is the last week of cycle-mania, be sure to recycle! Art contest for any one who would like to submit, it is recycled art. There will be great prizes! The art will be displayed at spring fest where we will announce the winners and hand out prizes. Submit online or there will be a submission form in the LEED office, due April 8th.
XII. Special Topics
XIII. Remarks for the Good of the Order
Next week we will talk about the future budget. Email tomorrow.
Senators, remember posters are below your name.
XIV. Late Roll Call