· We were able to salvage a good portion of the budget and maintain contract with Breathe CA.
· Discussed possibly requesting addback for discrete priority projects (continue discussion in monthly meeting)
· Discussed finding a way for TfS stipend funds to also support Green Teams. Find overlapping areas.
Nik Kaestner, Director of Sustainability, Mayor's green schools liaison to SFUSD - presentation and discussion
· Nik’s position as Sustainability Director for SFUSD is funded by SF Dept of Environment and PUC.
· Nik’s job is to foster green schools (energy, water, waste, composting, plus water faucet aerators, green school yards, energy shut down before summer, alternate commute options, biodiesel for buses). He will be working on a site level to form Green Teams (administrators, parents, teachers, students). He works with administration on top-down issues. Informed that schools can become certified as green. Has 8-10 schools interested in becoming green. Rosa Parks elementary won green school contest this year. Is working to make all schools green in the long run. More than 20 schools applied for and received PG&E solar panels. Described savings district can and cannot see from energy efficiency.
· Nik is working with architects on design or modification of buildings (using Global Green design standards, how to beat title 24 standards)
· Follow through is needed to see if there is compliance with standards, CHPS; there is a chance to audit current buildlings – opportunities for weather stripping, etc.; water filters for classrooms; questions about maintenance of filters; making switch could be another item on menu.
· Nik discussed the idea of the Tools for Schools checklist being included in certification requirement for green schools
· Anjali will send Nik the Tools for Schools resolution
· ATF will send list of allergy-friendly trees
· Karen will provide report on water fountains to Nik
· URLs: www.greenthenextgen.com (sign up in top right corner for newsletter); www.2012by2010.com (trying to plant 2012 trees by 2012 – raised 25 trees in a week at Rosa Parks)
· Focus on environmental education – Green jobs and environmental curriculum – how to bring green jobs to students (internships in environmental industry)
· Green Drinks – 1st Weds of every month at Varnish Wine Gallery, 6-9pm
· Discussed a potential environmental curriculum – Anjali will send info regarding Tools for Schools and Junior Health Inspector
· Working towards a sustainability policy – Green building and transport – committing to sustainable operations
· Many school districts have an energy manager but not sustainability manager – SFUSD model was shared internationally.
· Nik will be presenting to Parent Liaisons through Parent Relations division
· Nik and SFATF will share and utilize website links