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Conservation and Climate Outreach Commission (View All)

Regular Monthly Meeting

Wednesday, October 26, 2005



Conservation Commission
These Minutes are preliminary pending approval by Conservation Commission at the December 07, 2005 Conservation Commission Meeting.

October 26, 2005– 7:00 pm
Community Development Building
51 Winburn Way
Chairperson Amarotico called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m. in the Community Development Building.
Attendees: Charles Bennett, Carol Carlson, Russ Chapman, Jim Hartman, Joanne Krippaehne, and Ross Finney. Paige Prewett was absent.
City Council Liaison: Alex Amarotico
Staff Liaison: Dick Wanderscheid


Chairperson Amarotico asked for an approval of the September 28, 2005 minutes.
Commissioner Krippaehne made a motion to approve the minutes of September 28, 2005 and Commissioner Chapman seconded the motion.
Voice vote: all Ayes. The motion passed with a unanimous vote.

The minutes of the Conservation Commission Meeting of September 28, 2005 were approved.

Huelz Gutcheon, spoke to the Commission about his project Dapper Delves Solar Learning Center, which he hopes will house homeless and ultra low income people in a maximized solar collective building. He presented some drawings about different areas of the project. The members discussed solar heating in regards to the project.
Mr. Wanderscheid announced that SOU has appointed Stuart Corns to take Kate DeWaynes place on the Commission and hopes he attends the next meeting.
Nathan Myeerson/SOU introduced himself to the Commission and explained his interest in renewable energy at SOU. Commissioner Hartman explained his desire to green up the school systems and offered Nathan a suggestion of recycling ink jets from SOU to buy green tags.
Tracy Harding thanked the Commission for their participation in Car Free Day and asked for feedback on the event. The members discussed ideas for next years event which takes place on September 22, 2006.
Commissioner Chapman reported free leaf recycling would be held November 8th and 22nd at the recycling center and he will report the tonnage at the December meeting.
Solar Tour
Mr. Wanderscheid reported the Green & Solar Tour was a great success, but they had to turn away 60-80 people.
He gave a report of the different houses that were showcased and the members discussed the diversity of the different homes.

Renewable Options
Mr. Wanderscheid told the Commission at the next meeting, scheduled December 7th, he would have a paper outlying different renewable options. In addition he will present options to the City Council during a study session on January 12, 2006.

Density Bonus
Mr. Wanderscheid informed the Commission about the Council Study Session on October 13th concerning the proposal to change the Citys Land Use ordinance to get 15% density bonus if 85% of the homes in the subdivision were built to Earth Advantage standards. Three Councilors would be in favor of changing the ordinance if 100 % of the homes were built to Earth Advantage standards. This would go before Council November 15th or December 6th with a staff recommendation that we amend.

Ashland Coop TV Ad Campaign
Mr. Wanderscheid reported the Ashland Coop decided to hire students from SOU to produce the commercial, and they were in the process of filming now. He also updated the Commission on the Renewable Pioneer Marketing Strategy.

Commissioner Finney commented to the Committee that educating the community further in areas of energy usage would increase awareness and further promote green tag purchases. Mr. Wanderscheid mentioned that Commissioner Prewett wrote an explanation for the Utility Billing staff to use for questions from the public about Green Tags and would get copies to the Commission.
Mr. Wanderscheid reported to the Commission about his visitors from Australia who were gathering information about load management.

Commissioner Bennett inquired about the next 500.00 installment for Ashland Sanitary and Commissioner Chapman will update the Commission at the next meeting.
Next Meeting Date:
December 7, 2006 at the Council Chambers.

1.      Historic Conservation
2.      Education/Events
Commissioner Carlson reported they are increasing their Master Gardener classes to 4, due to ongoing interest.
3.      Green Business
Commissioner Carlson talked with the Commission about the need for a Sustainable Department to oversee sustainability.
December 7, 2006, at the Council Chambers

Meeting adjourned at 8:35 pm.
Respectfully submitted,
Mary McClary, Assistant to
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