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Conservation Commission Monthly Meeting 10/22/08

Wednesday, October 22, 2008


7 p.m. – October 22, 2008

Community Development Center





The meeting was called to order by Chairperson Chapman at 7:03 pm.



Risa Buck, Russ Chapman, Stuart Corns, Ross Finney, Jim Hartman were present. 

Tracy Harding, Shelly Lotz, Jim McGinnis and Ross Finney were not present.


City Council member and Chair: Dave Chapman

Staff representative: Dick Wanderscheid



The Commissioners introduced themselves to their newest member, Shelly Lotz.




Commissioner Chapman moved to approve the minutes for September 24, 2008.


Corrections to the minutes:

            Plastic Round Up dates should be the 14th and 15th of November.

            Attendees included Ross Finney, but he was not present.


Commissioner Corns seconded the motion to approve minutes with date correction.



Voice Vote: All Ayes.  The motion passed with a unanimous vote.




Cynthis Salbato/34 Union St. spoke to the Commission regarding a community based web application that includes a sustainable game entitled Planet You.  Included are health education, transportation, and home and waste aspects.  The game helps people track their efforts in making life more “green.”  This application was presented to Google and hopes that Ashland can be a testing ground.  The Commission decided to put this item on the next agenda for further exploration.



Annie Hoy from the Ashland Coop requested funds from the Commission to help sponsor an event at SOU for Elizabeth Royte who has written a new book, called Bottle Mania. 


Commissioner Finney moved to support the event with Elizabeth Royte in the amount of $500.00.  Commissioner Chapman seconded the motion.


Voice Vote: All Ayes.  The motion passed with a unanimous vote.



Commissioner Lotz, asked the Commission to become sponsors for the Earth Sustainable Global classes from the National Sustainable Building Advisory Program starting in February, currently sponsored by SOU and Earth Advantage.  Mr. Wanderscheid will discuss the option with his staff at the Conservation Department for the City of Ashland.





Commissioner Buck updated the Commission for the month.


Compost Classes

This year there were 106 people who attended the 4 compost classes and she took time to thank the Commission members/staff who assisted Denny Morelli with facilitating the classes.


Salmon Festival

            The successful event strove for zero waste with supporters from the

            John Muir School, Ashland Middle School and the Master Recyclers.


Commercial Compost Program

            There are now 31 participants; their next goal is a total of 40.


Nursery Plastics Collection

            November 5th – 17th at the recycling center.


Free Leaf Drop Off

            November 4th and 18th at the recycling center.


Leaf Bag Program

2nd year Ashland Sanitary will partner with the City of Ashland to help citizens receive a reduction in costs for bags to collect leaves and keep them out of the landfill and storm drains. There has been more public notice and response this year.


E-Waste Collection

            Through the end of the year there will no charge for electronic waste

            at the Transfer Station.


Oregon Green Schools

            Currently Talent School participate, and Willow Wind will follow suit



Battery Recycling Program

            Ashland Sanitary is starting an in house pilot battery recycling 

            program with a company called to see how well the

            program functions.


Plastic Bag and Shrink Wrap Collection

            Going well at the recycle center.


Car Share Program

            Becky Brown received a grant and will move toward implementing the 

            program in Ashland.


Southern Oregon Plastics Roundup Event

November 14-15 from 8am - 4pm


Materials Recovery Report

            Jackson County was down in 2007, first time the rate has been down

            in a long time.




   Sub Committee Reports

          Green Business

             Scheduled for the 13th, waiting for initial round of reports to go out to



           Fourth of July Committee

   Commissioner Corns reported their next meeting would be 

    brainstorming about lessons learned and ideas that could be 

    implemented for next year.           


 Plastic Bag/Non-Petroleum Dinnerware Committee

    Looking to use education and incentives as an approach to

    implement more awareness and motivate citizens, instead of

    creating an ordinance banning plastic bags. 


  Education Committee

                        No report


Cities for Climate Protection Committee

Next meeting they will draft preliminary goals.




ClearMax Discussion

  The Commission discussed various options for implementing a

  program and how the Commission would support a project.


Next Meeting Date

              December 10th, at the Community Development Building Conference



            Recycling Video

               The Commission watched a recycling video made by Nick Stevens

               an SOU graduate.



Dick Wanderscheid reported a very successful and sold out solar tour.  He also reported about a Wind Farm he visited in Pendleton, and explained their production and operations.


Chairperson Chapman asked the Commission to remember the City Council goals regarding conservation and asked the Commission to thing about efficiencies that we could implement without adding additional staff members.



The next meeting is December 10, 2008 combining the months of

November and December.



            Meeting adjourned after 9:10pm




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