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2017 Meeting Minutes


The campaign for 2017: "THE FUTURE of ENERGY and RESOURCES"

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2017 Meeting Notes

Agenda November 1, 2017: Highland Heights Green Task Force Business Meeting

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ELECTION of OFFICERS SLATE:

  • CO-PRESIDENTS ... Judy Dearden / Tom Pappas
  • VICE PRESIDENT ... Paul Costanzo
  • TREASURER ... Roy Fash
  • SECRETARY ... Amy Milroy

ELECTION of BOARD of DIRECTORS SLATE: By-LAWS, BOARD SHALL HAVE UP TO 7, NOT FEWER THAN 5

  • Judy Dearden
  • Marilyn Wilson
  • Rick Evans
  • Paul Costanzo replaces Maryellen Dombek
  • MaryBeth Skala
  • Mary Fash
  • Frank Popotnik

2018 campaign “USE LESS PLASTIC”

  • JANUARY - Kimble & Solid Waste District- what and how to recycle
  • FEBRUARY - Cathi Lehn/County councilwoman Sunny Simon- plastic bag legislation
  • MARCH - Bi-Annual Business Meeting, +Tom Arbeznik, Financial advisor- green investment
  • APRIL - Accurate IT (our electronics recycler) Jack Knapp
  • MAY - Lake Erie Waterkeeper on plastics in our waters
  • JUNE - Book Reports and FREECYCLE/E-WASTE DRIVE , tentative Sun, June 24th, 2018
  • JULY - Summer break, HH Community Day
  • AUGUST - FIELD TRIP: Regency Technology
  • SEPT - Gazebo Potluck Dinner
  • OCT - Movie & Discussion - “PLASTIC PARADISE” documentary $25.00 by 5 Gyres- park again?
  • NOV - Year-End Business meeting and elections
  • NOTE: FOEC, trying to get Dr. Sam (Sheri) Mason to do a talk, would be combined w/us

PLASTIC STRAW CAMPAIGN

FOR AREA RESTAURANTS, COMMITTEE, “Skip The Straw, Save a Sea Turtle”

BATTERY RECYCLING PROGRAM- W/ The Big Green Box

CUYAHOGA COUNTY PLASTIC BAG LEGISLATION SUPPORT- Support Link


Agenda September 6, 2017: GAZEBO ZERO-WASTE POTLUCK DINNER and 50/50 RAFFLE...


Another good time was had by all at our annual potluck dinner with about 30 in attendance. We were definitely all very happy that the decision had been made to move the event inside .. right at 6 PM as everyone was arriving the heavens opened up... and gave us some much-needed rain, just not needed for an outdoor event!


Agenda August 2, 2017: QUASAR ENERGY: “Collinwood Digester”


In keeping with our HHGTF 2017 CAMPAIGN topic of energy and resources, this was the appropriate year for 20 of us to tour the Quasar Energy Group, Collinwood Digester. The Collinwood Digester develops biomass waste-to-energy technology utilizing anaerobic digestion. This system converts readily available biomass sources (food waste, manure, biosolids, crop waste) into biogas that can be used as electricity and thermal heat, natural gas, or compressed natural gas (CNG). This method of energy production reduces greenhouse gas emissions, diverts waste from landfills, and contributes to cleaner air, water, and soil. The Cleveland location will provide 1.3MW of electricity per hour, processing 42,600 wet tons of pumpable organic biomass per year. I believe we were all impressed with the facility and thankful for all the tons of waste that are diverted from the landfills.


Agenda July 29, 2017: CITY of HIGHLAND HEIGHTS COMMUNITY DAY


Volunteers from the Highland Heights Green Task Force worked our out-reach table. Lots of good discussions with our city residents on how to change one's habits to be more environmentally friendly.


July Summer Break - NO MEETING


Agenda June 7, 2017: Highland Heights Green Task Force Meeting - Green Book Club Book Reports


Judy called the meeting to order and went over our finances. We have over $4K in our checking account.

Judy went over the financials and the membership thus far this year. Both continue to grow and we are in a good place with 49 paid members. We have $544.95 earmarked for the 2018 Alan Lorenz scholarship and $500.00 for the Living Lab Project at MHS.

On May 17th, Mary Fash, Pat Lorenz, and daughter Ashley Meinke presented two scholarships to MHS students. The winners this year were Anthony Gamerman and Nishant Muralidharan. Pat brought the rain barrel that she wanted to donate to the Living Lab at the high school. Both winners attended the meeting and filled us in on their career goals.

We have a new and improved Little Free Library at the Pool in Highland Heights City Park. Be sure to check it out and take a book or leave a book! A big thank you to David Ianiro - he even included curtains - it’s adorable!

The native plants from the Cleveland Natural History Museum have been taken from the High School Courtyard and returned to the Museum. The fostering project was a success. Thank you to Judy and Mary Fash for taking this on.

Remember there is no meeting in July.

Mark Baxter, District Executive of the Boy Scouts of America, talked to the group about the boy scouts and possible environmentally based programs in the Hillcrest area.

Book Reports

  • Amy Mittman - “Junkyard Planet” by Adam Minter
  • Rosemary Balazs - “”World Without Us” by Alan Weisman
  • Mary Fash - PD article about Wind Turbines, 5/28/17
  • Marilyn Wilson - “Grounded” by Diana Butler Baum
  • Betty Krysan - article about GMO’s
  • Marybeth Skala - PD article about turning food waste into packaging, 6/7/17 and a National Geographic article about Maps of Habitats in the USA
  • Barb Betz - “Dirt has a Microbism” newspaper article
  • Nelli Johnson - “This Changes Everything” by Naomi Klein and “Drawdown” by Paul Hawken
  • Tom Pappas “Potentially Polluting Shipwrecks” by Michael Barrett

Respectfully Submitted,
Amy Milroy
Secretary


Agenda May 3, 2017: HIGHLAND HEIGHTS GREEN TASK FORCE/ FOEC PROGRAM BUILDING an OFFSHORE WIND INDUSTRY in LAKE ERIE

BIG HELLO AND THANK YOU ALL FOR JOINING US TONIGHT! Welcome FOEC members!

FINANCIAL REPORT:

  • All assets are still in good standing
  • Currently there are 49 paid members.

ALAN LORENZ ENVIRONMENTAL SCHOLARSHIP:

  • We have 2 winners…thank you scholarship committee!
  • The scholarships (EACH $750) will be awarded on May 17th at MHS HONORS DAY.
  • Pat Lorenz and her daughter Ashley plan on joining us again this year.
  • Pat is also donating Alan’s rain barrel to the school for use in the “Living Lab” courtyard

HILLCREST HOSPITAL EARTHDAY OUTREACH TABLE:

  • Big thank you to our volunteers, Anna and Ron Hinkle, Mary K Evans and Deb Harpp!
  • We gave away over 300 packets of basil and wildflower seeds, and lots of excellent handouts from PUCO.
  • Great event, with over 250 please attending.

HHGTF Calendar of upcoming events and programs

  • JUNE 7TH (Wed) - GREEN BOOK CLUB BOOK REVIEWS
  • JUNE 25th(Sun) - FREECYCLE/E-WASTE DRIVE, 10-3 in our city park
  • AUG 2ND - COLLINWOOD DIGESTER TOUR, 3 PM
  • OCT 4th - MOVIE & DISCUSSION NIGHT, 7 pm at the pool barn in our city park Private showing of: IN SEARCH OF BALANCE

THIS EVENINGS TOPIC:

    BUILDING an OFFSHORE WIND INDUSTRY in LAKE ERIE, which ties in nicely with our HHGTF 2017 Campaign = THE FUTURE of ENERGY and RESOURCES

Welcome to tonight’s presenter: Beth Nagusky, Director of Sustainable Development at LEED CO. – LAKE ERIE ENERGY DEVELOPMENT CO.


Agenda April 5, 2017: Highland Heights Green Task Force Meeting - P.U.C.O Presentation


Judy called the meeting to order and went over our finances. As of 4/4/17, we have over $5K in our checking account and $100.00 in savings.

Judy went over the financials and the membership thus far this year. Both continue to grow and we are in a good place with 46 paid members - with the potential of 60 if everyone pays who did last year - and over 5K in the bank. Corey Rice still thinks the Living Lab Project is a go.

The committee working with the Alan Lorenz Environmental Scholarship will be interviewing the 4 candidates that we have this year on April 20th. This meeting will determine the finalists. On May 17th, Mary Fash will once again announce the winner for our group. Alan’s wife Pat will be in attendance and plans on bringing the rain barrel that she wants to donate to the Living Lab at the high school.

Judy reviewed the final version of the 2017 calendar with the group. EarthFest 2017 will be held on April 22nd at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds. Also of interest: On May 6th in Euclid there will be a Euclid vs Collinwood trash pick-up!

Our speaker this evening was Luka Papalko from the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, Office of Public Affairs - Public Information Officer. Luka informed us that the PUCO is involved in some things that you never would have guessed such as railroad crossings and moving companies. He also walked us through www.energychoice.oh.gov to shop for utility rates using Apples to Apples. Also, we were reminded that using Energy Star appliances will save us on our utility bills and you may be eligible for rebates!

Respectfully Submitted,
Amy Milroy,
Secretary


Agenda March 23, 2017: Highland Heights Green Task Force Meeting - Bi-Annual Board Meeting

In Attendance

  • Judy Dearden
  • Paul Costanzo,
  • Roy Fash
  • Amy Milroy
  • Marilyn Wilson
  • Mary Ellen Dombek
  • Rick Evans
  • Mary Fash
  • Frank Popotnik
  • Marybeth Skala

This evening the members of the Highland Heights Green Task Force Board gathered together to discuss the future of the Task Force and how we plan on moving forward with all that we do.

Judy went over the financials and the membership thus far this year. Both continue to grow and we are in a good place with 46 paid members - with the potential of 60 if everyone pays who did last year - and over 5K in the bank. Corey Rice still thinks the Living Lab Project is a go.

Our Federal Tax for non-profits has been filed. At the end of 2017, we should get a reminder from the state to file the Statement of Continued Existence.

The committee working with the Alan Lorenz Environmental Scholarship will be meeting to review the applications of the candidates who have applied on 3/27/17. We have 4 candidates. How the $1,500.00 will be split will be decided after the interviews.

We reviewed the calendar for the year and made any changes. It is ready now to print. Judy will make 250 copies for Hillcrest and other outreach events.

The Officers for 2018 were discussed. We will vote for candidates at the October meeting and then have the final vote in November at our year-end meeting. We have decided to skip the December meeting and have November be the final business meeting of the year.

The idea that we need to reach more people was agreed on. We need our mission out in the public more and have more visibility. Trying to get more things published would be a good place to start. The Board then reviewed the usual events and outreach tables that we have been hosting in the past. The majority were deemed worth keeping except HH Community Day, GMEEC Spring Plant Sale, Greenwood Farm Fall Family Fun Fest, and the Green Vendors Holiday Gift Sale.

A spring clean-up in the park/Dusty Goldenrod Meadow would be a nice addition to the calendar for 2018.

Respectfully Submitted,
Amy Milroy,
Secretary


Agenda March 1, 2017: Highland Heights Green Task Force Meeting - Business Meeting

This evening the members of the Highland Heights Green Task Force gathered together to discuss the future of the Task Force and how we plan on moving forward with all that we do.

Judy went over the financials and the membership thus far this year. Both continue to grow and we are in a good place with 46 paid members and over 5K in the bank.

Soon the committee working with the Alan Lorenz Environmental Scholarship will be meeting with the candidates who have applied. We will decide as we work through the process how many scholarships we will offer this year and the amounts. Hopefully, we will have great students apply like they did last year and we will be able to make our $1,500 offering go far.

The Little Free Library in the community park always can use some new books. Children’s books are the most popular.

We decided to give away seeds along with information on the HHGTF at the Hillcrest Hospital Earthday Celebration. We have budgeted $60 for this.

The FreeCycle/E-Waste Drive still needs volunteers. Judy is working with the city to have there be an ongoing drop-off for e-waste. Lakewood uses Accurate IT and it is working well. Perhaps we could partner with surrounding cities. Talking to Mayors would be the next step.

We have a Board Meeting Scheduled for March 23 at 5 pm at Panera in Highland Heights.

Next we discussed the Officers and Structure of the Task Force for 2018. Judy would like to have a co-president next year at the very least. The position of Secretary will be open in the organization next year as well. We will see if Paul would like to be the Vice President in 2018.

Each usual event was looked at for 2018 and we discussed which we feel we should keep and which could go in the upcoming year. It was decided that HH Community Day, GMEEC Spring Plant Sale, Greenwood Farm, and the Green Vendors Sales can all be deleted from the calendar in 2018.

A spring clean up in the park/Dusty Goldenrod Meadow would be a nice addition to the calendar for 2018.

Respectfully Submitted,
Amy Milroy, Secretary


Agenda February 1, 2017: How our diet is tied to energy usage - Guest speaker Nelli Johnson

Judy brought the meeting to order and quickly reviewed the schedule for the 2017 calendar. We have some wonderful programs being planned for further education and information on how to be an active member of the community while living as green a life as possible.

FINANCIAL REPORT

  • The financial report for the beginning of the year was presented.
  • As of this month’s meeting we have a membership of 40.

ALAN LORENZ ENVIRONMENTAL SCHOLARSHIP

  • information has been submitted to Mayfield High School.
  • The Committee who will choose the scholarship recipients this year is: Mary Beth Skala, Donna Grigas, and Joan Albro.
  • The 2017 amount will be $1,500.00.

New HHGTF Website

Movie Night

We hope to have another movie night sometime in the fall with “In Search of Balance”.

Booster Tea Recipe

Kathleen Gips, the “Herb Lady” of the Western Reserve Herb Society shared an immune booster “tea” recipe with us:

  • Cayenne Pepper - raises body temperature = viruses don’t have a stable environment in which to live.
  • Fresh sliced ginger root
  • Fresh squeezed lemon juice of ½ lemon - boosts immunity

Speaker for this evening

  • Our speaker for this evening, Nellie Johnson gave a talk about how much energy is used to raise livestock for food.
  • She is a Cleveland Heights resident and the Co-Founder of The Vegan Fund.
  • She is a supporter of the Cleveland VegFest.
  • The 2017 event will be held at the Cleveland Convention Center, June 3, 2017.
  • The admission is a $5.00 donation.

Information on Factory Farming

  • For more information on factory farming and the harm it does to the environment Nellie suggests checking out Cowspiracy.
  • Our current diet consumes vast amounts of energy and if we change our eating habits even just a bit - we can have a positive impact on the environment.
  • Eat more veggies!!!

Respectfully Submitted,
Amy Milroy, Secretary


Agenda Janurary 4, 2017: Highland Heights Green Task Force Meeting

Our Guest speaker today is Mike Foley, Director, Cuyahoga County Office of Sustainability.

This evening the members of the Highland Heights Green Task Force were joined by one of the largest crowds we’ve seen at a meeting! Judy brought the meeting to order and quickly reviewed the tentative schedule for the 2017 calendar. We have some wonderful programs being planned for further education and information on how to be an active member of the community while living as green a life as possible.

Financial Report

The financial report for the beginning of the year was presented & we are in great shape thus far.

Alan Lorenz scholarship

The Alan Lorenz scholarship is fully funded and we have as of 1/3/17 30 paid members already.

HHGTF Website

Amy and Judy are working on updating and rebuilding the website for the HHGTF. We have decided to stay with GoDaddy for another year.

Feburary Events

In February we can look forward to two great events, one our regular meeting on February 1st and then a movie night scheduled for Thursday, February 16th from 7-9 in the Buckeye Room at the Highland Heights Community Center. The movie that will be featured is “The Garden”.

We hope to have another movie night sometime in the fall with “In Search of Balance”.

Our speaker for this evening, Mike Foley, drew a big crowd representing people from many neighboring cities. Some are office holders and others are concerned citizens. With the national landscape due to change quite dramatically with the incoming new administration, it is as important as ever to be well informed and hold our policymakers accountable for legislation regarding the environment.

Please refer to Office of the Executive. Please give it a look.

This website provides valuable information about some of the key sustainability issues communities are addressing today.

Should you wish to contact Mike Foley directly, his email is: mfoley@cuyahogacounty.us and his phone is 216.443.3055

Respectfully Submitted,
Amy Milroy, Secretary