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February 17, 2021

Attendance: Sarah Youngs, Karen Soenen, Lauren Dykman, Helen Harding, Sebastien Bigorre, Taylor Heyl, Stephanie Madsen

#1   WSS – Wellness and Inclusion are emerging as big needs right now at WHOI and STF is paying attention by scheduling hikes and lunch and learns!

Lunch and Learns:

  • Debrief (42 people participated!!) Lunch n Learn -Recreation Committee and YMCA update - Justin Ossolinski + Karen Soenen (or YMCA Rep) Feb 10, 2021. The recording is posted on the website

  • Lunch n Learn – Bee Keeping at WHOI update (Karen Soenen) March, 2021
  • Boat Shrink Wrap Recycling – SeaGrant – Stephanie Murphy April 14th at Noon


  • Crane Wildlife Sanctuary Hike – Sunday, Feb 21 at 10:00am (see flyer for details)
  • Hikes with The 300 Committee led by Colleen Smith
  • When will campus open for Recreation?


  • Schedule bee keeping lunch and learn for March (KS + DK)
  • Schedule Hike for early March – Mashpee River? (SB, SM + SY)
  • Generate flyer for Boat Shrink Wrap Lunch n Learn (SMurphy)
  • Find out when campus recreational facilities will open up again (SM)

 #2   Community Shared Solar available (aka Residential Off-site Solar).  Only 9 spots available! A New solar installation in Plymouth is looking for residential customers. Expect to save 15% of your utility supply bill.  If you rent a home, have an old roof, and/or can’t install solar on your rooftop, consider purchasing off-site solar through Cape + Islands Self-Reliance. Contact Megan Amsler if interested.



  • If interested in Off-site Residential solar, contact Megan Amsler or Joe Loud 982.0888 TO APPLY

#3   LED light installation update – 3 buildings completed, 3 to go (for 2021) Total Rebate dollars = $380,290

  • Blake, Clark South, Losos (completed Jan-March)
  • Next – McLean (starting Feb 22, 2021), Smith, Bigelow to follow


  • Update LED slides in STF Powerpoint Presentation and STF Binder (SM)
  • Add LED projects and savings to STF website (HH)

#4   WHOI’s Your Buddy Program being formulated –The goal is to create a more diverse, inclusive, and welcoming environment at WHOI. Coming soon, more information will be posted on the Workplace Climate Committees website


#5   Beach Clean-up Shore Lab - Monthly –STF is partnering with T3C + WHOI neighbors to clean up the beach on the first Thursday of each month at noon. Meet at Gate by Shore Lab. Leaders for Beach Cleanups include:

  • March 4, Thursday – Kevin Nikolaus + Stephanie Madsen
  • April 1 – Dina Pandya and Stephanie Murphy
  • May 6, Thursday – Pam Polloni 

#6   EV Chargers at NQF Building (new building on Quissett Campus)- discuss options regarding Eversource’s EV Make Ready Program (pays all 240v wiring, trenching and paving) and MassDOT EVIP Program (pays half of hardware costs)


  • Contact Matt Cate to locate EV charging pedestal placement (SM)
  • Contact James Cader at Eversource – EV Make Ready Program to request timeline (SM)

 #7   New Business    - STF’s Garden Plot – connect with Seb Bigorre (we plan to start seeds soon!)