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March 16, 2022

Attendance: Dina Pandya, Liz Maloney, Stephanie Madsen, Karen Soenen, Connor Ahearn, Mai Maheigan, Jed Goldstone, Victoria Smith, Pam Polloni, Lauren Dykman


#1  WSS  (WHOI Social Sustainability) – Events that increase social connections were discussed, especially since mask mandates have ended. There’s lot of enthusiasm for planning events!

·       Repair Café – scheduled for Thursday, May 12th 4-6:00pm

·       Electric Vehicle Drive Green Event – early summer possibly. Test driving a VW EV was mentioned

·       Lawn Games – Any WHOI employee can use the lawn games stored in the 2 recreation sheds. It’s a great way to bring your committee, department, affinity group, or friends together.

·       Recreation (annual) lunch n learn –recruit for summer sports and activities. Boat slip info can be found in Headlines

·       Hiking – Lauren would like to lead a weekend hike this spring (date tbd)


·       Repair Café – *Date Change -send out group email to get the ball rolling for May 12th in Avast (SM)

·       Fill out the Avast form/application for May 12th date (SM-done)

·       Reach out to Justin Ossolinski about Recreation Lunch n Learn (SM) – He’s sending me dates

·       Contact MassEvolves for help planning a Drive Green event

·       Activity Fair in early Fall – STF will set up a poster


# 2 WHOI’s GHG Report results and Energy Plan power point to WHOI Leadership – Focus on Energy Master Plan (EMP).

·       EMP Presentation is scheduled for Thursday, March 31 at 2:00 via Zoom (time changed from 2:30 to 2:00)

·       Cape Light Compact may offer funding to help with cost – they offered $10k towards EMP cost

·       Greenhouse Gas report for 2021 data available (discuss during next month’s meeting)


·        Share CarbonTracker greenhouse gas report with STF (SM)

·        Update team after the EMP presentation on March 31 (SM)


#3 Energy Updates: solar, fleet vehicles, LEDs (more money is available from CLC)

·       WHOI’s fleet vehicles – PowerOptions is helping us with the assistance program

·       Heat pump custom rebate from Nat Grid – waiting for $ rebate information

·       LEDs – replace lighting fixtures in as many buildings as possible while CLC $ is there

·       Solar – Meteor House and next project CRL-RCRC + possibly NQF (expected this summer 2022)


·       Fill out PowerOptions fleet vehicle assessment application (SM-done)

·       Ping Nat Grid about heat pump custom rebate (SM)

·       Walk additional buildings with Wicked Watts to identify new LED projects (SM)

·       Contact ReVision Energy for updated QRF proposal (SM)


#4  Fun Stuff Updates - We discussed the following items:

·       Instagram account – Mallory will share Stories periodically. Please follow us at sustainablewhoi and think about sharing. Next Insta meeting is Tuesday, April 5th at 10am.

·       Bee update – hive 2 location in Village (located by upper lawn)

·       Pollinator Garden infographic -Liz posted temp graphic – Carpenters helped!

·       Garden Plot…Seb handed the leadership torch to Taylor Heyl.


·       Contact Taylor Heyl if you’d like to be on the Garden Plot team (All)

·       Link the pollinator garden QR code to the STF webpage and create 2 garden links: Pollinator + Garden Plot (DinaP)

·       Create Garden folder in google Sustainability File (SM-done)

·       Earth Day Events – contact Steph if you have ideas and load Tips into the google doc  (All)


# 5  Beach Clean-up Shore Lab - Monthly – We need Volunteers to join the leaders! 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:

·       April 7, Thursday – Hilary Dupre (Comms will help advertise this)

·       May 5, Thursday – Herbarium Staff and Botany Club (Pam Polloni)

·       June 2, Thursday –

·       July 7, Thursday -


#6   New Business    -  Earth Day , Beehives – new pilot location

We are working with the Communications Dept to promote Earth Day – “Be Green Go Blue”