Student Senate

LEED legislation passed

Maddie Kasper

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Student Senate
December 15, 2022
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The Student Senate meeting began at 6:06 p.m. on Monday in the Dakota Ballroom.

Allana Valiente, Rebecca Yoshino, Taylor Kaplan and Mei Bean were appointed to at-large senator seats.

Personnel Director Anakah Denison, Parliamentarian Thomas Miller, Equity in Student Matters Director Maddie Blong, University Activities Director Brett Farmer, Academic Affairs Director Sahana Suresh, on-campus Senators Austin Lallak and Vivian Ong and off-campus Senators Josh Holness and Meghan Wiercinski were appointed to the internal affairs committee.

Student Office of Sustainability Senate Director Sydney McGuine reintroduced bill 66-B-4 to allocate funding for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification for the new science and health sciences building to be built on campus.

The $217,555 allocation would go towards the Potter Lawson architecture team to ensure the building is designed with LEED credentials in mind.

During the 65th session, the senate passed resolution 65-R-21 in support of a carbon-neutral science and health sciences building. McGuine said this bill is continuing the last session’s work and the credentialing will hold the university accountable to their promise to be carbon-neutral by 2050.

Bill 66-B-4 passed with a vote of 31-0-2.

“I’m very glad that we will be able to LEED certify another building for the students,” McGuine said. “It definitely works towards our goal of carbon neutrality by 2050, so I’m glad that we are working towards that.”

McGuine also reintroduced bill 66-B-5 to allocate funding for LEED green associate credentialing exam waivers for students. The $8,500 allocation would allow 85 students to take the exam without a financial barrier.

“I think it’s important and equitable to help fully financially get rid of the barrier for the credentialing exams,” McGuine said.

Bill 66-B-5 passed the senate with a vote of 31-0-2.

Senator Matthew Lehner introduced resolution 66-R-3 to add language about livestreaming meetings and giving notice of meetings to the senate operating documents.

Lehner said when he was president of the Towers Hall Association, livestreaming the meetings on Instagram got more Towers residents to actively participate in the meetings. Livestreaming the senate meetings could get more students to engage with the senate, according to Lehner.

Lehnor suggested livestreaming on both Instagram and Facebook, possibly with an application that allows multi-platform streaming, and then uploading the videos to both platforms to make the meetings more accessible.

Communications Director Ivan San said he doesn’t have an issue with livestreaming on Instagram, but posting the full-length videos of the meetings could cause oversaturation and turn students away from the senate’s Instagram account.

San and communications commission members were not consulted about the resolution prior to its introduction.

Blong made a motion to refer the resolution to the communications commission for review. The motion passed with a vote of 29-2-2, and a revised version of the resolution will be up for a vote at a later meeting.

Lehner said he appreciated the debate and suggestions from the senate, but he was disappointed the resolution failed.

“I thought it would be non-controversial and pretty simple that we wanted to communicate more about what we’re doing with Student Senate and livestreaming meetings, and the choice would just be about if we wanted that or we didn’t,” Lehner said.

Lehner said although he is disappointed this became more controversial, he looks forward to working with San to make the resolution a reality.

Student Organizations Director Bradford Heap introduced resolution 66-R-4 to change to a new segregated fee budget form. Heap said the new form will streamline the process and make segregated fee budgets easier for student organizations.

The resolution passed with a vote of 31-0-2.

Intergovernmental Affairs Director Hannah Kelly reminded voters who are voting absentee to get their absentee ballots in this week or next week to ensure they arrive on time to be counted.

The senate adjourned at 7:50 p.m. and will reconvene at 6 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 25 in the Dakota Ballroom.

Kasper can be reached at [email protected]