ECO-Vrindaban Board Meeting Minutes – 07/20/2014

ECO-Vrindaban New Vrindaban

ECO-Vrindaban Board Meeting Minutes – 07/20/2014

Mission Statement: ECO-Vrindaban promotes a simple, sustainable lifestyle centered on the care and protection of cows, local food production and the loving service of Lord Krishna, as envisioned by Srila Prabhupada, the Founder-Acharya of ISKCON New Vrindaban.

Participating Members of the ECOV Board of Directors: Chaitanya Mangala, Madhava Gosh, Krpamaya, Navin Shyam, Anuttama, Bhima and Ranaka.

Advisors present: Jaya Krsna

Recording Secretary: Jordanna Rock-Garden

1. Follow Up on a Rammed Earth Housing Request

The ECOV board decided to require a formal proposal from the devotee interested in building a house in New Vrindaban in order to make a more informed decision.

It was discussed in the meeting that Madhava Gosh and Krpamaya would meet with the devotee and show him the prototype earth sheltered house at the G7G, then report back to the Board any information they obtain. Navin Shyam will then follow up with him with additional questions.

2. Bahulaban Barn/Ox Project

WHEREAS: The ECOV Board wishes to support cow protection and ox training initiatives in the New Vrindaban community.

RESOLVED: The Board authorizes funding up to $60,000 (including the $10K already allocated) for the deconstruction/reconstruction of the Bahulaban barn.

The condition on this resolution is that before the work begins on this project, a more detailed budget and plan should be presented to the Board.

3. Housing for New ECOV General Manager/ECOV Investment in New Housing

ECOV now has committees for both of these items. These committees will work on recommendations for ECOV General Manager housing as well as ways to increase available housing in New Vrindaban.

4. ECOV Brickyard Building Restoration

Ranaka reports that the old cement mixer has been pulled out and they are in the process of removing the other equipment. Next report should be in six months.

5. INV Bahulaban Utility Building Roof & Window Repair

ECOV asked for an update on repairs to the Utility Building at Bahulaban. Jaya Krsna reports that INV will soon have funds that can be used to secure the Utility Building. The next report should be in about two months

6. Prabhupada’s Palace Renovation Update

Jaya Krsna prabhu shared news that Gopisa is the new Palace Restoration Project Manager.

7. INV “Reduce/Reuse” – Water Filling Stations

There are plans to install an outdoor water filling station near the playground, next to the lodge.

8. INV “Reduce/Reuse” – Signs

The committee working on this project needs to write literature on reducing waste, using water filling stations and the availability of water bottles for purchase. Currently, more efforts need to be made toward sales of water bottles. This project requires a manager.

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