Getting to Green

Getting to Green

An administrator pushes, on a shoestring budget, to move his university and the world toward a more sustainable equilibrium.

May 13, 2009 - 8:14pm
There are two trends sweeping society which bother me no end. One is for otherwise estimable publications (I've counted six, to date) to print "lead" as the past tense of the verb "to lead" (as in "... by the nose"). The other is for colleges to magically transform themselves into universities.
May 11, 2009 - 8:36am
As a parent, teacher and Greenback University staff member, I get to attend multiple commencement ceremonies each spring. I glory in what commencement celebrates, I share in the elation of the graduates as they rise and march out full of pride and potential, and I dread the two hours (sometimes more) of agonizing boredom in a folding chair that is the passive participant's lot. And in the category of "passive participants" I include most of the graduates; the commencements when I sat among the students weren't any better, as I recall.
May 7, 2009 - 3:50pm
A week ago, Paul Krugman published an op-ed piece which pretty much sums up the relationship between sustainability and the US economy. In a nutshell, he explains why the objections being pushed by the US Chamber of Commerce, the Club for Growth, the American Enterprise Institute and similar organizations are entirely bogus, and why some sort of climate-based environmental regulation is precisely what we need to create economic growth.
May 5, 2009 - 5:51pm
One of my favorite songs has always been "All the things you are", by Kern and Hammerstein. It appeals to my sense of order, of proportion, of flow. It also has the rare characteristic of not resolving to its tonic (the main chord of the key it's in) until the very end of the melody. (You know this song, even if you don't know you know it.
May 3, 2009 - 5:58pm
In tangential response to an earlier post, a correspondent -- keep those e-cards and e-letters coming to g (dot) rendell (at) insidehighered (dot) com -- sent me some information about a product relatively new on the market. An LED-based replacement for typical fluorescent tube bulbs. I did a wee bit of looking, and it appears that there a few different suppliers out there (what the actual number of different manufacturers and models is, I don't yet know).
April 30, 2009 - 5:23pm
(Arguably, the title should be "Green IT now", but I prefer not to shout.) Anyways, a number of interesting bits of information in regard to more ecologically friendly information technology -- theory and practice thereof -- have crossed my desktop in the past 24 hours.
April 28, 2009 - 10:25pm
It's almost May, which means that the classes are winding up, and the students are winding down, and the faculty are wending away. The campus will belong to us Morlocks (I mean ... staff members) again, and not a minute too soon.
April 27, 2009 - 8:29am
In the field of building energy management, "recommissioning" is a bit of a hot topic. In some cases, it's also a bit of a misnomer, as it's hard for a building to get "recommissioned" when it was never "commissioned" in the first place.
April 23, 2009 - 7:43pm
At every campus sustainability conference -- pretty much in every campus sustainability conversation -- the term "LEED" comes up. LEED is Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, an evolving set of standards/best practices published and administered by the US Green Building Council.
April 22, 2009 - 3:24pm
OK, so it's Earth Day, and Greenback had some events, and the community of Backboro is having some events, and tonight we can all go to sleep feeling like we've accomplished something. But have we?

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