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March 6, 2008 - 3:45pm
I recently had the opportunity to suggest a marketing/promotional give-away item for use by our engineering department. The idea was that if the promo item was clearly sustainable in nature, and was imprinted with a Greenback U logo, then it would deliver two strong messages for the price of one.
March 5, 2008 - 5:02pm
Okay, so I recently mentioned a distaste for bullet points, and I'm breaking my own rule here. Point granted. A few observations on Denver and the League conference:
March 4, 2008 - 8:39pm
Tuesday’s item about the LA Community College District and their sustainability projects is well worth reading. A number of colleges and universities, large and small, like LACCD are working to pilot the Clinton Climate Initiative. And the general approach of contracting with an energy service company ("esco") to do the work, then paying for the work out of the savings generated, is fundamentally sound and can make projects viable which otherwise couldn’t get funded.
March 4, 2008 - 10:29am
There's a special kind of relief that comes from realizing that it's not just you. I attended a presentation (and group exercise) on "How to attempt to prevent sensitive issues from becoming legal headaches." The room was packed, and it was a pretty good mix of retired administrators, active deans and chairs, and active faculty. The advice was pretty boilerplate - document everything, enforce rules evenhandedly, etc. But the discussion!
March 3, 2008 - 6:35pm
There has been a spate of questions on the Green School listserv (GRNSCH-L@listserv.brown.edu) about offsetting greenhouse gas emissions locally and actively, as opposed to remotely by writing a check. The nutshell conclusion is that local action is always the best ("Think globally, ..."), and offsetting GHG emissions presents a clear case why.
March 3, 2008 - 4:17pm
Although nobody here has addressed it directly, as far as I've noticed, there's a definite theme underlying many of the discussions here. In discussions of topics as varied as teacher education, workforce development, and the need for more cc funding generally, the headline usually comes with a qualifier: what we *really* mean is a need for more STEM (science,
March 3, 2008 - 11:29am
One of the purposes of conferences, I think, is to facilitate serendipity. Like when a not-very-enlightening presentations leads, almost despite itself, to a very enlightening Q-and-A. Or when two very different takes on the same concept help you nail down what makes you uneasy about both. After an earnest but not terribly helpful discussion of one college's attempt to move to the "Learning College" model - again, an entire session based on one college - a surprisingly lively discussion ensued in which I saw that the critical mind is not dead.

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