One of the biggest causes of increased electrical usage -- and so, increased greenhouse gas emissions -- on campus is the explosion in computing. Desktops, laptops, and the like are so much more convenient and capable than the old mainframe terminal ever thought of being. Power keeps going up, prices keep dropping, the increased number of computers is easy to understand.
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April 15, 2008
April 14, 2008
OK, enough of the fancy in springtime schtick.
April 12, 2008
'Tis Spring, and an old(er) man's fancy turns to thoughts of ... possible policy changes for the coming academic year. Greenback University, like many schools, has effectively created a no-drive zone in the middle of campus. Sure, the occasional physical plant employee needs to drive a truck or a golf cart out onto the quad, but by and large, the center of campus is vehicle-free.
April 10, 2008
Tis Spring, and an old(er) man’s fancy turns to thoughts of ... possible policy changes for the coming academic year.
April 9, 2008
Tis Spring, and an old(er) man’s fancy turns to thoughts of ... possible policy changes for the coming academic year. Unlike paper, air travel paid for by the University is one of the things Greenback is supposed to include in its GHG inventory under the Presidents Climate Commitment. And we're trying. The difficulty is (as with many engineering problems) that the data simply doesn't exist. At least, not in any directly useful or reliable form.
April 8, 2008
‘Tis Spring, and an old(er) man’s fancy turns to thoughts of ... possible policy changes for the coming academic year.
April 7, 2008
'Tis Spring, and an old(er) man's fancy turns to thoughts of ... possible policy changes for the coming academic year. First in line, Greenback U should totally ban the use of incandescent bulbs on campus. It's just a first step, and a small one, but it can have significant effect in both residence halls and (to a lesser extent) office buildings. We've banned halogen bulbs in residence halls for years. How hard can this be? And why ever wouldn't we? Has your school already done this?
April 4, 2008
It's April 4, about two weeks into what the calendarists recognize as Spring. The snow is gone everywhere but on the north slopes, and we're deep into mud season. The Canada geese arrived, in significant numbers, more than a month ago, yet the standing water (ponds, lakes) is still pretty much frozen over. March forgot the part about "going out like a lamb" -- strong frontal systems, with gale-force winds (or so it seems) go through once or twice a week, at least.
April 3, 2008
A friend of mine, at SUNY's School of Environmental Science and Forestry, forwarded me this email, which apparently went out to every student:
March 31, 2008
Sometimes, it's what you don't plan that goes well. Earth Hour, an event which originated only last year on the other side of the world (Sydney, Australia), and which has gotten some promotion from the World Wildlife Fund, was something which came upon us sustainability administrators almost unheralded.