G. Rendell

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March 11, 2008
Three new construction technologies which will improve the energy profiles of future buildings:
March 10, 2008
Even if you don’t remember 1957, you’re probably aware of the influx of funding, research and science majors which US higher education experienced in response to the Soviet Union’s first-ever artificial satellite. The space race was on, and putting a man on the moon (a mere 12 years later) is still the standard by which large scale technological achievement is measured.
March 6, 2008
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 4, 2008
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 3, 2008
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.
February 29, 2008
Well, it appears that yesterday's article on an open access journal published by the library at Indiana University has generated quite a level of response — some from professors, some from university press personnel, the last one (at this writing) from a librarian. Lots of folks listing lots of reasons why traditional, peer-reviewed print journals are better than open access (free) journals, even if the OA journals are reviewed by exactly the same peers. If you haven’t looked it over, you probably should.
February 27, 2008
Two news items crossed my desk on Monday, and they’re somewhat related. First, Babson College is going to install a wind turbine generator. Their objective is for the windmill to provide about 60% of the energy needs of one building — the exhibit hall at their entrepreneurship center.
February 24, 2008
According to the Harvard Crimson, the University of Iowa is trying to get students into Friday classes. Iowa is apparently doing it in an effort to curb “Thirsty Thursday” drinking.
February 22, 2008
Apparently, an electric utility has offered Kansas State $2.5 million on the condition that the state government reconsider and approve two new coal-fired power plants. The utility — Sunflower Electric Power Corp. — says that the money is for energy research, and will be paid over a 10-year period. They say it’s not a bribe, but that funds simply won’t be available if the new plants aren’t approved. Right.
February 20, 2008
A couple of posts ago, I threatened to explain more about some of the reasons it’s hard to get people to save energy on campuses. Let’s use Greenback U as an example.

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