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Getting to Green

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

July 21, 2009 - 2:59pm
One of the first sessions this morning was a presentation on the USGBC's Portfolio Program. Titled "From Building-Centric to Campus-Wide", it addressed USGBC's efforts to facilitate initiatives which address sustainability issued more scaled to campuses than to individual buildings. Examples include green cleaning policies and practices, access to alternative transportation, and selection of sustainable building sites.
July 20, 2009 - 8:55pm
Just a couple of additions to previous information.
July 20, 2009 - 6:31pm
One session this afternoon presented information from Michigan State U, and spoke to the need to correlate behavioral changes to reduce energy demand with operational changes to increase energy efficiency. While some of the early modeling pointed towards a 9% electricity savings potential among operations, behavior and technology taken separately, some of the early trial efforts are showing a 20% year-end reduction when evening and weekend classroom utilization is rationalized.
July 20, 2009 - 2:34pm
The opening plenary today was addressed by Jonathan Kozol – always an inspiration in terms of the value of education as opposed to training, and particularly relevant to education for sustainability (although he never uttered the word).
July 20, 2009 - 11:40am
The air transport system in the USA (and probably in most other countries as well) isn't a good answer to the question of how to move people around. I spend yesterday on three different flights, getting from the East to the West Coast. Including the "sleeping with one eye open" night preceding (I had to leave the house at zero-dark-thirty) and the completely-exhausted night that followed, some 36 hours were invested (hence available) to get me from there to here. Figure it's 3000 miles (close enough) -- net travel speed was about 83 mph.
July 16, 2009 - 11:23am
This year's conference of SCUP (the Society for College and University Planning) is in Portland, OR next week. I'll be attending, as one of 1100+ educators, administrators, and contractors/suppliers. As a result, I'll be posting pretty frequently the first half of next week.
July 15, 2009 - 5:14pm
According to a paper appearing in the International Journal of Global Warming, the problem isn't greenhouse gases. To be more precise, it isn't only greenhouse gases, or even mostly greenhouse gases. If the authors are right, the problem is heat.
July 13, 2009 - 5:10pm
According to a release from the Center for Biological Diversity and associated groups, Dow has applied to test sulfuryl fluoride to see how well it sterilizes agricultural soil.
July 10, 2009 - 11:45am
A few weeks back the family dishwasher went on the fritz. First, it started making horrible shrieking sounds. Then, whatever it was complaining about apparently gave it a stroke, because the brain (processor chip) gave up the ghost. So, for a couple of weeks, we did dishes by hand. The traditional division of labor -- one washed, one dried, roles loosely rotated among family members.
July 8, 2009 - 9:06pm
BSR, the global consortium of over 250 businesses for social responsibility, just issued its second global report.


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