G. Rendell

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April 23, 2009
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
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?
April 20, 2009
Last week, the EPA finally came to the scientifically obvious conclusion that greenhouse gases are pollutants worthy of regulation.
April 16, 2009
Patricia DeWitt makes a point which is entirely valid, at least if the expressions of a lot of staff folk at Greenback are to be believed. Twelve-month staff and 8- or 9-month faculty have entirely different peak demand periods.
April 13, 2009
I'm fried. Oronte's fried. Anybody else getting near the end of their tether? (C'mon now. 'Fess up!) What is it about April?
April 12, 2009
When the climate-change-is-hooey-and-will-kill-the-only-economy-we've-got crowd starts turning to Denmark for its authoritative sources, you know they're desperate. That's even more true of the taxes-are-evil bloviators. As regards taxes, the Danes pay some of the highest rates in the world. They're not complaining, perhaps because they get good value in return for their money. (Hmmm ... getting good value is more important than whether your outlay is "taxes" or "consumption". How radical!)
April 8, 2009
Greenback U. has lots of administrative information systems. It used to have more -- before last decade's ERP implementation -- but it still has quite a number. Energy management systems. Student information systems. Building access systems. Employee information systems. Library information systems. Space management systems. Parking management systems. The list goes on.
April 6, 2009
I was speaking recently with the dean of faculty at a small US polytechnic. Toward the end of the conversation, he mentioned that he was planning on giving up his job sometime next year. I asked why, knowing that (1) his hardest battles were now behind him, and (2) he couldn't yet afford to retire -- certainly not given current financial market conditions. His answer: "Well, I've been there about 15 years. When you've been in the same spot for fifteen years, it's time to move on."
April 3, 2009
The American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (or "PCC") has been around for a couple of years now. Over 600 schools have signed on, and many of those have completed and filed their initial (baseline) greenhouse gas inventories. Completing a GHG inventory is the major deliverable due one year after a school signs the PCC.
April 2, 2009
I was on a campus recently, not too far from where I live. (One of the advantages of being in the northeast is that there are lots of colleges and universities nearby.) I had been on the same campus before, but this time I was looking at some of the academic space with not a parent's eye nor a student's eye, but with a sustainability administrator's eye. It was beautiful, in a kind of pre-first-Great-Depression institutional way. But it was too tall.

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