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Members of the Colby community post notes and links describing green initiatives in classrooms, residence halls, labs, offices, in the Waterville area, and beyond.
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On Feb. 9 the Colby Environmental Coalition hosted a Teach-In on water rights in Maine. This was part of the greater Take Back that Tap campaign that aims to reduce bottled water consumption on campus and educate the Colby community about the issues surrounding large scale water extraction.
Added on February 15, 2011
Turning Down the Heat
Over the holiday break, Colby lowered temperatures in most buildings by five degrees. Based on normal weather conditions Dec. 21 through Jan. 2, this saves more than $20,000 in fuel costs.
Added on December 29, 2010
Participants/Sponsors: The Environmental Advisory Group
An Environmental Advisory Group forum Oct. 20, 2010, created a list of suggestions (66K PDF) addressing sustainability issues related to residential living, personal engagement, recycling, RESCUE, and dining. Faculty, staff, and students participated in the EAG forum.
Added on November 16, 2010
Participants/Sponsors: Blair Braverman '11
Environmental policy major and insideColby blogger Blair Braverman '11 is spending the summer as an intern and a blogger for the Environmental Health Strategy Center in Portland, Maine. Read her inaugural post at http://preventharm.org/News/blog/.
Added on June 1, 2010
EnviroCo's new Eco Reps program is underway, and Eco Reps will be in Pulver Pavilion May 7 and 7 from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. with green tips, raffles, free stickers, and information about environmental programming and sustainable living.
Added on May 3, 2010
Demand Limiting Load Rolling Update
Physical Plant recently expanded the demand-limiting feature of our Building Automation System. You may notice a fan, air handler, or other HVAC components shutting off for up to 15 minutes per hour and then turning back on automatically. Safety or air quality will not be affected. Our goal is to reduce the campus electrical demand by 100 KWs per hour, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. This will result in significant savings on our electric bill. We will be working the bugs out of the programming and equipment during spring 2010. Please bear with us. If you have any questions or concerns, contact PPD at ext. 5000.
Added on March 31, 2010
Saving a Cool $20K
Participants/Sponsors: Environmental Advisory Group
Once again Colby lowered temperatures in most buildings by five degrees over spring break in 2010 and expected to save $20,000 as a result.
Added on March 26, 2010
Colby's carbon emissions related to waste disposal were substantially reduced last fall when the landfill that accepts the College's solid waste started capturing methane gas and turning it into electricity.
Added on March 3, 2010
The Echo reports on students who did sustainability internships in Belize and Costa Rica.
Added on February 24, 2010
Saving Energy Over Winter Break
Participants/Sponsors: EnviroCo, PPD, EAG, and a wide range of employees.
Colby saved more than $25,000 over winter break this year by turning down building temperatures, shutting off equipment not in use, etc. Oil consumption was 17 percent and electricity use 13 percent lower than a baseline established two years ago, before such initiatives were started.
Added on February 1, 2010
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