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See other Colby sustainability initiatives on the Green Colby pages.
Light Bulb Exchange
In an effort to reduce campus energy use, the Environmental Studies Program, in collaboration with the Vice President for Administration Doug Terp, has distributed dozens of compact fluorescent light bulbs to over 100 faculty and staff in exchange for their energy inefficient, incandescent bulbs. These compact fluorescent bulbs are 66% more energy efficient and will last 12,000 hours, saving both energy and money!
Energy Management Forum
Food Waste Survey
This number is down from the fall
The bad news:
Colby Students Help Move Petition Over Crucial Threshold
Colby environmental studies and biology majors, including Cait Cleaver, Elizabeth Turner, Elisabeth Chiniara, and Sarah Kelly contributed time during September to a statewide effort to tax bottled water extracted from Maine. These and other Colby students gathered approximately 450 signatures on campus and around the Waterville community. H2O for Maine, the organization spearheading the petition drive, collected over 50,000 signatures supporting the proposed referendum. The referendum asks that Nestle Corporation, which recently bought out Poland Springs, be taxed a few cents on every bottle of water they extract from Maine. This money will be placed in a water dividend trust, which will fund conservation, small business loans, and other local efforts. The referendum also stipulates that Nestle have an independent monitor to ensure that groundwater is extracted in a sustainable manner. If the petition signatures are verified, the referendum will appear on the ballot in 2006. For more information visit: http://www.waterdividendtrust.com/
Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory
The Green House Gas Emissions Inventory was created to give Colby an overall sense of its consumption and emissions trends. We are making this data available to the public and other institutions in order to help others in reaching their emission targets and to continue as leaders in the effort to reach the region's voluntary greenhouse gas emission reduction goals. The audit report can be viewed at http://www.colby.edu/environ/audit/.
Student Action: The Climate Campaign
Alfond Apartments Energy Competition Pilot Project
After studying similar energy conservation projects at Bowdoin, Tufts and Middlebury, environmental studies major Brian Kittler '04 initiated a pilot competition this spring in the Alfond Residential Complex. Kittler, a resident of the Apartments, chose Alfond in part because each apartment is individually metered and electrical use data are compiled hourly. Additionally, common areas were metered separately so there would be no incentive to tamper with hall lighting, exit signs, or other safety equipment. After collecting a week's worth of baseline information for each apartment, Kittler began to advertise the competition including the prize: a $50 gift certificate to a popular local restaurant. By taking advantage of the Complex-wide email digest, Kittler was able to explain the rules, incentives and dates to all residents effectively and efficiently. Participation in the competition was completely voluntary and the winner was determined by the greatest percent decrease in use compared to the baseline week prior to the competition. Halfway through the two week competition, Kittler emailed the students living in each apartment to disclose their electricity consumption data for the first week. At the end of two weeks, the apartment with the largest sustained consumption decrease won. The winning apartment reduced consumption by 81.97% averaging 1.46 Kw/hr during the competition. Overall, 9 of the 21 apartments cut back consumption by 25% or more and 3 apartments achieved decreases in excess of 50%. Kittler continued to collect and disclose usage data for several apartments after the competition to chart the effects of the two week event and found some persisting reductions despite the elimination of the incentive. This two week voluntary competition saved the college over $100 in electricity expenses and created a successful precedent for future, expanded electricity consumption competitions.
The Green Living and Purchasing Guide
This guide was developed by Jessica Kellett '04 as a January independent study project and was sponsored by the Environmental Studies Program, Dean of Students Office, and the Environmental Advisory Group. The purchases and lifestyle choices made by Colby students affect Colby's environmental footprint and the total energy and resources used on campus. The goals of this document are to promote environmental stewardship and awareness among Colby students. Students are encouraged to consider the potential impacts of each purchase they make as they furnish their dorm rooms. Students should consider purchasing communal appliances and using appliances and supplies already made available for their use in dorm rooms and on campus. For additional information on Colby's campus greening initiatives see the EAG website. Go to the Guide now.
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