Today is the last day of the All-Hall-O-Ween Energy Competition.
Check out the status here:
Today is the last day of the All-Hall-O-Ween Energy Competition.
Check out the status here:
Here is an energy saving tip!
Check out the All-Hall-O-Ween energy competition here:
So far Inman is winning, but it looks like Winship is trying to catch up to them.
Keep up the good work!
Check out Agnes Scott’s Building Dashboard to keep track of the competition:
The Three E’s serve as a central principle of sustainability that represents the Environment, the Economy, and Social Equity.
What: Three E’s Panel
Speakers: Dr. Jim Abbot, Dr. Martha Rees, and Hiram Ramirez
When: Thursday, October 26 from 6-8pm
Where: Teasley (Ground floor of Bullock, Science Center)
Why: Sustainability affects many aspects of out society and the public needs to be informed.
We hope to see all of you there!!!
At Agnes, we use single stream recycling, which means that all you have to do is put recyclable items into one bin. No sorting required.
Recyclable items include:
· Plastics #1-7
· Paper products including magazines and newspaper
· Aluminum cans
· Plastic bags and wrapping
· Styrofoam #6 only
Where can you recycle items? Any bin with a blue bag is for recycling and they are located across campus.
There are composting bins located throughout campus in the dining halls, residence halls, and at special events. Composting allows to reduce the amount of waste that is sent to the landfill.
Compostable items include:
· All foods such as meat, bone, dairy, poultry, fish produce, breads, pastas, tofu, flowers, tea bags, and coffee grounds.
· Any waxed paper products such as the to go cups in Evans, since the wax coating cannot be recycled.
· Used paper pates and napkins
So why does it matter? Recycling and composting reduces the amount of waste that is sent to the landfill and helps Agnes reach its goal of being climate neutral by reducing our carbon footprint.
Decatur's Electronics Recycling Day is nearly upon us! Who: You! (or anyone equally as enthusiastic or even mildly interested in recycling) What: Recycling for almost all electronics and batteries. For a complete list check out the website at http://www.decaturga.com/index.aspx?page=138. When: October 29, 2011, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Where: Decatur High School Parking lot (corner of McDonough and Howard) Why (the most important part): Electronics often have potentially hazardous materials (lead, mercury, etc.), making them some of the most important items to keep out of a landfill. We will take a small volume of small electronics over from the sustainability office should you need help transporting any smaller items. Don’t hang out in Decatur on Saturday mornings? I can also help you locate electronics recycling in your area. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to email email@example.com!
Decatur's Electronics Recycling Day is nearly upon us!
Who: You! (or anyone equally as enthusiastic or even mildly interested in recycling)
What: Recycling for almost all electronics and batteries. For a complete list check out the website at http://www.decaturga.com/index.aspx?page=138.
When: October 29, 2011, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Decatur High School Parking lot (corner of McDonough and Howard)
Why (the most important part): Electronics often have potentially hazardous materials (lead, mercury, etc.), making them some of the most important items to keep out of a landfill.
We will take a small volume of small electronics over from the sustainability office should you need help transporting any smaller items. Don’t hang out in Decatur on Saturday mornings? I can also help you locate electronics recycling in your area. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to email firstname.lastname@example.org!
Attention all Volunteers!
The Lifecycle Building Center (http://www.lifecyclebuildingcenter.org/) is a non-profit led by Adam Deck (a friend of the Office of Sustainability who helped with our recent energy upgrade project).
Over the next two weekends (October 8/9 & 15/16) from 8:30am-5:00pm, they will be salvaging materials ranging from lighting to cabinets to shelving from a CDC building at Emory so that they can be repurposed rather than sent to landfills. They are seeking volunteers to help with this effort and would love to invite people from the Agnes Scott Community.
This past weekend was a great success and you can see pictures of volunteers salvaging materials here:
The only requirements of volunteers are that they need to be 18 years or older and a U.S. citizen. Both morning and afternoon shifts are available.
For volunteers this coming weekend (Oct. 8/9), please let our contacts know by Wednesday October 5th.
For the following weekend (Oct. 15/16), please let our contacts know by next Wednesday, Oct. 12.
If you are interested in volunteering please send an e-mail to either one of our two contacts below:
Agnes has two bikes that can be rented at the McCain library for all students, staff, and faculty members.
How to check out a bike:
1. Fill out a waiver in the library and check out a bike lock key and helmet.
2. Unlock your bike from the back of McCain library and ride the bike on or off campus.
3. Lock the bike back behind McCain and return the lock key and helmet to the front desk of McCain.
Bikes can be checked out any day that the library is open. They are due back before the library closes or before sunset. If there is anything wrong with you bike such as a flat tire or missing part be sure to notify the library or call (404) 471-6094.
What is Zipcar? Zipcar basically is a program that allows you to rent a designated “Zipcar” for a few hours or the whole day. Sharing the car serves as a greener alternative to riding alone, reducing your carbon footprint.
How it works? Join online at zipcar.com and fill out an application form. Be sure to register as an Agnes student.
After you are approved you are free to reserve a car online or with your phone at any time.
Unlock the car with your Zipcard, which you receive after you are approved during registration.
Enjoy the car for a few hours or the whole day.
How much does it cost? There is a $15 annual fee with no monthly commitment. The hourly rate is $7.75 and the daily rate is $68.00. The price can vary on car makes and models and if you drive more than 180 miles in one day. This cost includes gas and insurance.
For more information visit www.zipcar.com.
MARTA’s University Pass is a discounted MARTA card offered to students. These passes can be purchased at the Post Office in Alston.
How it works: Each card is good for 30 days and costs $40 for students. After 30 days you must pay an additional $40 for a new card. However as of November 1 the price will increase to around $60 for students.
If there is a problem with your card return in to a MARTA Ride Store and they will exchange it for a new card.
Cliff Busses at Emory
Every Agnes Scott student is given access to use Emory’s Cliff buses, which have routes around the Atlanta area. All Cliff buses are fueled by natural gas, electricity, or biodiesel fuel, some of which is donated by Agnes.
A list of bus schedules and routes is available online at http://transportation.emory.edu/transportation/cliff/index.html.
Cliff buses are free to students.
Agnes Scott’s Sustainability Retreat 2011
Working together, learning about the environment, and helping to inform the Agnes Scott College campus to stay green!
Get ready for our first energy-reduction competition! It’ll be a fierce first-year battle. Winner takes all.
What’s the prize? Knowing you made a positive impact on your campus’s energy consumption, finances and commitment to reduce carbon emissions.
Stay updated by checking Dashboard: http://buildingdashboard.net//agnesscott/
Oh my stars! Look at Bullock Science Center. We never never thought the day would come when the BSC would decrease its energy use (18.9%!). But the numbers don’t lie.
We believe that the decrease in the energy use in Bullock is due to the fact that some lights have been turned off on the 1st through 3rd floors to help save energy. See how a small change can have a big impact.
Check out the energy dashboard to keep up with this competition:
You may have seen these posters in your laundry rooms (if you live in Main, Rebekah, Winship, Walters, Hopkins, or Inman). Here are even more tips to help you save energy and prolong the life of your clothes.
• 90% of the energy it takes to run a load of laundry with hot water is used for heating the water. Cold water saves energy and preserves the color and fibers of your clothes.
• Do full loads of laundry. Washing machines use the same amount of energy no matter how full they are. Don’t have enough clothes for a full load? Pair up with a roommate or a friend!
• Advances in detergents have made them more powerful and concentrated meaning you don’t have to use as much to get your clothes clean.
• Use a drying rack instead of the dryer to save energy and protect from heat and friction damage.
• When using a dryer remember to clean out the lint screen before use. It improves air circulation which increases energy efficiency. It’s also an important fire prevention measure.
Think twice before putting these items in the dryer, use a drying rack instead!
• Bras and underwear:
Dryers can destroy rubber elastic in the waistbands of underwear and misshape metal underwire in bras.
• Certain types of fabric:
Cotton, silk, and wool are susceptible to shrinking and heat damage in the dryer.
The best way to preserve jeans is to wash them less! Denim forms to your body the more you wear them, making them a better fit. When you do wash them don’t put them in the dryer. Heat and friction from a dryer fade dark denim and wear on the fibers changing the shape of the jeans.
The Office of Sustainability is proud to share the project that has been happening in conjunction with the Art 243 Sculpture Class!
Check out the project blog: Agnes 3D Sustainability
The Class Blog: Three Dimensional Thinking
Individual Student Blogs:
The sculptures are installed in and around the Dana Fine arts Building and the second floor of Alston. Check them out! The Office of Sustainability will be at the project critique on Thursday. Look for pictures later this week.