Some signage from Yale University Library’s Green Team to guide people on 2 sided copying (they have a great blog by the way often with good ideas and projects such as Library Preservation Goes Green)
The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) in conjunction with Ball State University is hosting the eight biennial Greening of the Campus conference with the theme Embracing Change Sept 20-24, 2009 in Indianapolis, IN. Early Bird Registration deadline August 14, 2009. Check out the registration fees, schedule and the keynote speakers. The conference will offer pre and post conference events, an expo “the green campus exposition,” evening receptions and all conference proceedings will be published in CD form only to minimize paper printing.
A great video on how smart power strips help with vampire energy loss and save you money:
NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council) has a site called Smarter Cities. They offer stories, maps, news, information, etc. on what makes a city “smart” and they also ranked cities according to how “green” they are. They have 3 categories according to city size: under 100,000 = small, 100,000- 249,00 = medium and over 250,000 = large) You can read about how they collected data and scored cities under the criteria of Air Quality, Energy Production and Conservation, Environmental Standards and Participation, Green Building, Green Space, Recycling, Transportation, Standard of Living, and Water Quality and Conservation. Top large cities: Seattle (WA), San Francisco (CA), Portland (OR). Top medium cities: Madison (WI), Santa Rosa (CA), Fort Collins (CO). Top small cities: Bellingham (WA), Mountain View (CA), Norwalk (CT)
From District Administration and University Business Leadership Series Web Seminars: Going Green: What does it really mean?
FOR: K12 and higher-ed administrators
DATE: Thursday, August 6, 2009 from 2-3 pm ET
SUMMARY: “Going Green” — It’s all about preserving resources, setting the proper example for students and, of course, saving money. Today, “going green” permeates education, from decisions about construction materials and furniture to computers and cleansers. In this web seminar we’ll take a close look at sustainability, including trends, costs, hype and promise. Who will benefit: K12 administrators and college/university managers involved with sustainability, construction, buildings and grounds management, purchasing and technology.
- Do green initiatives have to suffer in times of budget cuts?
- How can the federal stimulus package support green initiatives?
- How should you incorporate sustainability in renovations?
- What are the latest trends in LEED-certification?
- How should schools be rated on sustainability?
- Rachel Gutter, Senior Manager for the Schools Sector, U.S. Green Building Council
- Mark Orlowski, Founder & Executive Director, Sustainable Endowments Institute
- A roundup of green products from Products Editor Kurt Dyrli.
Wanda Urbanska was part of an American Libraries sponsored Auditorium Speaker Series at ALA Annual in Chicago. As Simple Living host and an author, Urbanska talked about the disease of over consumption, the concept of heat, feed and speed (aka – decreasing energy requirements for the heating and cooling of homes, gardens/local food choices, and transportation choices), and that libraries are inherently green. From the AL Inside Scoop blog here are a few ideas she suggested:
- Timer systems for heating, cooling, and lighting systems.
- Eliminating phantom loads by unplugging electronics when not in use.
- Discouraging printing to reduce paper use.
- Recycling of paper—including paper from discarded books.
- “Freecycling” of magazines and books by having swaps at the library. “In today’s economy, that’s a big deal to folks, to be able to take home a book and mark it up and not have to return it,” she noted.
- Buying locally made products whenever possible.
- Reducing the use of disposable materials. Urbanska used her travel mug as an example, claiming that “In 20 years of carrying a travel mug everywhere I go, I’ve saved 7,000 cups from landfills.”
- Using green cleaning products.
- Bike or walk to work, errands, or meetings.
- Host green programming, such as a workshop on making useful materials from plastic bags or a vegetarian cooking class.
- Purchasing products made from recycled materials.
A World without Oil online reality game was actually done live with 1900 participants in spring 2007 but the site is archived and preserved to be used by anyone today. Players live through a simulation of a world with out oil and have to change their lifestyle to adjust to the alternate reality. They follow interdisciplinary lessons plans (which meet state and national standards) and communicate using CMS, blogs, nings, podcasts, and video. Wanta play? The offer some ideas on participating:
(1) you can get into the game and use the WWO “Time Machine” to call up any of these weeks. The official story for that week will be headlined in the upper center right; the stack of blocks to the left, under the dark blue panel, link to the player stories for that week. (The stories that the WWO team judged to be best will be at the top of the stack.) Clicking on a story block will take you to that story, usually posted by the player somewhere on the web.
(2) everyone is welcome to sign up as a Netizen Hero and to participate in “WWO Lives,” our ongoing blog about all matters WWO. We will definitely link to good in-game stories from the WWO Lives blog.