For more information, visit the Bousson Advisory Group’s website.
The Richard J Cook Center for Environmental Science renovation in Carr Hall has achieved LEED Gold certificiation from the U.S. Green Building Council. The Gold certification recognizes the renovation’s exceptional use of sustainable materials including those with recycled content, rapidly renewable fibers, and a cradle to cradle manufacturing model; healthy indoor air quality; unique indoor landscaping, a living wall, and aquaponics systems; extensive daylighting thanks to solar tubes and skylights; and significant energy savings due to building envelope improvements, heat recovery techniques, energy efficient LED and T5 lighting, and CO2, motion and lumen sensors.
Carr Hall is also Allegheny College’s showcase project for the White House’s Better Buildings Challenge.
Apply now to live in the Gator Green Living Community! Every year about 8 students live in Allegheny’s most sustainable house, featuring greywater reuse, compost collection, a rain garden and a vegetable garden. Enjoy events such as the green cleaning products workshop, vegetarian/vegan dinners, recycled craft nights, Earth Day musical events, and much more. Applications are due January 31, so sign up now!
Due to the presenters being unable to attend, the seismic testing informational session has been CANCELED. The Bousson Advisory Group plans to reschedule the conversation for January when students return to campus. The advisory group members will host an internal presentation and conversation on seismic testing and the Bousson Environmental Research Reserve. Ron Cole will present a brief overview of the basics of the geology of shale gas in the region (the target intervals, the horizontal and hydrofracturing process, seismic work, potential impacts – e.g., flow back fluids, formation waters, etc) and an overview of seismic reflection. Larry Lee and Kelly Boulton will present the detailed seismic testing process information we gathered from our previous meeting with Seitel Data. A discussion and Q&A session will follow.
Thanks to all who participated in the 3rd Annual October Energy Challenge! Together, we again reduced our electricity consumption and will use the savings to add more solar panels to the Doane/Steffee Energy Challenge array. For results by building, read on! (Note: Some buildings are not included in the results due to the inability to record their electricity consumption separate from other buildings…for example, North Village Phase II, Edwards and College Court.)
Academic BuildingsMontgomery: 42% reduction Arter: 30% reduction Vukovich: 23% reduction Ruter: 18% reduction Quigley: 14% reduction Doane/Steffee: 8% reduction Alden: 6% reduction Carnegie: 2% reduction Carr: results unreliable due to recent renovation
Administrative BuildingsBentley: 29% reduction Reis: 21% reduction Tippie: 9% reduction Ford: 8% reduction Wise-Mellon: 5% reduction Schultz: 4% reduction Murray: 3% reduction Campus Center: 3% reduction Pelletier: 4% increase
DormsAllegheny Commons: 21% reduction Baldwin: 20% reduction Caflisch: 14% reduction North Village Phase I: 11% reduction Ravine: 7% reduction Walker: 7% reduction Crawford: 6% reduction Schultz: 4% reduction Phi Kappa Psi: 1% reduction Brooks: 4% increase Allegheny Hall: 6% increase Delta Tau Delta: 12% increase
Campus-owned Houses (top ten)Green Living House @ 296 Loomis: 49% reduction 327 W College: 45% reduction Animal Welfare House @ 377 Sherman: 44% reduction Queers and Allies @ 382 E College: 40% reduction Meditation House @ 373 Sherman: 39% reduction 274 Loomis 1st floor: 36% reduction 570 Park: 35% reduction 376 E College: 12% reduction 591 B Park: 4% reduction 309 Loomis: 3% reduction