Who wouldn’t want to live here?

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!

Seismic session CANCELED.

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 Buildings

Montgomery: 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 Buildings

Bentley: 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



Allegheny 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

Excited about the Energy Challenge…but don’t know all the details?

You’ve seen the signs about bringing more solar panels to campus. Sounds good. You’ve looked at pictures from Energy Challenge events in past years. Bicycle blended smoothie, anyone? Maybe you’ve even signed the pledge at the table in the CC lobby. But what exactly does this Energy Challenge entail?

What do I have to do? Every October we challenge the entire campus community in all buildings to pay attention to their electricity consumption habits and try to reduce by as much as possible.  Two previous years have each achieved a 10% reduction throughout the month.  The goal is to meet or exceed that this year.  So turn off lights, shut down and unplug your computer at night, unplug chargers when not in use, go to the library to study rather than lighting your dorm room or a classroom just for your personal use, get creative about other ways to minimize your own consumption and encourage others to do the same.

 There are multiple reasons to participate.  First, all financial savings will be set aside and invested in the purchase and installation of more solar panels to be added to the array on the roof of the Science Complex.  Energy Challenge reductions in previous years helped us install the first six panels.  Second, student groups will be hosting lots of fun events throughout the month.  Glow frisbee, yoga and meditation in the dark, an acoustic open mic night…what’s not to like?  Finally, you’d be wise to practice your responsible energy habits now.  You’ll need them when you start paying your own utility bills in the future!

Why does Allegheny do an Energy Challenge, anyway?  Allegheny is a national leader when it comes to campus sustainability.  We minimize our environmental impacts while saving some significant cash by composting our waste, adding insulation to our buildings, and switching to more efficient boilers and lighting across campus.  This is all part of our efforts to make the campus more comfortable for students, more efficient financially, and eventually climate neutral by the year 2020. To learn more, check out our website.

Now you know the details.  Join the challenge.  Help reduce our electricity consumption.  And win solar panels.