The Green Gator at Allegheny College
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
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.
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.