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If you’re on a bike and it’s Wednesday, then wave!
Brought to you by the San Francisco Bike Coalition, www.sfbike.org
Answers to commonly asked questions:
What’s Waving Wednesday?
It’s a simple concept! It’s Wednesday and you’re riding a bicycle. You see someone else on a bicycle. You wave to them. They wave to you.
Does it cost anything to particiapte in Waving Wednesday?
Waving Wednesday only costs about 3 calories per wave.
If I wave on Wednesdays, can I still wave on other days?
Waving to promote cameraderie among cyclists is always encouraged.
What qualifies as a wave?
A wave ‘counts’ when you move your hand back and forth at least 3 times. Nodding or saluting do not count-those salutations can find their own darn days.
Do I really have to do this?
Yes, you have to.
The Committee for Environmental Responsibility and The Center for Peace and Global Citizenship is sponsoring a “Go By Bike” workshop series, encouraging community members to bike more. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or www.haverford.edu/staff/gobybike/
The Committee for Environmental Responsibility recently welcomed Anna Sajina as its newest member. Sajina, who holds a doctorate in Astronomy from the University of British Columbia, is a postdoctoral research associate and visiting assistant professor of Physics at Haverford.
“I have been interested in environmental issues for quite some time, and we have adopted many environmentally-friendly practices in our home,” says Sajina. “I am particularly interested in passive heating/cooling and water recycling.”
Sajina learned a great deal about about these issues last summer during a stay with other Haverford faculty in an earthship house in New Mexico. Highly energy-efficient, earthship homes are constructed using old tires and rammed earth.
Says Sajina, “I look forward to working with the other CER members toward greater sustainability at Haverford.”
Administrative Computing is currently assembling a list of administrative and academic computers, their model types and typically how much energy they consume. These numbers will be directed to Facilities Management where a calculation of how much energy is used will be converted into a dollar amount.
A list of administrative computers along with their back-up nights will be distributed to the Energy Work Study students. All administration will be asked to turn off computers along with printers, scanners, speakers etc., except for their back-up night. If an employee leaves a computer on, a “friendly reminder” will be left encouraging the user to be more energy aware.
Because of sensitive information on academic and some administrative computers, we will not ask for these computers to be shut down. Directions on how to put computers in a low power state and request that printers and scanners be shut down will be distributed. Students will not enter faculty or sensitive administrative offices for any reason.
Thank you for support and participation in this matter.
The Facilities Management Department has developed an Energy Conservation Awareness Initiative to help mitigate the unprecedented escalation in energy prices that has occurred globally in recent months.
As we face this challenge, we are calling upon our campus community to support this campus initiative by implementing simple changes in energy utilization behaviors that can positively affect operating costs and the environment while relieving some pressure on institutional resources. We have identified four major awareness components of this program below.