As part of the STARS Survey we asked how you get to and from work. Of the 183 responses, the breakdown is as follows
Walk, bicycle or other non-motorized means: 17
Van or Carpool: 6
Shuttle or Public Transportation: 11
Drive Alone: 149
For those who do not have access to a computer, paper surveys were distributed.
Thanks for participating.
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As part of the STARS Survey we asked how you get to and from work. Of the 183 responses, the breakdown is as follows
The Committee for Environmental Responsibility(CER), Instructional and Informational Technology Services(IITS), Haverford Garden Initiative(HGI) and the Arboretum have a variety of opportunities for college community members this coming Earth and Arbor Days. Attend all or just one or two.
Earth Day-Friday April 22, 2011
Electronics Recycling: Bring those old computers, cell phones, keyboards etc. to Sharpless Triangle between 9 and 3. Capitol Asset Recycling will have a truck to take old equipment off your hands. Everyone who brings an article to be recycled will be entered into a raffle.
Wildflower Planting: Join the horticulturists in the meadow by the pond. Mike Startup and Carol Wagner will be there between 11 and 2 assisting volunteers in planting 800+ wildflower plugs.
The Lorax: Horticulturist, Mike Startup will be reading his daughter’s favorite Dr. Seuss book on Founder’s porch at 4:30. It chronicles the plight of the environment and the Lorax, who speaks for the trees against the greedy Once-ler.
HCA Trail Planting: Help beautify the new HCA driveway and learn about storm water management. At noon, join Grounds Manager Claudia Kent and learn about wet site tolerant plants. Sponsored by CER.
Thursday April 28, 2011
Arbor Day Planting: Join the Arboretum (one day early) on Founder’s Green to replace the Red Maple that was removed. At Noon, Arboretum Director Bill Astifan will give a brief presentation that will be followed by a plant giveaway.
Arbor Day-Friday April 29, 2011
Orchard Planting: Due to new residence hall construction many of the older fruit trees were removed.The Committee for Environmental Responsibility(CER) will be hosting a tree planting in the orchard where participants will be helping keep Haverford history alive. This activity is hosted in conjunction with the Haverford Garden Initiative, a student organization with a mission to create food gardens and similar green spaces on campus for the benefit and use of the Haverford Community. HGI seeks to reconnect the Haverford Community to the physical landscape and to the process of food production that is rooted in the land.
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Some strange things are going up on the grounds at Haverford College. As part of the construction of the Kim and Tritton Dorms, storm water measures are being taken to slow down the flow of water onto the construction site. Originally, contractors had wanted to trench through the orchard to catch runoff before it hit the site. Luckily for us we caught it in time and Plan B was put into the place. The “sock”, conveniently in Haverford Colors (we’re not sure if it was intentional or not), was filled with mulch and staked into place. In the drab winter landscape it certainly is eyecatching.
Recycled Bike Highlights:
- Devereux’s bike program focuses on assisting developmentally disabled individuals in the acquisition of the skills needed to secure successful competitive employment in the community.
- These workshops give individuals the opportunity to learn marketable skills in a realistic work setting. Workers receive paychecks for the work they do, and learn how to budget and save the money they earn.
- We are inviting Devereux back to campus for a “bike sale.” Rehabbed bikes will be available for sale to faculty, staff and students.
- Bike prices will range between $40 and $100.
- “Pilot” sale will be March 30, 2011.
If this pilot is successful on March 30, it’s our goal to encourage incoming freshman to buy a recycled bike rather than bringing bikes from home.
This is truly a sustainable endeavor. Not only are we recycling something no longer wanted, but we are providing the means to teach disabled individuals a skill. We are also providing a service to incoming freshman.
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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.
Wintertime Energy Conservation Guidelines
Adjust Office and Building Temperatures to 68 Degrees Fahrenheit
Buildings that have centralized temperature controls will be set at a temperature of 68 degrees. This includes administrative, academic, residence and athletic facilities.
- In buildings and rooms with thermostats that are not centrally controlled, individual occupants should manually set the temperature to 68 degrees
- Building occupants are encouraged to remove all items that block heating registers, radiators and baseboard radiation strips to allow proper heating distribution and air circulation to each space.
- The campus community is encouraged to close all exterior windows and doors in order to minimize heat loss from buildings. Doors should not be propped open. Operations staff members are requested to make sure that roll-up overhead doors remain closed in loading and receiving areas while not in use
Minimize Use of Space Heaters
- It is estimated that there are many space heaters on campus.
- Building occupants are encouraged to minimize the use of electric space heaters
Summertime Energy Conservation Guidelines
Adjust Office and Building Temperatures to 77 Degrees Fahrenheit
- Buildings that have centralized temperature controls will be set at a temperature of 76 degrees his includes administrative, academic, residential and athletic facilities.
- In buildings and rooms with thermostats that are not centrally controlled, individual occupants should manually set the temperature to 76 degrees.
- Building occupants are encouraged to remove all items that block cooling and return registers to allow proper cooling distribution and air circulation to each space.
- The campus community is encouraged to close all exterior windows and doors in order to minimize the loss of cooled air from building. Doors should not be proper open.
Adopt a 10-Minute Lighting Guideline
- Building occupants are requested to adopt a “10-Minute Lighting Guideline” and turn off lights if you are leaving a room for more than 10 minutes.
- Additionally, building occupants are also requested to turn off lights in areas with adequate natural lighting and consider using task lighting instead of overhead lights in areas without natural daylight.
Thank you for your support and continued dedication in helping the College to succeed in this critical effort.
Energy Saving Tips
Students, faculty and staff can help the energy conservation effort by following these tips:
Copiers & Printers
Think before you print! Print and copy as little as possible.
When you must print, do it double-sided.
Edit on screen, not on paper.
Save to disk instead of printing on paper.
Use e-mail to minimize paper use and don’t routinely print e-mails.
Send and store documents electronically instead of on paper.
Designate a box for scrap paper and use it for printing all drafts or unofficial documents.
Circulate documents instead of making an individual copy for everyone.
Reuse envelopes by placing a new label over the old address.
Heating and Cooling:
Dress appropriately to the season and keep thermostats set at 68 degrees.
During the heating season, open blinds, drapes and curtains to let sun in. If cloudy, close them to keep the heat in especially at night.
During the cooling season close blinds, drapes and curtains to block direct sun.
Use hot water sparingly.
Turn off unused or unneeded lights.
Use natural lighting instead of electric lighting whenever possible.
Try task lighting and reduce overhead lighting.
If you have a desk lamp, make sure it uses a fluorescent bulb.
Don’t use table lamps unless illumination from the lamps is actually needed.
“10 Minute Rule” Please use the 10 min. rule: If you do not plan to be in your room, or office for more then ten mins. Turn off your lights
Windows and Doors:
Keep windows and doors closed in heated and air conditioned areas
Close vestibule doors when propped open.
Keep rollup doors closed in shipping/receiving area closed when not in use.
Report Energy Waste
Please report instances of energy waste to the Office of Facilities Management (610-896-1100).
Guidelines for Electric Space Heaters
The first phase of the HC Energy Conservation Program is to garner support from the campus community by creating greater awareness, and identifying simple ways in which the campus can contribute. Minimizing the use of space heaters was identified as a key component to the energy conservation initiative. Space heathers are a very costly means of heating, therefore, we should optimize their utilization by using them as a temporary solution, pending the repair or adjustment of a building’s main heating system.
In addition to the cost of operation, space heathers can also represent potential fire hazards. Therefore, we should also be mindful of the safety guidelines related to space heater use.
Safety Guidelines for Space Heaters:
- No liquid fueled space heaters (e.g., kerosene heaters) are to be used in any College building.
- Heaters must meet the following characteristics:
- Have UL approval
- Have heating elements that are protected from contact
- Be tilt-proof (when tipped over the heater turns off)
- Have adjustable heating controls
- Three feet of clearance is required around all space heaters. NOTHING may be placed on, over, above, or around a space heater.
- Space heaters are only used while under direct supervision.
- When not in use, the space heater shall be unplugged from the wall electric outlet.
- Extension cords are not to be used with space heaters
- Space heaters may not be tipped over or positioned in any way other than intended.
- The user should inspect the space heater daily for cord cracks, hot spots, or signs of wear. Any deficiencies shall be reported to the Office of Facilities Management, ext. 1096.
- For additional information on safe space heater usage, please contact the Office of Safety and Security at extension 1111
What if I already have a space heater?
Electric space heaters should be used in areas where a space temperature of 68 degrees is unattainable:
- Privately owned space heaters should be taken home by the owners.
- All College-owned space heaters that are currently in buildings on campus should be unplugged and placed in storage in each department/work area. If no space exists in the department or work area, please alert Facilities, who will store the device.
- If you believe your space heater does not meet the aforementioned Safety Guidelines for Space Heaters, it should be removed from use completely.
Are You Cold?
In efforts to conserve energy the College is asking that temperatures be maintained at 68 degrees. Please confirm the following before seeking additional assistance:
- Area rugs or carpet are not pushed under baseboard heating strips
- Furniture is at least six inches away from any baseboard heat unit.
- Windows and doors are closed.
- If located within your area, please confirm that the thermostat is set at 68 degrees.
If you are still cold and you believe your office is colder than 68 degrees, please contact your department unit head or director (or his/her representative). In a residence hall, residents should contact the ORCD Senior Staff member on duty. If required, they will place a call for a heating Work Order to the Office of Facilities Management at ext. 1351. The Office of Facilities Management will respond and follow their procedures for performing a temperature evaluation. If possible, Facilities Management will attempt to adjust the temperature using the building’s heating system.
If it is determined that the temperature cannot be maintained using the building heating system, the College may, on a case by case basis, approve temporary use of space heaters.
The use of space heaters in academic, administrative, and athletic building will also require prior approval of the department’s unit head or director. The use of space heaters in residential building will also require prior approval by the Senior Staff member on duty. The department unit head or director (or his/her representative) and residence hall Senior Staff members on duty are responsible for compliance with the space heater guidelines in their respective areas of responsibility.
When no longer required all space heaters in academic, administrative, and athletic buildings shall be returned to the unit head or director (or his/her representative). When no longer required, all space heaters in residential buildings shall be returned to Senior Staff member on duty.
Are you Too Warm?
Sometimes adjustments are needed to a building’s heating system. If you believe your office is too warm, please contact the Office of Facilities Management at extension 1096. In a residence hall, residents should contact the ORCD Senior Staff member on duty. If required, they will place a call for a heating work Order to the Office of Facilities Management at extension 1096.
In efforts to conserve energy, please remember:
- Heating and cooling systems should not be used simultaneously.
Opening windows and doors is a waste of energy. The heating system will continue to operate and try to maintain the thermo
The 2011 Sustainability Report Card came out last week! We received a B+, same as last year. Sadly, we did drop a grade in the ‘Climate Change & Energy’ and ‘Green Building’ categories.
About the Report Card:
“The College Sustainability Report Card is the only independent evaluation of campus and endowment sustainability activities at colleges and universities in the United States and Canada. In contrast to the academic focus on sustainability in research and teaching, the Report Card examines colleges and universities, as institutions, through the lens of sustainability.”
In order to better evaluate our efforts to go greener, Haverford College recently became a charter participant in the new Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS). Developed by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, STARS is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to gauge progress toward sustainability. The new system will allow schools to use a common set of measurements regarding sustainability, create incentives for continual improvement and facilitate information sharing about sustainability practices. STARS participants report data to earn credits and may receive a rating level of bronze, silver, gold or platinum. To ensure accurate reporting, all information on sustainability practices must be certified as accurate by a designated STARS point person on campus and by the college president or chancellor.
More information: stars.aashe.org
The U.S. Green Building Council and the Princeton Review recently released a Guide to 285 Green Colleges. Haverford is described as having “so many accomplishments on its green scorecard that it’s hard to know where to begin”. Learn more>
The Dining Center will be going trayless on Tuesdays starting April 13, 2010. Each tray washed uses 1/3-1/2 gallon of water and demands energy to heat the water and run the dishwasher. That’s $0.50 in energy, water, detergent, and labor costs per rack of dishes.
Not using a tray in the Dining Center comes with big benefits:
- If every dining center customer uses a tray, it costs $843.75 per week – or $27,000 per year – in energy, water, detergent, and labor costs.
- Going trayless could reduce food waste by 25-30%
Brought to you by EarthQuakers, CER, and the Dining Center.
The Committee for Environmental Responsibility (CER) had a very productive fall semester. I’d like to share some of the highlights.
Desiderata for new Tritton Dorm. In anticipation of the new dorm CER proposed the following features.
- Ground Source heat pump HVAC system
- Integrated Smart Metering
- Dual flush toilets to help conserve water
- Green Roof
- Grey water reuse
- Sustainable landscaping
- Covered bicycle parking
- Incorporating recycling work flow into plan
Green Plan for managing and reducing waste on campus. With assistance from an outside consultant, CER devised a plan that would eventually shift the campus-wide waste management and recycling practices toward more sustainable methods.
- Provide for on-site composting of Dining Hall food waste.
- Develop a plan to double Haverford College’s recycling rate and implement programs that would allow Haverford to materially benefit from the increase in recoverables.
- Revise waste collection practices to reduce amount and frequency of trash removal from campus.
Preliminary approval has been given to purchase a Vegawatt Power System which turns waste vegetable oil from food service operations into electricity with a 5kW generator.
Student Farm/Garden proposal. Students got approval to expand the current student garden at HCA. Historically, farming has been a part of Haverford College and CER students would like to resurrect this tradition.
CPGC: Walking the Walk. CER has joined with the Center for Peace and Global Citizenship (CPGC) to help them “Go Green”.
- CPGC has agreed to higher costs for using sustainable products for their cafe events.
- Educating the college community on recycling.
- Composting food scraps from the cafe.
- Buying “Green” office products.
- Buying offsets for business travel and visiting speakers.
- Encouraging , libraries, administrative departmentsto purchase recycled paper for all uses.
- Educating that recycling guidelines have changed. We can now recycle plastics 1-7.
- Recyclemania kicks off March 2010.