September 16, 2008
Gogue Signs Presidents Climate Commitment
On Tuesday, September 8, President Gogue signed
the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment
(ACUPCC) with the support of the University Senate and SGA. The
ACUPCC is a nationwide movement that is working towards making campuses
carbon neutral. Recognizing their responsibilities as leaders, the
signatory colleges and universities will support education and research
on climate change issues as well as making real-world changes that
will move campuses towards carbon neutrality.
By signing the ACUPCC, Gogue commits Auburn University
to working toward climate stability.
had approached Gogue last year and requested him to sign the PCC.
On Tuesday, Brittany Branyon and Clay McInnis of the SGA Environmental
Initiative Committee acted as witnesses to the signing.
To read more about the commitment, go to the
On August 26, Adam Snyder of Conservation
Alabama kicked off this semester's Green Lunch Series with a
presentation about environmental issues affecting Alabama, the work
his organization does in lobbying our legislators and what we can
do to help.
Snyder visited Auburn and Opelika for two days
as part of a state wide mission to raise awareness about environmental
issues in Alabama. While here, Snyder met with two local legislators,
Rep. Mike Hubbard and Sen. Ted Little. He also spoke to the press
and met with the local Sierra Club.
See the table below for our future Green Lunch
||Jerrod Windham, Industrial Design
||Conner Bailey, Rural Sociology
||Gwen Thomas, Polymer and Fiber Engineering
We hope to see you there.
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Kreher Forest Ecology Preserve Walks
Opening hours: 8am-6pm 7 days
3100 Highway 147 North
The Forest Ecology Preserve on North College
has announced its fall schedule.
Autumn Walks, which emphasize exercise and the
appreciation of seasonal beauty, will be held every Tuesday and
Thursday at 8:30am. Walks begin at the pavilion and last about an
Discovery Hikes, aimed at children 6-12, will
begin on September 18 and continue every Thursday for the season.
Hikes begin at 3:30pm and including walking, fun and discovery.
Parents are welcome.
The preserve is now open 8am-6pm seven days a
week. For more information about these or other events, call Jennifer
Lolley at 334-707-6512.
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It is the mission of Auburn University, like
all universities, to prepare its students to succeed and excel in
work and life. In successive studies, the National Commission on
Writing has found that graduates tend to move ahead farther and
faster in almost every field if they have good writing skills, and
Auburn has long been committed to ensuring its students graduate
with this advantage.
In today's world, however, as pressure grows
on our natural resources, we also need to teach our students to
understand sustainability and to prepare them to become advocates
of sustainable practices in their fields of expertise. This fall
semester, Auburn's English Department has begun a new Composition
II curriculum. Each class has a general theme through which they
will learn to analyze and compose effective arguments.
By fostering sustainability and writing skills
together, we are preparing students to be able to argue effectively
for sustainability, to evaluate sustainable solutions (e.g. Is nuclear
energy clean? Is it better to buy organic or local food? ), and
to detect green washing.
Last year, the English Department ran a number
of these themed courses on a pilot basis, and the sustainability
sections were popular among both teachers and students. Chantel
Acevedo, an Assistant Professor who taught four sections of Sustainability
Comp II last year said, "I found sustainability to offer a
wide and diverse canvas for student writing. They could research
so many different elements of sustainability, that among four different
sections over two semesters, I didn't have many repeated research
topics. Students responded positively to the course, and many have
since said that they learned not only how to write and research,
but that their perspective on the impact they make on the health
of the world had changed and broadened."
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A Bright Idea--CFLs
As the fall equinox approaches, when the nights
start getting longer than the days, it is a good time to ask yourself:
are all my bulbs energy efficient? If the answer is “no,”
then it is time to get on this little task and change from incandescent
bulbs to compact fluorescent lights, CFLs. You probably know all
the facts, but it is worth reminding ourselves now and then.
Residential electricity usage accounts for
about 30% of national electricity usage.
After refrigerators, AC and heating, lighting
is the biggest use of electricity in houses.
90% of the energy used by incandescent bulbs
is emitted as heat, so not only are you using more energy to
get the amount of light you need, but your air conditioning
system is having to work extra hard to counteract all those
little furnaces around your house.
CFLs use 75% less energy to provide the same
amount of visible light as an equivalent incandescent bulb and
will last 6-25 times as long.
“Yeah, but..?, “ you might ask:
Should I wait until all of my incandescent bulbs
No. Even if you change out a new incandescent
bulb for a CFL you will save money and energy. A CFL can save around
$12 a year, so if you wait for your old ones to burn out you'll
be paying for the privilege.
How much will they cost me?
You can get a four pack of 14W (equivalent to
60W incandescent) CFLs bulbs at Home Depot for around $9. Each bulb
will last 10 times as long as a 60 W incandescent and can save you
$30 or more in electricity costs over the lifetime of the bulb.
What will I do with all the old incandescent bulbs?
If you hate to throw out working bulbs, you can
keep them and just use them in places where you need bright light
for a short period of time, such as your closet or the garden shed.
I have heard there is mercury in CFLs. Is it true
and is it dangerous?
It's true, there is a tiny amount of mercury
in CFLs, but it is about one hundredth of the amount that is in
an old fashioned thermometer, and the good news is Home Depot is
now recycling CFLs in its 1,973 stores nationwide.
Can I get CFLs to fit decorative lamps?
Yes, there is a variety of sizes and shapes available.
If you don't see what you want on the shelf, ask for help.
CFLs use less energy than incandescent bulbs,
so you won't need as high a wattage to get the same amount of light.
For example, a 22 watt CFL will give the same amount of light as
a 100 watt incandescent bulb. We have become used to defining bulbs
by their energy up-take rather than their light output, but the
CFL packaging will explain how to compare the two.
It doesn't have to be dark winter.
Information taken from DOE and EPA website.
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Interns and Staff for Auburn University Sustainability Initiative
This fall, the AUSI gains new interns and a new
member of staff. All nine interns, our largest number to date, are
passionate about sustainability and adamant that their generation
must take an active role in society to ensure a future for this
planet. In addition to the interns, our office has also taken on
a full time Communication and Outreach Coordinator, Emma Mulvaney.
Visit our interns on our
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