[Greener-benches] FAS Green Program Updates: January 2012

Bemis, Jamie L jamie_bemis at harvard.edu
Fri Jan 20 17:15:39 EST 2012

Dear All,

Happy New Year! Below are some recent highlights from our program that may be of interest. Please don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions!
Reduce your Junk Mail<http://green.harvard.edu/revamping-junkmail-reduction-fas>: The FAS Green Program is finding new ways to help you reduce the burden of junkmail on campus. Unable to keep up with the popularity of our junkmail boxes, we're replacing them with new junkmail stands that contain instructions for reducing junkmail and a "Return to sender" stamp. Staff will be empowered to reclaim their mailboxes, both at Harvard and at home, and hopefully send a message to companies that their waste is not wanted. To request a Junkmail stand for your office, send an email to energy at fas.harvard.edu<mailto:energy at fas.harvard.edu> and to learn more click here<http://green.harvard.edu/revamping-junkmail-reduction-fas>.
Shut the Sash Program Update:  Did you know that closing your fume hood was the most effective way to save energy in labs? When hoods are closed, heating, cooling, and dehumidification requirements for the space are reduced - saving enormous amounts of energy! As part of the Shut the Sash fume hood competition, labs compete for a monthly pizza party by keeping their hoods closed when they aren't being used and trying to meet monthly airflow targets for their lab. Since the program's inception in 2006 it has grown from a 5-lab pilot project to one of the most successful energy efficiency campaigns at FAS, involving 21 labs and saving over $240,000 annually!
New Best Practices Sharing Forum for FAS Operations:  FAS has more than 250 buildings, 10,000,000SF,  and more than 50 building managers , all of whom share the goal of making their buildings more efficient. As a way to facilitate information transfer from one building to another, FAS Green Program and Harvard's Green Building Services are launching a regular information sharing forum where building managers from across the FAS will talk in depth about specific energy saving products, technologies or approaches.
The first forum, on Jan. 26th will cover LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes).  LEDs, considered to be "lights of the future" have already come to the FAS in all shapes and forms, including ceiling panels in Physics, linear bathroom fixtures in Chemistry, screw-in replacements in the Houses and Memorial Hall.  Their 50,000 hrs of rated life and significant rebates that often reduce their cost by 95% make them a no brainer for energy conservation.
Student Eco-projects:<http://green.harvard.edu/eco-projects-raise-sustainability-awarness-houses> Each semester, members of the Resource Efficiency Program (REP) encourage students in their Houses to initiate new, innovative environmental projects to reduce waste and conserve resources. Students are given the chance to submit their eco-projects to REP for the chance to win a cash prize, as well as House bragging rights. This fall, REP received 11 creative and unique submissions. Read more about the project finalists<http://green.harvard.edu/eco-projects-raise-sustainability-awarness-houses>.
FAS Green Program is partnership between the FAS Office of Physical Resources and Planning and Harvard's Office for Sustainability. Contact: energy @fas.harvard.edu ;  http://green.harvard.edu/fas

Jamie Bemis
FAS Green Program Coordinator
Harvard University Office for Sustainability
69 Dunster Street | Cambridge, MA 02138
(ph) 617-384-5496 | (fax) 617-496-4763
http://green.harvard.edu | jamie_bemis at harvard.edu<mailto:jamie_bemis at harvard.edu>

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