[Greener-benches] FAS Green News: December 2013

Bemis, Jamie L jamie_bemis at harvard.edu
Tue Dec 10 13:52:44 EST 2013

Dear All,

This year, we are warming up to ending the old and starting the new year on a green note! Prepare your office or lab for break with a few easy steps to reduce the burden on our resources. Together we aim to reduce Harvard's greenhouse gas emission by 30% from 2006 levels by the year 2016.  Please join us in taking our "Winter Power-Down" Pledge<https://harvardofs.wufoo.com/forms/winter-power-down-pledge/>. More than 1500 students have already signed the Pledge this year!

We've listed below a few upcoming events and programmatic highlights, but please scroll down for brief "Year in Review" highlights of sustainability efforts, on a local and global scale, as well as links to some interesting resources,

Wishing you a happy holiday season,
Best regards,
FAS Green News: December 2013

  *   TED Talks Screenings/Brown Bag Lunch: Thursday, Dec.19, 12-1pm, 12 Oxford St., Mallinckrodt, Rm 102
  *    New England Electricity Restructuring Roundtable:<http://www.raabassociates.org/main/roundtable.asp> Friday, Dec.13, 9am, Foley Hoag LLP, 155 Seaport Boulevard, 13th Floor, Boston: MA's new goal for PV systems installation: 1,600 megawatt by 2020.

Program Highlights:

  *   Chemistry leads the way to freezer energy efficiency: The Chemistry Building Operations team recently purchased a new type of -80 freezer that consumes less than half of the electricity used by traditional cascade models. The purchase was supported with an incentive from the FAS Office for Physical Resources and Planning (OPRP) that made the high-end, energy efficient unit cost-competitive with traditional cascade models. Learn more about this exciting new project here<http://green.harvard.edu/chemistry-building-operations-leads-way-freezer-energy-efficiency>.
  *   College residences prepare for green winter break: College students in the Houses and dormitories are committing to save energy through break-time set backs. Participation will count for Green Cup (Houses) and Green Goblet (dormitories). Check out the full story<http://green.harvard.edu/college-residences-prepare-green-winter-break>
  *   1st floor wins the CCB Recycling Competition: After three weeks, the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology's inaugural recycling competition was won by the 1st floor. The competition spanned the entire complex and pitted floors against each other to see who could have the cleanest recycling in the office and common areas.
  *   We're working with Harvard and FAS Procurement on integrating green prompts into WB Mason's website.
  *   30 LEDs given out following up our joint email with FAS Procurement. Thank you for participating and for good suggestions on additional spaces (e.g. recording studios) to focus on.

Green Highlights from 2013

  *   According to NASA satellite data, the hole in the ozone layer seems to have stabilized and may be healing! The hole was slightly smaller in 2013 than average in recent decades, thanks to a decline in levels of the most ozone depleting chemicals in the atmosphere.
  *   Key wildlife populations are making a comeback in Europe, where conservationists have been battling habitat loss, pollution, and hunting for decades. Densely populated Europe may have lost a lot of nature and wildlife, but recent research is proving that conservation efforts are working and key species are growing in numbers.
  *   Sustainability Compact Video - The Cambridge Community Compact for a Sustainble Future continues to develop.  The Compact has created a video<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOzS7GQ3Z0g> that is posted on Youtube to explain its development and purpose.
  *   President's Executive Order - President Obama issued an Executive Order on preparing the U.S.for climate change<http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/11/01/fact-sheet-executive-order-climate-preparedness>.  The President established a Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience to advise the Administration on how the federal government can respond to the needs of communities that are dealing with the impacts of climate change.  The task force members include state, local, and tribal leaders.  The Executive Order also set up an interagency council on Climate Preparedness and Resilience.  Federal agencies are also developing adaptation implementation plans; the EPA has posted draft plans<http://epa.gov/climatechange/impacts-adaptation/fed-programs/EPA-impl-plans.html> for each of its program offices and for each region.

  *   Cambridge Solar Map - The Cambridge Solar Tool<http://en.mapdwell.com/solarsystem/cambridge> provides a web-based interactive tool to find out the potential for installing solar photovoltaic systems on rooftops in the city.  The tool also evaluates the financial feasibility of installations and makes comparisons to alternative investments.  The tool is designed by Modern Development Studio and based on the research of the MIT Sustainable Design Lab led by Dr. Christoph Reinhart.  The City's Cambridge Energy Alliance program can assist interested property owners with finding installers and understanding the financial aspects.

Gosia Sklodowska, C.E.M., LEED AP | Senior Manager - FAS Green Program| Harvard University Office for Sustainability & Faculty of Arts and Sciences|
Biolabs Rm.5100| Cambridge, MA 02138 | [c] 617.599.4367 | http://green.harvard.edu/fas
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