[Greener-benches] FAS Green News: February 2014

Bemis, Jamie L jamie_bemis at harvard.edu
Thu Feb 13 09:34:40 EST 2014

Dear All,
I hope you're staying warm and healthy in this chilly winter weather! It's often hard to grasp the scope of climate change over those cold winter months but according to a recent report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 2013 was our Fourth Hottest year on record... I've included a link to this and several other interesting reports under the Resources Section.
As always, join us for upcoming events, celebrate with us our recent successes and tap into available resources. We're featuring "recycling slim jims" this month - let us know if your office or department need any for its common spaces,
Best regards,

  *   Feb. 20th, 12-1PM, Environmental Movie Screenings - Brown Bag Lunch: Join us for inspiration, community, and conversation at our monthly TED talk brown bag lunch series. Our theme for February is Eco Art, and we will be in Mallinckrodt 102. Snacks will be provided.
  *   Feb. 21-22nd, MIT Energy Conference, To register, click here.<http://mitenergyconference.org/>

*         March 4-6, BuildingEnergy 2014, Seaport World Trade Center, Boston.  The annual conference and exposition of the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association.  To register, click here<http://www.nesea.org/buildingenergy/>.

Program Highlights:

  *   FAS FreeCycle: Just before students returned to campus, the FAS Green Program held a FreeCycle for staff to make room for Christmas gifts (or perhaps, to trade in unwanted gifts...). With over 200 people in attendance, and 13 overflowing tables of items that came and went, the event was a success. Look out for announcements about future FreeCycles in the FAS Newsletter.
  *   Operations and Mainteance Tradeshow: The FAS Green Program hosted Harvard's first O&M Tradeshow in January 2014 to showcase vendors who provide high quality services and innovative products, and to promote networking and best practices sharing among Facilities teams. Over 20 vendors were featured at the event, and more than 90% of operations teams at FAS were in attendance. The event was an overwhelming success and generated significant interest in follow up events.  Check out Harvard Gazette's article<http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/newsplus/sustainability-focused-trade-show-promotes-best-practices/> on the event.
  *   Undergraduates explore Green Careers. College students explored careers in environment and other public services fields at the third annual Public Interested! career fair over Wintersession. Among the highlights of the conference, were the keynote speech from Cheryl Dorsey (alum of the College, HMS, HKS and president of Echoing Green) and the Big Ideas presentation from Kavita Shukla (AB '06, founder and CEO of Fenugreen).  In addition to being inspired by speeches, students explored careers and got practical advice in the Close Encounters and Job Hunt Boot Camp sessions.

*         Stirling Freezer Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Generates Buzz About New Technology: On January 21st, the Chemistry and Chemical Biology departments celebrated its latest piece of energy-efficient equipment. To commemorate the purchase of the department's new Stirling -80 freezer-- the most energy efficient model available on the market-the CCB Department and the FAS Green Program hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony and ice cream social. Two representatives from Stirling were on site to present about the unique features of the freezer, before Jerry Connors (Associate Director of Laboratories, CCB), Mike Paterno (Facilities Manager, CCB) and Jamie Bemis (Labs Program Coordinator, FAS Green Program) cut the ribbon together. You can learn more about the freezer and its energy saving features here<http://green.harvard.edu/news/chemistry-building-operations-leads-way-freezer-energy-efficiency>.

  *   Need a recycling bin? The FAS Green Program is working to ensure that proper recycling is available throughout  all FAS buildings. If you've noticed a spot that could use recycling, or would like a bin for your office, please contact us at brandon_geller at harvard.edu<mailto:brandon_geller at harvard.edu>.  (All available bins are "Slim Jim" style- blue, 30" tall, 21" wide and 12" deep. Please check with your building manager to make sure that the custodial crew can add the bin to their rounds).
  *   Ppt and Video on "Toxic Trespass: The Use of Harmul and Untested Chemicals in Personal Care and Beauty Products<http://webapps.sph.harvard.edu/accordentG2/toxic-20140206/index.htm>", part of HSPH's "Health and Sustainability" lecture series, organized by EcoOpportunity, HSPH's Green Team.

Environmental News:

  *   2013 Fourth Hottest On Record: According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)<http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/global/2013/13> 2013 tied 2003 as the fourth warmest year globally since recordkeeping started in 1880.  The combined annual global land and ocean surface temperature was 1.12 degrees Fahrenheit above the 20th century average of 57 degrees F.  2013 was the 37th consecutive year that the yearly global temperature was above average.  The current warmest year on record was 2010.  Including 2013, nine of the ten warmest years in the 134-year period of records have occurred in the 21st century.  Only one year in the 20th century -- 1998 -- was warmer than 2013.
  *   Getting to Net Zero Status Report - The New Buildings Institute has issued 2014 Getting to Zero Status Update<http://newbuildings.org/blog/zero-net-energy-buildings-future-now>, which surveys the zero net energy and ultra-efficient buildings across North America.
  *    Densification & Carbon Footprints - The Cool Climate Network<http://coolclimate.berkeley.edu/maps> at the University of California at Berkeley issued interesting findings about greenhouse gas emissions and population density. The network also mapped the 2013 household carbon footprints for nearly every U.S. zipcode.

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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