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The Sewanee Green

Sewanee’s Source for Sustainable News

Earth Day on the Domain

Highlights from a Day of Sustainability Though Earth Day celebrations are special everywhere; there is nothing quite like celebrating Mother Nature on the Domain. Organizations dedicated to sustainability came together on Sunday April 22 to raise awareness about the importance of living a with our planet’s natural resources and limitations in mind. Sewanee’s organizations used the entire week to showcase sustainability. The GCN interns started the week off with a little academic infusion, presenting to Dr. Beth Ford’s environmental economics class on energy efficiency in the US and at Sewanee in particular. The presentation concluded with a segment on GCN’s work at Sewanee and how the students could be involved.

Above: Beloved community member Jack Nance serenades students with his original folk music. Jack played before an intimate crowd and was followed by students Bea Troxel and Joey Mooradian.

From there the Green House kicked things off with a call to action in the Sewanee community. They suggested that we all learn to reduce our waste by keeping track of what we all consume on a weekly basis. How to do this you ask? Simple, the Green House requested that everyone carry around a plastic bag and keep their weeks worth of trash in it, instead of disposing of it as they went. The project was a success with many students participating and commenting on how the event made them think about their actions. The Green House also sponsored a clothing swap on Saturday to encourage students to only buy what they need and to also think about options other than buying new clothing. Green Campus Network interns were key in planning the events which took place on the technical “Earth Day”. The day started with an Environmental Art Show, which showcased sustainable works and works with a decided environmental ethic. The event raised funds for Blue Monarch’s art program, which focuses on teaching kids how to create sustainably. The second event of the day was the annual Green Pledge Dinner, a locally catered meal, aimed at honoring how students chose to live while at Sewanee and more importantly aimed at showing students how they A close up shot of a student making a commitment to live sustainably after they can take their ethic to the real world. Steers were Above: leave the boundary of the domain. Over forty students signed the pledge, in one of the released to pasture Sunday morning, -con’td pg 5. most successful events of the day.


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Greening the Gym:

Installing energy efficient lighting in Fowler Athletic Center

The tennis courts in Sewanee’s Fowler Fitness Center will soon be retrofitted with LED lighting technology. The decision to make this retrofit is set to get Sewanee closer to its commitment of reducing energy consumption by 10% in three years in our efforts to become C-Neutral by 2030. Better yet, the retrofit is promising monetary savings and a rebate by TVA is helping finance the project. The retrofit is being supplied by the lighting company Elumenus Southeast, LLC. The tennis courts have 40 lamps in total. The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Tennis Courts Retrofit": Electrician Chris Robertson and Ellerbe Dargan, Agent of Elumenos Southeast and Sewanee offers a rebate of $0.10 Alumni, study existing lighting at the tennis courts prior to the retrofit Currently each light bulb is a 750W Metal Halide with a ballast of 90W, for total 840W per light fixture. The LED for every kW saved retrofits will consume 315W instead, which represents savings of at least 37.5%. Fowler is open 4338 hours a year, through its program and the savings amount to 105,840kW. EnergyRight Solutions. The incentive makes the retrofit much more affordable for Sewanee, which should qualify to get $10,584. This month, Sewanee Green Campus Network has been working with the Office of Sustainability to apply for this rebate.

A New Type of Student:Sewanee’s New Communications Program In mid-April, Sewanee students received yet another email survey, however, unlike most survey’s this one did not get automatically dismissed to the trash. Instead, the office of communications received an unprecedented 250 respeonses. Now a portion of this enthusiasm can be contributed to the $5 gift card that was given to those who participated, but in order to convince students to take thirty minutes to share their thoughts (this was an original response survey) there had to be something worth talking about. What might that topic have been? The environment of course. This survey was the first aimed at gauging how the typical Sewanee student feels about all topics related to sustainability, and the response was overwhelmingly positive. Sewanee students expressed a desire to see sustainability and an environmental ethic become a seemless part of Sewanee’s identity and for this ethic to have an impact on the type of students we become from our time here and for this ethic to help influence the type of student Sewanee attracts. This communications plan move represents Sewanee’s true committment to becoming the clear front runner in environmental leadership.


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Big Man on Campus

GCN Receives Recognition for their Work and TVA recognizes the University’s leadership

On Saturday, April 21, the Sewanee Student Government Association honored the Green Campus Network, presenting the interns with a leadership award for “Best Residence Hall Program” for the 2011-2012 academic year. Interns were recognized at a banquet in front of peers and faculty members and awarded a plaque that now hangs in the GCN office. In November, the GCN interns coordinated “Sewanee Unplugged,” an inter-dorm energy competition with the help of the Environmental Residents, who assisted in reading meters and encouraging residents to undertake measures to conserve energy. CampusAbove: Lead stakeholder Marvin Pate accepts the award for “Innovator of the Year” from the Tennessee Valley Authority. This was the first of two awards associated with the wide, dormitories saw a total reduction of University ‘s energy conservation initiatives to be received in the past two months. 15313-kilowatt hours and total cost savings Sewanee GCN was the recipient of a student leadership award which was accepted by the GCN interns at an awards ceremony on the 21st of April exceeding $1500. In addition, 20672.5 pounds of carbon dioxide were saved. The winning dormitory, Quintard, was awarded prize money and elected to purchase a foosball table for all residents to use. Additionally, Sewanee was recently the recipient of an award for Energy Conservation leadership from the Tennessee Valley Authority, Green Campus Network’s corporate sponsor. Sewanee also received the Innovator of the Year award for “outstanding combination of Green Power Switch support and onsite renewable energy generation.”

Did you know?

Sewanee is making national headlines as a leader in Sustainability Sewanee was featured inThe Princeton Review’s Guide to Green Colleges. This review helps students maneavor through all the sustinability jargon that clouds college brochures, helping them find the colleges that actually are as sustainable as they claim to be. US and News mentioned Sewanee’s Earth Day festivities in their roundup of campus actvities across the nation.


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A Higher Power

Energy Efficiency Audits on the Chapel of the Apostles Brings an Outdated Building into the 21st Century

In effort to continue energy savings on campus, the Green Campus Network interns have begun to perform an energy audit on the Chapel of the Apostles, a building that is affiliated with the School of Theology. The interns are collaborating with the Director of Sustainability, Marvin Pate, and Physical Plant Services to normalize HVAC (Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning) levels. Currently, the Chapel’s heating settings in each of the four zones range from 62 to 67 degrees Fahrenheit, while the cooling ranges from 67 to 78 degrees Fahrenheit. Also, the occupancy period is scheduled from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week. One major goal of the audit is to determine if a scheduling system can be employed in the Chapel. This would ensure that the HVAC system and lighting would solely assume the “occupied” setting during services and other events. A second fundamental goal is to convert all incandescent and halogenic lighting to LEDs. The audit on the Chapel will continue into the summer, when interns in the summer conservation internship program will conduct audits on buildings across campus. Green Campus Network will pick this process up again in the Fall with new interns, Above left: Marvin Pate teaches Jonathan Salazar, GCN intern, how the physical plant ascpects of and new autis and retrofits on other energy conservation work. Above right: Marvin and Jonathan look over the blueprints of the chapel of the apostles, including blueprints of electrical wiring. Though Jonathan already has some buildings. The goal is of course, to experience with energy audits because of his summer internship expereince, this opportunity gave conduct audits on all campus buildhim more indept knowledge and confidence in his ability to use these skills independeptly. ings.


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Going Places

Green Campus Network Intern Wins Research Oportunity

Joanna Parkman, C’14, is one of 16 undergraduate students from around the country selected for a six-week intensive research program at Georgia State University. The Georgia State University Community-Soil-Air-Water (CSAW) Research Initiative will host the program, which is funded by The National Science Foundation. Selection for the program was based on a competitive, nationwide search of 204 highly-qualified undergraduate students. The selected CSAW Community Scholars share the following traits: a deep interest in engaged, community-based research; an inquisitive and creative mindset; and a desire to contribute to new directions in community geography scholarship. With an explicit focus on community geography, university-community partnerships and participatory methodologies, the research training program is the first of its kind for undergraduates in the U.S. Undergraduate researchers, working in one of three research tracks, will quantitatively and qualitatively examine neighborhood change, property markets, air and soil quality, urban green spaces, and neighborhood visioning in partnership with neighborhood residents and

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Students pledged to live their lives as sustainably. as possible, promising to value and consider the natural resources of the world and the impact of their actions on future generations. Over forty students signed the pledged and joined their professors in quiet celebration of the actions they lifestyle they were committed to leading. Earth Hour, completely organized by Green Campus Network, is yet another signature Sewanee Earth Day event,the Earth Hour. During Earth Hour Green Campus Network arranged for all electricity to be cut off to Guerry Garth and Convocation, and arranged for students to play acoustically by candlelight. Despite the rain and inclement weather the event was an undisputed success with the smaller size giving the event a more authentic and intimate feel. Earth Day also included big changes and exciting changes for the University as Sewanee’s first ever University owned steers were released to Above : Freshman Joseph Mooradian performs for the crowd at the environmental art show. pasture in a moment that symbolized for This exhibition was coordinated by the environmental residents and by GCN interns. The many how far the University’s sustainability works which were included in the show were auctioned off with the proceeds benefitting environmentally oriented art programs with a local non-proft. efforts have come.


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The GCN Family Expands Clesi Bennett

Sewanee Welcomes Three New Interns

Clesi, a New Orleans native, is an Environmental Policy major and Gender Studies minor. Last semester, she studied sustainability in Freiburg, Germany, and next year

she plans to put this knowledge to use as a resident of the newly formed Sustainability House. She has been instrumental in environmental initiatives such as the “Greek Goes Green” working group, the Environmental Residents Program, and the Sewanee Coalition for Responsible Investment. When not working with environmentally themed campus groups, Clesi can be found leading tours as an Arcadian for the Office of Admissions or serving as the President of the Peace Coalition and Ladies’ Rugby Team. Her enthusiasm and diverse campus involvement will be a great asset to the Green Campus Network program!

Gabby Freeman

Gabby, a rising senior from Spartanburg, South Carolina, will be joining the Green Campus Network team next fall. As an Environmental Policy major, she is engaged in a variety of sustainability initiatives on campus, such as Team Compost and the Environmental Residents program. Gabby spent last semester abroad in Madagascar, studying French and natural resource management. In her free time, Gabby enjoys a number of outdoor activi-

ties, including hiking and fly-fishing. This summer Gabby looks forward to working for Moondance Adventures in Moab, Utah, where she will lead teens on rock climbing and rafting trips. Her leadership experience as a preorientation leader, camp counselor, and Inter-Sorority Council Vice President for Community Service and Education will certainly prove valuable in tackling energy issues on campus.

Jane Brown

Jane Brown, a native of Portland , an environmental policy major and global studies minor is the third intern joining the GCN team this fall. Jane comes to GCN as an experienced environmentalist, with a plenty of global experience. Jane spent last semester abroad in Dennmark studying environmental policy and learning from the Danish model of sustainability. A perfect candidate for GCN, Jane is an active member of Sewanee’s Greek’s Go Green program, and was a key leader in the founding of the “Farmhouse” a themed house dedicated to fostering an understanding of the relationship between what and how we eat and the world around us. As seen above, Jane was also recently featured in the Danish Institute on Sustainability’s advertisement video, which you can see above. Additionally, Jane will be serving as a senior senator in the upcoming year, a role she hopes will allow her to keep sustainability in mind.

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