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Energy Conservation
The production of energy is directly correlated with Green House Gas emissions and
global climate change. Do your part to reduce the emissions created by Green
Mountain College by conserving energy!
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Program computers to start sleep mode when they have been left unattended
for extended periods of time. Though screen savers look cool, they use up just
about as much energy as if the computer was running at full capacity.
If no one is using the light in your room, there is no sense in leaving it on. When
available, using natural light is also better for your eyes and the planet.
In the winter months, keep your windows closed as much as possible to reduce
our use of wood chips and back-up heating oil and the damages that freezing
can cause.
If a thermostat is present in your room, turn it down to 60 degrees. When you’re
not around for a long time, turn the heat down to 55 degrees in order to avoid
freezing temperatures but not waste energy.
This will not only reduce the cost to the college, but will also allow you to enjoy
lower bills at home when you move your appliances, and you will also be reducing
a huge source of pollution in the United States.
If they are plugged in, most appliances and electrical devices such as printers, TV’s,
DVD players, stereos, cell phone chargers, etc. still use energy even when they are
turned off.
Tips to Conserve Energy:
Put your computer to sleep:
Turn off the lights:
Close your window:
Turn down the heat:
Buy energy efficient products such as Energy Star:
Unplug devices when not in use:
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Getting Involved
There are many ways to get involved in Sustainability at Green
Mountain College. Here are a few venues that would love your
support and involvement:
Compost Volunteer:
Sustainability Office:
Student Campus Greening Fund (SCGF):
Center of the Plate Club (COTPC):
If you are interested in having a compost bin in your building, stop by the
Sustainability Office in Terrace 125! We can talk about whether a regular
bin or a worm bin is right for your building and go over the responsibilities
of being a compost volunteer.
Many resources and projects come out of the sustainability
office located in Terrace 125. Shoot us an email or stop by
to see how you can help make a difference.
Sustainability Coordinator: Aaron Witham: withama@greenmtn.edu
Sustainability Office Manager: Nicole Harman: harmannm@greenmtn.edu
Propose a sustainability related project to SCGF and get funding from the
school to implement it! Examples of past SCGF projects include: creating the
outdoor classroom, installing low-flow shower heads, replacing traditional
light bulbs with CFLs and more. Also, if you’re interested in SCGF, become a
grant officer!
Through donations, bartering, or purchases, local farms give food to
the COTPC to process in the Solar Harvest Center weekly. The goal is
to provide service opportunities for students, create relationships with
local farms, and enhance the food quality at the Dining Hall.
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