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carbon footprinting (they had already this covered in their classroom work), as well as building products recycling (they had heard nothing about this). It was a little bit like a Director of Sustainability career day. The work concluded with an all school panel presentation featuring the school head chef, Brian Scheidegger, responsible for all meal planning (including weekly formal dinners), Les Otten of Maine Energy Systems, a renewable fuels Converse All Star Leather Ox Low Black Mono
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There was an obvious passion for sustainability and the kids really wanted to make a difference. In that context, the outcome of the vote really struck me.
provider, and me.
When the votes were counted, blue napkins were eliminated from formal dinners. The open windows weren mentioned again. Was this a logical choice? If you look at the energy impacts of what was done, they're pretty minor. At best one load of laundry per week was eliminated. Now granted, it doesn cost anything to stop using blue napkins. Adding heat zones to classrooms would be much more expensive. But for carbon impact, if I tell you that the school primary source of heat is 6 Heating oil ( fuel and we assume conservatively that 5% of the heat is wasted where it isn wanted, you probably agree that the carbon footprint reduction achieved by zoned heating would exceed that of eliminating blue napkins by many thousands of percent; and would have a much greater return in overall dollars.
The students clearly cared about sustainability, asking perceptive questions and offering thoughtful suggestions, such as maintaining a supply of reusable shopping bags in each dormitory (apparently the after dinner ice cream run is popular), to the obligatory reminders not to print email unnecessarily. A couple of students mentioned that they often need to open their windows because their dorms and classrooms are Converse Sale Adelaide
If we also sell better and stronger materials and ventilate, not just vent, then we can effect usage of electricity down and keep roofing out of the landfills.
The windows open problem is a fairly classic one for a large facility with an older HVAC system. The fix of course is to separate the heating system into zones, to allow more individual control, so that you don't need to open the windows. For their part, the blue napkins can be washed with the other linens. So eliminating blue napkins would eliminate an extra load of laundry (and take some of the fun out of formal dinners).
Coal ash is even hidden away in shingles and the government is trying to stop that now. The items called fillers are really stabilizers. to keep different asphalts the same, the chemists at GAF make what the physicists want: a constant quality from different materials.
Regular readers know that I cover a wide range of topics with this blog, but this one is really different. I recently conducted a series of workshops on sustainability for Gould Academy, a highly regarded private Converse Tan Leather school located up in Western Maine. I presented to breakout groups of the high school students about a number of topics, including life cycle analysis and Converse Chuck Taylor 2 White
And if we can work together to eliminate the larger sources of wasted energy and materials, it OK to have a little party every so often!
too warm in winter. Another suggested that blue cloth napkins at formal dinners (blue being one of the school colors) be eliminated, since they couldn be washed with the white tablecloths and were thus wasteful.
So the students chose a symbolic gesture without much true sustainability impact and they took a little of the fun out of formal dinners. And I think that too bad. One of the things that I know all too well, studying these issues like I do, is that there are huge drivers of carbon output, with recurring effects many millions of times greater than eliminating blue napkins.
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