James Hayes-Bohanan, Ph.D.
Department of Geography and Center for Sustainability
Revised February 17, 2008
|This page is my part of an ongoing project to improve the
efficiency of energy use at Bridgewater State College. The original
purpose of this page was to provide general resources for
communications students who worked on an educational campaign for the
campus. Those resources have been retained on this page, and additional
resources - related to the January 2002 Energy Awareness &
Conservation Week. Those early efforts helped to prepare the campus
for a much more comprehensive approach, embodied in the Center for Sustainability.
If you have questions or suggestions for this page, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 508-531-2118.
pledge campaign has helped thousands of people to identify steps
that they can take to reduce their energy consumption, yielding both
environmental and national-security
benefits. I discovered that I am already following a number of the
but I found quite a few new things I can do to help!
Be sure to view the "Green Ribbon Flash" movie to see an enlightening comparison between the patriotism of the 1940s and today's softer brand.
The easiest way to change people's energy consumption patterns is to make sure that they pay increased fees for increased usage. For a variety of technical reasons, this is not possible on this campus (or most others). The energy communication project must therefore be aimed at promoting a campus culture that includes conservation of energy and other resources. In the absence of price incentives, another source of motivation is needed. In my experience, people become interested in changing their behavior when they learn about the consequences of choices they make about energy and other resource use.
Most electricity in the Northeast is generated by the burning of coal. This is a relatively abundant fuel, but its use has a variety of environmental consequences, including a contribution to global warming, acid rain, atmospheric haze. The mining of coal may involve significant land clearing, land alterations, and water pollution at the site of the mine.
The following resources are relevant to the presentation:
For a different approach, see the Center for the New American Dream (CNAD), whose motto is "More fun; less stuff."U.S. EPA is on board -- at least in part -- on February 15, 2008 I attended a session of the AAAS Annual Meeting in which Dr. George Gray discussed the EPA research priorities related to sustainability.
|ENERGY STAR is a program of the U.S. EPA that offers businesses and consumers energy efficient solutions. This site provides a variety of messages about energy conservation for different constituencies - including homes, schools, religious congregations, and small businesses.|
To get a lot of information on practical devices for conserving energy and water, go to the Real Goods home page. This company specializes in conservation products ranging from small items such as low-watt compact fluorescent light bulbs and low-flow water nozzles to complete solutions to take your household completely off the grid. One possibility: the college could use its volume buying power to provide energy-saving products to students and employees at a discount.
Early in 2001, the following statement got a fair amount of media attention: Interfaith Call for Energy Conservation and Climate Justice.
Finally, the Alliance for Environmental Innovation works with private companies to implement innovative environmental strategies; some of their ideas may be useful to the campus community.
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