Monday, April 21, 2008

Earth Day at UGA

Check out UGA's Facebook event for more details!!!

Captain Planet Carnival: Earth Day 2008 TOMORROW!!!

"Come on over to frolic and playIn the land of Tate Plaza on Earth Day!As we celebrate some global greening,Your love for Captain Planet will gain new meaning!Earth, Fire, Heart, Water, and WindShall combine powers and thus, beginthe funkiest carnival Tate's ever seensponsored by the alliance named GO GREEN!"

Please join us this Tuesday, April 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for an Earth Day carnival as we unite with other campus organizations and departments to celebrate environmental sustainability. There will be free food, live music, prizes, games, and special guests, including Mayor Heidi Davison and UGA's Hairy Dawg! You do not want to miss this fun, free event with Captain Planet-themed carnival booths. Captain Planet himself will be making an appearance! So come grab some green cotton candy, play recycled-can toss, and learn more about how to live an eco-friendly lifestyle this Tuesday!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

An Oldie but a Goodie: CFLs

I know the buzz about CFLs (Compact Flourescent Lightbulbs) is long over, but it is one of the easiest things we can do to increase our efforts for the environment. According to Energy Star the website

If every American home replaced just one light bulb with an ENERGY STAR qualified bulb, we would save enough energy to light more than 3 million homes for a year, more than $600 million in annual energy costs, and prevent greenhouse gases equivalent to the emissions of more than 800,000 cars.

This effort is so simple and so effective and here is what's really exciting. At this year's Earth Day celebration: Captain Planet Carnival on Tuesday, April 22 at Tate Center from 10 a.m to 3 p.m. you can come a get a CFL for free. Georgia Power and Atlanta Halco Lighting will be on site handing out CFLs. All you have to do is sign a pledge stating you will change an old inefficient light bulb for a CFL.

This is only a small portion of the energy-efficient prizes that will be available on Earth Day. So mark your calendars and get excited to come by Tate, next Tuesday and celebrate good ole' Mother Earth!! More exciting details about the celebration to come...

~Kate Griffin

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Sustainability Resolution

Here is a summarized version of the Sustainability Resolution:

Purpose:  A resolution supporting the Student-Initiated Proposal for Sustainable Practices at the University of Georgia. 

WHEREAS issues regarding sustainability are of increasing importance nation- and worldwide; 

WHEREAS the University of Georgia has a social responsibility to adopt more sustainable practices as a progressive institution; 

WHEREAS many of UGA’s peer and aspirational institutions have already begun to successfully adopt the measures outlined in the Proposal for Sustainable Practices; 

WHEREAS the UGA Ecology Club, the Environmental Health Science Club, the Go Green Alliance, UGA Herpetological Society, UGA Society for Conservation Biology, Students for Environmental Awareness, and Speak Out for Species all support the Student-Initiated Proposal for Sustainable Practices at the University of Georgia; 

Be it resolved that the Student Government Association of the University of Georgia 

SUPPORTS the measures outlined in the Student-Initiated Proposal for Sustainable Practices at the University of Georgia; 

ENCOURAGES the adoption of sustainable practices on campus by students, faculty, and staff; 

URGES the administration of the University of Georgia to help create a more sustainable campus.

~ Natalie Webb

Go Vote Green at SLC room 214!

Hello green-minded friends,

There is an awesome opportunity to vote in support of Go Green Alliance's Sustainability Resolution with Student Government Association tonight!  

The SGA Senate will be voting on this resolution in SLC room 214 at 7 p.m. It would be incredibly beneficial if as many of you as possible would come to speak on behalf of the Resolution. Clearly, Chris Morphis (your Ecology senator) and President Connor McCarthy are absolutely in support of the Resolution, but Connor does not have a vote in Senate and Chris is only 1 of 35 voting members. 

Please come-- I want this and I know you do! We can make a difference!

The power of sustainability is yours...

~Natalie Webb

Friday, April 11, 2008

Laundry... who knew?

The next time you're doing laundry, take a minute to think about your environmental impact. Beyond thoughts like "I really hope this sweater doesn't shrink" and "Wow, this detergent smells like a fresh summer day," pause and consider some of the facts below. Take a minute to check out the two new PSAs in our Power of One series to learn more (and maybe have a laugh!).

Beware of the lint monster!

Cleaning your lint filter can increase dryer efficiency by up to 30% and save a household up to $40 per year.

Some things are just better cold...

90% of the energy used when washing clothes goes to heating the water. Use cold water. Reduce your impact.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Delta to celebrate Earth Day with carbon neutrality

If you won't be celebrating Earth Day with us at UGA because you're traveling via air, take advantage of this opportunity to go green with Delta.

According to an e-mail sent to its SkyMiles members, Delta will partner with The Conservation Fund to "match all carbon offset donations made via during the month of April."

When you contribute to its Go Zero program, The Conservation Fund plants trees to offset carbon emissions resulting from your flight. So if you participate in Delta's matching program, they'll plant double the trees!

According to The Conservation Fund information on the Delta site:

  • A contribution of $5.50, which results in the planting of one tree "in a protected park or national wildlife refuge," will offset carbon emissions from your roundtrip flight of approximately 1,320 miles.

So if you fly Delta this month, practice carbon neutrality and plant two trees for only $5.50.