Campus environmental group energizes sustainability

November 3, 2013 by  
Filed under Wind Energy Tips

The leaves are changing colors, days are getting shorter and people’s attention is shifting to the environment. With October being Campus Sustainability Month, the College at Brockport is focusing on what its campus is doing to be environmentally proactive.

The front runner of these eco-friendly practices is the student organization known as the Environmentally Conscious Organization for Society (ECOS).

“We are a group of passionate and active environmentally aware students from all different backgrounds and majors,” Dave Holland, president of ECOS, wrote in an email. “The mission of ECOS is to create an organization in Brockport concerned with the environment actively working to increase environmental actions on campus through promotion, events and educational activities. We are happy to include anyone in our group as long as they live a green lifestyle and work to inspire green actions in others.”
Holland says the group has many events to inspire eco-friendly attitudes, such as hiking at Letchworth State Park, a trip to the Rochester Planetarium, Campus Sustainability Day, America Recycles Day and Earth Week including a tree giveaway of more than 200 saplings. Although the Letchworth trip has already passed, ECOS still has many more events to offer.

Campus Sustainability Day is going on all day today. You might have already seen or experienced some of the happenings on campus, but there’s still plenty to do.

ECOS, in collaboration with the Sustainability Task Force and Brockport Auxiliary Service Corporation (BASC), celebrate Campus Sustainability Day not only to raise student awareness but to show students what the campus has done to make it environmentally friendly. ECOS invites students to tour Thompson Hall and learn about all the “green” specifications that were built into the Thompson and MacVicar renovations, according to the schedule on BASC’s website.

Missing out on today’s events doesn’t mean you can’t still be proactive.

“Reduce, reuse, recycle,” Holland said when offering tips on how to make a difference. “Don’t buy or accept things that you do not need and know will go to waste. Print double-sided, carpool, turn your lights off when leaving a room. Find new ways to use something before you throw it away. See the value in trash, understand that you can use things more than one time, bring a reusable bag when shopping. Aluminum and glass can be recycled infinitely. Paper can be recycled seven times. A stack of newspapers three feet tall is equivalent to one tree.”
Being eco-friendly is a lifestyle change and means breaking out of an everyday routine. Cal Township offers 26 tips on how to be eco-friendly such as skipping red meat once a week, installing a better showerhead and buying green power to power your utilities.

Wind and solar power harness reusable energy in order to power your home instead of traditional sources such as burning coal.

Wind power uses wind energy to power a turbine that produces electricity, but it involves installing very large windmills that are often complained about by the windmill’s neighbors due to the noise. Solar power captures the sun’s energy using large solar panels that react under the sun’s light to produce a charge. The only problem is that it can’t produce power when the sun is out.

The Solana solar power plant in Arizona not only uses the sun’s light but also its thermal energy. Heat lingers longer than light and allows the plant to produce energy six hours after sundown. This is a major step forward for 24-hour solar power.


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