Volume 77, Issue 16
March 3, 2006

Letter to the Editor: Energy Conservation

We've all heard the buzz about energy conservation. We all saw the e-mail. Admittedly, it seems that nothing's changed on campus, and while I can't speak for the administration, I know that others are working for change.

In the meantime, it is possible that students can provide an example for the higher-ups.

In the last issue, a student asked why he should shut his computer off at night. Here's the answer: during the month of April, there will be an Energy Conservation Competition, otherwise known as "George Goes Green."

All residence halls will compete, and at the end of the month, whichever hall reduces their energy consumption by the highest percentage will win. Pretty simple. The residents of the winning hall get a private crab feast, with music and the whole deal just for those residents.

If that's not incentive enough, throughout the month the students with the most creative ideas for conservation will be featured weekly on the front page of the college website. This is your chance to be seen by the entire college community, so start thinking now.

The competition is happening thanks to the cooperation of Building and Grounds, Student Affairs, Dining Services, and the Center for the Environment and Society. So before you presume nothing's happening on campus, be aware that we are, in fact, doing something. With student participation, we can do even more.

Want to see CFLs in the bookstore? Don't even have a thermostat in your hall? Want to know why new buildings aren't being sustainably designed? Ask! Write letters! That's why they give you the magic college directory.

If you have questions, suggestions, or just want to know what's up with the new compost bins, please email me at tholste2@washcoll.edu and I will do my best to respond. Be on the lookout for tips on conservation as we move toward April!

Shannon Holste
Sustainability Intern
WC Junior