Thursday, March 5, 2015
Save the date for a hands on workshop at the Gallaudet Garden on Saturday, March 28th from 9-12 titled "Introduction to Biointensive Food Production".
Taught by University of DC's Research Farm Director, Che Axum. Open to the public. Only 25 spots, so be sure to reserve yours!
Also check out our FB page: Gallaudet's Garden- Green Grow
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Green Gallaudet organization is in progress of installing light switch cover all buildings on campus! Within few weeks, we came up with four light switch covers options and we NEED you to VOTE one out of four covers.
Please copy and paste the link below this:
And vote it wisely!
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Green Gallaudet team
Monday, November 28, 2011
DON'T FORGET...DON'T FORGET...
Be there and get involved!
Monday, November 21, 2011
The next workshop will include different topics including:
Saturday, November 12, 2011
Student Body Government, Bon Appetit and GSR 300 are sponsoring a day trip to Even' Star Organic Farm in Lexington Park, Maryland. Bon Appetit will provide free breakfast and free lunch, and the transportation will be provided as well!
This unique farm is a highly diverse certified organic farm-- growing over 120 varieties of vegetables, fruits, herbs and flowers.
Got kids? No problem! This will be a wonderful opportunity for the kids to learn and explore more about the organic farm!!
WHEN? This SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12th!!
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in going!
Meet at Benson Hall Circle at 7:50am this Saturday, November 12th SHARP!
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Friday, October 28, 2011
-18 people showed up and we have 52 members that already paid.
-We will be working on getting water bottles and recycle green bags so we can get $$ for Green Gallaudet
-Organic T-Shirt will be ordered tomorrow so it should arrive within 2 weeks or so!
-President of Green Gallaudet will be working on getting official office for Green Gallaudet, solar panel, stickies, greenhouse, and painting trash bins to Blue and Buff colors.
-The main goal of Green Gallaudet for this semester is to set stability.
-We made $176.38 profit from selling smoothies and old Green Gallaudet T-shirt during homecoming day!
Green Gallaudet team
Saturday, October 22, 2011
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Friday, October 7, 2011
Green Gallaudet want YOU to...
... go to survey link
... take your time looking around the survey
... vote one logo out of 5 logos!
and CAN you do that?
Copy, paste this link to new window:
Your VOTE is very IMPORTANT to us!
(DEADLINE to vote by Oct. 9, Sunday evening)
Monday, September 26, 2011
IN YOUR CAFÉ
Once a year, Bon Appétit Management Company issues an “Eat Local Challenge” to all of our chefs. On Tuesday, September 27th, come to your café and enjoy a dinner that is made completely of ingredients from within a 150 mile radius of the café. This act, while seemingly simple, has far reaching implications.
At Bon Appétit Management Company, everything starts with flavor; we are committed to creating food that simply tastes good. Food that is grown locally is fresher and dramatically more flavorful than food that is harvested early so it can be transported great distances. Locally produced food is picked at the height of freshness, often making it to market within 24 hours of being picked, while food from non-local sources may have been in transit for more than seven days and been warehoused for many months. Have you ever eaten berries straight from the field or picked an apple right off the tree? Wouldn’t you like all your produce to taste like that? On September 27th it will!
Local farmers, who use more sustainable growing practices, act as stewards of the land. By buying from local growers you help support sustainable farming practices that nourish and replenish the local land rather than stripping it. You have the power to ensure that the food you buy is produced in a manner that steers away from pesticides, hormones, and antibiotics.
The purchases you make can have a profound impact on your community. The family farm is dying and when the family farm dies so too does our agricultural heritage. However, if you eat locally then you are simultaneously investing in your own community and helping to preserve local farmers and artisans ensuring that their traditions continue. If you buy local, you are helping to ensure that we can savor these authentic flavors in the future.
There are many other reasons to eat local, and on Tuesday, September 27th while grabbing your dinner, pause to find out more about how your food choices impact our local and global communities.
Location: Community Garden
Time: 4:30pm – 7:30pm
For more information on food and sustainability sustainability, visit www.cafebonappetit.com.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Taking a few cost-saving measures and multiplying them by many people can amount to big savings when it comes to utilities consumption. By keeping mindful of this equation, every member of the campus community can play an important role in helping Gallaudet reduce its utility costs.
Next to salaries and benefits, utilities-electricity, gas, oil, and water--represent the University's largest expense. Gallaudet projects that it will spend approximately $8.2 million on utilities this year-twice the rate of five years ago. The University's Facilities Department is aggressively taking steps to reduce the amount of utilities the campus consumes, and in a May 26 email, Vice President for Administration and Finance Paul Kelly encouraged the community to join in these efforts. The campus received good news in a July 21 follow-up email from Kelly, who said that these measures are beginning to pay off--Gallaudet expects to save $500,000 on its utility bills by the end of the fiscal year on September 30.
This is only the beginning. The University is reviewing a number of additional steps to take in reducing its utilities consumption, and a vital part of this important initiative relies on the community's participation. The utilities market is a volatile one-a hurricane that disrupts an off-shore oil refinery, the current massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, or the high demand for electricity caused by this summer's record-breaking heat wave can cause energy prices to soar. While consumers' bills are dependent on market fluctuations, the impact can be lessened if everyone on campus takes a few simple but effective measures.
The primary ways that Gallaudet has saved money on energy costs to date are by renegotiating its electricity and natural gas contracts with Hess Energy Services for a combined savings of $200,000 in June compared with June 2009, and through participating in the Load Demand Response program. The latter is a partnership the University has with Hess to reduce electrical usage during peak demand-noon to 8 p.m. The program requires participants to turn off nonessential lights, office equipment, and appliances so that residences and small businesses can avoid disruption in service. In return, Gallaudet receives a monthly royalty check. In the 15 months that Gallaudet has been involved in the program, it has been required to reduce energy use on two days when the temperature soared--June 11 and July 7. "I'm very satisfied with the results," said Stephen Kalmus, Gallaudet's manager of utility services. "There was great cooperation from the campus; everybody seemed enthusiastic about doing their part."
Gallaudet recently had a six-month energy study conducted by Johnson Controls, Inc. that resulted in a 1,000-page report on ways the campus can reduce energy use. The recommendations, which would cost $12 million to implement, would result in a savings of $2 million annually, meaning that it wouldn't take long for the University to recoup the initial expense and begin making substantial savings. The report is now being reviewed by the administration.
Facilities has established an energy committee that meets regularly to discuss ways to reduce energy consumption. As a result, a number of steps have been taken, and others are under consideration. For example, air conditioning and lighting have been discontinued during the summer months in unoccupied residence halls at the University and the Clerc Center. In addition, the temperature to the chillers that provide air conditioning to campus buildings has been raised a couple of degrees. Regarding future measures, Facilities is looking at reducing the University's fleet of service vehicles, installing low flow toilets, efficient shower heads, and faucets, installing efficient lighting systems, reducing irrigation system usage, coordinating with Clerc Center and University pool supervisors to reduce water heating over the summer, and enhancing campus environmental controls to better monitor mechanical systems. Additionally, reducing heating and air conditioning levels to campus buildings on evenings, weekends, and holidays will result in savings. Because lighting accounts for 28 percent of energy costs, another option being discussed is installing motion detectors in offices and public areas that would shut off lights automatically if no movement is sensed for a predetermined period of time-say, 30 minutes. The lights could be reactivated with the wave of a hand, or an override switch could simply turn off the system.
While large-scale plans such as these can result in a dramatic reduction in energy use, every member of the campus community can do his or her part to contribute to the effort. Facilities has compiled a list of some simple steps that people can take to help Gallaudet.
• Incandescent lights should be turned off immediately when they aren't needed. This type of lighting has largely been phased out at Gallaudet in favor of fluorescent lighting. According to Kalmus, fluorescent lights require about 15 minutes to reach full power, so he recommends leaving them on unless the area will be unoccupied for a longer period of time.
• If an area receives sufficient natural light, keep the lights off during the day.
• Turn off computers, copiers, and other office machines when not in use.
• Turn off heat and air conditioning units when leaving for the day.
• To ensure that the above steps are followed, assign the last person leaving the office for the day the responsibility of shutting off all lights and heat or air conditioning.
• Report running toilets, dripping faucets, and other sources of water that is being wasted.
• Don't use personal appliances; instead use those already on hand in residence halls or office kitchens.
"As you can tell, energy stewardship is not just a Facilities team solution but a community solution that I am confident we all can contribute to set our campus up for energy savings success," said Dr. Mel Batten-Mickens, executive director of Facilities. "As our team of talented engineers design and plan increased facility technologies we will be able to provide increased data analysis to develop solid foundations to further support improvement areas that will enable our campus to age gracefully with an efficient operation."