Sustainability is about ecology, economy and equity.- Ralph Bicknese

SPU Deemed Green

thumb-plant3SPU has been included in The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges. The Guide looked for colleges that demonstrated a “strong commitment to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation.” This follows in SPU’s pattern, the school recently achieving several green feats for the year of 2012. It was easy to spot a class centered around sustainability when I took a quick glance at what was available next quarter in the Engineering Science category (frightening and unknown territory for this English major), finding Alternative Energy Systems (EGR 3611). The class is described as an exploration of alternative energy sources and has an encouraging amount of seats open: zero. Continue reading

Homebound Passivity

passveImagine watching a silent movie in color and you might get a sense for what it would be like to watch the world go by from inside a passive house, a super-insulated and energy efficient home that renders any outside noise completely inaudible, also keeping the air incredibly fresh and the temperature a comfortable 70-74 degrees year-round, all while using a fraction of the energy consumed by the average house. Continue reading