Today is Blog Action Day, an annual event uniting the world’s bloggers around the issue of climate change with the aim of sparking discussion around an issue of global importance. Sustainability and environmental awareness are incredibly important issues here at Tufts, and Web Communications is no exception.
Here is a neat little tidbit: Did you know that darker website color schemes can save energy? Mark Ontkush estimates that if the homepage of Google.com went black, we would save 750 megawatt hours per year. Someone even created Blackle, a black-backgrounded version of Google. This information makes us doubly proud of the darker hues that mark the new Tufts.edu, a page that many folks on campus load up daily.
What else can you do? University Information Technology publishes a helpful set of Energy Saving Guidelines for Personal Computers [PDF], with tips on how you can adjust your day-to-day computing habits to save energy.
To complete our Blog Action Day contribution, here are some fun green facts about our office:
- One time, on a summer Friday, six of us wanted to go to Davis Square for lunch. Rather than take two cars, I volunteered to reduce our carbon footprint and ride my bike to and from the restaurant, and a friendly challenge about who would make it there first ensued. I am proud to note that I was both the first person to arrive at the restaurant and the first person to return to the office. Bikes FTW!
- Honorary Web Comm member/actual Photography staffer Joanie is an Eco-Ambassador, so she keeps us in line when it comes to being environmentally friendly.
- We have a fake ficus in our office with Christmas lights on it, but the Christmas lights run on a timer so we don’t leave them on overnight. It gives our office cheer year round!
- We also work in an office with timers on the lights, so if there is no one around the lights will turn off. Of course, that means they also turn off if you happen to be relatively still for a short while…
Check out our Blog Action Day post on Jumble, where we’ll hopefully be aggregating more Blog Action Day content from the Tufts community.