The Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) Community is gathering on September 15th at the Portland Public Library for our 2012 Annual Meeting, and you’re invited to join us!
What’s on the agenda?
- Panel Discussion on the “Pretty Good House.”
- Tour of Portland Public Library’s high performance systems.
- Walking tours of nearby buildings with sustainable design.
- Remarks from the NESEA Board and Executive Director.
- Reception and networking.
Visit http://www.nesea.org/meetups/ to get signed up.
Since the official announcement from President Tony Monaco last February, members of the Campus Sustainability Council have been getting busy as each of the three working groups (focusing on Water, Energy/Emissions and Waste) began holding their regular meetings.
The Water Working Group
met for the first time on March 2nd
and reviewed its roles and responsibilities, which include reviewing current usage, existing initiatives and goals, as well as creating recommendations for goals and implementation plans to present to the Campus Sustainability Council.
The group found that very few institutions of higher education have any public water-related goals. In fact, Johns Hopkins is one of a rare few that have a specific goal (to decrease university wide potable water consumption by 3%). The members also learned that many water-saving initiatives at Tufts are already underway, including:
- Efforts to use ground water for irrigation
- Low-flow shower heads in all Medford and Boston residence halls
- Bathroom upgrades in Medford residence halls which include dual flush or low flush toilets
- On‐going Medford campus condensate loss reduction efforts
- Front Load washing machines requiring less water, energy and detergent installed in most residence hall laundry rooms
- Rain barrels installed at 520 Boston Avenue to capture roof run‐off for landscape irrigation
The working group members discussed the differences between Tufts’ campuses, regulatory and compliance issues, the environmental impact of wastewater, ways to evaluate proposed solutions and appropriate metrics for evaluation.
Scott Horsley, a lecturer in the Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning department, and Bob Burns, Director of Tufts Facilities Services, are the co-chairs of the water working group and will be working to guide the group towards specific “SMART” goals for the university over the coming months. Sustainability standards will be incorporated into all proposals for new construction and renovation projects.
As always, Tufts community members are welcome to add their own suggestions for the working group through the easy, on-line form available on the Office of Sustainability’s website.