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The environment. This concept alone drove me to decide that Miami is the place for me. Coming from New Jersey, I really wanted to get away from all the pollution and congestion, but also to learn how to fix these problems for the future.

I had little interest in sustainability until my freshman year when I took Environmental Geology with Dr. Hauer, where I learned about climate change, energy consumption, natural disasters, and other physical processes. Now, almost everything I do is directly related to environmental sustainability in and around Oxford.

I’m the faculty adviser to GreenHawks Media, Miami’s student-run environmental media, and a freelance journalist whose passion is the intersection of the environment and business worlds. I’ve been teaching multimedia journalism at Miami since 2004.

Summer a Great Time to Save Energy

With summer approaching, many employees will be out of the office, classrooms and labs for extended periods of time. This is a good time to practice extra energy conservation. The department of physical facilities thanks everyone at Miami for past and current energy conservation efforts and encourages employees to follow a few simple actions to help Miami further its goals toward energy reduction. Look around and turn off or shut down anything that will not be needed for immediate use. Consider turning off lighting if the space will not be occupied for more than 30 minutes. Lighting, in particular, produces a double savings of electricity when it is turned off, because less heat is added to the workspace and therefore less cooling is required. Additionally, turn off computers, displays, printers, copier machines, lab instruments and other equipment at the end of each day. All of these activities help tremendously. Did you know that leaving a computer on overnight costs the university 25 cents? Multiply that by 4,000 desktops on campus and the cost is $1,000 per day. Other conservation actions under way include: the University Senate sustainability subcommittee is working on campus sustainability goals; building points-of-contact have been meeting to help get energy conservation information to their building occupants; and housing, dining and guest services will compete in a statewide residence hall energy competition this November. Visit the “This Makes Sense” website at ThisMakesCents with any comments, questions, or other energy-saving suggestions. 

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