The hidden cost of mountaintop removal mining, addressed through fiction, has turned Ann Pancake into a prizewinning author and a different kind of environmentalist. Pancake shares her work and her ideas as Albion College's 2011 Yinger Family Lecturer on Thursday, March 17.
Albion's tree lighting this year brightens campus in more ways than one, providing holiday cheer both to the Quad and to the energy-conscious. LED tree lights illuminate the Quad using just 96 watts, compared to the 7,000 required for the old lights.
Putting a little green into the holiday season is the goal of Albion's Sustainability Committee, which offers the following ideas:
The College raises a glass – of water – to its 2010-11 Year of Sustainability with the kickoff of "Back to the Tap." Filtered water stations have been installed around campus, to support the use of reusable containers and cut down on bottled water consumption.
Albion College's facilities operations division has been one of the campus leaders in making bold leaps to guarantee a green future for the community as it has included energy saving and material conservation features into its renovated headquarters building near the intersection of Huron and Porter streets.
To conserve electricity, the building includes a daylight harvesting feature in which interior lights turn off when monitors in the room sense a certain amount of daylight and thermostats allow for high efficiency heating and cooling. Materials were conserved as the carpeting in the building is composed of a high level of plastic to reduce the amount of the material placed in the trash.
Another feature, a vegetated roof or eco-roof covering over the awning, was installed after the plants were delivered May 15 as the department continues to experiment with green technologies for flat roofs.