The picture/quote above went really well with the reading on fostering sustainable behavior… there’s even a sort of green hue going on in there.
While doing the assigned reading and looking over the VCU Sustainability website I’ve had a few thoughts. I haven’t been able to flesh them out into anything more than observations as of yet, but before they flee my mind here are some:
- I had no idea that VCU was the “greenest” university in Virginia.
- I don’t know why I find them so fascinating but the “big mouth” trash bins on campus that alert when they’re full as well as other green benefits sound awesome. I’m going to keep an eye out so I can use them.
- I was looking at the building energy dashboard website, that breaks down the Kwh used for each VCU building, and I noticed that Sander Hall was unusually high. I didn’t know what was in the building, but upon finding out that Technology Services was there, it made a lot of sense.
- I find it very interesting that the idea of saving money did not bring about behavior changes in most people…In this recession people would still prefer to stick with the same routine as opposed to altering their behavior a little to save money? Those must be the people still buying the $300 pairs of shoes, I guess.
- Only 8 out of 40 people used their energy efficient light bulbs?!? They were handed to them. I just can’t understand why it would be so difficult to install them.
- It took me so long to change my own behaviors when it came to turning the faucet off while I brushed my teeth and other such activities. That being said, when reading all of this info on sustainability I realized that I turned off the faucet without a second thought now. Just a little self reflection
Well that’s about all I have for now. I look forward to meeting with Jacek Ghosh, from the Office of Sustainability tonight in class.