Sustainable Summer Travel Issue
By Molly Beeman
With the weather warming, vacations beginning and the cessation of classes (for most), it can be more of a challenge to find sustainable options .
This issue is devoted to assisting the summer vacationer and traveler in continuing the best possible sustainable and green practices through this "laid back" time of year.
Summer time is traditionally a time for travel, which presents a unique set of challenges to the sustainably minded. Not every location and destination offer options for opportunities to recycle, reduce and reuse. Below are some tips and tricks to help think green during travel:
Choose "Green" Options for both travel and hotel stays: Many hotels and motels offer comprehensive sustainability options. Some states require that hotels offer conservation as a part of a state mandate for all hoteliers. Click here to learn more about sustainable hotels and resorts.
Choose low emission forms of travel: Long distance travel, whether by plane or auto when on vacation can really rack up the emissions. For lower emissions options and information, click here. The website hosted by Sighline Institute has some great options to help inform travelers of their best options.
How to recycle when on the road: One needs only to leave one's home to discover that all is not equal when it comes to options for recycling. About.com offers some concrete solutions and helpful tips on recycling when traveling. Click here for more information.
Sustainable Camping: Those who like to "sleep in the dirt" rejoice!!! Camping locally (or even nationally) can be a very sustainable option for vacation. Take the trane to a state or national park--low emission travel! Sleep in a tent w/o using electricity, cook over camp stove, wear layers for warmth at night for low emissions accomodations. Bring along a bike for local destination travel and the trip is a "greenie" dream! Click here, here and here for options for summer events with a sustainable focus.
Most important of all, remember that in addition to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle, during summer months, it is imperative to relax!!!
Have a wonderful summer!!
EVCC Efficiency Projects
EvCC's Liberty Hall (a replacement project for the aging EvCC Index Quad buildings) is nearly complete! This 55,000 squarefoot building will be EvCC's third
high efficiency LEED rated building project. This building has two high efficiency grants applications in process.
- EvCC's Lead Electrician, Steve Lyons is working on EvCC's 44th efficency upgrade. This upgrade will likely put EvCC's cumulative electricity savings at more that 1.5 million KW.
- EvCC Rainier Boiler Project (Completed): Everett Community College recently completed a project to install more efficient heating systems to Rainier Hall. Previously connected to the campus boiler system, Rainier Hall now has an individual boiler. This project was partially funded by a 162K Department of Commerce grant. The ESCO (Energy Services Company) for this project was McKinstry.
- EvCC's Corporate and Continuing Education Center (CCEC): Both PUD (lighting) and PSE (HVAC) have received applications for efficiency for this project. More information will become available as the project gets nearer to completion.
- EvCC's Shuksan Hall building has had a boiler installed, removing it from the main campus boiler system. The new boiler will provide a higher level of occupant comfort and save both money and energy.
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