Archive for April, 2010

Earth Love 101

This year marks a special milestone, as we celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day on April 22nd. Though most people have heard of Earth Day, many are unaware of what it truly represents, and how each individuals actions can impact our Earth.

Here at the University of Albany, we are hoping to change that. Our office of Environmental Sustainability, assisted by Student Sustainability Council members, Task Force members, faculty and staff, and local patrons, will host this year’s Earth Love 101.  Taking place from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the Campus Center, this interactive day will feature a Clothing and Purse Swap, Farmer’s Market, Student Performances and Exhibitors Forum, and a performance of “Sustainability, the Musical” by St. Rose student performers.  The day will end with a Panel Forum on the Year in Environmental Sustainability, featuring Professor Steven Leibo, personally trained by former Vice President Al Gore to give updates on climate change, and Professor John Delano, a student favorite with expertise in renewable energy, solar power, and environmental science.

This event is free and open to the public, and is a great opportunity to learn more about sustainable practices, energy, environmental issues, and much more. 

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My excellent solar adventure #3

I’ve called a few companies to get quotes on a solar panel system. It’s a challenge as there are surprisingly a lot of choices and it’s hard to know who to contact. I picked some larger names that I had heard of before and knew people who had used their services and a couple of smaller businesses. Of the smaller ones, one had its number disconnected and the other did not particpate as a NYSERDA approved installer so I moved onto the more established ones. I called each of them and made appointments with two. One of the more prominent installers, that sometimes offers a coupon in the Sunday paper for a free consult, called me back but despite returning their calls twice, I did not hear back from them. As a result, I will have two installers coming to my house and taking a look to see if it is a candidate for solar panels. Each one is charging an initial consulting fee of approximately $100. So while it’s good to shop around, it can get costly.