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New year’s resolution: save energy

With the new year, many people make personal resolutions to improve their lives. Terry Ryan, director of energy systems operations for Facility Operations, would like people to make a resolution to help improve Washington State University by conserving energy.“We’ve been working on energy conservation for a number of years,” he said. “The university always had an ongoing conservation program.”Lately, Ryan and others from FacOps have been reminding people to conserve. They have held meetings to help educate people on the energy costs at WSU and the impact of high energy consumption.“Utility costs take money from other core program needs,” Ryan said. “If we can reduce … » More …

Natural resource scholars to speak on environment issues

Keith Blatner, professor and chair of the Department of Natural Resource Sciences at WSU, and Roje S. Gootee, a WSU doctoral candidate, will speak on the “Committee for Environmental Research, Education and Outreach (CEREO): A Brief Overview” on April 12.The lecture, which is sponsored by the Thomas S. Foley Institute, is part of the Environmental Studies Colloquium Group Brown Bag Lecture Series. The event will take place from noon to 2 p.m. in CUE room 518, and lunch will be provided.CEREO has focused on providing aid to those performing environmental research, education and outreach. Its primary mission has been to promote system-wide interdisciplinary environmental scholarship … » More …

Energy experts available at oil depletion conference

Global Oil Depletion and Implications for the Pacific Northwest is the title of an Oct. 4-5 conference that will feature world and national energy experts analyzing energy outlooks and conservation strategies.  The conference, presented by Washington State University’s Thomas S. Foley Institute for Public Policy and Public Service, will be held at the Davenport Hotel in Spokane. A complete conference schedule and information on the speakers and panel discussion subjects is available online at http://capps.wsu.edu/globaloil/. All press conferences will be held in the hotel’s Porter Room.Three keynote speakers will hold a press conference from 1:45 to 2:15 p.m. Oct. 5 to discuss the geophysical and geopolitical … » More …

WSU to purchase Magpie Forest

In celebration of Earth Day, 2005, Washington State University announced April 22 its plans to purchase Magpie Forest, a 14-acre patch of endangered Palouse Prairie still surviving on the northern edge of Pullman.Magpie Forest has long been valued by local conservation groups and researchers for the rich biological diversity of its native plants, but the explosive growth of housing in Pullman caused many to worry that the land soon would be divided up for housing developments.Mel Taylor, director of special projects and external relations for WSU Business Affairs, said, “Faculty, local conservation groups and city officials all strongly supported the purchase and conservation of Magpie Forest … » More …

It’s not easy staying green in Pullman

It’s the end of a hit, dry summer on the Palouse, and about 20,000 students, faculty and staff have returned to campus. Imagine the amount of water they consume by drinking, cooking, showering, laundering and flushing.Do you picture the water table dropping? If so you will be surprised to learn that when the students leave the campus in May water usage generally increases. When they return to campus in the gall water usage typically decreases. During the summer, explains Terry Ryan, WSU’s energy manager, the university uses large volumes of water to keep 467 acres of landscaping and playfields green and to cool buildings offices, … » More …