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Think again ! You can help prevent cancer by participating in a lifetime Cancer Prevention Study organized by the American Cancer Society.
It won’t cost you any money – just some regular free(!) health checks periodically. Ask Dr. Kiefer for more information (firstname.lastname@example.org) and visit the website of the study. You too can help save lives !
Sustainability Singers: the Video !
The residence halls have gone quiet, and hallways are looking empty. But while leaving for the summer, a great number of Women’s College students did a good deed in the process. Collection boxes placed in collaboration between Brenau’s Sustainability Center and the Student Services Office filled up with women’s clothing, shoes, household articles and school supplies.
“We’re thrilled that so many students participated in our ‘Don’t trash it – donate it!’ campaign,” said Dr. Rudi Kiefer, director of sustainability. “This is the first time we’ve done this experiment, and the response has been excellent. It seemed a logical connection, too, to give our Women’s College an avenue for helping an organization that’s largely focused on aiding women from the community.”
The Gateway Domestic Violence Center, previously known as Gateway House, has been serving the area since the 1980’s. A significant part of its revenue is provided by sales through two thrift stores, which will receive the goods donated by Brenau students.
“The thrift stores are an important part of our operation,” said director Jessica Butler. “Everything we have is donated from the community. We’re very pleased that the Brenau students have been so responsible and supportive. Also, we encourage faculty and staff to donate items that are no longer wanted or needed but in sell able condition.”
Just recently, the Gateway Domestic Violence Center generated friendly attention at the Brenau Sustainability Fair with the display and sale of items hand-made by its residents. Future events are likely to further strengthen collaborative efforts between the Sustainability effort and Gateway.
“This is awesome!” said Dana Cole, president of Mu Sigma Chi, the science society at Brenau. “I’m proud that there has been such a positive response by our fellow Women’s College students.”
After a last look around the residence hall collection sites, all donations are scheduled to be delivered to the Park Hill store, with proceeds to benefit the women’s shelter.
Brenau saves water – ten thousand gallons at a time
How does that work?
The Maintenance Department is in the process of replaced older 3-gallon flush toilets. During any renovation or if a toilet has a problem, it gets replaced with a modern 1.6 gallon flush model.
What does that save?
Say you live in a household where 4 people share one bathroom. They flush the toilet 5 times a day each. The water savings is: (5*4*3 gal.)- (5*4*1.6)=28 gal. per day. In one calendar year, that comes to 10,227 gallons of water saved – by replacing one single toilet fixture !
“How many i’s in “sustainability?” a student asked as she made notes during a lecture.
Figuratively, like the word “team,” there should not be any. Sustainability isn’t about “you” or “me,” but those who come after us.
The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency provides the operative definition these days: Sustainability is meeting the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”
Severe storms are likely from now until May. Do you know where the campus shelters are?
Click here to look them up by building.
Contact us! Dr. Rudi Kiefer is director of Brenau’s sustainability effort. 770-534-6166 – email@example.com
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Read the Gainesville Times article about the recent panel discussion – Earth Day Forum.