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Climate Change exhibition

If your travels take you into New York, check out the new exhibition at the American Museum of Natural History.  “Climate Change: The Threat to Life and the New Energy Future,” opened on October 18th and will run through next August.  “Yes, climate has changed throughout Earth’s long history, but this time it is different. For the first time, complex human societies are facing the consequences of climate change worldwide. Plant and animal species already threatened by fragmented habitats are feeling the impact. And for the first time, humans are causing it. Can we avoid disastrous climate change by altering the way we live? There is still time. But it will take a worldwide effort, lasting generations. And it needs to start now. ”

If you aren’t able to make the trip in to see the exhibit, check out the web site, which provides a full description of the exhibition, additional resources, and an exhibition blog.

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Taking the Pledge

Yale community members are invited to Take the Sustainability Pledge and join others who are taking personal actions to reduce our collective impact.  With Yale’s staff, faculty, and students numbering around 21, 000, this is no small impact!  While not everyone may choose to make their name available on the roster of who has pledged so far, it’s surprising to see how few faculty members have signed-up – so take the pledge and spread the word!

Filling Your Fridge — Locally

There are a number of ways New Haven residents can find local produce, from farmers’ markets at Wooster Square and downtown to local retailers.  A new site, Buy CT Grown, now offers a quick and easy way to find out what’s in season and where to find it – all year ‘round.

As CitySeed, Inc. explains, “Buy CT Grown’s mission is to link Connecticut’s food and agricultural community including farmers, consumers, restaurants and retailers to: celebrate and promote Connecticut grown farm products, grow the local economy, and enhance the quality of life in our state.”

Buy CT Grown is a project of CitySeed, Inc. and the Buy CT Grown Advisory Team.  For more information about Buy CT Grown click here.

stumbling towards a green infrastructure

A lovely and much-anticipated bike rack arrived at the off-site space today, made of recycled plastic (not only ecological but unattractive to scrap metal thieves).

Unfortunately there’s no way to park a bike on it. Our bike commuters couldn’t wrangle an angle that would get a U-lock around the bike and the rack.

Facilities is on the case and hopefully we’ll soon have something that functions. Our parameters are somewhat limited at the off-site space since the owners of the building are not on board with the University-wide green initiatives. They are content to devote resources to car parking but don’t give a hoot about cyclists.

Until then we’re left wondering — what’s the deal with manufacturers who make bike racks that don’t fit bikes? This is a wider problem that discourages cycling. Take a look sometime at bike parking around campus and you’ll see scores of bikes falling over, being damaged, crammed into inappropriate racks. Because, um, the bike racks don’t fit bikes.

What’s that in the sky?

When the Northridge earthquake caused the loss of electrical power in Los Angeles in 1994, Joe Sharkey reported recently in the New York Times, officials received calls from anxious residents who saw a “giant silvery cloud” in the sky.  They were told not to worry, that what they were seeing was the Milky Way galaxy.  Many city dwellers rarely see stars in the night sky.  Even in New Haven, it is difficult to see many stars at night due to what is called light pollution, excessive exterior lighting that shines up into the sky.  Many individuals, businesses and communities are finding ways to improve their viewing of the night sky by using recommendations from The International Dark-Sky Association.

15 minute bike map

Thanks to Holly Parker, Yale’s Director of Sustainable Transportation Systems, for sharing this 15-minute commute map during a Yale University Library-wide convening of “green-minded” librarians. The circles represent the radius within which pedestrians (inner circle) and bicyclists (outer circle) can commute to the central Yale campus within 15 minutes.

Note too, the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies’ Getting Around by Bike resource page.

Every little drip counts!

The drip, drip, drip of that pesky kitchen faucet is annoying, but did you ever wonder how much water was just going down the drain?  The U. S. Geological Survey has a handy Web site where you can calculate just how much water is being wasted.