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Old 10-26-2009, 01:05 PM
Theresa M. Ellis Theresa M. Ellis is offline
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Smile Energy Fast in Seminary Hall - Oct 28

What is an Energy Fast?

An energy fast is a day where all of us take a symbolic step to express our concern over energy issues. When you enter Seminary Hall on October 28th, 2009, we invite you to join us in following these simple guidelines to the best of your ability:

- Conduct your classes without lights if possible. Most of our classrooms have beautiful windows that allow for plenty of natural light for reading and writing.

- Refrain from using classroom technology for the day such as overhead projectors, PowerPoint presentations, and video machines.

- Leave your laptops at home. Or, at a very minimum, use this day to reset your energy saving settings on your computer and operate your computer's monitor at a lower, more efficient setting. Try to use your battery and not plug-in to the wall.

- Use public transportation, bike to school, or carpool on this day.

- Pack your own lunches. You are encouraged to bring food that doesn't require microwaving or refrigeration.

- Keep all other use of electronics such as cell phones, iPods, and chargers to a minimum for the day.

Why should I participate?

These are but a few ways in which we can all come together to reduce our energy usage in Seminary Hall for just one day. Sure, one day doesn't add up to much, but the symbolic power of this gesture and the positive personal results to be worth your small efforts on this day. We fast from food for our physical and spiritual selves. Maybe fasting from energy will benefit our emotional and spiritual selves. We are also sending a message to visitors and others around the campus that Theo and GDR students are concerned about these issues and are willing to sacrifice in order to bring awareness.

When you enter Seminary Hall on October 28th, please stop by the main floor lobby to pick up a sticker. You can also learn more information about how to participate in the Energy Fast. In the classrooms, you will find a piece of ribbon or note attached to the light switches and the on the computer consoles reminding you about the Fast.

We look forward to celebrating this day with you, with conserving energy together, and with making a symbolic statement to the wider Drew community regarding Seminary Hall's commitment to climate change issues, social justice, and energy consumption.

Please contact us with your questions, comments, and concerns. Matt Riley (mriley@drew.edu), Theresa Ellis (tellis@drew.edu), or Hilary Holt (hholt@drew.edu).
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