Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Chegg it

Everyone knows how expensive their college textbooks were at the start of the term. Here we are, it’s the end of the term and the bookstore wants to give you pennies on the dollar for your books. I say forget the bookstore! You can make some real dough by going to They’ll pay you top dollar for your books, like $40 each – and no lines because it’s online. What could you do with double the money the bookstore would give you? Chegg even pays the shipping and plants a tree for every book you sell.

How about the fact I have a promo code CC106937 that gets you an extra $5 with your order?

GET lots of cash + GET more cash + they plant trees = A green way to sell your books

Go to, you can get your used textbooks sold now. After all, you read your books cover to cover, or at least that’s what your professor believes, so you should be smart enough to know where to sell them for the extra buck, smarty pants.



Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Wind Energy!

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Saturday, September 19, 2009

Energy Committee

Ideas for reducing energy consumption and increasing awareness on campus:

-Get involved with IT to examine the viability of automatic computer shutdowns for campus computers after an extended idle period.

-Get involved with administration(/student gov?) to look at funding for installing lighting occupancy sensors.

-Place stickers on light switches to remind to turnoff after exiting a room.

-Create and place signs to encourage the use of stairs over elevators.

-Devise an experiment to examine the viability of waiting for a parking spot to open versus walking to campus through polling, car counting, or devising an experiment. Get connected with campus media to distribute results.

-Look into possible metering of campus electric utilities to model building energy use.



Thursday, September 17, 2009

Homecoming Task Force

We thought having a covered wagon would be cool. Possibly pulling it with bikes.

We also thought for a banner a THEN NOW & NEW FRONTIER would work. We would divide the banner in thirds and have picture of an old frontier in the THEN section. Factories and pollution in the NOW. And Earth Ships and Green practices in the NEW FRONTIER.

For a banner/chalk we also considered having factories in the background polluting and then a covered wagon coming from that mess. We discussed some slogan with 'Blazing a trail..'



Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Food & Health Committe Project Ideas

-Local foods frenzy- Event inviting Peoples Grocery, the Student Farm, fair trade advocates. We could also share information from/about Food Inc, invite different agriculture groups, talk about making healthy decisions. Contact the organizer of movies on the grass could be a good idea.

Veg pledge- We could collaborate with the Student Farm about this, maybe work on discount vegetables during that week. We could also do an organic food awareness campaign (both positive and negative aspects). A veggie potluck could also be cool.

Healthy, Exercise Day- possibly at Konza? Biking? top of the world/scenic overlook, walk the whole campus with faculty from campus, "more in depth hike"

Kitchen Composting (Help Kramer & The HOES)- provide information to educate people on composting, contact housing and dining about starting a composting program

Other events/projects- GO TO HUNGER BANQUET from fair trade!!!



Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Green Living/ Education Committee Project Ideas

Ideas generating at the Green Living/ Education Meeting:

-Team up with the Student Farm to help promote consumption of their produce or that of other local growers

-Bring in guest speakers to the university. Dr. Vandana Shiva will be coming to K-State to speak on Friday, October 16th. What sort of creative methods can SEA use to promote this AWESOME event?

-Make more visits to elementary schools as a way of engaging the community. What sort of topics/activities could we present?

-America Recycles Day is on November 15th. SEA could make new fliers on reducing, reusing, and recycling to hand out. We could also get a Green Pledge going. What other creative ways could we raise awareness about waste reduction?

-Does anyone want to go to any of the Green Festivals?



Thursday, February 26, 2009

What is your water footprint?

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Thursday, January 29, 2009

I'm a sceptic now, says ex-NASA climate boss

The retired scientist formerly in charge of key NASA climate programs has come out as a sceptic.

Dr John Theon, who supervised James Hansen - the activist-scientist who helped give the manmade global warming hypothesis centre prominent media attention - repents at length in a published letter. Theon wrote to the Minority Office at the Environment and Public Works Committee on January 15, 2009, and excerpts were published by skeptic Senator Inhofe's office here last night.

"As Chief of several of NASA Headquarters’ programs (1982-94), an SES position, I was responsible for all weather and climate research in the entire agency, including the research work by James Hansen, Roy Spencer, Joanne Simpson, and several hundred other scientists at NASA field centers, in academia, and in the private sector who worked on climate research," Theon wrote. "I appreciate the opportunity to add my name to those who disagree that global warming is man made.”

Theon takes aim at the models, and implicitly criticises Hansen for revising to the data set:

“My own belief concerning anthropogenic climate change is that the models do not realistically simulate the climate system because there are many very important sub-grid scale processes that the models either replicate poorly or completely omit. Furthermore, some scientists have manipulated the observed data to justify their model results. In doing so, they neither explain what they have modified in the observations, nor explain how they did it.

"They have resisted making their work transparent so that it can be replicated independently by other scientists. This is clearly contrary to how science should be done. Thus there is no rational justification for using climate model forecasts to determine public policy.” (Source:



TED Talks...

Hey all -

TED talks are awesome and's founder speaks in this one. It's quite awesome. Watch, comment, discuss with me!

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