Green Impact Guelph
Monday, March 17, 20084 Comments
The one thing that strikes me is the wastefulness that comes along with a university degree. In first year, living in South Rez, there was no talk about conserving energy, water or anything. I moved in a week before O-week to try out for a sports team. In a residence that held around 2000 residents, there were about 30 people. Just like in 1984, it was the place where there was no darkness. The halls were lit up like a Christmas Tree, the bathrooms never went dark (even on the floors that no one had moved into) every street lamp and walk way light was on even though it seemed like there was absolutely no one on campus, and even in sleep you couldn't escape the light with the the smoke detector blinking a green glow from the ceiling. With the constant buzz of electricity and humanity through out the year, the last thing one thinks about is how to conserve energy.
Once living on my own, and actually paying my own bills, it becomes much more obvious how much we use in resources. With the world turning digital, it is sometimes forgotten how we run this digital world. It has been almost forgotten this year that the Bullring has been switched to wind power. It was only last year that Guelph was (and really still is) staring down the possibility of a pipeline from Lake Erie. This spring, Green Impact Guelph (GIG) is running a survey of Guelph residents to assess people's willingness to reduce resource consumption in Guelph. Until March 23rd Guelph residents can take the survey at the Guelph GIG website Once completed, participants are able to enter to win numerous prizes.
As a student, even if someone is not interested in the environmental impacts of our daily routines, the monetary impact on our wallets is of great importance as well. The free light bulb can save around $7.00 in electricity per year, in my house that makes about $114 each year. And that is simply by having the light bulbs in the sockets, not even any conservation beyond that. The wasteful experience of residence in not what I will take away from university. In looking back, if I used as much energy now as I did then I'd be eating at the CSA food bank for sure because it is simply too much.