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COMMENT:
"Wild stuff, hope we can get there! We seem to be missing a huge category in sustainability, that would be Self Sustainability and the savings both Financially and Environmentally that we could make by spending a little more to reap huge rewards. What is this you say? We are heavy on Queen bees and light on workers! In the last 17 years, we have added millions of square feet to our campus in grounds and buildings, Tens of Millions in Technological Equipment to keep it all running and support new teaching pedagogy yet only maintained the same amount of hands and feet to keep it all working. I'm not talking about administrators, we've added lots of those but they don't program the equipment, turn the screws or get rid of the boxes it comes in. Good Luck, I'm in your corner!"

RESPONSE:
"Great comment and good insight.  Additional thoughts?  ...from others?"



COMMENT:
"Bravo! I'm really excited about the plan and the thought that we could be carbon neutral as soon as 2019. That's amazing. Thank you for all your hard work on this. My one question has to do with the wood-burning plant to replace fuel oil. Is the smoke from burning wood more polluting in terms of other emissions besides carbon, compared to fuel oil #6? Or is it a win-win all the way around? Another way to put the question: What are the tradeoffs in terms of particulate matter released? Many thanks again. And congratulations on putting together such a comprehensive and inspiring plan."


RESPONSE:
"It's a win-win all the way around.  The "smoke" that comes from our wood-plant is actually water vapor as we burn wood with 30-40% moisture.  Other emissions, such as NOx and SOx and particulate matter - are all lower with wood than fuel oil #6 (which is a dirty bunker fuel).  Besides keeping our greenhouse gas and other emissions low, using wood keeps our energy dollars local and helps to support our CNY economy."



COMMENT:
"Currently, the trayless dining system is being worked on! They have funding and plan to build a new system during the summer, ready for the 2012-2013 school year! So, we will actually be beating our goal of 2013."

RESPONSE:
"This is true!  We have trayless dining one year ahead of schedule.  Thanks to SGA, students in ENST 390, Dining Services, B&G, and other supporters."




COMMENT:
"Perhaps this has already been recommended, but I didn't see it on your webpage, but perhaps something to consider would be green roofing. Rooftop gardens or turf roofing would be a great way to reduce the amount of heat absorbed by roofing tiles. In addition, they provide a great deal of insulation, preventing heat from escaping in the winter. Green roofing is also a very visible way for alumni and prospective students to see what Colgate is doing to reduce its impact on the environment."

RESPONSE:
"ENST 390 students in the fall 2012 program with Prof. Henke are researching this option right now.  Stay tuned...!"

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