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UGLY SWEATER CONTEST WINNER IS RUSS PIERSON
April 7, 2015
Russ Pierson is the winner of the "Sustainability and Wellness" Health Fair ugly sweater contest! Russ's (beautiful) ugly sweater wins him a fit bit. The ugly sweater contest was a fun way to remind people to dress in layers to help save energy. Now that summer is coming, ditch that sweater and wear an ugly tee-shirt to stay cool as it gets warmer out. Contact: Jennifer Hayward.

DIGGING DEEP FOR ENERGY SAVINGS: BUILDING 1 STUDENT SERVICES RACES TO BREAK THEIR RECORD
March 17, 2015
One week left in their winter term 'Turn It Off' showcase finds the Building 1 Student Services staff digging deep to mine energy savings by consistently turning off their un-needed lighting and equipment plug loads. By encouraging people to continue to take small steps at work to save energy their results are making a big difference and posting double digit (about 20%) in electrical energy reductions for weeks 9 and 10 of the 2015 term over the baseline year of 2005. Stay tuned for the 'Turn It Off' Building 1 showcase's wrap up trivia contest and prizes. Way to 'Turn It Off' Lane Community College energy savers! Submitted by Anna E Scott, 5805.

LANE SUSTAINABILITY AHCIEVEMENTS FEATURED IN EWEB NEWSLETTER
March 3, 2015
"Business Currents," a newsletter published by the Eugene Water and Electric Board, features an article titled "Lane Community College embodies sustainability" in its current issue. The article explains show Lane has used its Greenpower grants form EWEB to support energy efficiency and other sustainability on campus. Energy Analyst Anna Scott contributed to the article. It's online at: http://www.eweb.org/bc/march2015/lcc Submitted by the editor.

STEPPING INTO ENERGY SAVINGS SUCCESS - BUILDING 1 TAKES THE LEAD
February 24, 2015
With only four more weeks to go in Winter term, Building 1 Student Services is taking an energy savings lead in weeks 5, 6, and 7. Showing steady improvement in February the Building 1 Student Services team is an average of nine percent beyond their goal to reduce energy use below the 2005 baseline year. Student Services staff is participating in a showcase of the college wide "Turn It Off" Campaign which targets lighting and equipment plug loads by encouraging people to take small steps at work to save energy and make a big difference. Student Services staff mid-term rewards are available by calling me to reserve your energy saving plug strip. Keep bringing your green to work! Submitted by Anna E Scott x5805.

POINT TO POINT OFFERS SOLUTIONS
February 17, 2015
LTD'S Point2Point program offers the DriveLessConnect service that all Lane staff and students are eligible to use at no charge. Cherriots Rideshare, and Cascades West Rideshare are pleased to introduce Carpool Karma, a regional carpool incentive program set for Feb. 1 - May 1. Carpool Karma has been developed to help Willamette Valley commuters explore their carpooling options and will reward carpoolers with great prizes and good karma. Prizes include free drinks at Dutch Bros, Fred Meyer gift cards, iPads, weekend getaways, and MORE! To get started, register at DriveLessConnect.com (the Oregon Department of Transportation's free statewide ridematching database), then complete a pre-survey (link below) and log a minimum of two days of carpool activity each week throughout the campaign to be eligible for weekly prizes. No carpool partner? Just create a ridematch trip in the Drive Less Connect database to view your potential partners. Contact them directly through the database. Your personal information remains private. You determine how much of your information is visible to others. From Woodburn to Springfield, there are thousands of people looking for a carpool partner just like you! Transportation options mean good karma for your community, your wallet, and the planet. For more information and to get started, visit DriveLessConnect.com/carpool-karma and let the good karma begin! Carpool Karma is sponsored by Dutch Bros, Fred Meyer, Metromile, Chinook Winds Casino & Resort, Drive Less Connect, and ODOT. Submitted by: Russ Pierson.

MARGARET ROBERTSON SUSTAINABILITY LECTURE, FEB. 19
February 17, 2015
Margaret Robertson, sustainability instructor at Lane and author of the higher education textbook, "Sustainability Principles and Practice" (Routledge, 2014), will lecture on Thursday, February 19, at 5:30 p.m. at Lane's Downtown Campus, 101 W. 10th Avenue in Eugene. The presentation is part of the Academic Colloquia series coordinated by Lane Faculty Professional Development. The lecture will be followed by a reception and book-signing. Robertson's lecture, "Sustainability: Surviving and Thriving in a Changing World," will offer an overview of the broad and diverse field of sustainability including a view of the biosphere as the "instruction manual" on which sustainability work is modeled, connections between the human sphere and the biosphere, and the possibilities for a regenerative future in a healthy and sustainable world. For more information go online at: http://www.lanecc.edu/newsroom/n/nr1874

GET HELP AT THE "TURN IT OFF" CAMPAIGN RESOURCE TABLE, FEB. 12
February 10, 2015
WHAT: Get one on one 'Turn It Off' campaign help from Lane's energy analyst. Free buttons, posters, and stickers aimed to help you "Bring your Green to Work" everyday.
WHEN: Thursday, Feb. 12, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
WHERE: Student Services first floor hall next to Counseling and Advising
How does "Turn It Off" make a difference? Find out this Thursday! Contact: Anna E. Scott , 5805.

MARGARET ROBERTSON TO LECTURE ON SUSTAINABILITY, FEB. 19
February 3, 2015
Margaret Robertson, sustainability instructor at Lane and author of the higher education textbook, "Sustainability Principles and Practice" (Routledge, 2014), will lecture on Thursday, February 19, at 5:30 p.m. at Lane's Downtown Campus, 101 W. 10th Avenue in Eugene. The presentation will be followed by a reception and book-signing.

Robertson's lecture, "Sustainability: Surviving and Thriving in a Changing World," will offer an overview of the broad and diverse field of sustainability including a view of the biosphere as the "instruction manual" on which sustainability work is modeled, connections between the human sphere and the biosphere, and the possibilities for a regenerative future in a healthy and sustainable world.

Robertson is a coordinator of the two-year associate of applied science sustainability coordinator degree program at Lane. She is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects and a Sustainability Fellow in the Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium. Her textbook is used by colleges and universities with sustainability degree programs and programs in which sustainability is taught.

The presentation is part of the Academic Colloquia series coordinated by Lane Faculty Professional Development.

RESULTS FOR BUILDING 1 STUDENT SERVICES JANUARY ENERGY SAVINGS
February 3, 2015
The results are in! Efforts targeting lighting and equipment plug loads with a "Turn It Off" attitude brought the Building 1 Student Services team within a half percent of their goal to reduce energy use below the 2005 baseline year for the month of January. The big surprise? Electrical usage data for January 2014 vs. January 2015 indicates that there is a reduction of 4 percent compared to last year. Let's help the college say goodbye to leave-it-on habits and join Building 1 staff and students as they continue to chase their energy savings baseline by taking small steps at work to save energy and make a big difference. Take action! Are you plug loads parting all night long? Turn off lights, computers, monitors, printers, and other plug loads when not in use. Submitted by Anna E Scott. 5805.

BUILDING 1, STUDENT SERVICES, ROLLS OUT AN ENERGY SAVING SHOWCASE
January 6, 2015
Kicking off winter term with a can do attitude, departmental staff and students inside our Student Services building will be a showcase for participating in the 'Turn It Off! Saving Energy Saves Everything' campaign during this winter term. Their goal is to reduce energy use in Building 1 bellow the 2005 baseline year levels by learning how to take small steps at work to save energy and make a big difference like turning office equipment and lights off when not in use.

Staff at the Institute for Sustainable Practices (ISP) will be regularly measuring and reporting their energy efficiency and providing support during the showcase campaign. Like the ISP Facebook page to keep in the loop about how Student Services does this term to help Lane Community College make a difference in the fight against climate change.

Take a virtual tour at http://www.energystar.gov/buildings/tools-and-resources/bring-your-green-work-interactive-cubicle to find out what Student Services is doing to meet their goal. Student and energy savings success starts here! Submitted by Anna E Scott, 5805.

HOW TO MAKE COMPUTER POWER MANAGEMENT WORK WITH THE "Turn It Off" CAMPAIGN
December 9, 2015
Concerned about your work computer being on in the morning even though you are sure you turned it off? Information Technology (IT) and the Institute for Sustainable Practices (ISP) are on the case of the zombie computer! Here is what IT is doing to protect your computer from harm and waste:

* Lane's IT staff already implements power savings for over 2,000 computers by purchasing Energy Star computer and monitors and setting up all end user machines and/or monitors with integrated power saving features.

* IT is working with the ISP to enhance its capacity to turn computers off after important upgrades are done weekly by waking up computers after working hours to minimize disruption to your computer work during the day. Upgrades include scripts that are remotely deployed to protect against malevolent software such as CryptoLocker.

* IT is looking to further reduce waste by deploying better energy management schemes without interfering in your ability to work. It's trickier than it looks!

* The easy part is in your hands. Simply turning off your computer and monitor after working hours reduces our energy costs per computer by $14 to $41 annually. For over 2,000 computers that a savings that adds up quickly!

Submitted by Eric Anderson, IT and Anna E Scott, ISP

SEVEN PRESENTATIONS BY LANE EMPLOYEES AT RECENT SUSTAINABILITY CONFERENCE AVAILABLE ON THE INSTITUTE FOR SUSTAINABLE PRACTICES WEBSITE
November 25, 2014
Ten Lane employees and one student attended the recent national Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education Conference. The conference included several presentations and one poster by Lane staff on topics including green cleaning, the intersection of wellness and sustainability, and the religious right and the environmental equation. The presentations are now loaded on the Institute for Sustainable Practices website in the Conferences section. Check it out to find out more about what your colleagues' sustainability-related activities. Contact: Jennifer Hayward.

COOPERATIVE EDUCATION IS TRIPLE GREEN STAR GREEN OFFICE CERTIFIED!
November 18, 2014
Cooperative EducationPlease congratulate Cooperative Education for earning the coveted Triple Green Star Certification. Coop's efforts include reducing paper by moving to paperless forms, reusing paper that has already been used on one side, and composting food waste. Click here for more information about Cooperative Education's sustainable practicesFor information about how to certify your office, click here. Contact: Jennifer Hayward.

ECOCHALLENGE A SUCCESS
November 12, 2014
Lane's EcoChallenge Team placed 4th out of the 207 EcoChallenge Teams scoring 3340 points and beating our challenger, Portland Community College. Eighty-two Lane employees and students participated on the team and enacted lasting changes such as eating organic food with every meal, eating two meatless meals per day, switching to a reusable drink container, taking shorter showers, turning down the thermostat at home, and walking and biking more. Click here to read inspirational stories of changes made by our team members. 

SUSTAINABILITY PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES IS PUBLISHER'S BEST SELLING ENVIRONMENTAL AND SUSTAINABILITY BOOK
November 4, 2014
Sustainability Principles and Practices by Lane faculty member, Margaret Robertson, not only made the Top 10 Bestseller list among Routledge's Environmental and Sustainability titles, it made #1. This book is now being used in sustainability classes at colleges and universities across the country. Click here for more information about this book and other Routledge Environmental and Sustainability titles.

TURN IT OFF!
October 28, 2014
Lane's "Turn It Off! Saving Energy saves Everything" Campaign presents five tips for success for you to help Lane take action in the fight against climate change:
1) Give It a Rest - Use the ENERGY STAR power management settings on your computer and monitor so they go into power save mode when not in use. Also use a power strip as a central "turn off" point when you are using equipment to completely disconnect the power supply.
2) Unplug It - Unplug electronics such as cell phones and laptops once they are charged. Adapters plugged into outlets use energy even if they are not charging.
3) Light Up Your Work Life - Replace the light bulb in your desk lamp with an ENERGY STAR qualified bulb. It will last up to 10 times longer and use about 75 percent less energy. Turn off the lights when you leave, especially at the end of the day.
4) Let It Flow - Keep air vents clear of paper, files, and office supplies. It takes as much as 25 percent more energy to pump air into the workspace if the vents are blocked.
5) Team up and get your office Green certified! - Learn more at www.lanecc.edu/sustainability/green-office-program Create a Green Team with your co-workers, help build support for energy efficiency in your workplace, and reduce office waste. Set a goal to make your building an ENERGY STAR qualified building.
Click here to find out what else you can do. 
Submitted by Anna E Scott, 5805.

CELEBRATE LANE'S 50TH ANNIVERSARY BY MAKING AN ECOCHALLENGE PLEDGE
October 14, 2014
Choose one action to reduce your environmental impact and stick with it for two weeks – October 15-29. Pick a category—water, trash, energy, food, transportation or civic engagement—and set a goal that stretches your comfort zone and makes a difference for you and the planet. Lane is competing with Portland Community College in this EcoChallenge. PCC is currently ahead with 34 team members and 735 points versus Lane's 39 team members and 700 points. Give Lane even more to celebrate by helping to beat PCC! For more information, swing by the Learning Garden 50th Anniversary Celebration event on Wednesday, October 15 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. To register, go to: https://www.lanecc.edu/sustainability/ecochallenge-2014 . Contact: Jennifer Hayward.

JOIN LANE'S ECOCHALLENGE TEAM! WIN PRIZES! MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
October 7, 2014
The EcoChallenge is an annual event that challenges people to choose one action to reduce their environmental impact and stick with it for two weeks – October 15-29. Pick a category—water, trash, energy, food, transportation or civic engagement—and set a goal that stretches your comfort zone and makes a difference for you and the planet. EcoChallengers accrue points for engagement (everything from succeeding at your EcoChallenge to engaging others in the event earns points). At the end of the EcoChallenge your points will increase your odds of winning fun raffle prizes! Registration instructions can be found here. It takes about 5 minutes to register.

Please also come to our kickoff party on Friday, October 10th from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at the Learning Garden. Snacks made from campus grown produce will be served at the party. Contact: Jennifer Hayward.

CARPOOL TO LANE, SAVE FUEL, USE PREMIUM PARKING
September 30, 2014
Do you typically drive alone to Lane? If yes, please consider carpooling! Find a carpool partner by registering with Lane's new carpool matching service Drive Less Connect at www.drivelessconnect.com. Single occupant vehicle commuting is the largest contributor to Lane's greenhouse gas inventory. Do your part to Lane meet our goal to be carbon neutral by carpooling, bussing, bicycling, or walking. Find out more about all of these transportation options. Contact: Jennifer Hayward

TRANSPORTATION SURVEY INDICATES EMPLOYEE AND STUDENT COMMUTING IS MORE CLIMATE-FRIENDLY THAN PREVIOUSLY ESTIMATED
July 8, 2014
The results of Lane's 2014 Transportation Survey are in. You may be surprised to learn that 29% of respondents ride the bus, 7% carpool, 4% bicycle, and 58% drive alone. This data will result in a decrease of our estimated carbon footprint because Lane previously estimated that about 80% of commuters drive alone. The survey results also provided information as to what programs or incentives will better encourage Lane commuters to choose more climate-friendly modes. The most popular program is the bus pass, followed by safe bicycle/pedestrian routes. Based on the survey results, Lane's Commuter Emissions Task Force will be developing recommendations for how to further reduce emissions from commuting. Click here to view survey results.  Thank you to all employees and students who took the survey. $20 gift cards to the Titan Store were awarded to randomly-selected respondents.

CARPOOL TO LANE, SAVE FUEL, USE PREMIUM PARKING
September 30, 2014
Do you typically drive alone to Lane? If yes, please consider carpooling! Find a carpool partner by registering with Lane's new carpool matching service Drive Less Connect at www.drivelessconnect.com. Single occupant vehicle commuting is the largest contributor to Lane's greenhouse gas inventory. Do your part to Lane meet our goal to be carbon neutral by carpooling, bussing, bicycling, or walking. Find out more about all of these transportation options. Contact: Jennifer Hayward

TRANSPORTATION SURVEY INDICATES EMPLOYEE AND STUDENT COMMUTING IS MORE CLIMATE-FRIENDLY THAN PREVIOUSLY ESTIMATED
July 8, 2014
The results of Lane's 2014 Transportation Survey are in. You may be surprised to learn that 29% of respondents ride the bus, 7% carpool, 4% bicycle, and 58% drive alone. This data will result in a decrease of our estimated carbon footprint because Lane previously estimated that about 80% of commuters drive alone. The survey results also provided information as to what programs or incentives will better encourage Lane commuters to choose more climate-friendly modes. The most popular program is the bus pass, followed by safe bicycle/pedestrian routes. Based on the survey results, Lane's Commuter Emissions Task Force will be developing recommendations for how to further reduce emissions from commuting. Click here to view survey results.  Thank you to all employees and students who took the survey. $20 gift cards to the Titan Store were awarded to randomly-selected respondents.

CLIMATE ACTION AND EDUCATION FORUM - VIDEOS, Q&A, AND MORE
May 20, 2014
On Friday, May 9, 2014, the Institute for Sustainable Practices hosted a Climate Action and Education Forum that included presentations by three experts who each have a unique perspective about solutions to climate change. Environmental scientist Paul Ruscher, Ph.D., demystified climate science by debunking the top 10 climate myths; Russ Pierson, DMin, Global Leadership, discussed the social impacts of climate change; and psychologist and author, Don Schneider, Ph.D., presented concrete tools for positively influencing climate skeptics so that we can all be done with the senseless bickering and begin focusing on the vastly more important work of mitigation and adaptation.

Links to the videos of the forum, presenters powerpoint presentations, and written answers to questions posed during the forum are provided here.

TAKE LANE'S TRANSPORTATION SURVEY ON MYLANE FROM MAY 19- 30; WIN PRIZES! HELP REDUCE GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS
May 13, 2014
Lane is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and daily commuting is the single largest contributor to Lane's emissions. In order to accurately estimate these emissions and begin developing plans to reduce them, we need information about how you commute to campus. Your responses are critical to the process of reducing our greenhouse gas emissions. This survey is only eight questions and should take about five minutes to complete. The survey will be accessible via myLane from May 19 through May 30. Please remember to log into myLane during that time to complete the survey. Survey respondents will be eligible for some great prizes! Instructors - Please encourage your students to take this survey. Click here for information on Lane's transportation options. Contact: Jennifer Hayward.

EARTH DAY HEALTHY TRANSPORTATION RAFFLE WINNERS
May 6, 2014
Approximately forty people biked and walked together from Amazon Station to Lane's 30th Avenue campus on Earth Day. Many others bussed or carpooled. All participants were eligible to enter a raffle with prizes donated by Life Cycle Bike Shop. Raffle winners included: Harriet Behm, Christina Howard, Claudia Owen, Art Peck, Jillian Schmidt, Kyle Schmidt, Anna Scott, and Julie Sheen. Prizes included a bike helmet, a bike seat, bike lights, and water bottles. Thanks to Lane employees and students who reduce Lane's greenhouse gas footprint by making healthier transportation choices. Contact: Jennifer Hayward.

EARTH WEEK - APRIL 21 & 22, 2014
April 15, 2014
Celebrate our wondrous planet and learn something new during Earth Week. Lane's Sustainability Committee has organized several excellent events this year. Please attend and encourage your students, co-workers, friends and family to participate. All events are free and open to everyone.

MONDAY, APRIL 21

Screening of the movie, The Island President, 8:00 am – 10:00 am & 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, Building 19, Room 226 (Center for Meeting and Learning)

First Annual Climate Summit, 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm, Building 3, Room 216 (the Boardroom)

TUESDAY, APRIL 22

BIKE, WALK, BUS, OR CARPOOL TO LANE ON APRIL 22 AND WIN PRIZES DONATED BY LIFECYCLE BIKE SHOP!

WHAT? Bike, walk, bus, or carpool to Lane with friends, co-workers, and students on Earth Day, Tuesday, April 22.
WHY? Transportation is responsible for 28% of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. and 87% of the emissions at Lane. This fun event will help you step into healthier transportation habits in a fun and supportive atmosphere.
WHEN & WHERE?
7:00 am: Meet at Amazon Station Park & Ride on 29th and Amazon Parkway.
9:00 am: Meet at Amazon Station Park & Ride on 29th and Amazon Parkway.
5:00 pm: Meet at Lane Community College, plaza south of Building 30 and bike, walk, bus, or carpool to Amazon Station.
Each bike and walk group will have experienced leaders with safety equipment. All participants will have the opportunity to enter a raffle for prizes donated by our sponsor, Lifecycle Bike Shop! https://www.lanecc.edu/sustainability/events. Contact: Jennifer Hayward

Vendor fair: local bike shops and other organizations supporting sustainability in our community will offer displays and information, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Group bike and walk from Lane to Amazon Station, 5:00 pm.

CLIMATE COMMITMENT 2050 – EIGHT WAYS LANE CREATES GREENHOUSE GASES
January 14, 2014
Win a reusable water bottle! One of these emission types contributes significantly more greenhouse gases than the others. Which one is it? Natural gas, electricity, propane, gasoline, diesel, landfilled waste, student and staff commuting. The first person to e-mail Jennifer Hayward with the correct answer will win a reusable water bottle! A greenhouse gas inventory is an accounting of greenhouse gases emitted to or removed from the atmosphere over a period of time. Lane conducts a greenhouse gas inventory every two years to track progress toward becoming carbon neutral. Contact: Jennifer Hayward

REDUCE YOUR GHG EMISSIONS BY RIDING THE BUS
January 7, 2014
Lane employees can get a bus pass at a reduced rate by registering for a credit class on Main or Downtown Campus. By signing up for the Fitness Education Center (CRN 30464), Lane employees pay $77 in fees, get a bus pass, AND a gym membership. This is a $200+ value for just $77. Taking the bus saves gas, greenhouse gas emissions, and money. Riding the bus may take more time than driving, but bus riders can use that time to read a book, catch up with friends on Facebook, or even grade papers. Click here for more information about how to get your bus pass.  Contact: Jennifer Hayward.