Energy & Climate

PowerSave Campus Internship Comes to a Successful End


This month marks the end of the two-year PowerSave Campus internship program at Sewanee. The internship, funded by the Tennessee Valley Authority and managed by the Alliance to Save Energy, focused on energy efficiency through four pillars: real energy savings, academic infusion, outreach, and green workforce development.

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Work Continues on the Feasibility of Socially Responsible Investing


In June 2012, environmentalist Bill McKibben, a Sewanee honorary degree recipient, sent student activists into a flurry with the publication of an Op-Ed in Rollingstone in which he called students to adopt a new strategy to combat climate change: divestment. To the current generation of activists, this term was unfamiliar, however, to the previous generation of activists this term was familiar as the strategy adopted to use economic means to end apartheid in South Africa. Students across the country were invigorated by this rhetoric and by the symbolism inherent in using a business strategy to combat the behaviors of business.

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Summer Interns Do Energy Conservation


This summer, the duPont Energy Conservation interns and the PowerSave Campus interns have hit the ground running and will be working primarily on three projects: the T8, 25-Watt Lighting Optimization Project, the Low-Flow Faucet Optimization Project, and the Green Office Certification Program.

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Update on Sewanee's agroforestry project in Bois Joli, Haiti


Sewanee professor Deb McGrath and students are working toward a potential solution to the twin problems of poverty and deforestation in Haiti: payment for ecosystem services. They are working with Zanmi Agrikol (Haitian Creole for “Partners in Agriculture,” a sister organization to Paul Farmer’s Partners in Health), using agroforestry to produce both coffee for export and carbon offsets. A video slideshow documents their progress.

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