Transy Unplugged month increases awareness

by Sarah Allison
Staff Writer

How many people does it take to screw in a compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL)? Hopefully, the whole campus of Transylvania.

Transy Unplugged is a month of campaigning on energy conservation. Each week in October there will be at least one event that involves energy saving. The candlelight dinner in Forrer Hall was just one event with unplugged musical entertainment.

During the candlelit dinner, tables were adorned with cards providing sustainability tips in addition to pledge cards that attendees were asked to sign and post in the dining hall.

The candlelit dinner in the Forrer dining hall was just one event with Unplugged musical entertainment.

Additionally, students who had incandescent light bulbs could exchange them for CFLs at no charge.

“Transy Unplugged is a way for us to help the Transy community to become more aware of the way we, as a whole, use energy,” said senior Danny Woolums, who serves as Transy’s waste and recycling coordinator. “We do this by showing how simple changes in one’s lifestyle can account for energy savings all across the spectrum, from simply recycling a soda can to unplugging your phone charger when you’re not using it.”

The “smoothie bike,” a blender and bike combo powered by pedaling, will make an appearance Oct. 20 in front of Old Morrison for a smoothie happy hour from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m.

There will also be another installment of the Anti-Apathy Film Series this month with the screening of “Carbon Nation” Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. in the Campus Center gym, with a discussion afterward.

Come join the effort from the sustainability office and help Transy out, one dorm room at a time.

Tips to help students to live sustainably:

*Use CFLs or LED bulbs

*Unplug electronics

*Turn off lights

*Use natural light

*Activate energy-saver settings on computers

*Wash laundry in cold water

*Keep room temperature between 68 and 76 F

More from Transy Unplugged:

The Big Green Climb encourages people to take the stairs instead of using the elevator. The Big Green Commute encourages people to use zero- or low-carbon means of getting around (walking and biking, or public transportation). Students, faculty and staff will compete in teams of four and can opt to participate in either the Big Green Climb or the Big Green Commute alone, or both. The winning team in each component will win lunch at the restaurant of its choice. All participants will get a reusable water bottle, which ties into Transy’s efforts to eliminate bottled water on campus. See more information on Inside Transy, or sign up at http://surveymonkey.com/s/SZRB2YZ.

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