Operation “Ban the Bag”

People are starting to realize the negative effects of plastic bags on the environment; cities are starting to ban the use of plastic bags in stores. Since plastic lasts for an indefinite amount of time, they will end up in landfills or being carried around by nature into the ocean (take a look at our earlier post about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch). Animals might ingest plastic products which might lead to injuries and even death. Join the movement to ban plastic grocery bags in New York, with your help, we might be able to completely stop the usage of plastic products one step at a time.

To learn the facts of plastic, click here.

Please sign one of the two petitions to ban plastic grocery bags in New York City.

Blue Bikes are Hitting N.Y.C.

Citibank and MasterCard are sponsoring a new program, Citi Bike, which will allow people to rent bicycles in selected locations. The primary usage for these bikes is to provide an alternative form of transportation for people commuting to work. The Citi Bike program places 600 stations and over 10,000 bikes to be rented 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Citi Bikes are to be used primarily for trips under 3 miles, and under 30 or 45 minutes per trip (additional fees apply for longer times). 24-Hour and 7-Day access passes are to be purchased at the bike stations prior to rental, there is also an annual pass to be purchased online.

It is a good idea to implement easy to access bicycles for people to rent. Bicycles produce no pollution, such as carbon dioxide, and are compact. For a city like New York, where there are automobiles everywhere, riding a bike to work not only reduces the amount of automobile pollution but also traffic jams. And to add onto those benefits, you get some exercise out of it.

For more information on the Citi Bike program, check out its website.

Citi Bikes

To check out whether or not the bike stations are convenient for you, click here.

For the pricing, click here.

For a list of upcoming demonstrations, click here.

We would like to hear about your comments about this program.

Glass is Making a Comeback

When it comes to bottles, plastic bottles are the most prevalent. Plastic bottles are cheap to manufacture and very convenient to use. Only until recently, people start to learn about the dangers of plastic bottles. The biggest danger has been bisphenol A, or BPA, which is used in the manufacturing of plastic bottles. BPA may lead to damages to the brain, reproductive organs, and even cancer.

So what are the alternatives to plastic bottles? Stainless steel and glass are the top choices, they are safe to reuse and can promote less plastic waste in the environment. However, one of the biggest problems with glass bottles is that they break easily, shattering into many pieces and may cause harm to others. This limits the choice when consumers shop for bottles.

Walt Himelstein came up with a solution.

As an environmental chemist, Mr. Himelstein worked with hazardous materials. Those hazardous materials were transported in glass bottles with an exterior coating that is shatter-resistant. He wondered why not apply this to technology to glass water bottles, so he invented a coating for glass bottles and developed the Pure Bottle.

A shatter-resistant glass bottle developed by Walt Himelstein

More and more people are aware and being proactive about sustainability, thanks to shatter-resistant glass bottles, we now we have more choice when it comes to choose between plastic, metal and glass bottles.

For the full article published in The New York Times on June 20, 2012, click here.

Important Notice

Electricity Peak Load Management
Reduction Event

Thursday June 21, 2012
12:00 pm TO 6:00 pm

 Baruch College is participating in The New York Power Authority’s Peak Load Management Program, which requires the curtailment of Electricity

  • All departments must turn off all non-essential equipment such as lights, computers, printers, copy machines, etc.
  • Escalator and Elevator service will be limited.
  • All windows must be closed.
  • Window AC set points should be raised to 77F.

Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

If you have any questions or comments, please call the Office of Campus Facilities and Operations at 646-660-6030
or Buildings and Grounds Office at 646-660-6630.

Saving the Worst for Last

There are so many problems in the world, from 2008 to the present, people experienced many difficulties. We see on the news every day that people are losing their jobs, stock prices are falling, debt ceiling is rising, Greece is collapsing, and in the United States, “-mageddons” are approaching.

Taxmageddon is an example, when the temporary tax cuts passed by President Bush expire when the debt ceiling is kicking in, aka debtmaggedon, United States will experience an enormous amount of debt which would lead to another recession.

While people are experiencing these “-mageddons”, Colorado is experiencing the worst wildfire in the state’s history. Texas has also experienced large wildfires last year and the worst drought since the 1950s.

Scientists connect all these natural disasters to climate change. While we sit in our house worrying about the “-mageddons”, we often ignore more serious problems that are brewing, such as climate change and global warming.

“Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realize we cannot eat money.
- Cree Indian Proverb

For the full article, click here