ND strives to save energy

first_imgWhile students and residence halls are competing to see who can save the most energy during the Office of Sustainability’s month-long Dorm Energy Competition, the University is doing its own part to conserve as well. Though the University itself is not doing a particular push for the month of November to save energy, there are various programs effective all year long, according to Rachel Novick, Education and Outreach Programs Manager for the Office of Sustainability. “The University recently started work on stage two of its energy conservation measures,” Novick said. This $6.5 million investment means contractors will be around campus evaluating how to make the University more energy efficient. The Office of Sustainability is also involved in a trial run with Eaton, an engineering company with which the University has partnered. “We have an electric car on loan from Eaton,” Novick said. “We’re just trying it out and lending it to people on campus in order to explore the possibility of getting electric vehicles on campus.” The Office of Sustainability is also concerned about excessive waste in the dining halls. “The energy impact of food is tremendous, and people aren’t always conscious of how much energy and water went into the dining hall food,” Novick said. Co-sponsored by the Office of Sustainability and GreeND, the eND Hunger campaign runs during Wednesdays in the dining halls. “The big focus is to raise donations for the food bank in northern Indiana, but it also includes a clean plate program at dinner on Wednesdays during November,” Novick said. Novick added that small-scale projects, such as turning off lights in unused classrooms was also “something we’ve been trying to work on.” “There is no reason for lights to be on at night in empty classrooms, and that’s definitely been something we are working on with the building staff,” she said. “We’re exploring ideas about how to involve students in some sort of ‘turn off the lights’ committee. If we can build a partnership with students and staff, we can be really successful.” There have been some improvements made to the process of reducing unnecessary lighting around campus, such as renovations that include lights with timers or motion sensors and emergency lighting that only turns on when a movement triggers it, rather than lights that stay on all night just for precaution. “Reducing our carbon footprint is our biggest focus,” Novick said. “Climate change is a global problem, and reducing our contribution to it will have an impact on the rest of the world.” On a local scale, Novick said saving energy results in the reduction of overall emissions and the result is cleaner air in our region. The grand total of both the monetary and energy savings from the Dorm Energy Competition won’t be announced until the end of the month, Novick said. “It always surprises people how much energy can be saved,” she said. “All the actions people do like turning off the light or unplugging unnecessary electronics are all really minor, but with a multiplication factor of 7,000 people on campus doing the same small actions, the numbers grow. Students as a community have a huge potential to save energy.”last_img read more

Nasri out for eight weeks

first_imgManchester City midfielder Samir Nasri is facing around eight weeks on the sidelines with the knee injury he suffered at Newcastle. The 26-year-old France international was carried from the field at St James’ Park on a stretcher with his left leg in a brace during Sunday’s 2-0 Barclays Premier League victory over the Magpies, with manager Manuel Pellegrini later revealing he had damaged his medial ligament. Nasri, who was due to undergo a scan on Monday, tweeted: “Thank you everyone for your kind words and overwhelming support, I suppose its kind of good news that I will be out around 8 weeks.” Nasri was hurt in a 75th-minute challenge by compatriot Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, which earned the Newcastle man a yellow card. However, Pellegrini later claimed Yanga-Mbiwa should have bee sent off for the tackle. He said: “It’s very serious. It was a very unfair kick and the player of Newcastle, it was directly a red card. I don’t understand why he was not sent off.” Magpies boss Alan Pardew defended his player and wished Nasri a speedy recovery. He said: “He made a point in his mind that he didn’t want him to get away, and he was a bit rash in that challenge. He is not like that, though, and I hope Nasri is okay.” Nasri’s injury marred a good day for City on Tyneside as they left St James’ Park with a 2-0 victory which took them back to the top of the table. But full-back Pablo Zabaleta has warned his team-mates they cannot afford to relax after laying down a marker in the race for the title. City ground out a controversial victory at St James’ and in the process, extended their unbeaten run away from the Etihad Stadium to eight games, further evidence that they have addressed their failings in that department earlier in the campaign. Press Association However, Argentina international Zabaleta knows that will count for little if they do not maintain their standards in the weeks and months ahead. He told City TV: “That is so important for this team, to keep winning games and keep going, and also be a consistent team. “Sometimes people ask about when we play at home, that we are a different team, but today we showed again that even if you don’t play at your best, it’s important to win the game. “We are in good shape now and we need to keep working hard because there is still a long way to go to the end of the league. “Nobody is dropping points now, everybody is very close, it’s very tight at the top of the table. It was fantastic to come back today to the top of the league.” City’s sixth victory in those eight away fixtures proved to be hard-earned as they took an early lead and were then grateful to referee Mike Jones for ruling out a Cheick Tiote equaliser which might have turned a tight game. Edin Dzeko fired the visitors ahead with just eight minutes gone as he emphatically dispatched Aleksandar Kolarov’s inch-perfect cross past keeper Tim Krul. But the Magpies thought they were back in it when Ivory Coast international Tiote blasted an unstoppable 34th-minute half-volley past keeper Joe Hart, only for Jones to belatedly chalk it off after ruling that Yoan Gouffran had interfered with his sight-line from an offside position. The mood inside the stadium turned ugly as the home fans, and in particular Pardew, who became involved in a heated touchline exchange with opposite number Pellegrini, vented their fury on the official. However, City survived a concerted second-half fightback and as the home side pushed for a late equaliser, clinched victory with a second in stoppage time when Alvaro Negredo struck. Defender Martin Demichelis said: “I haven’t seen the replays, so I don’t know if it was on or offside. I understand the frustration, but people were maybe more focussed on the referee rather than us. “We had to focus, keep the intensity, and that’s what we did.” The fact that City managed to keep a clean sheet in such circumstances was a source of satisfaction for Zabaleta. He said: “We showed a great team spirit. Probably we didn’t play well with the ball, but sometimes, those games are about three points and today we did it, so we are really pleased with that.” last_img read more