Winterize Yourself

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Gizmo Patio during the winter. (Image courtesy of Knox College Flickr.)

A couple weeks back we talked about how winterizing your living space is an important part of saving energy during the cold season, but something equally important is winterizing yourself. If your hometown doesn’t often dip below freezing or you know that the usual 68 degrees (the temperature that most indoor heating is set) is too low for you, knowing how to keep your body’s core temperature warm is the key! Living comfortably indoors during extreme cold used to require no thought, it was simply the way of life. Now with centralized heating and air, we as a society find it easier to simply push a button on a thermostat and viola! We magically change the temperature. Knowing how to keep a comfortable body temperature is essential for saving energy and living sustainably as the temperature changes throughout the year. Here are a few ways you can winterize yourself and stay comfortable (and sustainable) for the rest of the season.

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How to Take Advantage of Knox’s AASHE Membership

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There are many benefits that go with being an active advocate for sustainability at Knox; help build a rain garden, work on the Knox Farm, find great swag at the Share Shop, partake in eco workshops all month long for Earth Month in April, attend the yearly Bioneers conference — the list goes on! Students, faculty, and staff are constantly coming up with ideas to expand our sustainability efforts on campus, ranging from MAD (Make a Difference) projects in the Intro to Environmental Studies class, research projects, club workshops, or individuals simply having big green goals they want to make into realities. As exciting as these projects are, getting them up and going is often a daunting endeavor. That’s where the benefits of Knox being a member of AASHE come in.

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Winterize Your Living Space

There are a lot of changes that go along with winter term; new classes, a change in schedule, and it gets darker earlier in the day.  With all these adjustments comes the biggest of all- a change in the weather! Staying warm at college can often be a challenge. Not being able to adjust the thermostat and enduring chilling drafts from windows makes living in the dorms pretty cool- and not in the good way. If you are living off campus you might be thinking of ways to stay sustainable and frugal and maybe have considered turning down the heat. Whether it’s staying warm in your dorm or in your off campus home, here are a few eco-friendly ways to winterize your living space while at Knox!

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Annual Campus Sustainability Report Released!

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The annual campus sustainability report for the 2015-2016 academic year is out!

The 2015-2016 academic year was one of milestones. Even with successful growth over the past few years in the major initiatives run through the Office of Sustainability, Knox continues to attain a number of firsts and records.  The annual report summarizes and highlights the successes achieved in sustainability during the 2015-2016 academic year.

The annual report can be found on Knox’s website:  Knox Campus Sustainability 2015-2016 Annual Report