AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Stormwater runoff in urban areas has long had detrimental effects on the environment as buildings and pavement prevent rainwater from filtering into the ground the way it does in a forest or natural field. In an urban setting, the water runs off into storm drains, collecting pollutants on its way downstream. On the Auburn University campus, the water flows into Parkerson Mill Creek, on to Mobile Bay and ultimately into the Gulf of Mexico.
Pulling together funding from Auburn’s Facilities Management and a Parkerson Mill Creek grant, a team of Auburn experts has developed a way to mimic that natural infiltration process. On a shop building adjacent to Dudley Hall, rainwater is collected through a draining system and flows to a 1,000-gallon cistern. The overflow water is diverted to a neighboring rain garden, where it collects and seeps slowly into the ground.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – An associate professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Auburn University has earned one of the first grants to support sustainability research from the newly created Ray C. Anderson Foundation.
Jin Wang, the B. Redd Associate Professor in the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, earned a $50,000 award to support her research aimed at reducing energy and chemical consumption at pulp mills.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – The Auburn University Office of Sustainability will hold a screening of the film, “Terra Blight,” Monday, Sept. 24, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in Langdon Hall auditorium.
The film’s executive producer, Ana Habib, and director, Isaac Brown, will introduce the film and participate in a post-viewing conversation about its message.
The 55-minute documentary traces the life cycle of computers from creation to disposal and juxtaposes the productivity and entertainment of electronics use with the reality of those who are on the receiving end of discarded electronics.
AUBURN – The Auburn University Office of Sustainability will present a lecture, “Using local ecological knowledge to aid restoration decisions in the Gulf of Mexico,” by Shirley Laska, professor emerita of sociology and founding past director of the Center for Hazards Assessment, Response and Technology at the University of New Orleans, Wednesday, April 18, at 4:30 p.m. in 2370 Haley Center.
Laska has more than two decades of experience working in coastal Louisiana and has become a leading authority on coastal restoration and hazard mitigation. Through intensive field research with diverse coastal populations in Louisiana, she said she has come to appreciate the importance of traditional ecological knowledge that is part of local community cultures.
AUBURN – Auburn University has been named one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in the United States and Canada in “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 311 Green Colleges: 2011 Edition.”
The education services company selected Auburn for inclusion in its just-released second annual edition of its free downloadable book created by The Princeton Review in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council.
AUBURN – Auburn University Provost Mary Ellen Mazey has named Nanette Chadwick as Director of Academic Sustainability Programs.
Chadwick will work with faculty from a diverse range of departments on campus as she oversees sustainability academic programs, including various aspects of the sustainability minor. In addition, she will pursue grant funding to support and expand existing sustainability programming. She will work in conjunction with Michael Kensler, who serves in the newly created position of Director of Campus Sustainability Operations.