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A greener day

first_imgAt Harvard, the commitment to a healthier, more sustainable campus is ingrained in the culture, how people learn, work, and live. Initiatives across the University’s Schools and departments bring faculty, students, and staff together in creating solutions with the ultimate goal of enhancing the well-being of everyone in the Harvard community.Even though April 22 is Earth Day, events and activities happen 365 days a year that educate, inspire, and motivate people to act. Seed grants and research projects using the campus as a living laboratory engage students in real-world challenges, and give them the tools to incorporate green practices wherever their lives may lead. Facilities teams and employee green teams model best practices in sustainable operations that increase efficiency and save money. And expanded course offerings and research on energy and the environment encourage further discovery across disciplines.Learn more about Harvard’s commitment to sustainability. 4Dorm crew worker Victoria Jones ’17 hoses down recycling bins outside LEED platinum-certified Stone Hall at Quincy House, the first building to be renovated as part of the House Renewal initiative. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 15Douglas Schmidt of the Campus Services Energy & Facilities Department discusses the expanded combined heat and power system being installed in the Blackstone Steam Plant to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 3Youn-Kyoung Lee, a postdoctoral fellow in stem cell and regenerative biology, cultures mammalian cell tissues inside the LEED platinum-certified Fairchild Building. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 8Alex Gonsalves collects recycling outside Adams House. Waste per capita was reduced 27 percent from FY2006 to FY2014. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 12Athletics Facilities Manager Jason Waldron tours the Bright Hockey Center, where the University’s Green Revolving Fund was used to convert the lights to super-efficient LEDs to save maintenance costs and energy. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 11FAS Green Program Manager Brandon Geller shows off his tie outside the 46 Blackstone Building at Harvard University. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 7Assistant Athletic Director Jon Lister explains how the solar panels operate inside the Gordon Track building, which has Harvard’s largest solar array. More than 1MW of solar PV panels have been installed across campus. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer 5Facilities and maintenance worker Jim Peterson gardens in the Mac Quad. Organic landscaping is used on more than 93 acres of campus space, including Harvard Yard. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 9Graduate School of Arts and Sciences student Anna Levina works in the Jacobsen Lab inside the Mallinckrodt building. A Green Labs Program encourages researchers to reduce energy in laboratories by closing the sash when not in use. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 6The Harvard University Police Department used the Green Revolving Fund to convert its entire fleet of patrol cars to hybrids, in a move to save money and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and pollution. Anthony Carvello talks on the radio in the new car. Photo by Katherine Taylor 2The Hubway bicycle stand outside the Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center launched with a celebration in 2012. Harvard is a major supporter of Hubway, sponsoring 12 stations and providing affiliates with discounted memberships. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 13Solar panels grace the roof of the Science Center at Harvard. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 1Harvard Graduate School of Education students Warren Garris and Jackie Iloh work beneath a green wall installed as part of the LEED platinum-certified renovation of the School’s Gutman Library. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 10Building manager Dick Nerden shows off efficiency aspects of a 15,000-gallon rainwater collection tank that holds water for reuse as irrigation in the newly renovated LEED platinum-certified Stone Hall. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 14A Harvard shuttle, fueled by biodiesel, passes by the LISE building and Mallinckrodt Lab (far left). Energy-efficiency measures at the LISE building have saved more than $3.15 million since 2009. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 16In Harvard Yard, sunlight bolts through orange and green leaves. Harvard’s Sustainability Plan, adopted in 2014, is focused on enhancing the well-being of the campus community. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographerlast_img read more

Seed Blends, Bad Mixes

first_img“Some grasses found in blends, like fine fescue, grow well in shady areas, but you don’tnormally want to plant them over a whole lawn,” Duncan said. “We’ve done research here on the drought tolerance of different zoysia cultivars,” Duncansaid. “We’re able to offer advice on which ones are best.” “Homeowners also need to check with their Extension Service or turf specialist beforeinvesting in this grass,” Duncan said. “Some cultivars on the market are some of the biggestwater users. You might as well put a water hose on the end of the root.” If you live in an area that faces yearly restrictions on outside watering, planting the rightzoysia cultivar is a good investment. “Be cautious of blends,” said Ronny Duncan, a turf scientist with the University of GeorgiaCollege of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences in Griffin, Ga.”Some blends are marketed as ‘the grass for the South,'” he said. “But they actually havecool-season grass seeds in them like annual ryegrass that have no chance to survive more thanone season in the South.” People in search of the perfect lawn are often lulled by promises of super seed blends. Another grass often offered as good for Southern growers is zoysia. If you’re buying grass seed, read the label carefully. If you aren’t sure what grows best inyour area, contact your county Extension Service agent or the turf scientists at the UGAGriffin campus. “As further research is completed, people will get blends and cultivars they are happier with,”Duncan said. “But most of the ones available now just don’t hold up well. So ask the rightquestions before you invest your money.”last_img read more

Milan Shooting under investigation

first_imgMilan, In. — Indiana State Police say a 43-year-old Milan man suffered a gunshot wound Wednesday night.Police responded to a 911 call at 8:30 p.m. in the 3100 block of South Friendship Road and found Joseph Christlieb with a gunshot wound to the shoulder. Christlieb was treated at the scene then flown to University of Cincinnati Hospital for treatment.An unidentified subject was detained but not arrested.This is a developing story.last_img