The Colgate Scene
March 2008

Focusing on mother earth

Joining more than 1,000 institutions across the country, the Colgate community dedicated Jan. 31 to Focus the Nation, a national teach-in on global warming solutions for America. Discussions, workshops, and film screenings were part of the campuswide effort, organized by a team of 30 students and faculty members, resulting in a jam-packed schedule of events that contributed to the university's exploration of environmental issues.

Some environmental tips and advice from panelists throughout the day:

- Monitor how much you drive
- Use less heat in your home by turning down the thermostat and making sure your house is properly insulated
- Don't let faucets run unnecessarily
- Change regular lightbulbs to compact fluorescent lightbulbs
- Turn off lights when leaving a room
- Educate yourself about what is recyclable in your area and recycle
- Plant a vegetable garden and buy locally grown food
- Whether it's your refrigerator, your car, or your house, downsize to what's needed, not what's trendy
- Don't hesitate to let politicians know the importance of environmental issues
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