Liz Veazy ’04 led a campaign to add $4 to the student fee for renewable energy campus initiatives,
which helped pay for solar panels heating 60 percent of the hot water used in Morrison, above.
and activities create. A double major in
geography and environmental science,
Gantt is now a graduate student in atmospheric science at N.C. State. He hopes to
work someday for the Environmental Protection Agency on air-quality research or
“I’m always trying to look at life from
an environmental point of view,” he said.
He rides his bike to class, recycles, uses a
low-flow showerhead and drives an
“A big issue on my personal carbon
footprint is food,” he said. “Buying local
and buying organic helps that out a lot.
For me, it’s a lot easier to go to Harris
Teeter, but I’m trying to go to farmers’
markets and make the time and effort to
buy local food. I like to have my apples
and oranges all year, so that’s a tough
Examining a personal carbon footprint
can be an eye-opener, even for Crawford-Brown.
“I was a little stunned last year when I
discovered that I use a large amount of
carbon dioxide flying over to England to
teach students how to reduce their carbon
dioxide,” he said. He got rid of his Jaguar,
which got 20 miles per gallon, and bought
a Toyota Prius hybrid, which cut his auto-related emissions 60 percent. He uses
video conferencing to replace some plane
travel. But he still expresses discomfort
about how much more energy he uses
than his parents did.
“My dad made as much money as I do,
but when I grew up, we never lived in
anything larger than 1,500 square feet. My
house is 3,200 square feet,” he said. “I
have a plasma-screen TV, and I was
stunned by the amount of energy that
uses. LCD screens are lower energy.”
Media attention has led to more
awareness about energy issues, he said, but
energy use in the U.S. continues to climb.
“It’s partly because the population keeps
going up, and also because the intensity of
people’s lives keeps going up. We’ve begun
to turn the corner. But there’s no signal
I’m seeing that people are using less
“People build energy-efficient houses,
but they’re 4,000 square feet. The efficiency of individual automobiles is going
up, but people are buying SUVs and also
driving much more. There’s nothing
wrong with satisfying human needs, but a
lot of the stuff we’re doing doesn’t satisfy
any need. It’s important to ask ourselves if
we’re doing anything for human needs
when we expend this energy.”
Johanna Kertesz ’02 manages to follow
many of what she considers the basic con-
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…on the move
■ Walk, ride your bike, take public
transportation, carpool or use a
shared vehicle service such as Zip
■ Combine errands into one trip.
■ Keep your car well maintained and
your tires properly inflated.
■ When buying a car, consider a
more fuel-efficient one.
■ Take fewer plane trips. Consider
taking the train or video conferencing instead.
■ Bring your own reusable shopping
■ Buy products with minimal packaging.
■ Buy products made with recycled
■ Buy food
■ Buy fresh
■ Buy organic foods.
■ Eat less meat.
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■ Compost food and yard
■ Use a motorless
■ When landscaping, plant native
species that can withstand drought.
■ Plant a tree to absorb carbon dioxide, provide shade and cut your air