Thursday April 2, 2009

Are Snuggies an Answer?

At the Stander Symposium issue forums April 16, students, faculty and staff will be able to discuss ways UD can use less energy and be a stronger steward of the environment.

At the third annual Stander Symposium issue forum on campus energy use Thursday, April 16, students, staff and faculty will gather to discuss how the University can reduce energy use and be a better steward of the environment.

"We are hoping to provide a snapshot of what the University of Dayton community thinks about our energy use," said forum director Jason Pierce, associate professor of political science. "Right now, we don't have a lot of options with our energy."

They'll examine how the University purchases its energy now, how it could acquire and produce energy in the future, and how the community could use energy more efficiently, Pierce said. Already, the University uses light and motion sensors in classrooms and has installed energy-saving light bulbs in residential areas. Further discussion could involve whether students should pay flat room and board rates or start paying for their own utilities.

To participate in the issue forums, which take place at 10:30 a.m. and 1 and 3 p.m. in the Roesch Library, register on the Stander Symposium Web site, or contact Pierce via e-mail.

Students are promoting the forums with an amusing video that has gotten almost 1,500 YouTube views as of Thursday morning. Check it out.