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2014 Einstein Earth Week

April 18th, 2014 by andreamoore

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Come join in the Earth Week activities at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, April 27th to May 2nd. Find all the details below.

SUNDAY, APRIL 27th
Community Garden Work Day, 1190 Pierce Ave (behind Weiler), 12 a.m. -4 p.m.
In honor of Arbor Day, join Einstein’s BODY club in the beautiful outdoors for a working day planting trees, weeding, building, and more. No RSVP necessary.

MONDAY, APRIL 28th
Alternative Transportation Day, Forch Lobby, 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Visit Zipcar and 511 Rideshare to learn about alternatives for your commute to work or for weekend trips.
Samba Class, Falk Center, 6:30p.m.

TUESDAY, APRIL 29th
Recycling Table, Forch Lobby, All Week
Recycle batteries, light bulbs, printer cartridges, plastic pens, and even clothes.
CERC and Einstein Buddies Activities, “Main Street” Forch, 2:30 p.m. – 5p.m.
Join the Children’s Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center and Einstein Buddies for some Earth Week Arts & Crafts and Music. Children and their families are invited. Snacks will be provided.

Yoga Class, Falk Center, 5:30p.m.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 30th
Swim Class, Falk Center, 5:30p.m.

THURSDAY, MAY 1st
I Love NY Water Campaign, Forch Lobby, 12 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Learn about how NYC has some of the best tap water in the country. Filtered, tested and free! Free bottles while they last.
Yoga Class, Falk Center, 5:30p.m.

FRIDAY, MAY 2nd
Bike Day, Forch Lobby, All Day
Come pick up some information about bicycle commuting and cycling in NYC. Also, enter a drawing to WIN FREE biking gear and other fun prizes!
Bike Commuter Appreciation Breakfast & Earth Week Information Table, In front of Belfer, 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Ride your bike to work and get a free breakfast.
Einstein Bike Ride, Belfer Rack, 5:15 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.
Join an Einstein Bike Ride to Orchard Beach and an eatery on City Island. Helmets will be required.

ALL WEEK LONG
Enjoy a FREE trial gym membership at the Falk Recreation Center!
Come check out the facilities – swim, lift weights, jog, play ball, and MORE!

Recyclemania, Recycling Challenge: Shoot to Win

March 24th, 2014 by andreamoore

By Alan Avitan & David Goldrich

For our Eco Rep Project, we chose to engage students on campus in an awareness event called Recycling Challenge: Shoot to Win.  The project was a way to raise awareness

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about, Recyclemania, the 8 week recycling competition that takes annually between 630+ participating universities in the United States and Canada.  The two goals of the events:

  • to educate the student body on proper recycling (what is and is not recyclable)
  • to encourage students to actively recycle through a motivational activity

We set up a table decked in promotional materials, and awaited students.  When students approached, they were met with a variety of recyclable bottles and materials, and were shown what forms of plastic and cardboard are recyclable under New York City standards.  Similarly, educational materials were available for those who wanted to learn more about the Recyclemania competition or recycling in general in NYC.  To encourage students to participate in recycling, different prizes were offered to those who chose to try the Recycling Challenge.  For the Challenge, participants were given five recyclable plastic water bottles and placed at a free-throw line 15 feet from recycling bins.  They were then asked to shoot the bottles into the bins.  For participation, they received wearable Recyclemania buttons; for sinking at least one shot, participants were given their choice of a wide array of candCalague of Event y and chocolate; for scoring a perfect five for five shooting, participants won a Recyclemania Frisbee (made of recycled plastic materials of course).

The Recycling Challenge was a wild hit.  During the week of tabling on both the Wilf and Beren campuses, hundreds of students took part in the fun activity while simultaneously learning about Yeshiva University’s Office of Energy and Sustainability Recyclemania competition and how best to participate.  Initially intrigued by offers of free candy, many students left the Challenge enthusiastic about recycling and looking to improve efforts in their university.  As one student put it, “I never knew that recycling could be so much fun!”  While only time will tell, we are confident that this project will help Yeshiva improve on last year’s already impressive 2013 rank of 13th out of 200+ schools in the bottles & cans division of Recyclemania.

2014 YU Earth Week, March 31st to April 6th

March 20th, 2014 by andreamoore

paper_153508431Come join in the Earth Week festivities at Yeshiva University. March 31st to April 6th. Find all the details below.

MONDAY, MARCH 31
Wall-E Viewing & Pizza, Wilf, Belfer Hall, Rm. 207
8 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Join YU Eco Reps for Pizza and a Movie, Wall-E, the pixar film critiquing the larger issues of consumerism, environmental degradation, waste management, and discusses the immense impact humans have on the Earth.

TUESDAY, APRIL 1
Conversation with Prof. Leventer, Stern, 245 Lex, Rm.
7:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.
Join YU Eco Reps and Professor Leventer to discuss environmental ethics and how you can do your part to help. Questions being answered: How strong is your ethical obligation to ‘care for the environment’? What are the three most fruitful things you can do to fulfill this obligation?

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 2
I Heart NY Water Campaign, Stern, 245 Lex Lobby
10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Join YU’s Eco Reps and learn about how NYC has some of the best tap water in the country. Filtered, Tested and Free! Free bottles while they last.

THURSDAY, APRIL 3
Builder Battles, Wilf, Belfer, Weissberg Commons
7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Join YU Environmental Society in a recycled materials building competition. Join teams of 4 to 5 students in using recyclable materials such as cardboard, cans, newspaper, plastic, bottles, egg cartons, and whatever else you can think of. Teams will be rated based on creativity, what they have built, and how they have connected their creation to the theme given to them that night. Look out for posters for more information. PRIZES for the WINNING GROUP! Learn more on the Facebook Page.

FRIDAY, APRIL 4
Green Building Tour, Stern, Meet at Brookdale Lobby
10:15 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Join YU Eco Reps for a Green Building Tour. Learn about the different features of this Brooklyn green home from a green roof to a natural swimming pool. RSVP on Facebook.

SUNDAY, APRIL 6
YU Environmental Society Hike, 59th St. Central Park
11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Join YU’s Environmental Society for a tour and walk of the entirety of Central Park. Snacks included. Learn more on the Facebook Page.

Yeshiva University earns Recognition for Sustainability Efforts

February 25th, 2014 by andreamoore

The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) recently recognized YU with a STARS Bronze Rating for its sustainability efforts. This is the most comprehensive sustainability inventory Yeshiva University has done to date which was a yearlong effort involving all 4 of Yeshiva University campuses and required efforts from over 40 Yeshiva students, faculty and staff. The effort was conducted by the Office of Energy & Sustainability with assistance from departments university wide from Human Resources and Engineering to the Provost’s Office.

This is just another achievement since the University opened the Office of Energy & Sustainability in 2008, after President Joel signed the American College & University President’s Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), committing to achieve climate neutrality by 2050 with an interim goal of 20% by 2020.

STARS or the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System, is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance. It uses a model comprising four major areas: Education & Research, Operations and Planning, Administration and Engagement as well as Innovation. These areas are subdivided into a total of 139 sub sections ranging from sustainability related coursework to carpooling.

To learn more about Yeshiva’s sustainability efforts, visit the publicly available report: https://stars.aashe.org/institutions/yeshiva-university-ny/report/2014-02-11/.

 

An Eco Rep Project: A viewing of the movie ‘Switch’

February 21st, 2014 by andreamoore

By Irene Goldman

switch imageThe film “Switch” was recently shown by YU’s Eco Reps in December as a part of YU Unplugged, the university’s dorm energy competition.  It features Dr. Scott Tinker, a well known geologist who begins by measuring how much energy one person uses and then goes on to explore our current major energy sources and what will replace them in the future.   Energies that will replace oil are biofuels, natural gas, and electricity, whereas energies that will replace coal are solar, wind, natural gas and nuclear.  Energy sources that will likely see the most growth are renewable energy sources, and natural gas will make up the majority of baseload energy.

With about 20 students in attendance, “Switch” was a hit.  As Sophomore Tova Rand puts it “I didn’t realize the impact I can make on the world when I use energy. Now I know that what I do matters too!” This film brought awareness to the students of Yeshiva University through its straightforward nature and meaningful message, and they plan to implement it within their everyday lives. One student said “now that I know how much energy affects my earth, I want to start unplugging my charger when I leave home. Why hurt my planet like that?”

Yeshiva & 511 RideShare Partner to provide Commuting Services to Employees

December 17th, 2013 by andreamoore

 

carpoolingYeshiva University is proud to announce a new partnership with 511 NY Rideshare, New York’s home for ride matching and traveler services. 511NY Rideshare works to make ridesharing an easy, affordable, flexible and appealing alternative to driving alone. To accomplish this, Yeshiva University in conjunction with 511NY Rideshare will be providing free traveler services including ridematching for carpools and vanpools, commuter benefits services, and resources for transit, bicycling, walking, teleworking and other options.

Transportation Days will kick off the program at each of our campuses to help employees sign up and learn more about the many benefits of the new programs. Please come check us out at your campus:

Resnick Campus, Tuesday, January  14th 11- 1pm, Forch Lobby
Beren Campus, Wednesday, January 15th 11- 1pm, 215 Lex Lobby
Cardozo Campus,  Thursday, January 16th 11- 1pm, Cardozo Lobby
Wilf Campus,  Friday, January 17th 11- 1pm,  Belfer 12th Floor Cafe

Or to learn more about this program, visit Human Resource’s Commuter Rideshare Page and look out for a sign up email in early January.

 

Brookdale meets Energy Star Certification for the 2nd year in a row

November 19th, 2013 by andreamoore

Energy Star LogoCongratulations to Brookdale Residence Hall for earning the ENERGY STAR building certification for the 2nd year in a row. By being an ENERGY STAR building, Brookdale is more energy efficient than over 75% of other dormitories in the country and allows Yeshiva University to increase energy savings while saving on the bottom line.

To learn more about ENERGY STAR buildings, visit the ENERGY STAR website.

5 ways to save Energy and Money at Home this year

November 19th, 2013 by andreamoore

At Yeshiva University, we encourage energy savings in the workplace and at home. This winter season, see how you can save energy and money by considering these energy saving tips for your home.

Set your Thermostat back
For each degree you adjust the thermostat back, you can have a 1-2% savings. In addition, programmable thermostats can cut about $180 a year from your energy bill by automatically reducing to your heating or cooling when you need it the least.

Unplug and Turn it off
Many appliances and electronic devices consume electricity even when you’re not actively using them. All that vampire power can add up to 10% of your electric bill. Unplugging or powering down your computers, DVD players, Video game consoles, power tool chargers and other gadgets can save you up to $120 dollars a year!

Buy EnergyStar appliances
Appliances and electronics account for about 20% of your energy bill. When buying an appliance, consider the initial cost of the item as well as the cost of running it over the period of its life. Buying Energy Star products use 10 to 15% less energy and water than standard models so consider replacing your old refrigerators, washing machine dishwasher and other appliances with an Energy Star model. It can save $900 over the lifetime of the products, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

Change your Lightbulbs
Replacing 15 incandescent lightbulbs with energy saving bulbs can save up to $100 per year and more than $1200 in energy costs over the life of the bulbs, according to the Department of Energy. Not a fan of CFLs? Consider new LED bulbs that last even longer and have a higher quality of light.

Turn off the hot water
Heating hot water is the second highest energy expense after general heating. Typically it accounts for about 20% of your utility bill. You can reduce that cost by using less hot water, turning down the thermostat on your water heater, insulating your water heater, or buying a new more efficient model. Low-flow showerheads and toilets can help reduce your total consumption of water.

For more great ways to save $$$ at home and help you reduce your energy usage without sacrificing comfort, visit Con Edison’s Power of Green website or visit the DOE’s Energy Saver Blog.

Welcome our 2013 New Eco Reps!

October 25th, 2013 by andreamoore

Please welcome our new 2013 Eco Reps and learn a little more about them!

Alan Avitan

AlanI am from Cleveland, Ohio and am a rising senior at Yeshiva University. I am involved in various student leadership initiatives on campus including being treasurer on the YSU student council, student ambassador for the office of admission, vice-president of the Israel business club, as well as working as an advisor for the West Coast NCSY region. I am pursuing my bachelor’s degree in marketing with the intent of going into the entertainment and television industry. I am interested in the Eco Rep program because of the importance of sustainability, energy conservation, and renewable resources in our ever expanding world but most importantly learning what I can do to give back and how I can make a difference.

Irene Goldman

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My name is Irene Goldman.  I grew up in Deal, NJ, where I attended Hillel Yeshiva. After high school, I went to Midreshet Harova to study for a year. When I got back from Israel I came to Stern, where I am currently a Sophomore. My family has always recycled, so when I left home and saw how many people don’t, I realized that many people are unaware of our responsibility to keep the earth in the best condition possible. This program is about getting the information out there, and I’d like to help.

David Goldrich

DavidI am a senior at Yeshiva University, dual-majoring in Biology and Political Science.  As a pre-med student, I hope to attend medical school in the coming years.  I am very involved on campus, serving on the boards of the Medical Ethics Society, the Student Life Committee, and YUPAC, among others.  I also enjoy playing guitar and rooting for the New York Mets.  Having spent the previous year as an Eco-Rep, I hope to continue to provide student programming and initiatives toward raising energy and environmental awareness at YU while mentoring and assisting this year’s Eco Rep program.

Rebecca Gross

GrossMy name is Rebecca Gross, and, ever since a childhood spent in the leafy tree-filled suburbs, conservation has been my passion! Indeed, I’m looking forward to joining the Eco-Rep program to draw awareness to saving those trees. I’m a junior in Stern College for Women, majoring in Biochemistry and interested in medicine. After doing early admission in SUNY Rockland and spending a year in Michlelet Mevaseret Yerushalayim in Jerusalem, I came to Stern, and am excited to be starting my second year here! I enjoy reading, kayaking, doing puzzles, and hiking, and I’m looking forward to doing good work this year as an Eco-Rep!

Oren Herschander

OrenAs the great master Yoda once said, “Always in motion is the future”. Vague and fuzzy, our future is unclear. Who knows what it will hold? Like the static snow of a broken television, the years to come are difficult to interpret. Being a responsible citizen of this great planet, I consider it my duty to help improve it for the future generations to come. The future cannot be predicted because it hasn’t been written yet. As an Eco-Rep, forward thinker, admirer of all living things and a concerned environmentalist, I gladly take it upon myself to help write a beautiful and sustainable future for planet Earth. “With great power comes great responsibility”, and I fully intent to not shirk my obligations.

Rachel Khaldar

RachelI’m 19 and currently spending my first year on Campus at Stern College for women, after having spent a year studying in Israel at MMY. I grew up in Maryland, and went to Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy, where I had the privilege of obtaining both a Jewish and secular education. Using sustainable and reusable energy to the best of one’s abilities has been a value influenced upon me not only by family, who taught me from a young age the self-evident aphorism “waste not, want not”, but also by the facts of the finite world around me. Human beings have high potential intellect, and are aware of the alternative energy sources in the world, both of food and of shelter, he can use and not cause excess waste. As a representative of a greater group of representatives for the intellectual and Jewish world, I look forward to major success and accomplishments this year in the goal of enhancing sustainable and reusable energy at Yeshiva University!

Matt Lubin

I grew up on Long Island, and before coming to YU spent two years in Israel studying at Yeshivat Kerem B’Yavneh. I have very wide academic interests, and have taken courses in biology, chemistry, math, philosophy, and computer science, with the hopes of making a career out of research in biochemistry. The underlying goals and philosophy behind my interest in scientific research are both a natural and deep seated curiosity about how the world works, but also a burning desire to make it a better, and more sustainable, place to live.

I’ve always been careful about it myself, and I knew that I would one day hope to make an impact on the way other people see these issues as well. Last year, in my first year in YU, I would notice practices by both the students and the institution, which upset me very much because they seemed so easy to change (such as using double sided printing to save paper) and it would be in YU’s best interest to do so, for economic as well as environmental reasons. After many conversations with the president of the Environmental Society, I discovered that many of the students and staff are simply unaware, or not conscious of the issues and how easy it is to do better. I decided to join the Eco Reps in hope that I will be able to learn for myself how to save more effectively, as well as how to best advocate and raise awareness among my peers for environmentally friendly practices.

Gavriella Pearl

GavriellaI live in Brooklyn (NY) and spent last year in Israel, studying at Nishmat. I volunteered on an organic agricultural farm for part of the summer. I love baking (if you’re ever craving parve Reese’s…), art, sewing, graceful dancing, and ice-skating. One of my favorite books is The Giver and my favorite band is Rascal Flatts. I have 2 brothers and my favorite game is Jungle Speed. I have been vegetarian for over four years. I am (actually) allergic to cold weather. I intend to major in either math or pre-engineering and hope to pursue a career in biomedical engineering. My goal to share my passion for holistic health and love of nature with other YU students through my education in this program and hope that we can make YU a better place for its students and the Earth.


Riva Tropp

RivaHi, I’m Riva. It’s hard to pin oneself down in just a few words, but I’m curious, passionate, and easily amused. I absolutely love hikes, music, and reading books of all genres, except for romance and perhaps horror. I might major in English, but it’s too early to be certain. In the meantime, I’m looking forwards to being an eco rep this year, and hope I can help make a difference.

I’ve loved nature ever since I was a kid and spent many great Sundays hiking with my father. Since then, I’ve learned a lot about the dangers the environment faces, and have wanted to get involved. It seems to me that actual facts about global-warming are few and far between, and it’s easy to get caught up in a mess of propaganda and politicizing without realizing that the environment affects all of us, and we can affect it back, if we chose to try.

Jason Vessal

JasonThere is so much to be said about Jason Vessal, yet at the same time there is nothing to be said at all.  According to legend, when the doctor took him out of his mother’s womb, the young Jason spanked the doctor first in a preemptive strike.  He has been known to disappear for great lengths of time, reachable only by carrier pigeon.  In many parts of the southern hemisphere, the chanting of his name is thought by many to bring about bountiful rains.  He has been banned for life from entering Trinidad and Tobago.  What is it exactly about this figure that makes him so enigmatic?  How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop™?  The world may never know.  His interests/hobbies are backgammon, playing the violin, Judo, and traveling to name a few. Jason embraces the opportunity to save money for Yeshiva University through the implementation of financially sustainable ecological policies.  Because he loves the earth, he also wants to do whatever he can to make YU a more eco-friendly school, so long as there is no significant economic or academic sacrifice of any kind.

 

Successful Earth Week at Einstein

June 6th, 2013 by andreamoore

Check out how Earth Week went at Einstein this year from speakers to building a community garden.