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LJ Idol Week 4 Topic: Current Events

Those of you who know me, know that I am not a "currents events" girl. I don't watch the news, I don't read newspapers, I generally don't even pay attention to news feeds when I log into my email. It's not that I don't care about what's happening - I do. It's just that I can't bear to read all the "he killed, she killed, robberies, murders, rapes, child molested, scumsucker gets out of jail to do it all over again" types of stories. It upsets me and I'm high-strung enough. 

The article that I've found for this topic doesn't fall into any of those categories though, unless you have an aversion to energy/resource conservation. I work in the Department of Technology at Appalachian State University and one of our programs is Appropriate Technology. That program, along with the Energy Center here at ASU, is involved in many "green" projects: alternate energy sources, biofuels, recycling and waste management, sustainable energy management, etc. 

"Grandfather Mountain is going green.

Work is currently underway to decrease the energy consumption of the Avery County attraction.

In January, the park’s board of directors commissioned an energy survey by the Appalachian State University Department of Technology. The survey took an inventory of energy consumption and proposed specific solutions for Grandfather Mountain’s green initiative.

The team of professors and graduate students led by Jeff Tiller and Dennis Scanlin presented their findings to the board in August.

Grandfather Mountain president Crae Morton said the team presented dozens of ways to improve the energy efficiency of the park. Several steps have already been taken, with many more in design phases and under construction."

This is an exciting time in the Department, especially in the Appropriate Technology program, because the students worked very hard on this survey project, and it's gratifying to see that their efforts have resulted in change for the better. It's exciting to see that these students actually care about something besides the fact that our football team kicked ass in the Big House earlier this year. They actually care about the world around them and want to make a difference. They go out and they work put in massive amounts of man-hours on these projects, hoping for grants so that they will be able to do more work for the future. Plus, it's great for the Department, as it gets us recognition and gets our name out there to prospective students, prospective faculty, and prospective investors. 

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