Energy-Saving Lights Brighten Greason Pool

A recent evening at the Greason Pool

A recent evening at the Greason Pool

Bowdoin has modernized the lighting at the LeRoy Greason Pool, swapping out the pool’s old metal halide bulbs for energy-efficient LED fixtures.

“We now have LEDs in the locker rooms, overhead pool lights, the wall packs around the pool deck and the exterior of the building,” said Keisha Payson, coordinator for a sustainable Bowdoin.

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Rare Lobster on Display at Maine State Aquarium (GrindTV)

A live lobster with a mutation that makes its claw look like a bit like a fingered hand has been donated to the Maine State Aquarium in Boothbay Harbor. There the lobster, nicknamed Lola, will join other unusual lobsters that have been pulled from the sea by fisherman.

Bowdoin a ‘Game Changer’ in Greening Its Sports Culture (NRDC)

Green B256The Natural Resources Defense Council gives kudos to Bowdoin in its new report, Collegiate Game Changers: How Campus Sport is Going Green. Using Bowdoin as a case study, the NRDC mentions that Bowdoin has two LEED-certified sports venues: the Watson Arena (the first LEED hockey rink in the nation) and the Buck Center. Bowdoin also gets props for treating its athletic fields almost exclusively with organic fertilizer and using high-efficiency lights in its basketball courts, track and indoor tennis courts.

Along with these administrative actions, the NRDC praises the students who in 2012 formed the Bowdoin Green Athletes to develop and implement projects to enhance the sustainability of sports on campus. “The group includes an executive committee that manages student-athlete representatives from all 50 campus sports teams to help shift the culture toward supporting the college’s sustainability goals,” the report explains. Green Athletes operates recycling initiatives at athletics contests, as well as a project that collects used sneakers to supply to micro-entrepreneurs in West Africa.

NRDC issued the 2013 Collegiate Game Changers report “to provide valuable lessons for all campus departments and other organizations, whether they are directly involved with the sports industry or not, highlighting what sports departments, students, venues, and championship events are doing to protect our planet and educate their fans.”

Fudge ’02 Finds Climate Insight in Antarctic Ice Core (Nature)

T.J. Fudge ’02 (left) at the drill site

T.J. Fudge ’02 (left) at the drill site

Geologist T.J. Fudge ’02 is lead corresponding author on a new study published in Nature, which reveals that West Antarctica started warming up from the last ice age a few thousand years earlier than previously thought — an insight that could influence our understanding of climate change today.

Previous data from the East Antarctic Ice Sheet indicated that the chilly continent began to warm up 18,000 years ago, two millennia after the northern hemisphere started warming. But when Fudge and his team drilled out a two-mile-long ice core from the West Antarctic Ice Sheet on the other side of the continent, they found evidence of warming as early as 22,000 years ago.

“This means that Antarctica did not wait for a cue from the northern hemisphere to start warming,” Fudge said. “Instead, the warming started because the wobble in Earth’s orbit around the sun led to more sunlight reaching Antarctica and the Southern Ocean.”

Click here to read more about Fudge’s finding.