Power Of Green

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Power Of Green

  1. 1. The Power of Green Discussing Broader Implications of Institutional Decisions Heather Soyka Assistant Archivist/Head of Preservation, Texas Tech University
  2. 2. Power + Green
  3. 3. Getting to know you… <ul><li>Understand what you have </li></ul><ul><ul><li>HVAC care and feeding </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Relationship with maintenance- build a team </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What’s a “setpoint”? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Small fixes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Building map of usage </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. For archivists and collection stewards <ul><li>-Know thy collection </li></ul><ul><li>-Climate- indoors and out </li></ul><ul><li>-Collect data– and check it </li></ul><ul><li>-Avoid too much fixation on climate targets </li></ul><ul><li>-Make sure you know what you need- and that you are asking for the right thing </li></ul>
  5. 5. Evaluating your space
  6. 7. Archives and resource consumption <ul><li>Electricity/fossil fuel use determined by environmental controls > archivist/conservator </li></ul><ul><li>Tight control means higher energy consumption </li></ul><ul><li>Increase in mechanical sophistication > decrease in tolerance for deviation on T/RH </li></ul><ul><li>Sophisticated systems require expertise </li></ul>
  7. 8. A few energy facts <ul><li>Buildings consume 2/3 of all electricity in the US and produce almost 1/3 of greenhouse gases </li></ul><ul><li>80% of that energy comes from coal </li></ul><ul><li>Between 10-20% of energy is wasted </li></ul><ul><li>Peter Pfeiffer, “Real and Relevant Green Buildings,” 2007 </li></ul>
  8. 9. Impact of electricity usage <ul><li>Loss at each conversion step- only 30-50% reaches destination </li></ul>http://seco.cpa.state.tx.us/energy-sources/
  9. 10. Conservation versus Efficiency <ul><li>Can we change behavior? </li></ul><ul><li>“Do less to use less” </li></ul>
  10. 11. <ul><li>What is the relationship between heritage and sustainability? </li></ul><ul><li>How can we balance presentation, workspace, and preservation needs? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ongoing conversation and evaluation </li></ul></ul>
  11. 12. Outreach and Advocacy <ul><li>Effects of evaluation/”greening”: </li></ul><ul><li>-direct $ savings, but also indirect benefits </li></ul><ul><li>Other ways to make a difference: </li></ul><ul><li>-recycling program, shredding </li></ul><ul><li>-building tours/discussion of sustainability </li></ul>
  12. 13. A few more resources <ul><li>Climate data tracking </li></ul><ul><ul><li>myclimatedata.com (IPI); PEM2s, Onset/Boxcar </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Energy audit </li></ul><ul><li>-- TX- SECO http://seco.cpa.state.tx.us/ </li></ul><ul><li>Environmental guidelines for collections (Getty) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.getty.edu/conservation/science/environmental/index.html </li></ul></ul>
  13. 14. Thank you! <ul><li>Heather Soyka </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>

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