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