Vickie Obenchain ’03 is a science teacher at Saklan Valley School in Moraga, Calif. As someone who educates others on the benefits of environmental sustainability, she is an expert on protecting the future of our planet. Here are Vickie’s tips for staying green in 2009…
Bring your own mug. Not only does a mug have a longer shelf life than a paper cup, but you also could receive a discount from many coffee shops that encourage customers to bring in reusable mugs.
Maintain your vehicle. Keeping your tires properly inflated and getting regular tune-ups will help you burn less gas.
Install a programmable thermostat. This allows you to turn down the heat for long periods of time, such as at night or while you are at work, and can lower your overall energy consumption.
Wash full loads. Whether you are doing laundry or washing dishes, make sure you have a full load before pushing start. You’ll use less energy and water than if you run twice as many half-filled loads.Turn off your computer and monitor. Automatically switching to sleep mode or manually turning monitors off at night is easy and energy efficient.
Top 5 to Thrive
Meet Geoff Childs ’06…a 1st Lieutenant in the U.S. Army who is serving in Iraq. Geoff has been overseas since June 2008 and is expected to return this summer or fall. Check out the top 5 things he’s learned while being deployed…
1.Never complain, things could always be worse. You might think a military base with four computers for everyone to share and only one big TV is bad, until you move to a new base where you sleep in tents and don’t even have a port-a-potty.
Back in the Bubble
Enjoy 2009 with amazing benefits for young alumni!
• Going on a service trip or doing volunteer work at home? Contact Lindsay Hege to receive a Phoenix doll that can accompany you on your trip. Take pictures and you could be featured on the alumni Web site!
Another year over, a new one just begun. We are very excited about all the changes happening at Elon in 2009 and believe that our focus as alumni this year should be on service. We’ve started off with these thoughts from Geoff Childs ’06, a soldier stationed in Iraq, and tips from Vickie Obenchain ’03 on staying green.
There are tons of opportunities for you to give back by getting involved at Elon. One way is through the Young Alumni Council, which accepts applications for new members every summer. On January 1, 15 new members were added to the Young Alumni Council by our new President Caroline Sage ’02.
There are also many opportunities listed in the Back In the Bubble column to sign up as an alumni speaker, join the Elon Career Network, or by taking the Phoenix doll with you to a service project. There are always opportunities for Elon alumni to speak in classes to current students, or to help out on the alumni boards of your local chapters.
No matter how you choose to give back in 2009, make sure to let us know where your work has taken you. Contact Lindsay Hege at Lhege2@elon.edu to volunteer for Elon service or to let us know what’s going on in your life.
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