RecycleMania Week 2!

It`s Friday, Lutes! You know what that means… The results are in for week 2 of RecycleMania!

Ordal is still in the lead by a bit, but Hinderlie is quickly gaining on them! Harstad has plenty of time to catch up!

Mixed Paper-49.00
PLU Total=128.00

Mixed Paper-25.00
PLU Total=82.40

Mixed Paper-34.50
PLU Total=112.5

Way to go on keeping the garbage out this week! Remember, there is plenty of time to catch Ordal!

Have a great weekend & keep up the recycling!


News from GREAN, with response from Dr. Sheri Tonn

Hello Friends of GREAN,

This Saturday, January 30th at 10:00 am the PLU Habitat Restoration Project is having a tree-planting volunteer event! All are invited to come and help plant 25 Garry oak trees that have been donated by the Native Plant Salvage Alliance. We will meet near the western slope of the UC (near the volleyball courts behind Foss). Tools, gloves, and snacks will be provided, but good footwear and clothes that can get dirty are recommended.

We have a website (although still under construction) that has some more information available about the project.

Feel free to email me with any questions.
Thank you,


At least one of the Garry oaks on campus is over 400 years old. Once they are established the trees could be around for a very long time. If you want to leave a legacy on campus, participation in this planting is a great way to do it! Thanks in advance to everyone who participates. If you can’t be at this event I’m sure there will be more.

Thanks to GREAN-


Sheri J Tonn
Vice president, Finance & Operations
Pacific Lutheran University
Tacoma, WA 98447

If you would like added to GREAN’s listerv for great updates such as this one, please email

RecycleMania Week 1!

The first week of the RecycleMania competition ended on Friday, and the results are in!

We have to report our numbers to the National office in pounds, so here are the stats for week 1!

Mixed Paper-33.50
PLU Total=124.00

Mixed Paper-46.50
PLU Total=87.5

Mixed Paper-21.00
PLU Total=88.5

Remember that for the competition between halls, the weight of the garbage found in the recycling containers are subtracted from your total score.

Week 2 has already started! Good luck & happy recycling!

Turning a computer to stand-by or hybernate

The power management features in Windows XP include standby and hibernate. This article covers how standby and hibernate settings can help you manage your battery power, giving you maximum mobility when you are away from your desk for an extended period of time.

Let’s say you are in a day-long training course. You bring your Tablet PC to take notes and check e-mail messages, but there are periods of time when you are not using your Tablet PC—for example, during certain group activities and breaks.

To save battery power, you set up your computer so that when you press the power button, your computer goes into standby mode: a low power state that saves your work and quickly returns you to your desktop when you power up your computer again. You also select a power scheme that automatically puts your computer in standby mode after being idle for a certain period of time. That way, if you forget to manually put the computer on standby, it will automatically go into standby after it has been idle for a specified amount of time.

As a safety precaution, you set up your computer to go into hibernation when it reaches a specified low level of battery power. When your Tablet PC goes into hibernation, your opened files and your desktop are saved to the hard drive and your computer shuts down.

With your Tablet PC, you should use standby to conserve battery power when you are away from your office and you should use hibernate as a backup system so that if you lose all battery power your information will be saved.
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Standby: Conserve Battery Power

Standby reduces the power consumption of your computer by cutting power to hardware components that you are not using. Standby can cut power to peripheral devices, your monitor, even your hard drive, but maintains power to your computer’s memory so you don’t lose your work.

You can put your computer in standby automatically or manually. Automatic standby is handled by your computer through the power scheme settings. If your computer is idle for a specified period of time, it goes into power-saving standby mode. Manual standby requires you to specify an action that puts your computer in standby mode—closing the lid of your computer, pressing the power button, or pressing the sleep button. You can also select standby when you shut down Windows from the Start button. For the best management of your battery power, you should consider initiating both automatic and manual standby.

Important: Airlines might request that you turn off your computer during certain portions of the flight, such as takeoff and landing. To comply with this request, you must turn off your computer completely. Make sure that your computer is not on standby and that you shut down your computer completely. Also, if your Tablet PC is equipped with a cellular modem, make sure that it is turned off.

How to put your computer on standby automatically

1. On the taskbar, tap the Start button, and then tap Control Panel.

2. Tap Performance and Maintenance, and then tap Power Options.

3. On the Power Schemes tab, under Power schemes, tap the down arrow and then select the power scheme that you want to use.

Under Settings for power scheme, you can review System standby settings and adjust them if you prefer.

For more information on power schemes, see the how-to article Use Power Schemes.

How to put your computer on standby manually

1. On the taskbar, tap the Start button, and then tap Control Panel.

2. Tap Performance and Maintenance, and then tap Power Options.

3. Tap the Advanced tab.

4. If your Tablet PC has a lid (convertible style), under When I close the lid of my portable computer or When I press the power button on my computer, tap Stand by.

– or –

If your Tablet PC does not have a lid (slate tablet style), under When I press the power button on my computer, tap Stand by.

5. Tap OK.

Your computer will go on standby when you close the lid or press the power button of your Tablet PC. You can also put your computer into standby by tapping Start, then Shut Down, and then selecting Stand by from the list. Or your computer may have a dedicated sleep button that can be used to put your Tablet PC on standby. See your Tablet PC manufacturer’s instructions.

To come out of standby, you should press the power button or open the lid of your computer. For security reasons, you will be required to log on when you resume from standby. If you want to resume from standby without having to log on, go to the Advanced tab on the Power Options Properties dialog box and clear the Prompt for password when computer resumes from standby check box.

Note: If your battery dies while you are on standby, you could lose unsaved work. See Hibernate: Avoid Losing Your Work, below.
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Hibernate: Avoid Losing Your Work

Hibernate saves an image of your desktop with all open files and documents, and then it powers down your computer. When you turn on power, your files and documents are open on your desktop exactly as you left them.

How to put your Tablet PC into hibernation when your battery power reaches a critically low level

1. On the taskbar, tap the Start button, and then tap Control Panel.

2. Tap Performance and Maintenance, and then tap Power Options.

3. Tap the Hibernate tab, select the Enable hibernation check box, and tap Apply.

4. Tap the Alarms tab.

5. Under Critical battery alarm, select the Activate critical battery alarm when power level reaches check box and specify the power level by moving the slider.

6. Tap the Alarm Action button under the slider, and under Alarm action, select the When the alarm goes off the computer will: check box.

7. In the list, select Hibernate.

Tablet PC battery alarm options

Important: Your Tablet PC must come out of standby to go into hibernation. During this brief period, your computer is on. For this reason, when the airline requests that you turn off your computer, you must completely shut down your Tablet PC.

‘Amazingly above normal’: Could be Seattle’s warmest January ever

The Seattle Times – January 20th, 2010Daffodils sprouting in mid-January — that can’t be right. But they and other spring flowers are popping up from their beds, thanks to a long-lasting stream of warm Pacific air and a classic El Niño weather pattern. If this keeps up, weather experts say, parts of the Northwest could have their warmest January on record.

By George Tibbits

The Associated Press

Daffodils sprouting in mid-January — that can’t be right.

But they and other spring flowers are popping up from their beds, thanks to a long-lasting stream of warm Pacific air and a classic El Niño weather pattern. If this keeps up, weather experts say, parts of the Northwest could have their warmest January on record.

“We are amazingly above normal,” said Cliff Mass, professor of atmospheric science at the University of Washington. “I can see in my own garden. The bulbs are pushing up.”

So far this month, the average of Seattle’s daily low and high temperatures has been about 47 degrees, nearly 7 degrees warmer than normal for January, said Carl Cerniglia, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service here.

Crocuses, usually the first spring flower here, already are blooming. While the first green stalks of daffodils have emerged, gardeners say it will be at least a few weeks before they bloom — longer if there’s a late winter cold spell.

Nevertheless, Caroline Ullmann found a solitary daffodil bloom in her North Seattle yard. “Such a brave little thing,” she said in a Facebook posting.

Midweek in Seattle saw sunshine, April-like warmth and the usual threat of rain. Around most of the country, winter was being winter: California has been beset with heavy rain and snow, ice storms hit the Midwest, and the Northeast has been cold and snowy. Earlier in the month, Florida was freezing, and there was ice in Atlanta.

Last winter in the Northwest was dismal: A late December snowstorm paralyzed Seattle. A brutal cold snap froze Eastern Washington. A record rainstorm weakened a reservoir wall at Howard Hanson Dam on the Green River, threatening the heavily developed suburbs downstream. It snowed on April Fool’s Day.

Nora Van Vugt, who tends a 5-acre garden at the base of the Cascade foothills east of Seattle, went back over the years in her garden records and found the plants’ progress this year is typical and the cold, nasty winter a year ago the exception.

“At least every El Niño year since I’ve lived here, and I moved here in 1995, it’s right on target,” she said.

Both Washington and Oregon have had above-normal temperatures, said Cerniglia of the weather service. Spokane is usually frozen in January, but it’s been running nearly 8 degrees above average for the month, he said.

If the weather pattern continues, Mass said, “It’s possible we could end up with the warmest January in Seattle’s history.”

Seattle was approaching 60 degrees today, which would be 14 degrees above the normal maximum for the date. Portland reached 58 degrees, 12 degrees above normal, with a low of 43.

Spokane was up to 46 — just 2 degrees shy of the date’s record — and a low of 33, 11 degrees above normal.

“They’ve actually been, you know, pretty toasty,” Mass said.

Still, January hasn’t exactly been shorts and T-shirts weather. For the most part, it’s been wet, windy and cloudy since New Year’s. Seattle has had twice the normal precipitation for this time in January, with more rain forecast into the weekend.

In other words, Mass and Cerniglia say, a typical El Niño.

El Niño, a periodic warming along the equatorial Pacific, generally produces heavier-than-normal precipitation in California. This year, Southern California has been drenched, with storms this week flooding streets and increasing the danger of mudslides.

For the Northwest, it usually means warmer temperatures, overall drier conditions and less snow in the mountains — exactly what the region has experienced. The effects of El Niños normally show up around the first of the year.

Global warming has nothing to do with it, Mass said. The weather pattern over North America this month brought a warm, wet southerly air stream into the Northwest, while the central U.S. and the East got a blast of cold, he said.

After a hard freeze here in December, “the warm weather came and a lot of plants I think were feeling, ‘Well, winter’s over, time to wake up,'” said David Zuckerman, grounds supervisor at the University of Washington’s Arboretum in Seattle.

But he said the early plant growth isn’t that far out of the ordinary.

“We had that freeze, then all that rain, I think people are just ready to see things,” he said.

Brent Roozen, a tulip grower at Washington Bulb Co. in Mount Vernon, said that while green stalks of daffodils have appeared, a couple of weeks of cold weather “will just slow things way back down.”

Daffodils typically bloom here in March. Roozen said his company, the largest grower of daffodils, tulips and irises in the country, isn’t that worried.

“If the weather keeps up like this, the bloom might be in late February,” he said. But you can’t control the weather, so “we don’t worry that much about it,” he added.

Coming Soon to Tstad…

Since its renovation in 2007, residents have been complaining about the lack of drinking fountains in Tingelstad. This year their Hall Council decided to look for a solution.

The cost of installing drinking fountains in the building would be somewhere between $3,000 and $8,000 for each fountain. Times nine floors… That`s a lot of money! While Tstad’s RHC is really excited about making refill stations available, and getting rid of bottled water usage in the building, that cost is just too high.

While checking the possibilities, another option emerged… Gooseneck fountains (like the ones added in academic buildings and the UC) are just as effective, and cost around $800 per faucet. They can be added to existing sinks a lot more easily than installing whole new fountains.

Here’s the good news! The Sustainability Office has offered to let Tstad use part of their savings from unPLUg, to help bring down the cost of these fountains! In addition to their savings, the winning hall gets a $500 prize! Tstad has the potential to save a lot of money, especially now that they have the smartstrips! (As long as they are being used!)

So, Tstadders… Use those SmartStrips, save some money, and get those water fountains you`ve been waiting for!

Climate Action Plan and Sustainability Guide

It’s finally here!  A comprehensive, solid PLU Sustainability Guide, with bonus Climate Action Plan!  Read the full PLU CAP & Sustainability Guide.

This has been a 2 year in the making document, starting with PLU’s President Anderson signing the American College and University President’s Climate Commitment.  And now it’s here!  Big things to come, keep tuned.  And for a presentation to your group, please email the Sustainability Office.