SEEJ requesting that you blow them
Written by Bwog Staff
Last week, Bwog made passing mention that the Students for Environmental and Economic Justice were selling t-shirts on college walk. By way of a follow up, we’d like to say just how much we love their screen-printed, second-hand tees–they’re clever and environmentally/economically conscious!
But what really piqued Bwog’s interest was the cause said t-shirts are repping: the University’s full conversion to wind power. According to SEEJer Laura Seidman, C ’10, the group is petitioning Columbia to buy their power specifically from wind sources. Our power is curently supplied by ConEd; all we’d have to do is request that ours come exclusively from the company’s wind turbines and pay the extra 2 or so percent such power would cost. NYU has a similar arrangement, and SEEJ thinks it’s time for us to get on board as well. It would cost each student around ten extra dollars a year–although Bwog wonders whether there isn’t some local high-roller who’d kick in $500 million to cut down on energy use altogether.
Back when Bwog had a crack-like Sim City addiction, it learned that wind turbines are slightly more expensive but about as effective as coal and oil plants. Same in the real world? Chat up SEEJ and find out.