Vol 10. Issue 30 / October 11, 2010

In Brief

National Energy Awareness Month
To mark National Energy Awareness Month in October, the Scripps Research Green Team encourages everyone to save energy and money at home and work by making small changes to reap big rewards.

Did you know that replacing an incandescent bulb with a compact fluorescent bulb (CFL) will use 75 percent less energy, last ten times longer, and provide the same amount of light? If every home in America replaced just one incandescent light bulb with a CFL, in one year the energy savings could light more than three million homes and prevent the release of greenhouse gas emissions equal to that of about 800,000 cars.

Go to the Green Initiative website for more useful tips, tools, and resources on cutting energy use and energy costs for heating, cooling, lighting, and other power sources.

For questions or comments, please send an email to Scripps California's Green Team at sustain@scripps.edu.

Recycling in a Single Stream
Scripps California Environmental Services has begun a three-month "single-stream recycling" pilot project in the Dorris Neuroscience Center building located on the east side of the La Jolla campus.

Single-stream recycling allows users to place all recyclables, including mixed paper, small cardboard boxes, glass beverage bottles, plastic containers (one to seven), lab recyclables, and aluminum, into marked blue containers (large cardboard boxes can still be placed outside the labs in the hallways). Single-stream recycling eliminates the sorting function required by previous recycling operations. In addition, single-stream recycling offers major benefits, including an increased recycling rate (typically by 10 to 30 percent), fewer recycling containers, and a streamlined communication process.

Goals of the program include:

  • Raising the recycling diversion rate at single-stream locations to 40 percent
  • Improving faculty, student, staff, and visitor access to recycling receptacles
  • Creating a user-friendly system
  • Issuing and communicating clear recycling guidelines to the Scripps Research community

During the pilot project, Environmental Services will test the single-stream method, while simultaneously exploring ways to reduce costs and improve performance. In January 2011, the pilot project will be evaluated to determine its applicability throughout the La Jolla campus.

For questions or comments, please contact Mario Osornio at x4-2818 or osorniom@scripps.edu.

New English-as-a-Second-Language Series Begins
A new English-as-a-second-language class started on Tuesday, October 12. The class, taught by Cassandra Wadkin, meets from 6:30 to 8:30 PM every Tuesday evening in the Immunology Building West Conference Room. The price for three months (12 classes) is $60.

Each intermediate-level English class is divided into speaking and listening, idioms and vocabulary, and reading and writing. If you would like to improve your English communication skills as well as understand your friends and colleagues, movies, television shows, and the news, this class is for you. The instructor uses movies, games, television shows, grammar books, songs, drawings, and novels to teach standard American English. Have fun and learn English at the same time!

For more information, please leave a message at x4-2176.

Open House and Memorial for Keith McKeown
An open house and memorial will celebrate the life of Scripps Research Institute Vice President of Communications and Public Relations Keith McKeown (1945 – 2010) on Saturday, October 23. The open house will be held from noon to 3 PM; a short service is scheduled for 2 PM. The event will be held at his home, 3516 Alabama Street, San Diego, CA 92104. RSVPs encouraged; contact Tami Barnas at tbarnas@scripps.edu. Donations in Keith's honor should be directed to the American Cancer Society.

Send comments to: mikaono[at]scripps.edu