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SAVE advocates conservation efforts

On Thursday, Nov. 15, the Student Environmental Action Coalition (SEAC) will be coordinating a nationwide Campus Energy Action Day. Students at over 1500 campuses will simultaneously call for increased energy efficiency and enhanced research on environmentally benign energy technologies.

Share a Vital Earth (SAVE) at MIT will be kicking off a campaign to increase energy awareness and stimulate environmentally conscious energy research by providing information to the MIT community and promoting increased interest in these issues. Members of the MIT community can have a beneficial impact upon the environment through individual energy efficiency actions and by participating

in meaningful energy technology research.

Individual actions can be facilitated by participation in programs offered by local utilities. The utilities of the New England area are providing an energy efficiency service to their clients. The service entails a survey of the use of energy in interested clients' homes, suggestions for increasing energy efficiency based upon

the results of the survey, and reduced-rate energy efficient products.

Boston Edison provides a similar service for its clients. Boston Edison will introduce its clients to efficient technology by installing energy saving materials worth up to $35 and three energy-

efficient light bulbs without charge. Additionally, Boston Edison offers significant rebates on all energy efficient lights purchased by their clients for use in their homes. These offers apply to individual residences as well as group residences such as fraternities.

MIT has embarked upon its own energy efficiency programs. One such program in which the MIT community as a whole can actively participate is the Energy Conservation Hotline.

In addition to encouraging individual energy efficiency actions, SAVE would like to play a role in spurring additional MIT research on environmentally conscious energy technologies. MIT's Energy Laboratory is currently conducting energy-efficient buildings and systems research, fuels research aimed at removing pollutants, and combustion performance research aimed at increasing efficiency and reducing emissions.

The Energy Laboratory has also initiated advanced energy research in areas such as hot dry rock geothermal technology and fuel cell technology.

MIT is a multi-disciplinary school with many areas of expertise. Since environmentally conscious energy use is a multi-faceted issue, MIT is ideally suited to conduct a vast array of meaningful research. Provided that MIT researchers are interested in environmentally conscious energy technologies, and that MIT can procure adequate funding, a great deal more research could be conducted in this area.

Levan Hiemke '91->