Thanks for highlighting this year’s common
book, Deep Economy, in your opening issue.
In addition to providing some excellent
(and controversial) discussion points, you helped
to highlight some of RIT’s greening activities of
the past year. For those of us involved in these
efforts, communication has been the greatest
barrier to progress. So here are some additional
items linked to Deep Economy that are available to
the RIT community.
1. Bill McKibben’s visit to RIT on November 6, 2008.
Bill will meet with students for a Q&A from 3-4 in
the Golisano Auditorium, followed by a talk in the
Gordon Field House at 8:00. Free and open to the
public, so spread the word!
2. A panel of RIT Faculty and Local Experts
discuss Deep Economy links to RIT and the
Rochester area from 2-4 on October 22, 2008
3. The 08/09 Summer Reading Program website, which currently includes a reading guide, several exercises
for faculty, and links to additional books
based on chapter topics. Got an idea you want
to share? Contributions are always welcome
(especially from interested students!) And coming
soon will be a list of field trips to local sites
with links to topics from the book.
4. A Brown Bag lunch series (12-1) at the Idea
Factory, set up to bring together faculty and
students to discuss topics f rom the book.
The first discussion is scheduled for Sept. 12,
led by Paulette Swar tfager (CLA) who will
overview a Low Carbon Diet competition, followed
by Jeffery Wagoner (CLA) on October
17, discussing environmental economics.
Additional speakers will be scheduled throughout
the year, so keep checking back!
On behalf of the RIT Summer Reading Implementation
Team, thanks again for helping RIT
become a greener campus and promoting environmental
Dr. Karl Korfmacher
Environmental Science Program Director
Margaret B. Bartlett
Manager of Information & Education Services
Your report on the new parking regs around
here suggests that they’re unpopular among
resident students. I think it’s a pretty good idea,
myself. It needs a bit of work, but it’s a good
start. I can’t see why any able-bodied individual
would take issue with the general idea.
Commuters need those spaces more than you do.
I once tried driving to class from my Perkins apartment,
and by the time I drove over, found a place
to park, and walked from H lot to Engineering,
I probably had used up as much time as I would
have just walking. I definitely used three times the
time it takes me to ride my bike to class.
So suck it up people, go outside and walk for
a change. You’ll save some gas, and maybe
lose a few pounds in the process. You might
get more sympathy from me when it starts
snowing in October, but I’ll still be out there,
braving the “out of doors.” There may be some
issues for those with large projects to haul
around, but surely that can be addressed with
Electrical Engineering student