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2007-05-21 Sustainability at Caltech

I attended the 2007 science for social impact forum at Caltech on May 18th. Apparently there has been some regular activity in recent years and it is taking roots.

That day four alums returned and talked about their thoughts on sustainability. Later there was a panel discussion and small reception.

There was talk about how sustainability can be brought in to mainstream Caltech culture where typically students wall themselves in to basements (kupamanduk?). Even being able to answer questions like: (1) how much energy is used on campus, what is its source, what is its cost?, (2) how ecologically sustainable are the building materials used?, and (3) how much garbage is generated and what happens to it? will go a great way in improving how we think.

It was advocated that people travel to understand the rest of the Earth. Then as a small step it was suggested that people at least start by exploring other exotic departments on campus.

Sustainability at Caltech
2007-05-06 Slowing down

Carl Honore talks about how we need to slow down since we tend to rush through everything. It resonates very well with what Schrodinger wrote in mind and matter about how things that become rote go below a threshold in our consciousness. The implication clearly is that if we are doing too many things too quickly, we are too busy keeping tab of things and hence do not give ourselves the needed time to let anything settle down.


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