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Aimee Clinkhammer '09 on her recent "green" road trip

Aimee Clinkhammer '09 is one of three employees of the Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems who traveled to the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Phoenix, AZ, via - appropriately - a "green" road trip.

The roundtrip journey from Syracuse to Phoenix was taken by the shortest possible route, driving through St. Louis, Tulsa and Albuquerque. Exhibiting at a conference is typically a very unsustainable process. Most organizations ship a large, heavy exhibit; exhibitors travel by plane, many times with multiple layovers; and most exhibits are made from unsustainable materials, such as vinyl and plexiglass. To lessen SyracuseCoE's carbon footprint, the design team collaborated with the exhibitors and sponsors to create a booth entirely out of repurposed and/or sustainable materials, making it easy to pack into a car, thus sending three employees to Phoenix in one vehicle. By foregoing shipping for the exhibit and air transportation for just these three employees, SyracuseCoE estimates it cut 1 tonne of carbon, the equivalent of taking 58 cars off the road for one day.

In addition to creating a sustainable exhibit, SyracuseCoE's environmental impact was reduced by driving instead of flying three employees and the entire exhibit; by camping during the road trip to lessen use of electricity in hotels; by eating locally and packing up food from the Syracuse Co-op; and by minimizing the number of paper materials to given away at Greenbuild.

Clinkhammer, who is from Cazenovia, NY, earned her St. Lawrence degree in environmental studies and anthropology. She has been working at the SyracuseCoE since August of 2009, as a communications assistant.

The trip is chronicled on the GreenBuildorBust Web site.

Posted: November 12, 2009


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