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Pool Cover at Hearst Means Big Energy Savings

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Rec Sports has purchased and installed a pool cover for the Hearst pool.  At first blush this doesn’t sound like much to celebrate, but if you look a bit deeper you’ll see that this pool cover will save an estimated 12,000 therms of natural gas per year.  To put that in perspective, PG&E says that the average residential customer in …

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RSF Garage to Get CO Sensors; Saves Energy & Money!

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    The RSF garage is about to become a much more energy efficient place.  Energy saving Carbon monoxide (CO) sensors are being installed throughout the garage.  The sensors will control the six exhaust fans in the garage, which currently run 24/7 — by law a parking garage must exhaust CO once levels rise above a specified amount; if a garage does …

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RSF Electricity Use Dips Below 1989 Levels

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We're pleased to report that despite increasing our open hours over the last few years, electricity use at the RSF has dipped to 17.2% below 1989/90 levels. How have we done it?  The biggest savings have come from our lighting project; throughout the RSF, existing light fixtures have been replaced with high efficiency, high output fluorescent lamps and transformers. This has been done …

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5 UC Berkeley Students Win Clinton Global Initiative Award

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Clinton Global Initiative University Announces Doug DeRoy, Kevin Hur, Jonathan Lee, Richard Novak, and Anurag Sridharan of the University of California-Berkeley as 2009 Winners of CGI U Outstanding Commitment Awards. “CGI U offers college students a space to create positive change in local communities or on a global scale,” said Robert Harrison, CEO of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI).  “Funding provided …

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Take the RSF Energy Survey

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Rec Sports has partnered with the Mechanical Engineering department to research energy use at the RSF. We've done quite a bit already to reduce energy use at the RSF; most notable is the switch to more efficient – but brighter! – lights throughout the facility. See our blog posting for more on this. One goal of our partnership with Mechanical …

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Help Clean the Scene

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Make a Difference in Berkeley on September 19 at Coastal Clean-up Day  Here in California, we pride ourselves on our breathtaking coastline and beaches. Unfortunately, our beaches are very polluted and often are cluttered with trash and litter. Pointless pollution is harmful to the coastal ecosystem and to public health. Here's why: contaminates drinking water and waterways, closes beaches and shellfish beds, …

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Goats at Rec Sports?

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Proving once and for all that Rec Sports has the most diverse workforce on campus, we recently employed a small heard of voracious goats to clear 5 acres of bushes, grass, weeds and poison oak on the hillside behind the Golden Bear Rec Center, creating a clean fire break for the building. Not only do the goats work cheap — …

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Electrifying Workouts!

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Improving the health and wellness of employees at work is important. To that end the Department of Rec Sports offers WorkFIT – an in-house fitness program where our certified fitness instructors come to your site and lead regular fitness classes at a time convenient for your staff.   Healthy people need a healthy planet, so rather than hauling our gear across campus  — about 90 …

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Turn Your Old Shoes Into New Sport Surfaces

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Did you know that your old sport shoes that you no longer use can help kids and fellow athletes? The Bear Student Athlete Advisory Council (Bear SAAC) is currently running a used shoe drive and needs your help! Bring in all your old sports shoes (running, tennis, basketball, etc.) and place them in the collection bins located in the RSF atrium …

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RSF Installs Hydration Stations

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To encourage use of reuseable water bottles, Rec Sports has installed two new Hydration Stations in the RSF. The stations dispense chilled and filtered water at .8 gallons per minute — twice as fast as the flow from a standard water fountain. And it's a clean system too: the water flow is activated by an electric sensor that allows for …

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