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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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RSF Gets Low Flow Shower Heads

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You just finished your workout and hit the RSF locker room showers for a quick rinse off. Notice anything different? We’re part way through the installation of 70 new low flow shower heads. Your showers are now using 1/3 less water, yet maintain the feel of a high water flow shower. In fact, our research indicates that these heads produce …

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Rec Sports Cleans Up Well!

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On Saturday, September 20, a group of 170 Cal Rec Sports volunteers gathered at the Berkeley Marina to take part in the International Coastal Cleanup Day — an event that takes place one day a year across the globe. The goal is to collect as much garbage and recycling as possible between 9AM and Noon. Last year, 378,000 volunteers from …

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Caltopia Live Album: A Green Solution

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According to the Environmental Protection Agency, every month in the United States around 100,000 pounds of CDs become outdated, useless or unwanted. This creates an environmental problem because CDs are generally made from materials including polycarbonate plastic, petroleum-based lacquer and paints, with the jewel cases typically containing, polyvinyl chloride (PVC). That makes recycling difficult and depositing in landfills hazardous because …

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Rec Sports Featured in National Magazine

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This month, Cal Rec Sports has been featured in two articles in the magazine Athletic Business. The first article, “Roof Positive: Park Below, Play Above,” describes the green benefits of the new synthetic turf Underhill Field. The second article, “Environmental Education,” features the Rec Sports PlayGreen initiative, a program where we share with our users what we’ve done to reduce …

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