Ambrose Cafeteria Greenwash


I’m staring at the screens in the cafeteria area of Ambrose University College trumpeting all the great green initiatives.

I just read “There is a green thread connecting everything we do.”  Later on we see “We don’t just talk about sustainability.”

If you were like me you might see the irony in using a computer and 5 40” monitors to display a menu and to trumpet green initiatives.  I looked up the specs on this monitor, it uses 240 watts of power.  Lump in the computer and we are looking at 1.25Kw.  Depending on how often they have these things are on (3 seem to be on only when the cafeteria is open, 2 seem to be on all the time) they could easily be using more than 1/2 the power of my entire household.  They are using a ton of energy to do something that was once accomplished with a whiteboard and dry erase marker. 

The meals here have been really good.  They have also been served on paper plates with plastic cups and cutlery.  The juice is in aluminum cans.  The paper and plastic are thrown in the garbage. 

This stuff makes me really mad.  More and more I run in to people who tell me “being green” is just a gimmick for people to gain some status and feel better about themselves.  There is a lot of truth to that right now but not everyone who believes in sustainable living is like that.  I am not like that, I’ve worked really hard to insulate my house, start a garden, drive less miles in smaller vehicles and reduce water consumption.

I’m feeling kind of grumpy…perhaps sleeping in a campground wasn’t the best option for me emotionally.  It gets cold in Calgary at night.

  1. #1 by Dave King on July 2, 2010 - 11:17 am

    Well I’d write them, point out the issue and see what they say.

    - Peace

  2. #2 by Bene D on July 3, 2010 - 2:33 am

    Dave makes a good point, why not speak up?
    You haven’t been on a righteous crusade in awhile.
    Might be good for your soul. (and the environment)

  3. #3 by Tom on July 6, 2010 - 11:44 am

    So? Did you go talk to them?
    Tom.

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