Wednesday, April 29, 2009

A smaller footprint

I am just wrapping up my Spring semester classes at Colorado Mountain College. I had over 70 students in Contemporary World History, American Government and Sociology II. I also had two other students in independent study in Sociology I. I sometimes teach in Dillon and Breckenridge. My classes now are in Dillon but my administration is in Breckenridge.

The past two weeks have been very busy with final presentations, essays and final examinations. Lots of work on the part of each student and then multiply that by over 70 for me.

We sometimes question the time, energy and money that we up into the Internet with computers, software and the ever present learning curve. This morning I came to grips with exactly how valuable it really is to our poor planet. My computer and printer have been going non-stop with assignments and reports coming in and going out from students. Each event represents one time that my students and I do not have to start our cars and drive to the campus to share information. Our carbon footprint is reduced by hundreds of times.

Imagine the savings for business and industry. I know a woman in Silverthorne who works in an office in Ohio every day. She telecommutes from her bedroom in Summit County. I can't imagine the positive impact on our environment.

Before you curse the darkness come to appreciate the sunshine.

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