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April 3 - April 24, 2019
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Dan Smith

Bardians and Our Community

"Mission: To live a fully sustainable lifestyle."

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 397 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    meatless or vegan meals
  • up to
    spent exercising
  • up to
    spent learning

Dan's Actions

Electricity Generation

Learn More about Biomass

#34 Biomass

I will spend at least 10 minutes learning more about the energy generation potential of biomass.

One-Time Action

Electricity Generation

Learn More about Wave and Tidal Energy

#29 Wave and Tidal

I will spend at least 10 minutes learning more about the energy generation potential of wave and tidal energy.

One-Time Action

Buildings and Cities

Go for a Daily Walk

#54 Walkable Cities

I will take a walk for 15 minutes each day and take note of the infrastructure that makes walking more or less enjoyable, accessible, and possible.



Reduce Animal Products

#4 Plant-Rich Diet

I will enjoy 2 meatless or vegan meal(s) each day of the challenge.


Buildings and Cities

Research Heat Pumps

#42 Heat Pumps

I will spend at least 300 minutes researching heat pumps to see if installing one makes sense for my home/building.

One-Time Action

Buildings and Cities

Explore Other Buildings and Cities Solutions

All Buildings and Cities Solutions

I will spend at least 300 minutes researching other Drawdown Buildings and Cities Solutions.

One-Time Action


Properly Dispose of Refrigerants

#1 Refrigerant Management

I will spend at least 10 minutes learning how to properly dispose of my refrigerator, freezer, and other refrigerants at the end of their useful lives.

One-Time Action


Explore Other Transport Solutions

All Transport Solutions

I will spend at least 15 minutes researching other Drawdown Transport Solutions.

One-Time Action


  • Dan Smith's avatar
    Dan Smith 4/12/2019 11:56 AM
    Photo from NYGEO 2019 (4/10 - 11) of slide of current activism objectives for grid-based electricity:
    • Methane Valuation                       (i.e. into the global warming potential of gas harvesting and utilization)
    • Planning for Electricity Peaks  (i.e. reducing peak and "flattening" the load curve, to remove the dirtiest power plants)
    • Fair electric rates                        (speaks for itself... eliminating externalities, etc.)
    • Electrification inclusion             (i.e. making sure "conversion from oil to gas" is not the prime strategy for curbing emissions)
    • Getting the incentives right      (i.e. nudging civilization to make low-carbon choices)

    • Laurie Husted's avatar
      Laurie Husted 4/12/2019 2:33 PM
      Looks like time well spent at the Geothermal conference!  Bard is lucky to have you working on bringing more beneficial electrification  to campus

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    Dan Smith 4/12/2019 11:49 AM
    Here's a photo of the program for NYGEO 2019 (4/10- 11).  Red stars next to the events I attended.

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    Dan Smith 4/12/2019 11:47 AM
    Attended NYGEO 2019 Conference in Schenectady, NY  (April 10 - 11).   Great event.   It was not just a bunch of geothermal nerds getting together to talk shop--- this was a comprehensive event that included top state regulators, utility representatives, manufacturers, drillers, and climate and energy activists,  (and yes, geothermal nerds).  The New York State government, with utilities in tow, are setting aggressive policies and strategies to reduce fossil fuel use, boost efficiency, and advance State goals to achieve carbon-neutrality.   Collaboration between the diverse set of stakeholders is paramount for addressing energy issues and climate change , and this event was small, but world-class, in that regard.

    The breadth of innovative renewable heat-exchange solutions that are underway is amazing-- from utilizing underground aquifers as "storage batteries", to fitting skyscaper foundation piles with heat-exchange "wells", to new drilling and heat pump products that achieve greater efficiencies at lower costs.  I returned to Bard with a fresh set of ideas to help transform campus to meets the needs for a low-carbon future.

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    Dan Smith 4/04/2019 2:03 PM
    For refrigerant recovery, I can see why someone who does not know any better (or doesn't care about the issue), would skip this process-- you need the machine, need to know how to use it properly, and take the time to complete.  It is far easier to just let the refrigerant leak/evaporate, and no one would be the wiser, certainly not the lay homeowner or facility owner.  It is almost completely in the hands of the service technician to complete this step, and there is little consequence for skipping-- unless someone is vigilant in watching or demanding that the job be completed properly.  Stay vigilant!