Efficient energy system to power Allston campus

first_imgEnergy fuels innovation and Harvard’s growing innovation corridor in Allston is going to need an energy system as advanced as the cutting-edge research being conducted up and down Western Avenue. To meet this challenge, the University has designed a lower-carbon, climate resistant, and highly efficient district energy facility (DEF) that’s beginning to take shape behind the rising steel of the new Science and Engineering Complex (SEC).The 58,000 square foot facility will provide a reliable source of heating, cooling, and electricity to support Harvard’s academic and research activities being planned for Allston. Because they act as an in-house utility dedicated to serving campus buildings, facilities of this type also have an outsized impact on a campus’s greenhouse gas emissions footprint.How they are designed matters.A noteworthy element of the new DEF will be a 1.3-million-gallon tank for storing chilled water that will be used to cool buildings with some limited other applications to support research. The tank is analogous to an enormous battery because the chilled water will be produced and stored during off-peak hours, typically nights and weekends, when electricity is cheaper and less-polluting. It can then be used during the daytime when needed, lowering the burden on the power grid during peak times. With a total capacity equivalent to 9 megawatt hours the thermal storage tank is believed to be the largest such system in Massachusetts.A climate resiliency pilot study of the Allston campus performed by Harvard’s planning department identified that future flooding would pose a significant risk for the basement location of the energy facility that was included in the original design of the SEC. In response, Harvard re-located the DEF to an alternative above-grade location that will improve resiliency and reliability (the building is raised above projected flood levels and does not contain a basement).The Allston DEF is also being built with the future in mind. It has been designed to be as flexible as possible so emerging technologies can be incorporated over time as the University works towards its climate action goals to be fossil fuel-free by 2050 and fossil fuel-neutral by 2026.In describing the new facility, the project team emphasizes that flexibility was a key consideration. By employing a wide range of technologies, the heating, cooling, and electricity mix being delivered to the Allston campus can be optimized based on external conditions and energy demand. As low and zero carbon technologies are tested and proven, they can be evaluated for incorporation into the new DEF because of its flexible design. This approach will also allow Harvard and others to test innovative new ideas for reducing fossil fuel emissions from district energy systems.Beyond producing its own heating, cooling, and electricity, the DEF will also take electricity from the regional grid and distribute it to the Allston campus through a new microgrid similar to other ones that are already in place across campus. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Sutton Foster on Getting Glam & Not Singing on Her New Sitcom Younger

first_img View Comments The Broadway favorite, who begins filming the new series on September 22, says she was excited about the show from first blush. “Usually when I get a script, I look at a couple of pages and then whatever,” Foster says, “but with this I sat down in my kitchen and read it all in one sitting. I remember thinking, ‘This is great: She’s kind of dorky and awkward and is trying to reinvent herself…I can do that!’” Foster’s having a ball channeling her inner 20-something. “When I was 26, I was in rehearsals for Millie,“ she says. “I was gratefully working in my 20s, and I never really thought of myself as hip, so this is really fun. The cool thing about it is that I get to keep all of the maturity and intelligence that I have as a 40-year-old.” Star Files Will Foster show off her triple-threat skills on the show? “No karaoke episodes,” she laughs. “With Bunheads, I had the outlet to sing and dance, but this is a totally different thing. I get to show a different side of myself. I think Liza’s tone deaf, so maybe you’ll hear some tone-deaf singing.” The other cool thing is how much she’s enjoying getting decked out for the part. “Let’s just say this is the polar opposite of Violet,” Foster says referring to her most recent Broadway appearance. “I get to be dressed by Patricia Field; my wardrobe is insane. I’m wearing a lot of makeup, and my hair is glammed and highlighted. I get to live vicariously through Liza.” Tony winner Sutton Foster and the cast of her newest project, TV Land’s Younger, shared a sneak peek at the pilot episode of the fresh and funny sitcom on September 19 at New York City’s Soho House. The show, which Foster previously described to Broadway.com as “Tootsie but with age,” follows 40-year-old Liza, a single mom who passes herself off as 26 in order to land a job in publishing.  Younger, which features Hilary Duff, Miriam Shor, Debi Mazar and Nico Tortorella in addition to Foster, will premiere on TV Land in January. Sutton Fosterlast_img read more

Deadly Household Mold

first_img“Discard porous materials that are wet and can’t be thoroughly cleaned and dried,” shesaid. “They can remain a source of mold growth.” “Stachybotrys atra grows mainly on materials such as wood and wood-based products,paper or other cellulose products that have become and remain wet,” she said. “It isn’tfound in dry or simply humid places.” During the past four years, several infants in Cleveland and Chicago have experiencedbleeding from the lungs. Some have died. “But once a child is infected, it’s a death warrant,” she said. “I don’t want people torun amok with fear over this. But they need to be aware of the problem.” To learn more about pulmonary hemorrhage or for publications about it, call the CDCat (770) 488-7320. “The mold is a black or green-black, slimy species,” said Dale Dorman, a housingspecialist with the University of Georgia Extension Service. Don’t expose infants to indoor molds, the CDC advises. Toxins from the indoor moldmay irritate the lining of infants’ lungs. This weakens developing blood vessels, leadingto pulmonary bleeding. Dorman stresses the infant death cases are extremely rare. The CDC also links the condition with exposure to tobacco smoke; allergy to cows’milk; pneumonia; heart, lung, spleen or pancreas problems; and other infections,allergies and immunological diseases. To avoid problems, fix all leaks and get rid of water sources associated with the moldgrowth, Dorman said. Clean hard surfaces with a solution of bleach and water.Ventilate the area when using chlorine bleach. Let the bleach and water mixture sit for15 minutes. Then dry the area thoroughly. “Some experts suggest that people performing the clean-up should wear filter masksand gloves to avoid contact with the mold,” Dorman said. Some recent infant deaths may be tied to a household mold. The Centers for DiseaseControl and Prevention have begun checking into a possible connection betweeninfant pulmonary hemorrhage and the indoor mold Stachybotrys atra. CDC investigators haven’t conclusively linked the cases with household molds. Butthey’re concerned enough to join with the Environmental Protection Agency to adviseparents about pulmonary hemorrhage symptoms.last_img read more