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11/29/2011

Electric Charging Stations installed at Caltech

As part of Caltech's commitment to encourage alternative transportation and support electric-vehicle commuters, three Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Stations are now available on campus through the Chargepoint Network. Two charging stations have been installed in the South Wilson parking structure, and one in the Holliston parking structure. The fee for use of the stations for the Caltech community is $1.25 per hour, with a $1 minimum. The general public will be charged $2 per hour, with a $1 minimum. Charging time is limited to 4 hours. The Caltech Electric Vehicle Charging Stations are meant to be "top-off" locations (not a primary charging location), so the time limit will allow for turnover throughout the day. A valid parking permit is required to park while charging the vehicle. All chargers are part of the ChargePoint Network, so users must be a member of the ChargePoint program.

To register your vehicle, come by the parking office at 515 S. Wilson second floor, to get your "Charge Pass" card. Please bring your Caltech ID when you register in order to receive the discounted rate. The Charge Pass card can be used at any ChargePoint Networked Charging Station including the 350+ stations throughout California. The card must be activated before it can be used. Activation instructions are included in the ChargePass packet you will receive when you register. You can set SMS and email alerts from your ChargePass account to advise you when:

  • Your vehicle is fully charged
  • Plug-Out Detection

Your ChargePass account will collect all usage history for your public charging with:

  • Start and End times
  • Energy (kWh) used
  • Greenhouse Gases Saved
  • Occupied Time
  • Location

Finding an available charging station to charge your electric vehicle is easy and fast from any browser or smart phone. Simply go to: mychargepoint.net and click Find Stations, or download the ChargePoint apps for your smart phone. For more information or questions contact Kristina.Valenzuela@caltech.edu.

11/14/2011

2012 GPS Calendar

After the great success of the Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences (GPS) inaugural 2011 calendar, the graduate students of the GPS division are producing a calendar for 2012, again featuring gorgeous photography by division members. The photos that will be featured on this 12x12" glossy calendar can be viewed here. The calendar page layout includes standard holidays as well as significant dates in geoscience history.

Calendars are $10 each, with a 10% discount for orders of 50 or more. We expect to receive the printed calendars before the end of November, and they make excellent holiday presents! We will be accepting pre-orders through November 18. The number of pre-orders we receive will determine the number of calendars we print, so you must pre-order to be assured of getting a calendar! Subsequent orders will be filled while supplies last. Proceeds will fund a student field trip (the inaugural trip was to Mt. St. Helens this past summer.)

Contact any of the following people to order calendars:

Belle Philibosian or Janet Harvey, 307A North Mudd
Katie Stack, 258 Arms
Peter Gao, 167 South Mudd

If you can't find any of us, you may also place orders with Leticia Calderon in 158 Arms. Payment may be made via cash or check made out to the Caltech GPS Divison. Please email GPSPhotoCalendar@gmail.co with any questions.

11/03/2011

Public Workshop on Improving Service of Metro Line 177

All members of the community are invited to attend a workshop intended to provide suggestions for potential service improvements to Metro line 177. The event will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on November 15 in the Union Station Room on the third floor of the Metro Gateway Building at One Gateway Plaza in Los Angeles. If you cannot attend this workshop, please feel free to send suggestions to servicechanges@metro.net no later than midnight on November 15.

10/18/2011

Caltech Annual Transportation Survey 2011

In accordance with the South Coast Air Quality Management District's regional clean air-quality requirements, Caltech is conducting a mandatory survey of employee commute modes for the week of October 10, 2011, through October 14, 2011. Those who complete their surveys by 5 p.m. on Monday, October 31, will be entered in a drawing to win a $100 gift card. This simple online survey takes only about two minutes. Please click here to complete your survey. Choose "off" if you were not scheduled to work. If you selected vacation, sick, or a compressed work schedule, you must still enter the time you would have come to work.

10/06/2011

Caltech Ranked #2 for Roof Top Solar

The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education has annonced that Caltech is home to the second largest roof-top solar installation among universities in the United States.

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