Meadville Tribune

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November 24, 2008

VIDEO: Underwear project at Allegheny College


So, meeting their goal meant they would have to dig deep. Deep into their own drawers, that is (no pun intended.)

One of the main points behind the rows of mismatched socks, underwear and even the occasional bra, is that even a simple act such as line-drying clothing can make a significant contribution towards helping the environment.

“Dryers take enormous amounts of energy and release a tremendous amount of carbon emissions,” D’Amico said. “Hanging clothes on a clothesline is a very simple way people can change their lifestyles for the better.”

In addition to hanging up the undergarments, the students wrote facts about climate change on waxed paper.

“Right now we are definitely above the 350 parts per million of carbon dioxide that the Earth’s atmosphere can safely handle,” Quintrell said. “It changes every day, but currently we are around 400. The good news is that it’s not irreversible; we can cut that figure down by asking citizens and every day people to change their actions.”

Quintrell acknowledged that some nay-sayers attribute climate change to Earth’s natural heating and cooling cycles.

“The planet goes through cycles, but our actions are speeding that up exponentially. Evolution and adaptation are slow and the Earth can’t naturally account for the temperature rise,” she said.

The display across the lawn has succeeded in its goal, with more than a few people questioning why there are so many peoples’ duds hanging out for public viewing.

“Some kids were just really shocked at first, but then they got it,” she said. “It’s impossible to ask people to cut 2,000 miles of driving off of their annual mileage, but it’s not much to ask them to use a drying rack in their room!”

The 350 Project will remain on the Allegheny College campus through Tuesday.

Penni Schaefer can be reached at 724-6370 or by e-mail at

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