Question #:
576
Answered on:
Friday, August 10, 2007

I recently heard that contract employees are not allowed to participate in
our all-staff celebrations. I understand that they are not allowed to have
a drink or a plate of food. But can’t we take them something? It just seems
mean not to share with the few contract workers who may be working that
day. The security staff who really help us out during these events come to
mind, as well as the cleaning people who have to work harder to clean up
after the events.

I know we hosted a retirement party for Ron Wicker (former security

Question #:
579
Answered on:
Monday, August 6, 2007

I understood there was to be a fitness center at Center Green. I heard this
in 2005, and then in 2006 I understood that we were awaiting
recommendations from the Computer Facilities Planning Committee before
proceeding. Can you tell me if we will be getting a fitness center at
Center Green and, if so, what the current timeline is?

Question #:
574
Answered on:
Thursday, June 28, 2007

Herbicides were sprayed on the lawn around Foothills Lab on June 19. What
chemical was used? The little yellow signs say Trimec, but different
varieties of this product exist. Why are chemical herbicides applied on
NCAR grounds at all? Has NCAR considered other options for weed control or
ground cover that present fewer risks to health and the environment?

Question #:
573
Answered on:
Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Would you please address why UCAR provides employees concerned about
socially responsible investing through TIAA-CREF only one option, the
slow-growth Social Choice account? TIAA-CREF also offers the Social Choice
Equity fund, which since inception has had a return about 50% higher
(15.89% vs. 10.01%).

Since inception (10/1/02), the Social Choice Equity fund has returned
15.89%. (1-yr = 10.84%, 3-yr = 9.68%) See

Question #:
572
Answered on:
Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Delphi Question #564 was about going solar to reduce our energy prices. I
want to know why we don’t have a more aggressive conservation program.
There is so much we could be doing to save electricity and reduce the
carbon emissions released into the atmosphere.

Why are we not promoting turning off lights, monitors, and computers? There
are lights left on for hours in vacant conference rooms and offices and in
sporadically used supply closets. Some computer monitors are left on over

Question #:
572
Answered on:
Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Delphi Question #564 was about going solar to reduce our energy prices. I
want to know why we don’t have a more aggressive conservation program.
There is so much we could be doing to save electricity and reduce the
carbon emissions released into the atmosphere.

Why are we not promoting turning off lights, monitors, and computers? There
are lights left on for hours in vacant conference rooms and offices and in
sporadically used supply closets. Some computer monitors are left on over

Question #:
571
Answered on:
Friday, March 2, 2007

Among the sources of atmospheric carbon dioxide for which I am directly
responsible, business travel is the only one that I have very little
control over. My job at NCAR requires me to travel internationally from
time to time, and this is one of my largest sources of climate-changing
pollution.

I recently learned about a Web site where I can calculate the approximate
CO2 impact of my international business travel and then purchase “carbon
offsets” that are used to support the construction of new wind farms. (See

Question #:
569
Answered on:
Tuesday, January 9, 2007

Recently New York City voted to ban the use of artificial “trans fats” in
that city’s dining establishments. Many food manufacturers are also
eliminating this type of fat, given its well-documented health risks.

Does the UCAR cafeteria currently use artificial trans fats in its fried or
baked products? If so, is there a plan to eliminate these fats, and if so,
when is the target date? I realize the cafeteria cannot cater to every
health concern, but this one seems especially important. I enjoy the

Question #:
564
Answered on:
Friday, December 8, 2006

What are we doing as an institution to help reduce the stress on
nonrenewable energy consumption in the area of electricity? I wonder if F&A
has ever researched what it would cost to implement new resources? How much
do we spend at all the sites for electricity?

I would like to propose to NCAR, UCAR, and UOP, which are together
dedicated to understanding our changing Earth system, educating about
­atmospheric and related sciences, supporting a global community of

Question #:
562
Answered on:
Tuesday, December 5, 2006

I have heard numerous requests over the years to have a certified massage
therapist on site to perform fee-based chair massage once or twice a month.
Many other companies offer this benefit to their employees. The therapist
would be licensed by the city, and would carry liability insurance through
a recognized organization, such as the American Massage Therapy Association.

Therapeutic massage can help prevent or ease symptoms of carpal tunnel
syndrome and chronic neck or back pain, among other problems. Is this a

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