American University Sustainability

American University Sustainability American University is committed to acting on our values through social responsibility, service, and an active pursuit of sustainability.
Our work at the Office of Sustainability celebrates the abundance of nature by building a campus community of leaders who work to clean our air and water, cool our atmosphere, and produce fertile land and habitat. We invite you to explore our page to learn how you can get involved and join our journey to sustainability.
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This Wednesday, keep #EarthMonth going with a virtual discussion about "Plastic Wars," a new documentary from NPR and FR...
04/27/2020
During Earth Week, stream FRONTLINE's Plastic Wars at frontline.org. Join the filmmakers for a discussion on plastic pollution and recycling, Wednesday, April 29th at 2:00pmEST. RSVP: https://wgbh.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_20s9f2-SSzyb9aA7P2wzBw

This Wednesday, keep #EarthMonth going with a virtual discussion about "Plastic Wars," a new documentary from NPR and FRONTLINE | PBS. RSVP to attend here: https://bit.ly/2yKHbvZ
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Plastics Wars investigates a mounting crisis: plastic waste in the environment, and how the plastics industry is enabling this waste by scaling up production and promoting recycling as the solution. ♻️ But did you know that no more than 10% of all plastic that has ever been produced has actually been recycled? ‼️
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Stream the full documentary on Frontline’s YouTube channel or PBS.org, and join the discussion with the film’s creators on Wednesday. See you then!

Join FRONTLINE’s virtual discussion event around PLASTIC WARS, a new documentary that closely examines a mounting crisis: plastic waste in the environment. Some discussion topics will include: • A look at efforts spreading across the country to reduce single-use plastics. • How the plastics in...

#FlashbackFriday: In 1933, AU students and faculty gathered to “wield a rake for AU’s sake” during the university’s firs...
04/24/2020

#FlashbackFriday: In 1933, AU students and faculty gathered to “wield a rake for AU’s sake” during the university’s first Arbor Day celebration. By 1937, Arbor Day had become an annual tradition, with multiple projects and clean-up initiatives happening across campus. 🌳🌸 Today, that spirit lives on every April through Campus Beautification Day.
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Arbor Day has been celebrated since the 1800s as a holiday to appreciate and plant trees. We might not be able to physically plant trees this year, but we can still appreciate them and the benefits they provide to us and our ecosystems (not to mention their vital role in mitigating climate change!). So if you’re able to get outside today, consider giving one of your local trees a hug. 💚 @ American University

As part of our comprehensive commitment to sustainability, American University has divested all of its public fossil fue...
04/22/2020
American University Eliminates All Public Fossil Fuel Investments from Its Endowment

As part of our comprehensive commitment to sustainability, American University has divested all of its public fossil fuel investments from its endowment.

“For more than a decade, AU has been on a campus-wide sustainability journey—something that’s not just part of our mission, but our DNA as changemakers,” said President Sylvia M. Burwell. “Our actions, from reaching carbon neutrality to the board’s commitment to evolving our investments, will continue to serve as a model for sustainability, further demonstrating our leadership on the issue and how our community can make an impact in the global fight against climate change.”

#EarthDay #EarthDayat50 https://bit.ly/3cCoUzj

As part of its comprehensive commitment to sustainability, American University has divested all of its public fossil fuel investments from its endowment.

Ain’t no party like an Earth Day party. 🥳 Do you know how you’re celebrating the 50th anniversary of Earth Day tomorrow?...
04/21/2020

Ain’t no party like an Earth Day party. 🥳 Do you know how you’re celebrating the 50th anniversary of Earth Day tomorrow?! If you need some inspiration, check out our #50Actions50Years list: bit.ly/50Actions50Years.

One action, however big or small, can make a difference. 🌎

In 1970, the very first Earth Day was organized by young people who cared about understanding ecology, conserving resources, and eliminating pollution. In 2020, it’s time to collectively work together to take urgent action on climate change. Here are just a few ways you can do that from home. . .

Participate in digital advocacy during Earth Day Live (earthdaylive2020.org)
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Register to vote and #VoteEarth
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Educate yourself about environmental and climate justice
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Have a conversation about climate change with someone else and share your knowledge and experiences

This Wednesday is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. While we can’t physically come together to take action for our plan...
04/20/2020

This Wednesday is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. While we can’t physically come together to take action for our planet, we can mobilize digitally to support communities on the front lines of environmental injustice and collectively push for climate action. How? Earth Day Live. From April 22 - 24, join more than 400 environmental groups, activists, politicians, and performers for a 72-hour digital Earth Day! RSVP here: https://www.earthdaylive2020.org/ 🌎🌏🌍

Action #26: “Try to regrow your own food from kitchen scraps.” It’s easier than you think, prevents food waste, and it’s...
04/19/2020

Action #26: “Try to regrow your own food from kitchen scraps.” It’s easier than you think, prevents food waste, and it’s a good option if you don’t have access to seeds.
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Gabe, one of our sustainability interns, is currently with his family in California. He’s regrowing an avacado plant by partially submerging a pit in water and waiting for the seed to sprout. 🥑 In the meantime, he’s growing tomato plants in his backyard with reused pots and containers. 🍅
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This month, we’re posting examples of how our team members are participating in our #50Actions50Years Earth Day campaign. Check out the full list of actions at bit.ly/50Actions50Years and share with us how you’re taking action, too! 🌎

American University staff, faculty, and students: Today is the last day to submit your children's art projects to our Ea...
04/17/2020

American University staff, faculty, and students: Today is the last day to submit your children's art projects to our Earth Day Art Contest! See below for submission details. #EarthDay2020

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Have a child stuck at home? Unleash their energy and creativity into creating a unique work of art to celebrate our Earth! All children and teens of American University faculty, staff, and students are invited to participate in an Earth Day Art Contest. Submissions will be accepted digitally through Friday, April 17. Click here for details: bit.ly/EDArtContest

We can't wait to see what they create! #EarthDay2020

Action #12: “Try your hand at making a simple non-toxic cleaning spray for your home or office.” Our comms and engagemen...
04/13/2020

Action #12: “Try your hand at making a simple non-toxic cleaning spray for your home or office.” Our comms and engagement manager, Tacy, has been playing around with making natural cleaning products for her apartment. Here’s how to make a multipurpose cleaning spray with three ingredients.
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In a measuring cup or bowl, pour:
1️⃣ 1 cup of distilled water
2️⃣ 1 tablespoon of unscented liquid castile soap
3️⃣ 10 - 15 drops of essential oils
Mix these ingredients together, and pour them into a spray bottle (Tacy reused a lotion bottle for hers).
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This April, we’re posting examples of how our team members are participating in our #50Actions50Years campaign. Check out the full list of actions at bit.ly/50Actions50Years and share with us how you’re taking action, too! 🌎

Have a child stuck at home? Unleash their energy and creativity into creating a unique work of art to celebrate our Eart...
04/08/2020

Have a child stuck at home? Unleash their energy and creativity into creating a unique work of art to celebrate our Earth! All children and teens of American University faculty, staff, and students are invited to participate in an Earth Day Art Contest. Submissions will be accepted digitally through Friday, April 17. Click here for details: bit.ly/EDArtContest

We can't wait to see what they create! #EarthDay2020

Tomorrow evening, Sustainability at GW is hosting the DC region's Solve Climate by 2030 dialog, a nationwide initiative ...
04/06/2020

Tomorrow evening, Sustainability at GW is hosting the DC region's Solve Climate by 2030 dialog, a nationwide initiative to discuss state-level solutions to climate change. Local panelists will discuss how we can make our region's food systems more resilient to the effects of climate change.

Register here to receive a link to join the virtual event: https://bit.ly/3aR9KWs

Date: Tuesday, April 7
Time: 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.

Panelists:
Ona Balkus, DC Food Policy Council
Bill Dietz, GW Milken Institute School of Public Health
Katie Fox, GW Safety and Security
Audrey Friedline, GroW Community Garden

Action #3: “Go our for a bike ride (as long as you can practice safe social distancing).” For folks in DC: From now unti...
04/03/2020

Action #3: “Go our for a bike ride (as long as you can practice safe social distancing).” For folks in DC: From now until May 31, you can take advantage of Capital Bikeshare's $1 single ride passes and all essential workers can get FREE 30-day memberships. To enroll, email [email protected] by May 1. 👏🚲
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Throughout April, we’ll be posting examples of how you can participate in our #50Actions50Years campaign. Check out the full list of actions here: bit.ly/50Actions50Years and share with us how you’re taking action, too! 🌎

Action #19: “Give household items a second life by completing an upcycling project.” Sustainability Intern Emily created...
04/02/2020

Action #19: “Give household items a second life by completing an upcycling project.” Sustainability Intern Emily created a set of terrariums from her home in New Jersey using recycled mason jars and other unused containers! 🌿
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Here’s how to make a terrarium:
1️⃣ Find an empty glass container with a lid.
2️⃣ Spread an inch of pebbles on the bottom for drainage.
3️⃣ Add a 1/2-1 inch layer of activated charcoal to filter the air in the closed container.
4️⃣ Add a 1-2 inch layer of potting soil.
5️⃣ Arrange your plants (mini ferns are a good choice). Don’t overcrowd.
6️⃣ Plant the roots of each plant into the soil, firmly patting the soil down, and water until the surface of the soil is damp.
7️⃣ Close the container and place the terrarium in a well-lit spot out of direct sunlight (don’t want to burn the plants!). 🌱
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Throughout April, we’ll be posting examples of how our team members are participating in our #50Actions50Years campaign. Check out the full list of actions at bit.ly/50Actions50Years and share with us how you’re taking action, too! 🌎

We're excited to launch our 2020 Earth Month campaign: 50 Actions for 50 Years! In honor of the 50th anniversary of Eart...
04/01/2020
50 Actions for 50 Years

We're excited to launch our 2020 Earth Month campaign: 50 Actions for 50 Years!

In honor of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, we've assembled a list of 50 actions you can take to benefit our planet and its people. We invited you to engage in whatever ways make sense for you and your family; most of these actions can be done from the comfort and safety of your home.

Tell us how your taking action by using #50Actions50Years and tagging us in your photos and videos. Happy Earth Month!

https://bit.ly/50Actions50Years

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Looking to build a green career? Not sure how, or what skills you need? Attend the National Wildlife Federation's virtua...
03/30/2020

Looking to build a green career? Not sure how, or what skills you need? Attend the National Wildlife Federation's virtual conference all about employment in the sustainability sector!

Students can attend free by creating an account on http://nwfecoleaders.org and then registering here: http://nwfecoleaders.org/conference #EcoCareers

#EarthHour is tonight! Turn off your lights between 8:30 - 9:30 p.m. to show support for our planet and solidarity with ...
03/28/2020

#EarthHour is tonight! Turn off your lights between 8:30 - 9:30 p.m. to show support for our planet and solidarity with everyone who lives on it. While the lights are out, participate in one of these activities with your family or roommates: https://bit.ly/2UDzRJK #LightsOut

Here's a great example of what can happen when people work together in the service of others. American University studen...
03/27/2020
American University Student Partners With Data Scientist To Launch Coronavirus Resource App | DCist

Here's a great example of what can happen when people work together in the service of others. American University student Ryann Ashley created a Google Doc of resources related to COVID-19. With the help of a data scientist, that document has transformed into a free app that connects users to over 300 websites, resources, and aid organizations across the country. #coronavirus #resiliency #community https://bit.ly/2Unm4YP

The app contains links to over 300 different coronavirus-response resources across the nation.

If you're looking to stay engaged with #sustainability topics from home, we highlighted 4 virtual opportunities in today...
03/24/2020

If you're looking to stay engaged with #sustainability topics from home, we highlighted 4 virtual opportunities in today's newsletter. Details and registration here: https://bit.ly/3dtH1ZK

1. Thursday, 3/26: Sine Institute discussion on the power of chefs and community to change the world.

2. Saturday, 2/28: Turn off your lights at 8:30 p.m. for Earth Hour 2020.

3. 4/1-2: Virtual EcoCareers Conference on job opportunities in the environmental and sustainability fields.

4. Tuesday, April 7: Solve Climate by 2030 webinar on food resiliency, hosted by Sustainability at GW.

Day three of online classes. How are you doing? How are you feeling? Don’t forget to stop, breathe, and assess. If you’r...
03/20/2020

Day three of online classes. How are you doing? How are you feeling? Don’t forget to stop, breathe, and assess. If you’re feeling a little stressed, it might help to take a walk outside and smell the first flowers of spring. Studies show that being in nature, even for just a few minutes, can have huge benefits for our mental and emotional wellbeing. 💚 If you do venture outside, just remember to practice good social distancing techniques and stay at least 6 feet away from others. You’ve got this. 👊
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Need physical or mental health support? Members of the AU community can contact the Student Health Center at 202-885-3380 or [email protected]. Crisis intervention is available 24 hours/day for all students, regardless of location, via AUProtoCall Services at 202-885-7979.

Take care and practice social distancing by curling up at home with a new environmental documentary. 🌱☕️ Through March 3...
03/17/2020
Environmental Film Festival - DCEFF 2020 Online

Take care and practice social distancing by curling up at home with a new environmental documentary. 🌱☕️ Through March 31, you can stream 60+ films from the 2020 Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital (most of them for FREE!). Enjoy!

https://dceff.org/2020online/

Enjoy some of our 2020 Festival Selections. Now through March 31.

⚠️MOVE OUT NOTICE⚠️ As stated in yesterday’s email from President Burwell, all students should plan to leave their on-ca...
03/13/2020

⚠️MOVE OUT NOTICE⚠️ As stated in yesterday’s email from President Burwell, all students should plan to leave their on-campus housing by Monday, March 23. To help minimize waste during move out, the @zerowasteau team has provided trash and recycling dumpsters in several locations across campus. In addition, students can utilize several large storage pods on the Main Quad to donate items in good condition. Note that clothing and bedding should be placed into bags prior to donating.‼️
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While this year’s Project Move Out will be smaller in scope than previous years, we’re doing what we can to minimize unnecessary waste. We know that this is a stressful time for everyone on campus, and we appreciate your support and flexibility as we work to keep our waste streams clean (especially recycling!). Thank you. 💚♻️ @ American University

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03/12/2020
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American University

We are facing a complex and rapidly changing situation with COVID-19, both in our local community and around the world. Based on new information, and in the best interests of our community, we are announcing the following actions for the university, including WCL:
• Classes will be moved online for the rest of the semester.
• Students currently remaining in the residence halls are instructed to leave campus by Monday, March 23 and return to their permanent addresses for the remainder of the semester.
• AU will work with students to provide support to facilitate this transition. Further details will be forthcoming, including emails and webinars.
• All AU Abroad programs are canceled; students should return to their permanent address.
• Students needing help finding housing should email [email protected].
• Employees will shift to an expanded telework environment starting Monday, March 16 and continuing through Sunday, April 5. Further guidance on student workers is forthcoming.
• The university will not be closed, and services will be available on campus with limitations. University-sponsored public events, both on and off campus, and all university travel are suspended through May 5.

We understand these are significant disruptions. However, today’s actions will support the safety of our students, faculty, and staff, and also the broader public. Please visit our COVID-19 Resources website at https://www.american.edu/coronavirus, which is being updated as new information becomes available.

For information regarding American University's current operating status, please access the university's COVID-19 resour...
03/12/2020
Coronavirus Resources

For information regarding American University's current operating status, please access the university's COVID-19 resource page. Latest news, who to contact, and FAQs.

https://www.american.edu/coronavirus/

Resources and information related to Coronavirus (COVID-19) and AU's response.

Become a FoodCorps service member and dedicate one year of full-time, paid public service to school food systems, teachi...
03/11/2020
FoodCorps: Serve a year for food justice and healthy kids

Become a FoodCorps service member and dedicate one year of full-time, paid public service to school food systems, teaching hands-on lessons in growing, cooking, and tasting healthy food. Applications are open through this Friday, March 13. #localfood #healthyfood

https://foodcorps.org/apply/

Make a measurable difference with a year of paid public service making schools healthier. You'll gain professional skills and join a valuable network.

Have you heard? We're currently working on a new sustainability plan for American University that will guide our work ov...
03/06/2020
American University's New Sustainability Plan: AU After Carbon Neutrality

Have you heard? We're currently working on a new sustainability plan for American University that will guide our work over the next five years. We're planning to present it to the campus community in the fall, but first, we need your input!

Submit your ideas for programs, goals, policies, or improvements that you'd like to see on campus. Thanks in advance for your valuable feedback. #ASustainableU

http://bit.ly/37CR9Lz

The Office of Sustainability at American University is currently in the process of rewriting and updating the university's sustainability plan. We are seeking input from students, staff, and faculty members about what topics, goals, or policies should be included in the new plan. Tell us what you'd....

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While many student groups formulate thoughtfully developed ideas for public and community service, few actually have the funds to put them into action. The Eagle Endowment addresses this challenge and empowers AU students by providing annual grants of $100 - $1,000 and a year of mentorship to students and groups that propose such initiatives. Proud recipient of the 2017 "Top College Philanthropic Organization in the USA", our goal is to extend your passion beyond the classroom in a thoughtful way that helps the DMV community and advances your skills. If you want to get involved and don't know how to start, email us!
Hey AU friends - Come trade your gently-used clothing, shoes, and accessories at a Summer Swap Shop on Friday, August 9 from 2:00-6:00 PM at Wunder Garten (1101 First St NE). An afternoon of drinks, food trucks, and live music! Bring items in any condition - ‘unswappables’ will go to our textile recycling table hosted by DC Sustainable Fashion Collective.♻️ We hope to showcase how swapping goods is a smart way to keep products out of the landfill and preserve natural resources. Entry is free! Learn more at http://bit.ly/summerswapshop2019
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"American University in Washington, D.C. became the very first and largest urban campus and research university to achieve carbon neutrality—and it happened two years earlier than planned." CONGRATS on making the list:
Congrats on having one of the top 10 environmentally friendly campuses in the country! "AU chose to become a leader in eco-friendly practices and living an environmentally friendly lifestyle, and it shows."
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/kogod-sustainability-club-panel-achieving-a-sustainable-future-tickets-59110694679 Come join our panel discussion on Friday, April 19th from notable alumni and their thoughts on the future of sustainability. You won't want to miss it!
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Are you an AU student passionate about food waste and wanting to help food insecurity both on campus and in our local community? We are starting a chapter of the Food Recovery Network here on campus, and we are actively looking for passionate people to work with us on our executive board to help us fully implement and maintain this incredibly effective initiative! Applications are due on June 16th. For more information, click on the application link below: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfPXasDWZ3itJAPQYwILHLzqkpU-iham5ne3ux6vuslQVH7zA/viewform?usp=sf_link
CALCULATIONS AND UNIVERSAL BALANCED FUNCTION Arithmetical calculation is the origin and deals with numbers like addition, subtraction, division and multiplication and algebra with numbers and variables. Arithmetic is the basic branch (number theory) and algebra is the reunion of broken parts. a) 7+2=9 and 2+7=9 arithmetic b) 2t+2f=2f+2t algebra. c) If values of ‘t and f’ differ, the equation cannot stand which is not the case with definite figures in arithmetic. Algebra searches unknown. If something is needed in market, so it is ‘x’ and if it is a pen,’x’ is a pen. Look at the sky; can we account correctly how many stars are? The answer is ‘no’ and so it is taken as ‘x’, then known (assumed) are 1, 00,000; the equation will be x-1, 00,000=’y’. Here both ‘x and y’ are unknown. When ‘y’ is determined, then riddle is solved, as ‘x’ value is discovered. For all probable variables, algebra is the route. When search is completed, equations stand tall. But again equations are not as tall for assessing secrets of the nature with infinite form and a fraction may be perhaps known, that too depending upon variances, termed as universe. So unknown can be bracketed in algebra as ‘x, y, and z’ as quantifying numbers are hidden and not figured out. To know the natural function of the universe, a combined capsule of arithmetic and algebra is applied. Is there any other mode for accounting without this help? Whether arithmetic or algebra, it is based on earth conditions and relevant response alone. To locate universal secrets, the relativity has to stand between the earth and the universal objects as a whole. Considering harmony, there may be some common universal laws for all objects which can be reached by terming as unknown in algebra. In fact a single path of original branch of arithmetic would help better; as for unknown factors zero ‘0’ can be used; at the most 01, 02, 03 instead of ‘a, b, c or x’ for equations in algebra, making mathematics simpler. Universal operations are without linking past, present, future and based on the simplest but permanent auto calculations on friction and tapping with relevant fluctuations of gravitation, anti-gravitation and reflection. This study can be framed in advanced arithmetic. When the universe came into being, undoubtedly it is with series of continued bangs that too with sustained time gaps in expanding travel. Is there any energy Centre to spread the empire? If it is invisible; then only two divisions surface; visible and invisible covering living and nonliving. Both carries soul energy, the former is self-activated and latter is not as here soul energy is limited to its static position unless activated externally. The universe is a capsule of mass and energy. Living activates mass for specific results; but mass is also activated by the nature to provide air, water, light etc. This is out of self-generated tapping transformation. Force, friction with mass resulting in velocity are the prime factors to promote bangs, one after other; as a single bang cannot frame out the sprawling universe. The energy output is as per the beats of mass contact with velocity which gets on to a recycle scenario for the final result. However the system is on the footing of tapping and twisting of mass by velocity on auto rhythm. It would be interesting to know the beginning of beginning to meet the recycle process. All this is not followed by the nature as per mathematics but by 2 harmonious relativity and behaviour. The universal energy follows ground rules of gravitation, anti-gravitation and reflection. Friction of mass and velocity are the building blocks of energy which is invisible. The velocity is with variances as per activation of mass and it is a combined capsule of time and space. Even gravitation and anti-gravitation impact factors of objects including the earth explain development of seasons. Gravitation and anti-gravitation range differs from object to object surfaces resulting in differences in seasonal climate. The nature with infinite setup has tapping transformation behaviour without any balance sheets and profit and loss account. The universal function only knows to give expecting nothing. Here lies the responsibility for keeping the environment clean for the simple reason that then only the nature can offer healthy and happy life. Dr.Einstein stated- it is an uncritical attitude to declare statistical character of the nature to be a fact but up to now we do not have any other theory. The nature stood for an orderly system obeying rules which could be discovered with courage and imagination. He even with his famous energy mass formula agreed that there must be something behind energy and was in search of systems which might open up secrets of the nature without any probabilities. In this context, it is rather surprising to note squares of 1 and 2 which are 1 and 4 respectively against the norm that square of same figure is more than the addition which states 1+1=2 and 2+2=4. So the values of a2 and b2, standing at 1 and 2 would present a different scenario in practical energy application routes. Force delivers velocity by friction with mass with variances as per gravitation and anti-gravitation on surface conditions. Time and space is a part of velocity and not in isolation. Hence study of velocity in reference to mass, gravitation and anti-gravitation is of utmost importance. For this no accounting system fits in to understand the infra-structure of the universe as a whole since it functions on auto principles without uncertainties. Here beats of bits of atomic sub particles in space may render some support in our understanding. The knowledge to know the universe with its infinite source empire is by its sound language which lifts tapping transformation. This will bring in such routes for the use of minimum resources and expenses to achieve the best maximum outputs. For example, one of the immeasurable objects, the sun alone is capable to provide light for the limitless areas. H V Navangul Age 82
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