I am currently a junior in college, majoring in education. I go to school in the northeastern section of the country and rent an current home just a few miles off campus. I need to drive to our classes. Unfortunately, there’s isn’t enough available parking on campus. Most of the time, I’m forced to park many miles away and walk. During the school year, the weather varies between chilly freezing and brutally hot. I often walk through snow, rain, high winds, excessive humidity or feet of snow. I regularly carry a backpack stuffed with very heavy books. During the Winter time weeks, I bundle up in our wool coat, knitted hat and boots, and still nearly freeze to death, however by the time I get inside the building, I’m shivering and worried to moderate up. The classrooms are not all tested at a comfortable level. My methods classes are held in a very large, older building with an aged gas furnace. Although the furnace makes a tremendous amount of noise, it provides very little heat. I try to rest as close to the registers as possible. My poetry class is located in a much newer building, with a state-of-the-art gas furnace. This classroom is regularly overheated. There are so many supply vents, it’s nearly impossible to escape the blast of hot air. Because of this, students will sometimes open the windows. Not only does this waste a tremendous amount of energy, but the draft of chilly air is not pleasant. The open windows also force the heating program to job harder, creating big temperature fluctuations.