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Wide Differences Found in Large Buildings’ Power Use

"The first comprehensive study of energy use by New York City’s largest buildings shows some to be power hogs, using up to five times as much electricity, natural gas, heating oil and steam as others of comparable size or purpose. And there is ample room for improvement.


Full report here, on the planNYC website.


The report ... estimates that if poor-performing buildings in the city improved their efficiency and reached just the median level of energy use in their categories, the city’s energy consumption would decline by at least 18 percent and greenhouse gas emissions would be cut by 24 percent."

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Scientist Michael Faraday Celebrated in Design of Residence Hall to be WPI's 4th LEED Building

Scientist Michael Faraday Celebrated in Design of Residence Hall to be WPI's 4th LEED Building | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts plans to break ground for a new $38 million residence hall building in June 2012, with  fast track construction to be completed by July 2013.  This Green building was designed by Boston-based ADD Inc. to meet LEED Certification standards, and will be built by Daniel O'Connell's Sons of Holyoke, Mass. This residence hall will be WPI's fourth LEED-certified building. 


The building's design celebrates the work of Michael Faraday, a British scientist, chemist, physicist, and philosopher who lived from 1791 to 1867. Faraday is widely credited as being one of the most influential scientists in history.


Also under construction is a new parking garage featuring the first "rooftop fields" in Massachusetts. The garage will feature rooftop athletic fields for softball, soccer, field hockey, lacrosse, rugby, and a variety of other recreational activities. That new facility is projected to open in January 2013, and will include sustainable features such as stormwater recharging, energy efficiency, an electric vehicle charging station, and the use of materials with recycled content; the very nature of the project is an important example of sustainable development in that the land is being used for two purposes under one footprint."

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Swarthmore College Residence Halls, Swarthmore, Pa. - Award Winners, Student Housing - EcoHome Magazine

Swarthmore College Residence Halls, Swarthmore, Pa. - Award Winners, Student Housing - EcoHome Magazine | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
The new campus housing references the past but its modern design looks forward.

 

Nice list of sustainable products, and there are other campus projects on the website.

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AASHE is SCUP's K.C. Parsons Founders’ Award for Distinguished Achievement in Higher Education Planning

AASHE is SCUP's K.C. Parsons Founders’ Award for Distinguished Achievement in Higher Education Planning | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) has been named recipient of the SCUP 2012 K.C. Parsons Founders’ Award for Distinguished Achievement in Higher Education Planning.


The awards committee said, “the nerve and energy touched by AASHE is at the center of the soul of higher education. AASHE is advancing higher education and moving the needle forward.”


AASHE will present a session at SCUP–47.

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Georgia Tech Builds Carbon-Neutral Lab to Study Carbon Neutrality | ENR: Engineering News Record | McGraw-Hill Construction

Georgia Tech Builds Carbon-Neutral Lab to Study Carbon Neutrality | ENR: Engineering News Record | McGraw-Hill Construction | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Georgia Tech Builds Carbon-Neutral Lab to Study Carbon Neutrality http://t.co/vcVpRaJ5 #SCUP: Integrated planning.
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Integrated Environmental Planning at Selkirk College

Integrated Environmental Planning at Selkirk College | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
College Education in British Columbia's Beautiful Kootenays at Selkirk College (RT @SelkirkPrez: So proud of our Integrated Environmental Planning http://t.co/9XpQ249n students!
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Wendell Berry delivers the annual Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities | Inside Higher Ed

Wendell Berry delivers the annual Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities | Inside Higher Ed | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"In his talk, Berry – in keeping with the themes of his oeuvre and the causes of his personal activism – argued that “there is in fact no distinction between the fate of the land and the fate of the people,” and that the 'pillage and indifference' that characterize America's treatment of its natural resources have caused incalculable, perhaps irreparable damage not only to our land, water, and air, but also to 'the health and stability of human society.'


The vehemence and emotion of Berry's argument were particularly striking in comparison with the speeches given by previous Jefferson lecturers."

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Sustainability at Allegheny College: Integrated Planning in Action

Sustainability at Allegheny College is a community endeavor that is as much about responsibility as it is about fun. In collaboration with the American Colle...


This is an example of how sustainability planning is institutionalizing integrated planning across units and departments:


"Sustainability at Allegheny College is a community endeavor that is as much about responsibility as it is about fun. In collaboration with the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment, we’ve pledged to achieve climate neutrality by the year 2020. To meet this goal we’ve integrated sustainability principles into budgets, daily operations, job descriptions, purchasing and contract policies, and our Strategic Plan. Students explore and advance sustainability in interdisciplinary curriculum; innovative research such as aquaponics and wind feasibility studies; collaborations with the City of Meadville and local schools; and extracurricular activities such as the annual October Energy Challenge and the Trashion Show."

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Ball State University - Greening of the Campus IX: Building Pedagogy (2012)

Ball State University - Greening of the Campus IX: Building Pedagogy (2012) | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

This classic sustainability conference was originally held each fall, but has now been moved to the spring.

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Revenue From Net Zero Energy Buildings to Reach $1.3 Trillion by 2035 | Caelus Green Room

Revenue From Net Zero Energy Buildings to Reach $1.3 Trillion by 2035 | Caelus Green Room | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
As green building practices become more commonplace in the global construction industry, the goal of designing zero energy buildings, or buildings that con (Revenue From Net Zero Energy Buildings to Reach $1.3 Trillion by 2035
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University of Birmingham Steam Bridge | Dezeen

University of Birmingham Steam Bridge | Dezeen | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

When your infrastucture has to be right in people's faces, why not make it attractive and symbolic?


"Liz Pride, MJP’s Director of Education and the University’s Development Plan Architect says, 'It’s in a very prominent location at the main West Gate entrance to the University’s campus and right opposite the entrance to University Station. It’s also quite a feature seen from the canal below. The elegant design of the cladding makes an inherently utilitarian feature interesting and attractive: it highlights the University’s real commitment to CHP and carbon reduction.'"

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HEFCE : News : 2012 : 12 January 2011 : New projects to reduce university carbon emissions

New projects to reduce university carbon emissions http://t.co/6CqP8MBY #SCUP: UK funding campuses in sustainability initiative...


The UK is funding enegry efficiency and carbon reduction initiatives on higher ed campuses to the tune of 12M pounds.

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Simon Fraser University Saywell Hall and Blusson Hall at The Arts and Social Sciences Complex | A SCUP Excellence Award Recipient in 2010

Simon Fraser University Saywell Hall and Blusson Hall at The Arts and Social Sciences Complex | A SCUP Excellence Award Recipient in 2010 | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Nominate work on your campus! The deadlines for SCUP 2012 nominations are January 20 and February 17, depending upon the award category.


Of this SCUP award-winning project, the jury said, “best architecture, clearest planning and landscape, completely integrated, logical ... gives opportunity to reference mid century modern architectural context and reflect how we value that generation of architecture and institution.” The project has won other awards:


  • 2008 Earth Award of Building Owners and Managers Association of British Columbia
  • 2008 Merit Award for Consulting Engineers of BC
  • 2008 Excellence in Concrete Construction BC Award
  • Recognition from Natural Resources Canada for Low Energy use Building 2008
  • Gold Medal for Lieutenant-Governor 2009 Awards in Architecture


Here is the Perkins & Will project page. Here is a university fact sheet (PDF) on the project.

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Green Building's Growing Pains

Green Building's Growing Pains | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

The proliferation of green building standards and evaluations mean more choices about which program to prioritize:


"[T]he very success of the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system has propelled the nonresidential marketplace into a broad debate over how best to define and verify a building’s 'greenness.'"

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LEED 2012 Development | Meet the new LEED v4 | USGBC

"In response to overwhelming feedback from our members, core LEED users and engaged stakeholders, USGBC announced today that it will delay ballot on LEED 2012 until June 1, 2013. Because of this date change LEED 2012 is being renamed LEED v4.


Why the change?


This change is 100% in response to helping our stakeholders fully understand and embrace this next big step. We intend to do everything we can to ensure that the market is ready for LEED v4 because it represents progress on both carbon reduction and human health improvements.


We feel it is our obligation to our loyal users to fully build out the credit documentation, forms, and education prior to rating system ballot. Therefore we've decided to delay ballot on LEED v4 until June 1, 2013 (or potentially sooner)."

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Is Portland Well Planned? Its Mayor Doesn't Think So | Planetizen

Is Portland Well Planned? Its Mayor Doesn't Think So | Planetizen | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Mayor Sam Adams pens an opinion piece for Grist in which he considers why Portland is not as well planned as it could be, and how a different [integrated] aapproach to planning is necessary for American cities to address their most pressing challenges.

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LEED Silver Was Just Part Of The Package | Earthtechling

LEED Silver Was Just Part Of The Package | Earthtechling | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
LEED certification wasn't an initial goal for Modesto Junior College's new Student Services Building, but Perkins+Will worked in green as a matter of course.
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BUILDING THE GREEN DREAM: THE SCHOOL OF INTERNATIONAL SERVICE AT AMERICAN UNIVERSITY

BUILDING THE GREEN DREAM: THE SCHOOL OF INTERNATIONAL SERVICE AT AMERICAN UNIVERSITY | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Article Citation: Michael R. Purcell (2011) BUILDING THE GREEN DREAM: THE SCHOOL OF INTERNATIONAL SERVICE AT AMERICAN UNIVERSITY. Journal of Green Building: Fall 2011, Vol. 6, No. 4, pp.

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Efficiency Is Always Efficient | Inside Higher Ed

The anonymous blogger, G. Rendell, is a SCUP member:


"[L]et's face it -- if we want to play solitaire efficiently, it doesn't require a computer costing five hundred dollars or more. It only requires a deck of cards costing a couple of bucks and consuming zero electricity. If we, as a society, approached all our problems on that simple and practical a level, state budget hearings might not need to be so long and boring. And inefficient. (Not to mention ineffective.)"

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Seattle Undergrads Challenge Design Students Everywhere | Metropolis POV | Metropolis Magazine

Seattle Undergrads Challenge Design Students Everywhere | Metropolis POV | Metropolis Magazine | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Design challenge: Make a useful, marketable product out of a football field worth of used artificial turf:


"Early this semester, Natalia challenged the entire Cornish community to design a marketable product that would fill a pressing social need, re-using an entire college football field of artificial turf. We had a week to design something. One week is not a long time when you’re in school.


One football field contains the equivalent of some 1.3 million plastic bags. When the artificial turf is replaced, it usually goes right into landfill. I saw this as an opportunity to design something useful, and to increase awareness in my own community that this familiar material is not sustainable. Using design to raise awareness made me feel that I was able to give something back to my community, to the people who were trying to make my life better by installing artificial turf in the first place."

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Once Dismal, U. of Vermont Building Is Now a Sustainability Showcase - Administration - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Once Dismal, U. of Vermont Building Is Now a Sustainability Showcase - Administration - The Chronicle of Higher Education | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

By Scott Carlson in The Chronicle: "Renovated for much less than what new construction would have cost, the Aiken Center is 65 percent more energy efficient today and houses the U. of Vermont's Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources."

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Penn's LEED Buildings - Almanac, Vol. 58, No. 20

Penn's LEED Buildings - Almanac, Vol. 58, No. 20 | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Weiss Pavilion: Penn’s Fifth Certified LEED Building (01/31/12, Penn's LEED Buildings - Almanac, Vol.


A nice review of its green buildings, in the University of Pennsylvania's Almanac.

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Historic Buildings May Be Greener Than You Think

Historic Buildings May Be Greener Than You Think | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

New York City takes the lead in facilitating sustainable upgrading of historic buildings:


"[M]any historic buildings actually already incorporate energy-efficient design features — a legacy of having been built before the advent of cheap energy and modern mechanical systems. In those days, natural ventilation and light and the collection of water in cisterns were standard in quality construction.\


The greening process is often more about optimizing existing elements, like ensuring that cross-ventilation isn’t inadvertently blocked, than about radical retrofits. Many of the improvements suggested in the manual won’t even require a building permit or any special permission from the Landmarks Preservation Commission but could reduce energy use by 20 to 25 percent, planners say.""

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Developing a Common Campus Sustainability Survey Language - AASHE (free) Webinar

Wednesday, February 1, 2012 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST


Reducing Survey Fatigue: A Collaboration with AASHE, Sustainable Endowments Institute, the Princeton Review, and Sierra magazine


Representatives from AASHE, the Sustainable Endowments Institute, the Princeton Review, and Sierra magazine began meeting in March 2011 to develop common campus sustainability survey language. The collaboration then expanded to include designing a single survey web tool to eliminate the need for institutions to complete four separate surveys.


Join this webinar to learn more about this effort and how it will reduce survey fatigue for institutions participating in multiple frameworks that evaluate campus sustainability.

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So Much Fun. So Irrelevant.

So Much Fun. So Irrelevant. | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"The best of these ecosystems will be cities and towns that combine a university, an educated populace, a dynamic business community and the fastest broadband connections on earth. These will be the job factories of the future. The countries that thrive will be those that build more of these towns that make possible “high-performance knowledge exchange and generation,” explains Blair Levin, who runs the Aspen Institute’s Gig.U project, a consortium of 37 university communities working to promote private investment in next-generation ecosystems.


Historians have noted that economic clusters always required access to abundant strategic inputs for success, says Levin. In the 1800s, it was access to abundant flowing water and raw materials. In the 1900s, it was access to abundant electricity and transportation. In the 2000s, he said, “it will be access to abundant bandwidth and abundant human intellectual capital,” — places like Silicon Valley, Austin, Boulder, Cambridge and Ann Arbor."

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