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ASLA Launches New Guide to Green Infrastructure

ASLA Launches New Guide to Green Infrastructure | SCUP Links |
The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) has launched a new guide to explain the many benefits of “green infrastructure” — designed systems that harness nature to create proven benefits ...
Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:

'The idea that nature is also infrastructure isn’t new, but it’s now more widely understood to be true, according to Nancy Somerville, Hon. ASLA, executive vice president and CEO of ASLA.

Researchers are amassing a body of evidence to prove that green infrastructure actually works: these systems are often more cost-effective than outmoded models of grey infrastructure—a term used for the concrete tunnels created to move water—and also provide far more benefits for both people and the environment.'

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Zero Net Energy—From Building Scale to Campus Scale | Planning Webinar 9/30

Zero Net Energy—From Building Scale to Campus Scale | Planning Webinar 9/30 | SCUP Links |

Interest in zero net energy (ZNE) grows rapidly, but implementation is lagging. This webinar will look at the decision-making factors institutions consider when building a ZNE facility. Is the trend line bending towards greater ambition, or are institutions staying on the sidelines as costs come down, technologies improve, and the daring few pave the way, offering valuable lessons learned? Corporate and institutional representatives will also examine lessons from from Washington University in St. Louis, Cornell University, and Case Western Reserve University. They will offer first-hand experience on specific ZNE installations, both at the small and large scale, and will look ahead to predict what's next. This program will include frequent audience polling and opportunities for questions.

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014 2:00 PM–3:30 PM eastern—An interactive look at the trends, technologies, costs, and boundaries impacting Zero Net Energy buildings. Register now!

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The Growing Trend of CFOs Prioritizing Energy Reduction Projects

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Yes, there is. And the author covers, concisely, a number of the reasons why.

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Top Military Commanders Have Declared Our Biggest Threat, and It's One We're All Ignoring

Top Military Commanders Have Declared Our Biggest Threat, and It's One We're All Ignoring | SCUP Links |

"This is like getting embroiled in a war that lasts 100 years. That's the scariest thing for us."

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Drowning in Light: The cheaper it gets the more of it we use

Drowning in Light: The cheaper it gets the more of it we use | SCUP Links |

"In 1996, Yale economist William D. Nordhaus calculated that the average citizen of Babylon would have had to work a total of 41 hours to buy enough lamp oil to equal a 75-watt light bulb burning for one hour. At the time of the American Revolution, a colonial would have been able to purchase the same amount of light, in the form of candles, for about five hour’s worth of work. And by 1992, the average American, using compact fluorescents, could earn the same amount of light in less than one second. That sounds like a great deal."

Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:

And the cheaper light gets, the more light we use. Maybe that's a good thing for higher education:

Many of the first treatises denying the existence of ghosts and witches came from larger cities in the Netherlands and England, which featured some of the earliest and most extensive street lighting in Europe.

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The difficult, the dangerous, and the catastrophic: Managing the spectrum of climate risks

We argue that the notion of a single, global threshold of dangerous climate change, has outlived its usefulness as a focus for the climate discourse. In its place, we propose a new climate risk management framework that incorporates the inherent limits to mitigation and adaptation, and links scientific risk assessment with social values and risk perceptions. This risk management quadrants framework overcomes the problems with the dangerous threshold by restructuring the climate challenge around minimizing collective suffering, rather than averting a distant catastrophe.

Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:

Interesting concept that could apply to other kinds of risk management. What do you think?

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2013 SCUP Excellence in Landscape Architecture, Cornell Plantations

2013 SCUP Excellence in Landscape Architecture, Cornell Plantations | SCUP Links |

The jury said the project was, “environmentally sound and natural . . . artfully done . . . from landscape perspective this project has love, tender care and maintenance . . . steward of the place.”

Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:
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This project is at Cornell University. The application process for the 2014 awards is open now.

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Old Cellphones, Once Bound for Landfills, Now Bring Colleges Money

College officials often face logistical and philosophical dilemmas in disposing of cast-off cellphones, tablets, computers, and printers.

“At a lot of universities—unless they have a centralized program in place or some sort of waste-management policy through their facilities department—it is really challenging to be able to recycle just about anything,” says Jennifer Sellers, sustainability coordinator at Coastal Carolina University, in Conway, S.C., and a veteran professional in the recycling and waste-management industry. “It is enough just to get people to throw trash in the trash can, especially when things get hectic.”

Now a recycling company based in Erie, Pa., has started a nationwide program in which it pays colleges for spent ink and toner cartridges and small electronics, diverting devices away from landfills and into the $20-billion-a-year electronics-recycling market.

Mar Bank's curator insight, August 28, 2013 12:20 PM

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Governor LePage: Maine Wind Turbine Runs On ‘A Little Electric Motor That Turns The Blades’

Governor LePage: Maine Wind Turbine Runs On ‘A Little Electric Motor That Turns The Blades’ | SCUP Links |

We quote, from The Bangor Daily News: "Now, to add insult to injury, The University of Maine, Presque Isle — anybody here been up there to see that damn windmill in the back yard? Guess what, if it’s not blowing wind outside and they have somebody visiting the campus, they have a little electric motor that turns the blades. I’m serious. They have an electric motor so they can show people that wind power works.

Unbelievable. And that’s the government that you have here in the state of Maine."

Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:

Asked about this curious claim, the University spokesperson’s first response was to literally laugh out loud. There is no motor. The project is actually a success story for the university, and for Maine. This was the first mid-sized turbine installed by a university in the state, has a 600 kilowatt capacity, and has produced 680,000 kwh worth of clean electricity in its first year. That’s $100,000 off the University of Maine at Preque Isle’s utility bill, and 572 tons of CO2 not burnedinto the atmosphere.

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NACUBO: The Horse Before the Cart

NACUBO: The Horse Before the Cart | SCUP Links |

For Michigan State University, infusing sustainability into its supply chain meant first engaging providers before developing procurement policies and articulating outcomes.

Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:

SCUPer Kathryn Lindahl is one of the authors of this useful piece about integrating sustainability planning and purchasing planning. Very practical advice and process sharing.

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UWM Spotlight on Excellence: Campus Gardens

"From one corner of campus to the other, UW-Milwaukee Restaurant Operations, along with the UWM Food & Garden Club and students in a Conservation and Environmental Science class, tend more than 2,000 square feet of gardens. It's an effort to reduce the food mile and promote UWM's sustainability mission.

The growing (pun intended) movement isn't limited to your typical campus green space. In 2012, 300 pounds of veggies were harvested from a UWM rooftop. In this video, you'll meet several green-thumbed Panthers, including a Kenosha County farmer who earned bragging rights back home after her sky-high city garden outgrew everyone's expectations."

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Green Apple Day of Service on Your Campus 9/27?

Green Apple Day of Service on Your Campus 9/27? | SCUP Links |

The Green Apple Day of Service, which will take place on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, gives parents, teachers, students, companies and local organizations the opportunity to transform all schools into healthy, safe and productive learning environments through local service projects. Be sure to check out project ideas, pick up helpful event resources, read about last year's impactfind an event in your area and register your 2014 project today!

Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:

This September event is closely tied to October 22's twelfth annual Campus Sustainability Day.

No Planeta B's curator insight, May 11, 2016 9:59 AM
Get your school ready for this year's #GreenAppleDay of service.!

MIT Wristband Could Make AC Obsolete?

MIT Wristband Could Make AC Obsolete? | SCUP Links |
A team of students at MIT is working on a prototype wearable that asks one important question: Why heat or cool a building when you could heat or cool a person?
Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:

Good question. This is especially promising for attending professional conferences. But, seriously, what if individuals could control their own perceptions of being hot or cold, with mush less regard to the microenvironment they are in? How would this change AEC? Design? Learning?

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10 New Breakthrough Technologies 2014 | MIT Technology Review

10 New Breakthrough Technologies 2014 | MIT Technology Review | SCUP Links |
Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:

Many implications for college and university planning. It tales integrated planning to handle these rapid and widespread changes.

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College Classes Use Arts to Brace for Climate Change

College Classes Use Arts to Brace for Climate Change | SCUP Links |
A growing number of university courses are using the creative arts, including “climate fiction,” to respond to what many students consider one of society’s central challenges.
Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:

Another form of resilience?

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Meet The Pioneers Of Sustainable Design

Meet The Pioneers Of Sustainable Design | SCUP Links |

"Most people immediately think of stewardship in terms of natural resource protection, but it also means helping local economies, designing opportunities for social interaction, creating memorable experiences and generating stronger real estate values. To achieve this, we must strike the right balance between natural, cultural, functional and aesthetic considerations of a project. This requires us to address the interrelationships of land use, environment, historic preservation, site design, architecture, pedestrian connectivity and vehicular networks. When these elements are properly balanced, we know that we have created something that will likely persevere over time."

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The potential of community-based sustainability projects for deep learning initiatives

This paper provides and illustrates a generic framework for deep learning in a Sustainability-based course for higher education instruction. The use of Sustainability Consulting Projects is detailed with potential application to similar programs as part of their Sustainable Education curriculum. Using four disparate institutions of higher learning across the eastern coast of the United States we can complete an exploratory analysis of the framework. This analysis will provide us opportunity to identify and characterize community sustainability projects and their contribution to higher order, integrative and reflective learning. This deep learning framework and model will be helpful to curriculum developers and instructors who wish to introduce these types of projects into their courses and curriculum. These processes and tools may be integrated into current Sustainability Management courses or used as the basis for development of specific courses focused specifically on this topic; e.g., Sustainability Consulting or as a capstone course. Lessons learned and framework design and implementation provide opportunities for further research and development of these courses.

Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:

From the conclusion: "The cases from four universities and 85 projects also provided a number of lessons learned with direct implications for practice and research." This paper—and the accompanying themed issue, "Higher Education for Sustainable Development: Emerging Areas" of the Journal of Cleaner Production—is of interest.

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What Architects Should Know About LEED V4, in Brief

What Architects Should Know About LEED V4, in Brief | SCUP Links |
More than four years after its predecessor, and one year later than originally planned, LEED v4 will be launched at Greenbuild 2013. Was the wait worth it?
Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:

The USGBC built in an overlap period, until June 1, 2015, in which projects can be registered to become certified under LEED 2009 or LEED v4. Then there's no wading back.

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SCUP 2013 North Atlantic One-Day

SCUP 2013 North Atlantic One-Day | SCUP Links |

October 4, 2013 | Gateway Community College | New Haven, CT


LEEDing the Way to Change

In 2012, Gateway Community College (GCC) celebrated the official opening of its new downtown New Haven campus with an August 29 ribbon-cutting attended by hundreds of stakeholders, including politicians, donors, officials from higher education, faculty, staff, members of the community, and most importantly—GCC students. That day represented over a decade of persistence and leadership spearheaded by the college’s president, Dorsey L. Kendrick, to provide a high-quality educational experience for all students in the New Haven region. This state-of-the-art urban campus was realized through a culmination of effort, advocacy, planning, and rigorous negotiations. The result is a college campus that is not only conducive to learning, but exists as an integral thread of the downtown New Haven landscape. 

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Beautiful, Innovative, and Sustainable: The Future of Green Architecture

Beautiful, Innovative, and Sustainable: The Future of Green Architecture | SCUP Links |

Today, architecture finds itself at a crossroads.

Building materials and new construction, along with the operation and maintenance of buildings, account for a significant sum of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions.

Faced with this fact, how are architects to responsibly pursue the act (and art) of architecture without further deteriorating the planet’s environmental make-up or depleting its resources?

What forms of high and low technology can be developed to curtail the injurious side of building?

Can good—or even great—architecture be sustainable?

The answer, of course, is yes. The best buildings have always shown a concern for their immediate environs and how they fit in them, whether they were conscious of “sustainability” or not. Now, all architects and buildings are expected to be engaged with sustainable standards, such as LEED titles, photovoltaic cells, or green roofs—all things that these 10 projects have in common. Check out our favorite projects in architecture + sustainability...

Via Lauren Moss
Lauren Moss's curator insight, January 17, 2013 6:32 PM

A curated collection of (relatively) recent sustainable building projects that highlight innovative approaches to environmental design and green building, with links provided for additional information and details.

Paige's curator insight, August 6, 2014 2:47 PM

Green architecture! I've dreamt and have considered going into a field of real estate specializing in the building and selling of eco-friendly homes!!

Preserving the Future | Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)

Preserving the Future | Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) | SCUP Links |

"These global examples of student sustainability efforts demonstrate that they have embraced protecting and preserving the future while touching almost every component of our institutions in some way. The stories in this week’s column illustrate students supporting the three pillars of sustainability — economic, environmental and social — while addressing climate change through learning, empowerment, action, and connections."

Sang Hoon Moon's comment, January 15, 2013 5:23 PM
oecd193 Member States (Regional Road Mep: green green technology Green Finance Committee Policy Committee Association) global multinational company founded services: economic policy innovation. Services.
1) North America.
2) South America.
3) the European Union.
4) Asia.
5) Africa.
6) Oceania.

A. cyclone engineering knowledge of industry R & d scientific and technological innovation, service.
a) OECD193 member countries: the green country only conduct sales.
District environmental restoration roadmap (:. b) oecd 193 member states: a new growth engine. policy innovation) services.
c) oecd193 member states social stability, job creation, policy, innovation, and service.
d) oecd193-member disputes. confrontation, war, reconciliation policies, and services.
e) oecd193 Member States: earthquakes, floods,

Environment, housing buildings (feed waste generation suppression devices. Fertilizer, compost gas): job creation, a new growth engine. Services.

* Co-housing buildings. Dominion through discarded waste dehydration use and reuse the resources immediately. To block non-motorized waste fundamentally fair system.

Environment, housing buildings: power supply)
Local government, and all the precious water supply in buildings.
* I unpowered the application process technology. By each generation of electricity, there is a need to distinguish between the industrial power and household electrical supply.
1) per household power usage may need to be coordinated.

* Prerequisites: policy challenges)
Emphasis on theory and discussion they should be. Engineers first run is always available even if
Sang Hoon Moon's comment, January 15, 2013 10:31 PM
Climate change, global environmental restoration technology commercialization. : (Goal: 1950s innovation).

* Technology holding company (licensing, marketing), please apply for a joint venture.
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OECD Committee for licensing. M / A. To attract foreign investment. Joint ventures.

* Environment, housing buildings: project implementation. Design, and construction. (Central government, local government: Section 1.2.3. Sector: innovation Urban Development.)

* Alternative water lay-out: (environment, housing buildings: manure using sewage and domestic sewage. Flow-shheet.) Life feed flume used.

A. water shortages oecd193 member states environmental problems cause?
a) co-housing (toilet culture: the toilet.) changing history
1) from 1930 to 1960: lack of water. Were no environmental problems.
2) from 1970 to the House of Commons culture, development, water usage period (beginning)
3) 1980 ~ Dam (securing water resources) .... Inflicting exponentially increasing.
* Sea, mountain fields. Environmental destruction. Abnormal weather conditions seriousness.
4) due to the water shortage from 1990 to come up with measures.
* More than climate (mountain sea) climate change appears
5) rivalry between 2000 and due to the lack of water. Water wars, securing water resources. (R & d)
* Climate crustal movements. Swine Pulau When the animal's death, earthquake, typhoon, tidal wave, tsunami, Pacific waters of change has come to the increasingly serious.
2010 ~ 6): planet of the environmental disaster created a culture of human alleles from natural ecosystems and motivation.
Suicide rate reaches the point of a serious imbalance.
* G20 world summit. Earth Environmental Restoration and seriousness of the global economy were discussed.

B. oecd member countries. General architecture of common (problem):
1) domestic sewage. And a waste of resources. Discard.
2) to discard food waste.
Toilet (3) toilet precious water about 60 to 70%:)
* Train, airplane example. Use a small amount of water.
Use the portable toilets: toilet bubbles.
C. Improvement: Improvement of general building and toilet
1) use the toilet bubbles toilet.
2) water used by domestic sewage domestic sewage, manure transported Alternative water. Is approximately 60 to 70% water reduction (environmental ecosystem restoration).

* OECD countries (Conclusion: (water and sanitation, local government ordinance).: Environment, housing capital gains tax exemption building green national policy and sustainable service policy. Born again.

Interested advice:)
Many of securing water resources. Interested in environmental issues, problems, and have So the idea of ​​participation is recommended.
But no experience of practice (theory: Professor, Ph.D., licensed, honor the title.) Exclusion relations agencies, among other things, the transfer of technology as soon as communication can be coordinated to ensure that it is even more important.

Technology, my technology is executed immediately.
OECD member national (each, also municipalities: Licensing, (Dedicated conducted sales): spc. contractor services, can will tell.

* Business Organizer: Engineering and other companies
Representatives (pto.seo): sanghoonmoon.!

Why the green building industry needs to pay attention to tenants

Why the green building industry needs to pay attention to tenants | SCUP Links |
It's time for the building industry to shift from develpment to maintenance, using a life cycle approach.
Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:

SCUP agrees: "Taking the long view, and systematically planning and delivering performance across the entire facility life cycle, is critical to meeting sustainability objectives and helping buildings achieve their full economic and environmental potential."

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