CASE STUDIES--GREEN COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES
Descriptions, photographs, and plans of high performance green college and university facilities, compiled by the National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities.
References to Books and Other Media
The Princeton Review's Guide to 322 Green Colleges
( Princeton Review and the U.S. Green Building Council , 2012)
Profiles 322 institutions of higher education in the United States and Canada that demonstrate notable commitments to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation.The Guide provides college applicants with: School profiles with application, admission, financial aid and student enrollment information; "Green Highlights" - write-ups detailing each school's most impressive environmental and sustainability initiatives; "Green Facts" sidebars reporting statistics and facts on everything from the school's use of renewable energy sources, recycling and conservation programs to the availability of environmental studies programs, and green jobs career guidance; A glossary of 40+ green terms and acronyms from AASHE to "zero waste"; and Lists identifying schools in the book with various green distinctions – among them: those with LEED-certified buildings and those that are signatories of the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment.
University of Maryland. Green Buildings.
(University of Maryland, Campus Infrastructure and Operations. , 2012)
Describes the green building construction and renovation projects at the University of Maryland. These projects will help the campus conserve energy, reduce the use of raw materials, and save money. Includes descriptions, photos, and building plans.
Princeton Review's Guide to 311 Green Colleges.
(Princeton Review and the United States Green Building Council, Center for Green Schools. , Apr 2011)
Profiles 308 institutions of higher education in the United States and three in Canada that demonstrate a strong commitment to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities, and career preparation. 220p.
Green Schools and Sustainability in Appalachia. Case Studies in Rural Practice.
(Regional Technology Strategies; Appalachian Regional Commission; Carrboro, NC , Mar 2011)
Highlights best practices in colleges that are both environmentally sustainable themselves, and that foster education-community partnerships to support local economic growth. It emphasizes those institutions most closely aligned with local economies. The examples provided showcase the policies, people, and resources needed to foster a sustainable approach to campus development and management, as well as energize local communities to pursue new opportunities that are available throughout Appalachia. 46p.
Bagley Nature Area Classroom Pavilion.
(McGraw-Hill, New York, NY, 2010)
Presents a tour of a humble LEED-Platinum classroom, at the University of Minnesota in Duluth, that has the ambitious goals of net-zero energy and Passive House certification. The Passive House standard's founder Dr. Wolfgang Feist and members of the design team explain reliance on passive strategies more than technological ones. The building demonstrates leadership in energy efficiency, renewable energy, wastewater treatment, stormwater management, passive heating, natural ventilation, water efficiency, local and renewable materials, and a healthy indoor environment.
The Princeton Review's Guide to 286 Green Colleges.
(The Princeton Review, 2010)
Offers a guide to 286 U.S. colleges and universities that have demonstrated a commitment to sustainability. The document was produced in partnership with the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). Many of the schools profiled in the document have USGBC LEED-certified buildings on campus, but that was not a criterion for inclusion. All of the schools are exemplary "green" institutions and understand the need to implement an infrastructure that will allow students to live and learn sustainably. 198
Town & Country: A Tale of Two Cultures.
(National Wildlife Federation, Reston, VA , Jul 28, 2009)
Describes efforts at rural Grinnell College and urban New York University to operate a sustainable campus. Successes and failures are described, especially where cooperation from neighboring land owners with conflicting interests was not achieved. 5p.
Cool Schools: The Third Annual List.
(Sierra Club, San Francisco, CA , 2009)
This survey rates 135 higher education institutions on their campus sustainability initiatives in eight categories: efficiency, energy, food, academics, purchasing, transportation, waste management, and administration. Schools could earn up to ten points in each category, and up to five bonus points if they had additional green initiatives, for a total of up to 100 points. 5p.
References to Journal Articles
Passive-House Dormitory Receives Certification
ED+C; Jun 28, 2012
TerraHaus, North America’s first Passive-House student dormitory located on the Unity College campus in Unity, Maine, has received official certification from the Passive House Institute U.S.
ED+C; Jun 28, 2012
Arizona State University's recent Health Services Building project focused on sustainability and the use of healthier materials to benefit the students and staff.
Special Mention Lab Takes Thoughtful Approach to Green
Laboratory Design; , p18-20 ; Jun 2012
Describes in detail the design of the University of California-Riverside, School of Medicine Research Building. This building won a Lab of the Year Special Mention.
University of Buffalo: Setting a Green Example
Facility Management; , p18-21 ; May-Jun 2012
Twenty years ago, colleges and universities relied on academic programs and student activities to attract students. Now, however, prospective students are also measuring their choices of college by evaluating the facility's "green" track record. Describes the green efforts at the University at Buffalo (UB), part of the State University of New York system.
From Gray to Green at Angelo State University
Today's Campus; , p44-45 ; May-Jun 2012
The campus master plan called for demolishing utilitarian parking and an ugly roadway to make room for an eco-friendly, multifaceted recreational hub, now the vibrant heart of the campus.
Rose Center for the Arts, Lower Columbia College
Livegreen; Apr 2012
American studio Opsis Architecture designed the Rose Center for the Arts in Lower Columbia College, Longview, Washington, which not only meets the artists’ needs with a cutting-edge theatre and auditorium but is built with sustainability in mind. The center accommodates music, drama, painting and photography, and serves as a community centre offering a vast range of cultural programmes.
A Green Social Hub
College Planning and Management; , p64-67 ; Apr 2012
From green roofs to high-functioning outdoor spaces, the Rochester Institute of Technology's Global Village transforms into a sustainable campus gathering space.
High Performing Buildings; , p56-64 ; Spring 2012
Case study of University of Florida's William R. Hough Hall, a LEED Gold graduate business studies building that uses 42% less energy than the baseline. Ample daylighting, breakout study rooms, lounges, lockers and a convenience store make it one of the most popular buildings on campus. A solar hot-water system is the primary source of domestic water heating. Efficient plumbing fixtures and drought-tolerant landscaping help reduce water use.
Student Accommodation Addresses Global Issues of Sustainability and Conservation
World Architecture News; Mar 13, 2012
Description of Charles David Keeling Apartments located at the University of California San Diego. The design employs a suite of tactics to address Southern California's pressing environmental challenges of storm water management, water scarcity, and carbon emissions, providing a model of sustainable living and a pilot for future campus development.
First LEED Platinum Building in the UT System
School Construction News; Mar 2012
Case study of the LEED Platinum, University of Texas at Dallas Student Services Building. The student center has a custom exterior terra cotta louver system that provides an energy efficient shading strategy, set in place to protect those inside the building from the harsh Texas heat, while reducing radiant heat gain and maximizing daylighting and views to the outdoor landscaping. The daylight harvesting efforts helped the building use 76 percent of all occupied spaces with natural lighting and 93 percent of all occupied spaces to have views to the outside.
Student Center is Catalyst for Sustainability at Central New Mexico Community College
School Construction News; , p17-18 ; Mar 2012
Describes new student center and library on the main campus of Albuquerque's community college that contains a variety of sustainable features and student-oriented spaces.
KAUST Academic Library
Architype Source; Feb 2012
Photographs, description, and credits for the 140,000-square-foot King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) Academic Library in Thuwal, Saudi Arabia, designed by HOK. KAUST was certified as the largest LEED Platinum project in the world. The library design de-emphasizes the library as a repository of books while emphasizing the social dimensions of learning and access to knowledge through technology.
Sustaining Green School Momentum
American School and University; Feb 2012
Although economic recovery is slow in coming, education institutions continue to lead the way in green facility design and construction. Discusses CHPS, LEED, Center for Green Schools, state mandates and incentives, and progress in Ohio. Includes case studies of the Russell T. Joy Building at the University of Washington Tacoma that has earned a LEED platinum certification for the sustainable practices incorporated into the building renovation; and Gloria Marshall Elementary School in the Spring (Texas) district that received a gold LEED rating from the U.S. Green Building Council.
UBC's Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS) Will Serve as Test Bed for Innovation
Facilities Manager; , p30-32 ; Feb 2012
Discusses the new sustainable building for the University of British Columbia's Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability, a living laboratory for researchers to teach, test, and study the long-term impact of sustainable practices and technologies.
Penn's LEED Buildings
University of Pennsylvania Almanac; v58 n20 ; Jan 31, 2012
A review of the green buildings on the University of Pennsylvania campus, including the George A. Weiss Pavilion, Morris Arboretum's Horticulture Center, Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine, the Music Building, and Joe's Cafe.
At Drexel University, a Green Rebirth Planned for a Former Frat House
Green Source; Jan 18, 2012
Plans call for restoring a stone-clad fraternity house and constructing a 4,600-square-foot addition, transforming the building into a hub for testing sustainable design and construction methods. The Drexel Smart House will double as an educational space and dorm. The dwelling, built in 1872, has sat vacant since the late 1990s.
5 Facility Design Tips for Universities
Campus Technology; Jan 17, 2012
Case study of University of Connecticut's new green Classroom Building comprised of 17 high-tech classroom spaces and two lecture halls. Discusses five areas that all universities should consider when designing state-of-the-art facilities: form a committee and lean on it; pick an experienced architect; go green; consider the long-term maintenance costs; and know what you want and what you don't want.
Useful, Green, and Community-Minded
College Planning and Management; , p83-85 ; Jan 2012
Miscordia University's, Dallas, PA, creative adaptation of three existing facilities has saved money and resources and contributed to a strong town-gown relationship. Describes renovation of a funeral home to a residence hall for 26 students, and a former car dealership to arts studios.
Greening the American Campus: Lessons from Campus Projects
Way, Thaisa; Matthews, Chris; Rottle, Nancy; and Toland, Timothy R.
Planning for Higher Education; , p25-45 ; Jan-Feb 2012
Useful green infrastructure frameworks are shared from case studies at Univerity of Washington-Takoma, University of Washington-Seattle, Wellesley, and SUNY's College of Environmental Science and Forestry.
Long-Term Education Planning
Horkey, Don; Laue, Julianne
American School and University; Nov 2011
Sustainable master planning can produce long-range benefits for education institutions. Discusses tools and strategies such as benchmarking, energy audit, commissioning, and post-commisioning. Includes case studies of Red Wing High Public School District and College of Saint Benedict in Minnesota.
A Zero Utility Bill Building.
Buildings; v105 n9 , p22-24 ; Sep 2011
The Sustainable Living Center (SLC) in Fairfield, Iowa was commissioned by the Maharishi University of Management. The facility is a forward-looking project that draws from an “East Meets West” approach to sustainability, and is the first to integrate four separate building challenges: LEED Platinum, the Living Building Challenge, Building Biology, and Maharishi Vedic Architecture. The 6,900-square-foot building is off-grid for electricity, water, and sewer.
Precast's Versatility Makes the Grade
Ascent Magazine; , p18-25 ; Summer 2011
Describes universities and colleges that have taken advantage of precast concrete benefits that include energy efficiency, sustainable design, aesthetics, economy, speed, and expandability. Includes Standford University Environment & Energy Building; North Central College; Opus Residence at Catholic University; Ivy Tech Community College; and University of Minnesota football stadium.
Y2E2: Building that Breathes.
Roberts, Cole; Khanna, Amit
High Performing Buildings; , p6-8,10-14,16,17 ; Jul 2011
Profiles this Stanford University science building, emphasizing its natural ventilation, daylighting, and sophisticated HVAC and energy recovery systems.
The Benefits of Sustainability.
Stevens, Tod; Mackey, Chris
University Business; Jun 2011
Discusses how sustainable design can impact operational costs, support and improve student learning, and even promote change in students’ behavior. Describes sustainable measures designed by the SHW Group at Western Michigan University and Grand Valley State University.
The Roe Center at Central College.
Design Cost Data; v55 n3 , p32,33 ; May-Jun 2011
Profiles this LEED Platinum facility that co-houses education, psychology, and community-based learning departments, along with their community partners. Building statistics, a list of the project participants, cost details, a floor plan, and photographs are included.
Biomedical Facility Shows Best of Modern Lab Design.
Laboratory Design; v15 n3 , p16-19 ; May-Jun 2011
Profiles the University of Southern California's Eli and Edythe Broad CIRM Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research. The article describes solutions for the specific needs facing laboratories involved in regenerative medicine and stem cell research. Labs were designed to foster collaboration, discoveries and expansion. In addition to multiples green design features, the project is an integrated facility of open laboratories, flexible casework, well-organized systems, and sustainable architectural features.
Platinum Lab Emphasizes Practical Food and Beverage Science.
Laboratory Design; v15 n3 , p12-15 ; May-Jun 2011
Profiles the University of California-Davis, Teaching and Research Winery and the August A. Busch III Brewing and Food Science Laboratory (WBF). Facilities for beer brewing, winemaking, and food processing science are utilitarian in scope and reflect an attractive, culturally appropriate aesthetic that is welcoming to users and visitors.
Cliffhanger: UCSF Embraces Creative Design in Earthquake Country.
School Construction News; v17 n4 , p16-18 ; May-Jun 2011
Profiles the Ray and Dagmar Dolby Regeneration Medicine Building at the University of California San Francisco. The facility follows the contour of its steep site with cantilevered design and pilings. Sesmic design and LEED features are also discussed.
Three Community College Case Studies.
Wojtysiak, Joseph; Sutton, William; Wright, Tommy; Brantley, Linda
Facilities Manager; v27 n3 , p40-43 ; May-Jun 2011
Provides three case studies of community colleges making use of green technologies: The Green Center of Central Pennsylvania, Cleveland State Community College, and North Shore Community College's Health Professionals and Student Services zero net energy building.
Ray and Dagmar Dolby Regeneration Medicine Building.
Architect; v100 n5 , p228-236 ; May 2011
Profiles the Ray and Dagmar Dolby Regeneration Medicine Building at the University of California San Francisco. 6,000-square-foot roof terraces landscaped with native plantings top each of the laboratories.
College Planning and Management; v14 n4 , p44, 46,48,50 ; Apr 2011
Describes sustainability efforts at Boston's Suffolk University, whose urban campus boasts exemplary waste reduction, supplies conservation, recycling, energy conservation, green cleaning, adaptive reuse of facilities, and connection to public transportation.
Green from North to South.
College Planning and Management; v14 n4 , p36,28,40,42 ; Apr 2011
Profiles the longstanding sustainability initiatives at the Dallas County Community College District's Richland College. A commitment to energy monitoring and resource conservation since 1972 is highlighted in the detailing of sustainability tenets including "green" building design, energy and water conservation, sustainable construction techniques, recycling, and partnerships with local utilities.
The Greener Lab.
College Planning and Management; v14 n4 , p60,62,64,65 ; Apr 2011
Discusses particulars of school laboratories, where larger amounts of air, energy, and water are consumed, and more hazardous materials are generated. Fume hood air recovery, indoor air quality, heat recovery, retro-commissioning, daylighting, and flexible workstations are discussed.
Going Bold, Going Green.
College Planning and Management; v14 n4 , p83-86 ; Apr 2011
Profiles sustainability efforts at Messiah College, which include extensive use of solar hot water and photovoltaics, a community garden, using environmentally sound paper, updating HVAC systems, and implementing sustainable practices in the surrounding community.
Ocean and Coastal Studies Building Protects and Withstands Environment.
Bard, Jill Harmon
Environmental Design + Construction; Mar 24, 2011
Case study of the Ocean and Coastal Studies Building at Texas A&M University-Galveston. Built on the hurricane-prone Gulf Coast, the design team made every effort to minimize environmental impacts through hurricane/storm resistant design. Includes a full description of strategies to achieve LEED Gold certification.
GreenSource; v6 n1 , p48-51 ; Jan-Feb 2011
Profiles this nature area classroom at the University of Minnesota Duluth. The LEED Platinum facility features super insulation and passive solar heat, while aiming for net-zero energy use.
Case Study Revisit: Loyal University Information Commons.
Green Source; v5 n6 , p103 ; Nov-Dec 2010
Offers a commissioning review of this notable building. The highly-glazed facility presented problems with automated operable window actuators and gaskets, and some of the 300 original desktop computers have been removed, since most students bring laptops, and the desktops were on all the time, creating significant plug loads. Nonetheless, the building has proved to be the most students' favorite building on campus.
Colorado State University Academic and Training Center.
Design Cost Data; v54 n6 , p40,41 ; Nov 2010
Profiles this academic center for student athletes. The facility is connected to the training center by a glass corridor spine, providing a constant visual reminder of the connection between athletic and academic endeavors. Building statistics, a list of the project participants, cost details, a floor plan, and photographs are included.
Colorado State University Indoor Practice Facility.
Design Cost Data; v54 n6 , p38,39 ; Nov 2010
Profiles this athletic practice facility designed to accommodate simultaneous practice of various sports and to achieve LEED Gold certification. Building statistics, a list of the project participants, cost details, a floor plan, and photographs are included.
King Pavilion, Iowa State University, College of Design.
Design Cost Data; v54 n6 , p60,61 ; Nov-Dec 2010
Profiles this new academic building that is fully daylit and features a green roof. Innovative building features and materials are also detailed. Building statistics, a list of the project participants, cost details, a floor plan, and photographs are included.
St. Olaf College, Regents Hall of Natural and Mathematical Sciences.
Design Cost Data; v54 n6 , p50,51 ; Nov-Dec 2010
Profiles this new academic facility that combines the disciplines of biology, chemistry, physics, psychology, and mathematics. The building is LEED Platinum certified. Building statistics, a list of the project participants, cost details, a floor plan, and photographs are included.
A Place of Business.
Green Source; v5 n6 , p84-89 ; Nov-Dec 2010
Profiles Mills College's Lorey I. Lokey Graduate School of Business. The modern building features large, daylit spaces that with appropriate acoustical attenuation, water-conserving fixtures, rainwater catchment, and a green roof.
Water Efficiency Measures on School Campuses: A Case Study.
Dove, Daniel; Helgason, Loren
Green Building Pro; Sep 21, 2010
Profiles George Washington University's Square 80, a sustainable outdoor plaza. Rainwater harvesting, native plants, pervious pavement, roof water collection, cisterns, and biofiltration planters are described.
Recreation, Health and Learning at Sac State "WELL" Center.
School Construction News; v16 n6 , p24,25 ; Sep-Oct 2010
Profiles this new recreation center that integrates health services, outdoor adventure clubs, and exercise. The LEED Gold-rated facility features a transparent exterior that reveals the activities going on within, and makes it a beacon that attracts students.
American School and University; v82 n13 , p14,16-19 ; Aug 2010
Profiles the two main winners in the 2010 American School and University Magazine Education Interiors competition. The Omaha Public Schools Saddlebrook Joint-Use Library and the New York University Stern School of Business Concourse were chosen for high performance, value, safety and security, innovation, atmosphere, functionality, quality, and contextual relationship. Photographs and project statistics accompany a brief description of each project.
American School and University; v82 n13 , p20,22,24 ; Aug 2010
Profiles the new campus center at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, The center sits at the heart of the campus, providing a light-filled spaced connected to an existing geothermal heating and cooling system. Photographs and project statistics accompany a brief description of each project.
Facility Focus: Student Centers.
College Planning and Management; v13 n4 ; Apr 2010
Describes advances in green construction at University of Vermont, Dudley H. Davis Student Center; Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE), Student Success Center; University of La Verne, Abraham Campus Center; and Oxnard College, Student Services Building.
Efficiency By the Book.
McLauchlan, Donald; Lavan, David
High Performing Buildings; , p6-10 ; Spring 2010
Profiles Loyola University Chicago's Richard J. Klarchek Information Commons Building. The abundant high performance features of this bookless learning commons are detailed in text, diagrams, and charts.
Sustainability Initiatives at SMU.
Facility Management Journal; v20 n2 , p59-61 ; Mar-Apr 2010
Describes sustainability efforts at Southern Methodist University, including a 2007 LEED Gold engineering building, and an extensive discussion of the installation and maintenance of vitreous waterless urinals.
Environmental Design and Construction; v13 n2 , p20 ; Feb 2010
Profiles the installation of a photovoltaic system on a Providence College roof. The specifications and aesthetics of the system are discussed, as is the building addition on which it was installed.
Science in a New Light.
Texas Architect; v60 n1 , p48-53 ; Jan-Feb 2010
Profiles the Interdisciplinary Life Sciences Building at Texas A&M University. The building represents the institutions first foray into sustainable design, conforms to the new campus master plan, and serves interdisciplinary functions. Photographs, plans, and a list of project participants are included.
The Future is Now.
Architecture Minnesota; v36 n1 , p20-23,51 ; Jan-Feb 2010
Profiles the Leonard A. Ford Hall science building at the University of Minnesota-Mankato. The high performance building's details are discussed, as is its popularity as a student meeting place. Photographs, plans, and a list of project participants are included.
Grand Valley State University Laker Turf Building.
Design Cost Data; v53 n6 , p52,53 ; Nov-Dec 2009
Profiles this LEED Gold long-span indoor sports field facility, positioned on the site to maximize daylighting, solar heating, and natural ventilation. Photovoltaics and a rainwater collection system are also featured. Building statistics, a list of the project participants, cost details, a floor plan, and photographs are included.
Green Field Notes.
American School and University; v82 n3 , p250-252,254-276 ; Nov 2009
Presents brief descriptions of "green" building features at 46 educational facilities. Background information of the feature and community response are also included.
Kroon Hall, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.
Architectural Record; Nov 2009
Profiles this academic building with office space for 50 faculty and staff, three classrooms, a library, a learning center, a 175-seat auditorium, and an environment center for social gatherings. The contemporary structure blends the shape of a cathedral nave with that of a Connecticut barn, providing maximum performance in the New England climate. Extensive use of sustainable materials, rooftop photovoltaic panels, and a rainwater-harvesting system yielded a LEED Platinum facility. Project information and photographs are included.
Rector Science Complex Stuart Hall and James Hall, Dickinson College.
Design Cost Data; v53 n6 , p18,22,23 ; Nov-Dec 2009
Profiles this LEED Gold facility that was attached to an existing building to form a courtyard that functions as a social hub. Building statistics, a list of the project participants, cost details, a floor plan, and photographs are included.
Architectural Record; Nov 2009
Profiles this new Princeton University academic building. The building's modern form, proportions, and patterned glass facade are drawn from surrounding buildings. Its green roof is the first on the Princeton campus. Other green features include an energy-efficient curtain-wall system, storm water controls, and bike parking facilities. Inside, classrooms and offices line the perimeter of the building, where floor-to-ceiling windows provide views and natural light. A three-story atrium fosters casual interaction between students and professors. Project information and photographs are included.
Campuses as Living Laboratories for the Greener Future.
St. Arnaud, Bill; Smarr, Larry; Sheehan, Jerry; DeFanti, Tom
EDUCAUSE Review; v44 n6 , p14-16, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26-28, 30, ; Nov-Dec 2009
This article features the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and the University of California, Irvine (UCI) as examples of the growing efforts of college and university campuses to create more sustainable buildings and to reduce carbon emissions. The authors stress that those who are in higher education have the opportunity to recommit themselves to enabling societal transformation by using each campus "cities" as proofs of concept for the green infrastructure revolution.
America's Greenest Colleges.
Forbes; Oct 08, 2009
Presents Forbes Magazines list of greenest colleges, considering their participation in the Environmental Protection Agency's "Green Power Partnership," participation in the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment, and participation in a voluntary sustainability tracking program run by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). Colleges also received credit for making the Princeton Review's "2010 Green Rating Honor Roll." A slideshow featuring the selected schools accompanies the article.
Carbon Neutral Now.
Metropolis; v29 n3 , p72-79 ; Oct 2009
Profiles Yale University's Kroon Hall, an office and seminar room that aims at carbon neutrality. Southern exposure of the longest side of the building harvests substantial daylight.
Green: The Preferred Color Choice at St. Norbert College.
College Planning and Management; v12 n10 , p40,42,44 ; Oct 2009
Describes the highly-participatory sustainability efforts at this college, with staff, students, and faculty seizing various opportunities even in the absence of a master plan. Product research and outside funding for energy- efficient upgrades are also addressed.
A Lesson in Sustainability.
Environmental Design and Construction; v12 n9 , p18-22 ; Sep 2009
Profiles the recycling of an outdated campus building into the new home for Arizona State University's School of Sustainability and Global Institute of Sustainability. The energy and water conservation features are described, as is the extensive recycled material content. Five additional environmentally conscious higher educational facilities are also cited in the article.
Snapshots: Ten Colleges and Universities Put Sustainability to the Test.
Education Design+Construction; v12 n9 , p24-26 ; Sep 2009
Briefly reviews "green" facilities at ten higher education institutions in Florida, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Texas, Vermont, and Virginia.
Soaking up the Storm.
Hieber, Mark; King, Susan
Environmental Design and Construction; v12 n9 ; Sep 2009
Describes how Lawrence Technological University responded to a mandate to control rainwater runoff with a green roof on its new student services building, graywater toilets, and bioswales. Project statistics, a list of design and construction participants, and list of materials used are included.
Living and Learning in a Sustainable Community.
Environmental Design and Construction; v12 n9 , p28-30,32 ; Sep 2009
Profiles The Commons at Vanderbilt University. The 300,000 square foot residential village consists of five new residence halls and five renovated ones, along with a freestanding dining facility. Each hall contains at least one classroom and a faculty apartment, along with music practice rooms and student amenities. The exteriors carefully match the historic campus architecture. Abundant sustainability features include extensive recycled content and extra insulation. Project statistics, a list of design and construction participants, and list of materials used are included.
Green Up: Trends in Eco-Friendly Facility Design.
Recreation Management; v10 n9 , p28-33 ; Sep 2009
Discusses environmentally friendly trends in athletic facility design, with an emphasis on LEED certification. Examples of three higher education facilities are described.
Attention to Detail Makes WWU Building Unique.
Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce; Aug 2009
Profiles Western Washington Universitys new Academic Instructional Center, featuring natural ventilation, controlled daylighting, and a unique combination of concrete and steel construction.
Loyola's Information Commons: Designed with Nature in Mind.
Facility Management Journal; v19 n4 , p58,60,61 ; Jul-Aug 2009
Reviews the extensive sustainability features of Chicago’s Loyola University Information Commons. These include a double-skin façade that manages heat flow and natural ventilation, abundant daylighting, recycled materials, and a sophisticated radiant heating system. The building yields a more than 50% energy savings over conventional buildings of its size.
Cornell University's Climate Action Plan: The Engineer's Q & A with the Owner.
Walters, Mike; Beyers, Steve
Facilities Manager; v25 n4 , p30-33 ; Jul-Aug 2009
Presents a dialogue between Cornell University's sustainability leader and their consultant that outlines the success of their efforts towards obtaining carbon neutrality.
Lab of the Year Combines Efficiency, Site Sensitivity.
Laboratory Design; v14 n5 , p3-7,25 ; May 2009
Profiles Columbia University's Gary C. Comer Geochemistry Building, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory Campus. The facility was sited for minimal environmental impact, preserving views, avoiding runoff, and minimizing disturbance to the landscape. A high office-to-laboratory ratio is accompanied by daylit atriums for casual interaction.
Grow Your Green Campus Organically.
Campus Technology; v22 n9 , p30-34 ; May 2009
Profiles the coordinated sustainability efforts at Michigan's Delta College. These grew out of the college's facilities department, and were aided by their joining the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment. Coordination of the sustainability task force, reconfiguration of the schedule to curb HVAC use, and the execution of an energy use inventory are addressed.
ASU Polytechnic Green.
Architecture Week; , pB1.1-B1.3 ; Apr 22, 2009
Profiles the new academic complex at the Arizona State University Polytechnic campus. Horizontal shades allow daylighting while protecting the building from extreme desert sun. Shaded walkways and courtyards create outdoor circulation areas that do not require air conditioning, photovoltaic panels adorn the roof, bioswales capture rainwater, and native plantings are used.
Rutgers University Relies on the Sun.
College Planning and Management; v12 n4 , p78-80 ; Apr 2009
Profiles a solar energy facility at Rutgers University's Livingston Campus. The $10-million investment is expected to net a profit of $6.6 million in 15 years, through sale of surplus electricity. Other sustainability efforts at the school include stormwater retention, reduction of surface parking, lighting replacement, and increased recycling.
Environmentally Conscious Changes on Campus.
Lany, Tom; Owens, Charles
College Planning and Management; v12 n4 , p62,64,66,67 ; Apr 2009
Profiles environmental efforts at Gustavus Adolphus College, including plastic carry-out dinnerware that is to be returned, washed, and reused; higher efficiency lighting, low water- use toilets, and high-efficiency clothes washers.
A New Approach.
College Planning and Management; v12 n4 , p48,50,52 ; Apr 2009
Describes how the University System of Georgia formed a team to monitor its own environmental compliance. Solutions for ongoing compliance, worked out with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and with the help of consultants are discussed, as are advantages of having trained auditors on the staff.
Rx for Platinum.
High Performing Buildings; , p6-10,12-16 ; Winter 2009
Profiles the Oregon Health and Science University Center for Health and Healing. The high performance facility outperforms the Oregon energy code by 60 percent, and features 100 percent capture and reuse of rainwater, onsite sewage treatment and reuse of wastewater, a green roof, photovoltaics, and high-efficiency microturbines in the heating/power plant. The building achieved LEED Platinum certification and set the state record for the greatest number of energy conservation measures incorporated into a single building.