GREEN COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES
Information on high performance, sustainable, green college and university facilities, compiled by the National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities, including sustainability and green design issues, cost and funding concerns, and educational and community benefits.
References to Books and Other Media
AASHE 2011 Higher Education Sustainability Review
(Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, May 2012)
Report finds more green building efforts on campus than any previous year, 28 percent increase in 2011 in the number of energy-related initiatives, skyrocketing support for green jobs training and programs; an increased focus on higher-education access, affordability and success; and growing campus and community engagement with food security initiatives.TO ORDER: http://www.aashe.org/publications/sustainability-review
Student Sustainability Educators – Creating and Maintaining an EcoRep Program on Campus
(National Wildlife Federation and AASHE , Mar 2012)
Features examples from 18 campuses highlighting their efforts to design, implement and evaluate Eco-Rep Programs.
Sustainability Initiatives at the Tribal Colleges
Kuslikis, Al; Mitchell, Beau
(Second Nature, Feb 07, 2012)
Describes the efforts of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium and its Tribal College and University membership to actively engage in promoting sustainability both on their campuses and within the communities they serve.
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.
Sustainability Education Summit: Citizenship and Pathways for a Green Economy Proceedings Report
(Proceedings Report From the Sustainability Education Summit September 20–21, 2010. U.S. Department of Education Office of the Under Secretary, Nov 2011)
The Sustainability Education Summit brought together leaders from higher education, business and industry, labor, government, and non-governmental organizations to build shared visions and strategies for education’s role in developing a sustainable and green economy. The Summit was mandated by the 110th Congress in the Higher Education Opportunity Act (Public Law 110-315, enacted Aug. 14, 2008). This report provides a brief synopsis of the Summit and is broken into three major sections, which include: 1) Brief descriptions of all Summit plenary and panel sessions, including highlights from key speakers; 2) Documentation of the challenges and barriers to advancing sustainability and sustainability education, as identified by groups in the breakout sessions; and 3)Specific actionable recommendations identified by the breakout groups. 39p
America's Coolest Schools. Sierra's Fifth Annual Ranking of the Greenest Colleges in the United States.
(Sierra Club, Sep-Oct 2011)
Ranking of 118 colleges and universities on their greeness. Includes the full rankings, plus each school's completed survey, as well as several articles describing sustainable activities.
USGBC Students Guide to Transforming Your Campus, Community and Career.
(U.S. Green Building Council , Sep 2011)
Plan for recruiting and organizing students to build a green campus movement. Step-by-step guide to starting a powerful and functional student group, identifying the greatest needs on campus and creating a campaign to address them. This toolkit is written for the student who wants to change their school, their environment, their community and their future. 40p.
Thermal Comparison between Ceiling Diffusers and Fabric Ductwork Diffusers for Green Buildings.
Fontanini, Anthony; Olsen, Michael; Ganapathysubramanian, Baskar
(Iowa State University, Ames , Jul 2011)
Compares the performance of conventional ductwork with recent advancements in fabric-based ductwork. The article focuses on the transient behavior of an on/off control system, as well as the steady state behavior of the two ductwork systems. Transient, fully three dimensional validated computational (CFD) simulations are performed to determine flow patterns and thermal evolution in rooms containing either conventional or fabric ductwork. The results conclusively show that fabric ducting systems are superior to the conventional systems in terms of efficiency. Observations from the data show that fabric ducting systems heat the room faster, more uniformly, and more efficiently. The increase in performance demonstrates the potential benefits of moving away from conventional systems to fabric systems for the construction of green buildings: particularly in conjunction with adaptive control systems. 41p.
High Performance Public Buildings: Impact on Energy Use is Mixed.
Fleming, Mark; Dean, David
(State of Washington, Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee, Olympia , Jun 23, 2011)
Reports that legislation mandating high performance construction in Washington's public buildings has added between 1 and 3 percent in reported construction costs. The impact of these standards on energy use is mixed, with some buildings meeting expectations while others do not. However, many show some improvement in energy performance over time. The impact on student performance and worker productivity is not clear. Many projects are newly completed with limited operating experience and incomplete data. 46p.Report NO: 11-7
Greening Community Colleges: An Environmental Path to Improving Educational Outcomes
(Jobs for the Future , Apr 2011)
This brief highlights the approaches of three community colleges to "greening" their operations, curricula, and communities, while simultaneously addressing local and regional employment and environmental needs. The community colleges featured in this brief are: (1) Santa Fe Community College in New Mexico; (2) Central Piedmont Community College in North Carolina; and (3) Clover Park Technical College in Washington State. 20p
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.
Stanford's Energy Story: Present and Future.
(Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA, Mar 28, 2011)
Fahmida Ahmed, Associate Director of Sustainable Stanford Programs, Joseph Stagner, Executive Director of Sustainable Stanford, and Gerry Hamilton, Associate Director of Facilities Engineering Management at Stanford, discuss the full spectrum of management practices and policies undertaken at Stanford to improve the day-to-day sustainability of the campus as well as potential future pathways for continuing to keep the university's operations at the forefront of best practices in green management.
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.
Greening the Bottom Line: The Trend Toward Green Revolving Funds on Campus.
(Sustainable Endowments Institute , Feb 2011)
Reports on a survey conducted about green revolving funds (GRFs) in higher education. Research for the report took place between November 2009 and January 2011 and includes data from 52 universities in 25 U.S. states and 2 Canadian provinces. Details how GRFs help cut operating expenses and greenhouse gas emissions at 52 schools. Funds surveyed range in size from $5,000 at the College of Wooster to $12 million at Harvard University, with an average size of $1.4 million. The breakthrough in this approach is how cost savings are used to replenish the fund for investment in the next round of green upgrades. 50p.
The Sustainable Community College: Holistic Approaches to Sustainability
Spilde, Mary F. T. and Santos, Gerardo E. de los
(League for Innovation in Community Colleges, 2011)
In this collection, leaders in sustainability at 15 community colleges join the editors in highlighting effective and promising practices central to the triple bottom line of sustainability: environmentalism, economics, and social equity. Chapters include: Working Toward Improved Sustainability in the Management of Facilities and Grounds; Sustainability, LEED and Beyond; History of Energy Conservation Promotes a Green Future. 64pTO ORDER: http://www.league.org/store/catalog.htm?Iit=46&Ict=10
Advancing Green Building in Higher Education
(Second Nature: Education for Sustainability, 2011)
Helps under-resourced schools learn about and use the financial and technical resources available to construct and renovate campus buildings in ways that save money, reduce environmental and health impacts, serve as educational tools, and increase student enrollment. The website provides information on grants, fellowships for higher education senior managers, and discounted memberships in the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).
Campus Climate Action Toolkit
(Clean Air Cool Planet , 2011)
Comprehensive guide to making an educational institution more "climate friendly." It is intended both to model what an actual "published" Campus Climate Action Plan might look like, while consisting of short bits of guidance for every aspect of "campus climate action" along with hyperlinks to technical resources and examples/case studies that will help people understand, plan, and execute or implement the CCAP's various elements.
Campus Environmental Resource Center
(CampusERC was developed by the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) in partnership with the Campus Safety, Health, and Environmental Management Association (CSHEMA), APPA, and the Campus Consortium for Environmental Excellence (C2E2)with funding from the EPA. , 2011)
Site is designed as a multifaceted library of resources for college and university environmental officers to keep up with the latest news and information on environmental issues, study best practices in environmental management, view case studies, and better understand what institutions must do to comply with environmental regulations issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Green Building Studio. Web-Based Energy Analysis Software.
(Autodesk Green Building Studio, Jan 2011)
GBS is a web-based service that enables building design teams to integrate whole-building energy analysis into the early stages of the design process. Architects and engineers use their existing building information modeling (BIM) systems to communicate the project's building geometry to the GBS website, which conducts an energy analysis of the building design. The GBS web service was developed by Green Building Studio, Inc. and funded through grants from the California Energy Commission Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) Program, Pacific Gas & Electric Company, United States Environmental Protection Agency, Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, and other organizations.
STARS: Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System, a Year in Review.
(Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, Denver, CO , 2011)
Details the sustainability efforts found in the inaugural submissions to the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS). From sustainability research opportunities to sustainable dining efforts to campus-wide social justice initiatives, this report compiles the contribution of 37 institutions. in higher education, with another 200 institution's reports available online. In addition to a broad range of information provided in the institutional reports submitted by STARS participants, the document captures the insights and knowledge gained by those institutions during the reporting process. Launched more than a year ago by the AASHE, STARS is the only system of its kind that involves public reporting of comprehensive information related to a college's or university's sustainability performance. STARS provides institutions with a standardized assessment tool to evaluate their progress toward sustainability. The system includes 139 environmental, economic, and social indicators, which are divided into four categories related to campus activities: education & research, operations, planning, administration & engagement, and innovation. All of the requirements for evaluating and scoring an institution are transparent and made publicly available. 24p.
Getting to Green
This is the blog of an administrator who pushes, on a shoestring budget, to move his university and the world toward a more sustainable equilibrium.
Evaluation of the Revolving Green Fund: a report to HEFCE.
(Oakleigh Consulting Limited, Manchester, United Kingdom , Jul 2010)
Reports that The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) Revolving Green Fund is having a positive effect on reducing universities? carbon emissions. Launched in August 2008, the Revolving Green Fund is a partnership between HEFCE and Salix Finance that supports universities in radically transforming their approaches to energy consumption and reducing emissions. A recent evaluation of the fund shows that current projects are saving over 2% of carbon emissions each year. Projects include anything from lighting upgrades and draft proofing to installing wind turbines. If projects continue at current levels and frequency, by 2020 universities could cut back on some 8.6% of carbon emissions each year. 166p.
How Green is Your Campus? An Analysis of the Factors that Drive Universities to Embrace Sustainability.
(College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA , May 2010)
Examines the factors that influence the adoption of sustainable practices by institutions of higher education in the U.S. Using data from the Sustainable Endowments Institute, 180 institutions were studied. The results show that size and wealth are significant factors in the adoption of sustainable practices and that stakeholders such as faculty, alumni, and the surrounding community also play an important role. There was no evidence that institutions adopt sustainability to attract students. Also, in contrast to the findings of similar studies on for-profit entities, there is no evidence that regulatory pressures encourage campus sustainability. Also examined are factors that affect the institutions? decision to sign the Presidents Climate Commitment (PCC). The results for the PCC are quite different than those for overall sustainability, as neither wealth or size are significant factors in that decision. 46p.
Evolving Acoustical Standards and Criteria for Green and High Performing Buildings in North America.
(JEAcoustics, Austin, TX , Apr 2010)
Addresses building design standards and criteria that have been introduced and evolved in recent years to increase sustainability and enhance operations in new facilities. Acoustical and noise control criteria are incorporated into new standards and criteria for green and high performing buildings. Governmental legislation and regulation have created or modified some standards. In many cases, non-governmental organizations (NGO) have written or sponsored voluntary standards, of which some NGO standards have been adopted into governmental regulations, building codes or ordinances. Standards and Criteria covered include the most recent versions of: Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED); ASHRAE Standard for the Design of High-Performance Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Buildings; Guidelines for Design and Construction of Health Care Facilities; Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA); Energy Star, Guiding Principles for Federal Leadership in High Performance and Sustainable Buildings; and American National Standard Acoustical Performance Criteria, Design Requirements, and Guidelines for Schools. 6p.
International Green Construction Code.
(International Code Council (ICC), the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), and the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES), Mar 2010)
The IGCC represents the merger of two national efforts to develop adoptable and enforceable green building codes. The International Green Construction Code (IGCC) provides a set of requirements intended to reduce the negative impact of buildings on the natural environment. The IGCC was developed with the intent to be consistent and coordinated with the ICC family of Codes & Standards: the I-Codes. It is applicable to the construction of high performance commercial buildings, structures,and systems, including existing buildings subject to alterations and additions, utilizing both traditional and innovative construction practices.
2010 Sustainability Rankings.
(Claremont McKenna College, Claremont, CA , 2010)
Reviews the top 50 liberal arts colleges (as ranked by U.S. News and World Report) and grades their sustainability efforts according to information found on the school web sites in fall 2009. Scores ranged from the A+ received by Williams College to the D-given to Occidental College in Los Angeles. The report also concludes that higher-education institutions as a group are not very good at reporting their sustainability efforts, and are not using standards that are applied to private industry. 128p.
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.
Green Existing Schools Toolkit.
(U.S. Green Building Council, Washington, DC, 2010)
Helps schools and school districts "green" their existing facilities and achieve LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance certification. Included in the toolkit are the Green Existing Schools Project Management Guide and the Green Existing Schools Implementation Workbook. These publications provide guidance, best practices, policy, and planning templates,and are designed to be used in concert with additional resources contained in the Green Existing Schools Toolkit.
Greening Our Schools: A State Legislator's Guide to Best Policy Practices.
(United States Green Building Council, Washington, DC , 2010)
Provides guidance for state lawmakers who are developing policy solutions that improve the health, productivity, efficiency, and fiscal responsibility of schools in their state. The document is a result of caucusing 32 state capitals across the country are driving transformational policy that is being felt at the heart of communities across the nation. It details why green schools are important, how legislators can make a difference, strategies for successful communication, and appendices that feature a glossary, green building facts, case studies, and quick reference tools on the LEED rating system. 86p.TO ORDER: http://www.usgbc.org
The Paid-from-Savings Guide to Green Existing Buildings: Executive Summary.
(U.S. Green Building Council, Washington, DC , 2010)
Provides basic information to help building owners understand the paid-from-savings approach and decide if it is a viable option for "greening" their existing buildings. This approach is a financing strategy that leverages the savings generated from building system upgrades to pay for a comprehensive greening project within a defined pay-back period. The variety of financing methods available are described, and case studies that include a school are included. 20p.
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
University Planning and Architecture: The Search for Perfection.
Coulson, Jonathan; Roberts, Paul; Taylor, Isabelle
(Routledge, New York, NY, 2010)
Documents the worldwide evolution of university design from the Middle Ages to the present day, uncovering the key developments which have shaken the world of campus planning. A series of detailed and highly illustrated case-studies profile acclaimed campuses that, through their planning, architecture and landscaping, have succeeded in making positive contributions to the field. Drawing on these examples, the book turns to the strategies behind campus planning in today's climate. Exploring the importance of themes such as landscape, architecture, place-making and sustainability within university development, the book consolidates the lessons learned from the rich tradition of campus development to provide a good practice guide for those concerned with planning environments for higher education. 272p.TO ORDER: http://www.routledge.com/books/
Roadmap to a Green Campus.
Humblet, Emmanuelle; Owens, Rebecca; Roy; Leo; McIntyre, David; Meehan, Peggy; Sharp, Leith
(U.S. Green Building Council, Washington, DC , 2010)
Advises on using the LEED green building certification program as a framework for developing and evolving campus-wide sustainability plans that include "green" building construction and operation, as well as engaging the occupants in green behavior. The Roadmap references more than 100 tools and resources to support campus greening efforts, profiles institutional success stories, and was created with the support of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. 118p.
Hands-On LEED: Guiding College Student Engagement.
(U.S. Green Building Council, Washington, DC , 2010)
Explains how students can be involved in green campus projects and contribute to LEED certification efforts. The guide outlines three options for engaging students: coursework, internships, and volunteer opportunities. It details the benefits of involving students and outlines ways to initiate the process of developing an engagement program, such as planning considerations and LEED-related activities and tasks that students can perform. The guide also contains profiles of three campuses that are engaging students on green campus projects with great success.
Identifying LEED and Sustainable Design Processes in the State University System in Florida.
(Florida State University, Tallahassee, Jan 2010)
Explores the processes the State University System of Florida follows to help design sustainable university buildings. The primary goal of the research was to identify the sustainable design practices the universities are using as well as the attitudes and motivation for sustainable design. Six of the universities were included in this study. Interviews with key employees, visits to the campuses, research on the universities, and photo documentation were examined. The interview questions focused on the challenges and philosophies of sustainable design, similarities between universities, goals, financial impact, designing for LEED standards and certification, and the future of sustainable design in the university setting.
Carbon-Neutral Campus Architecture Webinar: Climate-Specific Design and Innovation.
(American Institute of Architects , Nov 19, 2009)
This webcast focused on three projects designed to create high-performance environments that are also exemplars of pedagogical and aesthetic excellence. Examples of carbon neutral buildings from three different climate zones are highlighted, with detailed discussions of the passive and active strategies of these buildings, and how they respond to their specific climatic conditions. The program moderator is Nicolai Ouroussoff, architecture critic for The New York Times, and panelists include an architect and client from each project.TO ORDER: http://www.aia.org/practicing/groups/kc/AIAB082334
Accelerating Campus Climate Initiatives.
Kinsley, Michael; DeLeon, Sally
(Rocky Mountain Institute, Boulder, CO , Nov 2009)
Offers administrators and facility managers solutions to help campuses progress toward significant carbon reduction. The book's chapters offer guidance on climate action planning, buildings and utilities, renewable energy, transportation and carbon offsets, and includes examples from colleges and universities that explain how they got past barriers and achieved energy savings. In the chapter on buildings and utilities, the perceived barriers cited include lack of capital and inadequate debt capacity to carry out desired improvements. 121p.
Stanford University Energy & Climate Plan.
(Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA , Oct 14, 2009)
Sets forth a number of options reviewed by the University for their emissions reduction potential, technological feasibility, and net present value of the long term investment. Specific principles and methodologies included use of life cycle cost analysis, maximizing use of existing assets, and balance of capital investment. The Energy and Climate plan also takes a deeper look at the campus cogeneration facility, the largest source of Stanford's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and an asset that is nearing the end of its useful life. The analysis in the plan suggests that Stanford can achieve about 20% GHG reduction from the 1990 baseline by 2020, and in the process reduce Stanford's domestic water consumption by 18%, and save about $639 million between the years 2010 and 2050 if it moves from a natural-gas-fueled cogeneration energy supply strategy to regeneration. 173p.
Master Planning for Sustainability.
(National Wildlife Federation, Reston, VA , Sep 29, 2009)
Discusses inclusion of sustainability issues in higher education master planning, along with the physical plant and academic programming. The growing concern among students for campus environmental impact and examples of institutions that have addressed theirs are featured. 5p.
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.
Consultation on a Carbon Reduction Target and Strategy for Higher Education in England.
(Higher Education Funding Council for England, Bristol , Jul 2009)
Advises that British Universities should aspire to cutting emissions 50% by 2020 against 1990 levels, and 100% by 2050. The 2020 aspiration is much tougher than the governments legally-binding target of reducing national emissions by 34% in the same time frame. The consultation also reiterates the governments previous proposal to link universities funding to their greenhouse gas emissions reductions from 2011. The consultation examines how universities can cut their emissions through transport, building energy use, and procurement of goods and services, though it makes clear that it will be for individual institutions to decide how theyll meet the targets. 29p.
Research into a Carbon Reduction Target and Strategy in England.
(Higher Education Funding Council for England, Bristol, United Kingdom , Jul 2009)
Reports on research undertaken to measure a carbon baseline, and to make recommendations for a sector-level carbon reduction target and strategy for higher education in England. The report recommends appropriate carbon reduction targets, provides a method for measuring carbon performance which is scientifically based, specific recommendations for measuring progress, and a carbon baseline for the two years 1990 and 2006. 80p.
EVs with PVs: Analysis of Electric Vehicle Integration at Stanford University Using Solar PV Panels.
Bethany Corcoran, D. Paul Golden, Kevin Larson, & Stephen Schneider
(Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, Lexington, KY , Jun 2009)
Proposes a 25-year (2010-2035) scenario for the development of electric vehicle charging infrastructure from solar electric power that Stanford University can implement on campus. Covering existing parking lots with solar photovoltaic (PV) panel-powered EV charging spots can provide a source of essentially carbon-free electricity to charge EV batteries during the day, while avoiding the aesthetic issue of covering Stanford's red tile roofs with PV panels. This also provides an added benefit of shade for the vehicles and increased grid reliability. By maintaining the current amount of commuter and resident vehicles, assuming a logical growth in EV penetration from current drivers switching from gasoline vehicles to EVs, and adding PV panels each year to match this growth in EV capacity, it is estimated that Stanford can avoid 362,488 metric tons of CO2 emissions and save 1,225,871 MWh of energy over the 25 year time period. 32p.
Never-Ending Story: Moving Forward on Climate Action Planning.
(National Wildlife Federation, Reston, VA , Feb 24, 2009)
Discusses the difficulty of creating a campus climate action plan in a time of uncertain budget situations and volatile energy prices. Examples from the University of New Hampshire, Middlebury College, The University of Florida, and Pomona College are included. 4p.
Campus Sustainability Leadership Awards.
(Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, 2009)
Displays applications for AASHE's Campus Sustainability Leadership Awards from 2006 through 2009.
Carbon Neutral Design Project
(American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Society of Building Science Educators (SBSE) , 2009)
Produces educational and resource materials for carbon neutral design. The website offers a project introduction, an explanation of carbon neutral design, as well as guidance on carbon neutral design process and strategies, carbon calculation protocols and tools, case studies, and curriculum materials.
Climate Planning Guide for Campuses: A How To Guide.
(Associaition for the Advancement of Sustinatability in Higher Education, Lexington, KY , 2009)
Advises higher education institutions on creating a coordinated plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It offers school officials guidance on how to begin a climate action plan, who should be involved, how to measure greenhouse gas emissions on campus, and which energy-reduction efforts are most effective. The basic steps outlined in the guide for reducing greenhouse gas emissions include energy conservation and efficiency, appropriate heating and power plant fuel choices, on-site renewable energy technologies, maximized space utilization to minimize or avoid new construction, "green" building design and construction, site selection, density and community connectivity, alternative transportation, public transportation access, optimized energy performance, and carbon offsets. 68p.
College Sustainability Report Card: A Review of Campus & Endowment Policies at Leading Institutions, 2009.
(Sustainable Endowments Institute, Cambridge, MA , 2009)
Reports on sustainability practices among North America's 200 largest-endowed higher education institutions, revealing that 68 percent of the institutions surveyed improved their overall grade. Among the environmentally responsible steps colleges are taking are committing to cut carbon emissions, adopting green standards for design and construction, using hybrid or electric vehicles in their transportation fleets, producing their own wind or solar energy, and buying food from local farms. The grades earned encompass eight categories: administration, climate change and energy, food and recycling, green building, transportation, endowment transparency, investment priorities, and shareholder engagement. 37 percent of the institutions have staff dedicated to sustainability issues, 22 percent have established an office of sustainability, and 68 percent have a committee composed of multiple stakeholders that advises campus administrators on sustainability issues. 235p.
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.
Green Existing Schools Implementation Workbook.
(U.S. Green Building Council, Washington, DC , 2009)
Assists with the evaluation and improvement of current school operations and maintenance practices and policies. The workbook is organized by LEED for Existing Buildings: O&M prerequisites and credits, though not all prerequisites and credits in the rating system are addressed by the workbook. The guidance and tools contained in the workbook correspond to prerequisites and credits that lend themselves to a campus- or district-wide application. The workbook includes sample policies, programs, plans, and surveys, along with data collection forms, worksheets, and tables. 108p.
Green Existing Schools: Project Management Guide.
(U.S. Green Building Council, Washington, DC , 2009)
Helps schools and school districts "green" their existing facilities and achieve LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification. The guide outlines the process for navigating LEED certification for existing schools and provides details on how to conduct organizational assessments,educate and train staff, initiate the certification process, and manage a campus- or district-wide plan. It is designed to be used in concert with additional resources contained in the Green Existing Schools Toolkit (www.usgbc.org/k12toolkit). 85p.
GREENGUARD Emission Criteria.
(GREENGUARD Environmental Institute, Marietta, GA , 2009)
Proposes stricter than typical VOC emission criteria for materials and furnishings used in schools and other children's areas, as children have higher inhalation rates per pound of body weight. 1p.TO ORDER: http://www.greenguard.org
Leadership in Collaboration for the Higher Education Sector. 2008 Annual Report.
(Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, Lexington, KY , 2009)
Reports the 2008 work of the Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium (HEASC). An introduction to the Consortium, their mission and their collective efforts is followed by individual reports from the 15 members of the consortium. 21p.
LEED Version 3.
(United States Green Building Council, Washington, DC, 2009)
This website describe the third version of LEED criteria, continuing the fundamental structure and familiarity of the existing rating system, but providing a new structure for making sure the rating system incorporates new technology and addresses the most urgent priorities like energy use and CO2 emissions. LEED v3 consists of three components: 1)LEED 2009: technical advancements to the LEED rating systems’ credits and points, 2) LEED Online: an upgrade to LEED Online that is faster and easier to use, and 3) New building certification model: an expanded certification infrastructure based on ISO standards,administered by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) for improved capacity, speed and performance. Descriptions of what has changed in the new version and ordering information are included.
(Autodesk, San Rafael, CA, 2009)
This online game helps educate everyone–from industry professionals to teachers, parents and students–about green building issues. The game presents in a quiz show and fast finger action format. RetroFits builds awareness about the benefits of green building renovation as players compete for a place on the high points leader board. Players can also stay up-to-date with the latest on green building issues by following RetroFits Twitter.
Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS).
(Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, Lexington, KY, 2009)
This software program establishes a common standard of measurement for sustainability in higher education and creates incentives for continual improvement toward sustainability.
Boldly Sustainable: Hope and Opportunity for Higher Education in the Age of Climate Change.
Bardaglio, Peter; Putman, Andrea
(National Association of College and University Business Officers, 2009)
Citing real world examples to illustrate how building a culture of sustainability through creative leadership, curriculum, connecting the classroom and operations, and reaching out to the community can help institutions distinguish themselves, bolster their value proposition, and enhance organizational effectiveness. 256p.TO ORDER: http://www.nacubo.org/Products/Publications/Sustainability/Boldly_Sustainable.html
Financing Sustainability on Campus.
This guide describes a wide variety of financial tools and programs and goes through the process—from identifying and analyzing the economics of proposed projects to execution—with examples from numerous individual campuses. 125p.TO ORDER: http://www.nacubo.org/Products/Publications/Sustainability/Financing_Sustainability_on_Campus.html
Educational Facilities Professional's Practical Guide to Reducing the Campus Carbon Footprint.
(APPA, Alexandria, VA , 2009)
Provides educational facilities professionals a practical framework for moving forward in their role within the process of achieving reduced greenhouse gas emissions and approaching carbon neutrality. The intent is to help facilities managers maximize their specific contributions and share their expertise and knowledge while working in tandem with other campus stakeholders. Individual sections cover energy production and procurement, green construction and renovation, space utilization, transportation, waste reduction and recycling, procurement, food service, education and research, and outreach. (Free download with registration required.) 34p.
Greening Our Built World: Costs, Benefits, and Strategies.
(Island Press, Washington, DC , 2009)
Reports the results of a large-scale study based on extensive financial and technical analyses of more than 150 green buildings in the United States and ten other countries. Using modeling techniques, the study analyzes the costs and financial benefits of building green on both large and small scales, and addresses the role of the built environment in reducing carbon dioxide emissions. The author reports that green buildings cost roughly 2 per cent more to build than conventional buildings - far less than previously assumed - and provide a wide range of financial, health, and social benefits. In addition, green buildings reduce energy use by an average of 33 per cent. The book also evaluates the cost-effectiveness of "green community development." 280p.
Local Leaders in Sustainability: A Study of Green Building Programs in Our Nation's Communities.
Rainwater, Brooks; Cooper, Martin
(The American Institute of Architects, Washington, DC , 2009)
Examines the current state of green building laws in American cities as of 2007. Since 2003 the number of cities with green building programs has increased greater than 400%, due to a concerted effort by local political leaders, officials, architects and others within the design/building industry, and grassroots support. The report is based on research conducted on all American cities with a population greater than 50,000 (661 communities) to spotlight the growth and effectiveness of green building policies. The report includes an introduction, study findings, case studies, a list of cities with far-reaching programs, a conclusion that makes recommendations for continued greening, and offers a final analysis. 58p.
Cool Campus: A How-To Guide for College and University Climate Action Planning.
(Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, Lexington, KY , 2009)
Advises higher education institutions on developing and implementing a climate action plan (CAP). The document details steps for creating an institutional structure for the CAP; prioritizing education, research, and public education; determining carbon footprint and emissions trajectory; greenhouse gas mitigation strategies; project evaluation and ranking; setting greenhouse gas emission targets and measuring progress; and financing, structuring, and implementing the CAP. 118p.
References to Journal Articles
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.
Thinking Green Mindset Changes That Make a Difference
University Business; Jun 2012
Shares ideas that have resulted in changes in the way campuses think about food, water, energy consumption, and solar energy. Sections include: 1) water woes: eliminating wasteful habits; 2) dining hall dilemma: changing the way campuses think about food; 3) solar farms sprouting up on campuses; 4) energy dashboards promote responsible usage; and 5) sustainable solutions.
The Green Movement
American School and University; Jun 2012
Schools and colleges and universities are examining every element of a construction project or maintenance program with an eye toward making school facilities operate more efficiently over their entire lives with the least possible impact on the environment. Discusses U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program and net-zero energy buildings.
Researchers See the Light
EDC Magazine; May 24, 2012
Describes University of Rochester’s new Saunders Research Building. The state-of-the-art research facility has achieved LEED Gold certification. Occupants enjoy sun-drenched, open workspaces that promote teamwork as they perform vital research projects.
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.
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.
And We're Rollin'
College Planning and Management; , p25-28 ; Apr 2012
Sustainability finds its rhythm, on campus and off, with renewable energy and green building efforts.
Facilities Manager; , p14-22 ; Mar-Apr 2012
The movement for campus climate action deserves high grades, but a greater effort is needed to address the growing climate crisis.
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.
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.
McKnight, Jenna M.
Architectural Record; Jan 04, 2012
At a time when many districts are tightening their belts, the green schools movement is gaining steam. Interviews with administrators and architects, along with nonprofit groups (USGBC Center for Green Schools) that are stepping up to help.
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.
Indiana University Pushes for Green Living in Residence Halls
American School and University; Nov 10, 2011
Describes a program at Indiana University in Bloomington that enables students to have their residence hall rooms certified as “green.” Program specifies 40 criteria that students can review to determine whether their rooms qualify as green. A room must meet at least 20 of the criteria to be certified as green.
A Green Perspective on Campus Security
Campus Safety; Nov 03, 2011
Campus police and security departments are critical players in the greening of the campus environment and can embrace the following green technologies and strategies: use bicycles, hybrid or electric vehicles and Segways as alternative modes of transportation; choose security systems with green benefits in mind; select suppliers who are environmentally conscious; consider the environment when specifying products; and design systems with fewer components.
Energy Commitments for Green Schools. A Study for Carbon Neutrality: the Impact of Decisions, Design and Energy.
de Angel, Yanel
American School and University; Oct 2011
Transforming decisionmaking processes regarding energy efficiency can affect the design of an education building. Discusses factors affecting the carbon dioxide (CO2) footprint of a building, and describes several steps and considerations required during the design, construction and life cycle of a building to achieve carbon neutrality. Provides a case study of a residence hall at Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island.
Cost-Effective Design for Green Schools.
Hoyle, Terry and Corona, Rich
American School and University; Oct 2011
An integrated approach to green school design is the best bet for education institutions. When budget and sustainability are a priority, architects should design a project with a comprehensive understanding of how the final building systems will operate and make thoughtful design decisions that will enable these systems to work together to serve multiple purposes.
Five Steps to Green Campuses.
Building Operating Management; Oct 2011
Through the examples at five higher education institutions, describes five steps to greening existing campus facilities: you have to start somewhere; one size does not fit all; streamlining and synergies are always good; the more people you include in the greening process, the more buy-in you will have; and make the most of the work you are doing and get recognition for successes along the way.
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.
College Planning and Management; v14 n8 , p20-22,24 ; Aug 2011
Profiles the successes of seven higher education institutions that are signers of the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). The cases highlight new "green" buildings, new power and HVAC systems, and "green" renovations,
Constructing Green: Sustainability and the Places We Inhabit.
Ponce de Leon, Monica
Planning for Higher Education; v39 n4 , p4-10 ; Jul 2011
Recognizes that buildings are one of the heaviest consumers of natural resources and account for a significant portion of the greenhouse gas emissions that affect climate change. Summarizing a number of examples of the history of building materials, the author suggests that only performance requirements reinforced by legislation will ensure a fundamental transformation.
Ten Minutes Wide: Human Walking Capacities and the Experiential Quality of Campus Design.
Planning for Higher Education; v39 n4 , p11-22 ; Jul 2011
Details the challenges of and reasons for a campus design that keeps a walking commute between buildings to a maximum of ten minutes.
The Solar College: Generating Savings with Green Technologies.
Campus Technology; May 12, 2011
Describes how Santa Barbara City College has shaved $650,000 off of its energy expenses with a few strategic moves, including solar panels that double as cover for parking and Web-based software for micromanaging lighting and mechanical energy use.
American School and University; v83 n8 , p34,36,38,39 ; May 2011
Describes cost savings to a school by using solar power. The article also addresses financing options and available rebates.
Building a Business Case for Going Green.
Harris, Bill; Maldeis, Neil
Facilities Manager; v27 n3 , p23-25 ; May-Jun 2011
Considers the explosive growth in community colleges and the need for expanded facilities. The author buildes a case for high performance buildings: identify mission-critical factors, quantify economic impact, conduct a critical building systems audit, gather and analyze energy and operating costs, calculate average maintenance costs, and evaluate operational benefits.
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.
Sweeping Saudi Project Is Forward-Thinking, Exemplary.
Laboratory Design; v15 n3 , p1,2,4-6,8 ; May-Jun 2011
Documents the planning and construction of the massive King Abdullah Univ. of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia. With the goal of establishing a new age of wisdom, four main priorities were set: create a world-class institution that attracts the best talent from around the world, create a truly global institution through collaboration and partnerships with the best research organizations in the world, create a highly collaborative environment that encourages innovation at all levels, and create a university in which the physical environment models the sustainable research mission.
Streamlining Your Emissions Inventory Updates.
Facilities Manager; v27 n3 , p27-29 ; May-Jun 2011
Measures success of participants in American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) and attention to an Inventory Management Plan (IMP), a highly effective tool addressing an elevated need for efficiency and continuity of knowledge from one year to the next.
The Seed Initiative.
Facilities Manager; v27 n3 , p30-33 ; May 01, 2011
Introduces the Sustainability Education and Economic Development (SEED) initiative of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). The organization identified three long-term priority areas for two-year colleges engaged in the green space: workforce development, community engagement, and sustainable colleges.
8 Tips for a Smooth Handoff of New Green Buildings.
Greener Buildings; Apr 28, 2011
Details eight steps for an effective transition of a green building from its builders to its operators. These concentrate on including the facilities management staff in the construction process and training them on systems as they are completed.
The Big Green Savings Machine.
Campus Technology; Apr 21, 2011
Describes how a community college in Kansas is slashing its energy bills with a $2.7 million infrastructure overhaul. Utilizing energy performance contracting and a tax-exempt financing program, upfront costs for the overhaul have been practically nil, while savings are "growing exponentially" all over the campus.
Balancing Budgets and Sustainability.
College Planning and Management; v14 n4 , p80-82 ; Apr 2011
Advises on simple money-saving sustainability efforts at higher education campuses, encouraging starting with simple tasks such as reducing paper waste, sustainable purchasing, and energy conservation.
Solar-Powered Waste Collection.
Del Vecchio, Bill
College Planning and Management; v14 n4 , p76-79 ; Apr 2011
Describes solar-powered recycling compactors that can retain large amounts of recyclables in a normal-sized bin. The example of their deployment at Georgetown University is used to describe their high capacity, low maintenance, wireless networked communication, and vermin resistance. Less frequent need for emptying has contributed to less noise and air pollution from trash collection vehicles, as well as savings in waste personnel and vehicle costs.
The Full and True Value of Campus Heritage.
Planning for Higher Education; v39 n3 , p79-87 ; Apr 2011
Details the evaluation of historic campus buildings using the five general categories of reuse potential, repurposing potential, environmental value, economic value, and cultural value. The chronic negligence of the environmental wisdom of reusing existing buildings is discussed, and four references are included.TO ORDER: http://www.scup.org/page/SCUP_PHE
Green to Go.
College Planning and Management; v14 n4 , p72-75 ; Apr 2011
Describes the use of reusable carryout food containers in higher education food service operations. This avoids the disposal of used Styrofoam or compostable containers that end up in the institution trash stream and attract vermin. Differing systems of collecting a deposit, washing, and issuing clean containers at various universities are described.
A Platinum Restoration.
College Planning and Management; v14 n4 , p52,54, 56,58 ; Apr 2011
Profiles the Wofford College restoration of a 1902 mill building to provide two laboratories, lecture and conference rooms, offices, and storage that supports an inter-disciplinary environmental studies program. Extensive repairs are described that brought the building back to its original splendor, and helped earn it a LEED Platinum rating.
Sustainability and Preservation in an Age of Campus Innovation.
Planning for Higher Education; v39 n3 , p51-54 ; Apr 2011
Discusses the contribution of historic campus buildings to the social landscape and sense of place. Their age, distinctive architecture, and quality construction often represent legacy and permanence. Furthermore, they are often "green" due to their embodied energy, site orientation, natural light, and potential for natural ventilation.TO ORDER: http://www.scup.org/page/SCUP_PHE
Duke LEEDS in Parking.
Manning, Paul; Browne, William
College Planning and Management; v14 n4 , p66-71 ; Apr 2011
Profiles this university's free-standing parking garage, the first building of its type to recieve LEED certification. The use of exterior and roof trellises, dark-sky lighting, contextual exterior finishes, energy efficient HVAC, gray-water systems, and construction waste recycling are addressed.
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.
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.
Highlights of Sustainability.
College Planning and Management; v14 n4 , p26,27 ; Apr 2011
Highlights higher education's leadership in sustainability, describing the Association for th Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education programs, particularly the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS).
Integrating Sustainability Programs into the Facilities Capital Planning Process.
Facilities Manager; v27 n2 , p24-27 ; Mar-Apr 2011
Advises on how to select sustainability initiatives for inclusion into the capital planning process. Considerations include the institutions mission, opportunities for improved efficiency in conservation, maintenance, and operations, and long-range planning. Facility condition assessments are vital to evaluating opportunities.
Student Engagement in Campus Sustainability.
Facilities Manager; v27 n2 , p28-31 ; Mar-Apr 2011
Discusses opportunities for student initiatives in higher education sustainability efforts. Internships, faculty/student partnerships, and assistance to the facilities staff are suggested. Case studies from five institutions are included, as are three references.
Green Schools for Everyone within This Generation.
Van Mourik, Jaime
Facilities Manager; v27 n2 , p32-35 ; Mar-Apr 2011
Reviews the effects of several campus sustainability initiatives, citing examples from six universities where sustainable activities have spread beyond the building of "green" buildings to behavior modification on the part of campus occupants and even surrounding communities.
American School and University; v83 n7 , p28,30,31 ; Mar 2011
Details the collaborative design process and results effected at the new academic building at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art located in the heart of Manhattan. Project information is provided on high-performance building envelopes, daylight and efficient lighting controls, energy-recovery systems, passive and active chilled beams, under-floor air distribution systems, and building maintenance systems.
How Green Is Your Parking Lot?
School Business Affairs; v77 n2 , p32,33 ; Feb 2011
Discusses options for reducing toxic runoff from school parking lots, including porous pavement, rain gardens, and bioswales.
Linking Curriculum and Learning to Facilities: Arizona State University's GK-12 Sustainable Schools Program.
Elser, Monica; Pollari, Lynette; Frisk, Erin; Wood, Mark
Educational Facility Planner; v45 n3 , p7-10 ; 2011
Reviews this university's sustainability curriculum that brings together graduate students, sustainability experts, and high school teachers and students. The involvement with the community, guiding principles, and core elements of the curriculum are described.
STARS: A Campus-Wide Integrated Continuous Planning Opportunity.
Planning for Higher Education; v39 n2 , p41-47 ; Jan 2011
Discusses the survey tool Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS), produced by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). Examples of how STARS can be used to analyze resource usage in dining services, libraries, housing, and class scheduling are detailed.
Burnham Institute Florida: Green Lab Seeks Cures.
Bosch, Pat; Suarez, Angel
Laboratory Design; v15 n12 , p1,4,5 ; Dec 2010
Describes Burnham Institute Florida's commitment to achieving core values -- to sustain and improve the lives of others through a humanitarian and collaborative spirit in designing and planning space. Topics involving first costs, life-cycle costs and complex building systems include connecting researchers, smart water use, connecting to daylight, and indoors that breathe.
Building Operating Management; v57 n12 , p28-32,35 ; Dec 2010
Discusses lower employee absences due to allergies, asthma, depression, and stress in “green” working environments. Basic principles of employee-friendly design, office layout, lighting, and acoustics are addressed. These provisions improve workflow as well as employee morale, health, and turnover.
Toward a Sustainable Lab: Is Carbon Avoidance the Best Goal?
Leary, Chris; Maguire, Mark; Cunningham, Phillip
Laboratory Design; v15 n12 , p1,2,4 ; Dec 2010
Considers different metrics for achieving a "carbon neutral" lab building: energy-use avoidance (in terms of million BTU's per year); cost avoidance (in terms of dollars per year); and carbon avoidance (in terms of tons of carbon per year). A example of the use of these metrics is then included.
Intelligent Building Ventilation Creates Greener, More Economical Lab Buildings.
Laboratory Design; v15 n11 , p8,9 ; Nov 2010
Makes the case that the most advanced studies in ventilation indicate strongest benefits from demand control ventilation (DCV), which continuously measures the indoor environmental quality and then varies the amount of air brought into the lab throughout the day. DCV enables the system to not only save energy when occupancy levels are now and the air is "clean," but also to increase the fresh air supply when needed to dilute contaminants.
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.
American School and University; v83 n3 , p224-226,228 ; Nov 2010
Describes economic incentives and federal benefits of implementing the use of renewable energy sources. Examples of programs at six universities are briefly described. Also described are strategies for implementing renewable energy sources on campuses, as well as financing and ownership options.
Green Restrooms of the Future.
American School and Hospital Facility; v33 n6 , p18,20,21 ; Nov-Dec 2010
Profiles the Chicago Department of the Environment building, a renovated industrial facility that boasts abundant sustainability features. Of particular interest are the restrooms, finished almost entirely in recycled materials. Touchless fixtures, dual-flush toilets, waterless urinals, and green cleaning practices complete the scenario.
Ten Ways to Retrofit Green.
Building Operating Management; v57 n11 , p37,38,40,42 ; Nov 2010
Advises on sustainable renovation of buildings, encouraging retention of as much structure as possible, using energy-efficient replacements, energy modeling, careful attention to the space between exterior and interior systems, daylighting, water efficiency, indoor air quality, green cleaning, and streamlining recycling programs.
LEED Makes the Case for Water Efficiency.
Building Operating Management; v57 n11 , p20,22,24 ; Nov 2010
Discusses the use of LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance (LEED-EBOM) guidelines to implement water saving in buildings. LEED-EBOM requires a 20 percent reduction of water for certification, and extra points are available for exceeding that. Analyzing water use can be difficult with older fixtures, but many plumbing upgrades are easy and inexpensive. Submetering will reveal how much water various building functions use, and occupant participation is essential.
Expectations for a Greener Tomorrow.
Buildings; v104 n10 , p50,51 ; Oct 2010
Profiles the North American Wind Research and Training Center at Mesalands Community College. The facility features a large, commercial-grade wind turbine that supplies electricity to the entire campus.
The Sustainability and Innovation Awards.
School Planning and Management; v49 n10 , p40-43 ; Oct 2010
Profiles 14 schools honored in this program for their sustainability, maintainability, innovation, aesthetics, and cost effectiveness.
The True Value of Green.
Learning By Design; n19 , p11-13 ; Fall 2010
Analyzes costs for building certifiably "green" schools at every level and in several states. Tables for cost per square foot, cost per student, and square feet per student compare costs of non-LEED to LEED construction at various LEED levels. The text describes the types of educational facilities that are seeking certification, as well as median and mean cost analysis.
American School and University; v83 n2 , p36,38 ; Oct 2010
Discusses pre-construction modeling, integrated project delivery, and building commissioning as three components of successful "green" building.
Green Is as Good as Gold.
College Planning and Management; v13 n10 , p22,24,26-28 ; Oct 2010
Discusses strategies for "greening" a higher education institution, emphasizing upgrading controls on existing buildings that adjust utilities according to occupancy, designing for sustainability, commissioning new buildings, an conducting energy audits.
The "Elements" of a Healthy Campus.
College Planning and Management; v13 n10 , p33,34,36,38 ; Oct 2010
Describes conservation efforts at three higher education institutions: intensive composting at Bastyr University, a wind turbine a Macalester College, and water reclamation at Sonoma State University.
Beyond the Inventory: Planning for Greenhouse Gas Reduction.
Planning for Higher Education; v39 n1 , p18--29 ; Oct 2010
Examines the key issues involved in developing a campus climate action plan (CAP), which must be completed within two years of signing the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment. California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (CPP), is presented as a case study, with the contents of the CAP, description of the planning process, targeted areas for sustainability efforts, and themes of the plan detailed in text and charts. Recommendations from the CPP experience are offered, and nine references are included.
Sustainable Living at Marshall University.
College Planning and Management; v13 n10 , p50,52,54 ; Oct 2010
Describes the early sustainability successes of Marshall University's Department of Housing and Residence Life. A variety of large and small achievements are listed, headed by the saving of $190,000 in utilities costs. Changing resident behavior constitutes another significant sustainability success. Plans for future efforts highlight the Department's intention on becoming a campus leader in sustainable practices.
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.
Walter Cronkite School of Journalism.
Green Source; v5 n5 , p62-65 ; Sep-Oct 2010
Profiles this satellite building of Arizona State University, built on a tight and reclaimed brownfield site in downtown Phoenix. The use of BIM and other fast-paced construction techniques are emphasized. Plans, photographs, and project statistics accompany the text.
LEED for Schools: Unique Opportunities.
Green Building Pro; Aug 24, 2010
Gives history of the important contribution that LEED for Schools has made since its introduction in 2007 as an outgrowth of 1999's LEED.
Green Roofs and Schools.
Peck, Steven; Van der Linde, Damon
Green Building Pro; Aug 23, 2010
Lists opportunities for instruction that a green roof provides, especially in dense urban neighborhoods. In addition to environmental benefits, a green roof supports plant species, insects, birds, and examples of urban agriculture.
Defining Green and Sustainable Schools.
Green Building Pro; Aug 23, 2010
Suggests uniformity of vocabulary and terminology used in discussing green and sustainable schools.
Finding the Next Best Opportunity for Green in Existing Schools.
Green Building Pro; Aug 20, 2010
Proposes alternatives to "High Performance Schools" with the more prevalent "High Improvement Schools," which addresses existing buildings. The Collaborative for High Performance Schools' "Operations Report Card," used for monitoring and evaluating improvements to existing facilities and impact on student performance, is also discussed.
A Look at the Growing Trend of Green Building in Higher Education.
Green Building Pro; Aug 19, 2010
Shows the growth in higher education green building as being driven by student interest. Responsible sustainability is also an effective tool for attracting students. The United States Green Building Council's "Hands-on LEED: Guiding College Student Engagement" is also discussed.
A Checklist for Meeting Green Goals.
Facility Management Journal; v20 n4 , p67-69 ; Jul-Aug 2010
Offers an annotated checklist for working with suppliers to meet requirements for "green" facilities operations and maintenance. Areas covered are green supply chain protocols and product selection, maintenance to extend useful life, and end of life options.
A Green Building: The Good, the Bad, the Neutral.
Facilities Manager; v26 n4 , p33-38 ; Jul-Aug 2010
Analyzes the University of Texas Health Science Center School of Nursing as an example of a "green" higher education facility. The author discusses the buildings awards, project cost, energy cost, and indoor air quality. These and other green elements are then analyzed in terms of their success, neutrality, or failure.
How to Select Products for a Green Washroom.
American School and Hospital Facility; v33 n4 , p20-22 ; Jul-Aug 2010
Advises on assessing a company's overall environmental record when considering the environmental friendliness of their restroom products. Source reduction of waste, reduction of consumption, and efficiencies of packaging and transportation are discussed.
Restrooms: Green from Top to Bottom.
College Planning and Management; v13 n7 , p24,26,27 ; Jul 2010
Discusses environmentally friendly restrooms, including low water-use fixtures, recycled content furnishings and products, low maintenance surfaces, and lighting.
Sustainable IT: 30 Tips for Going Green with IT Operations and Equipment.
University Business; v13 n6 , p63-66,68 ; Jun 2010
Discusses sustainable practices for information technology, addressing reduction of power consumption, proper use, virtualization, and procurement.
Keeping the Commitment.
University Business; v13 n6 , p54-58 ; Jun 2010
Examines the progress of the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), with a current participation of 677 schools representing six million students. Individual campus efforts, effects of the financial downturn, and creative financing are discussed.
The Sustainable Campus: Working with Nature.
College Planning and Management; v13 n6 , p22-24,26,27 ; Jun 2010
Discusses the aggregate impact of buildings and landscape on campus sustainability. The collective quantity, size, energy consumption, and energy generation from the buildings are addressed, followed by a consideration of similar environmental issues of the landscape. Advice on combining the two to form a complete assessment of campus sustainability is followed by an example of New York?s College of Mount St. Vincent. Simple sustainability upgrades to this, and any existing or new campus are suggested.
Sustainability Trends on Campus.
University Business; v13 n6 , p49,50,52 ; Jun 2010
Cites examples from seven universities of sustainability put into practice. The examples cover food service, recycling, HVAC systems, and even graduation supplies.
Parking Meets Sustainability.
College Planning and Management; v13 n6 , p34,36,37,38 ; Jun 2010
Describes a parking shortage at Washington University Saint Louis that was mitigated through conservation efforts, rather than the creation of more parking. Ride sharing, public transportation subsidies, vanpools, new bikeways and pedestrian amenities, and financial incentives to live near campus were parts of the scheme. The approach was developed through competition within the University's MBA program.
Finding the Measure of Green Interiors.
Building Operating Management; v57 n6 , p51,52,54,56 ; Jun 2010
Argues that interior green products must perform as well as non-green products for there to be any real sustainable benefit. In addition to other well-documented considerations for use of green products, the article provides procedures to evaluate a product's lifecycle as well. Facilities managers must develop performance standards accountability records.
The Same, Yet Different.
College Planning and Management; v13 n5 , p53-56 ; May 2010
Acknowledges diverse needs for mail delivery services on different campuses and describes options to consider. Article describes a green mailroom for both ingoing and outgoing mail, and lists opportunities for reducing postage costs for the institution's mail.
A Diet of Worms.
College Planning and Management; v13 n4 , p84,86,87 ; Apr 2010
Describes introduction of vermicomposting at Luther College, Decorah, Iowa. Students enthusiastically participate in disposing of fruit and vegetable waste, shredded newspapers, paper receipts, and old class notes in compost bins where red worms convert the materials to organic matter that will become rich, black loam soil.
Hardwoods 101: Finish Materials for Green Building Design.
College Planning and Management; v13 n4 , p46,48 ; Apr 2010
Examines use of hardwood in educational settings. Popular for aesthetic appeal, hardwood also has a place in green design, but methods used to grow and harvest must be monitored closely. Third-party certifications are an important way to determine whether wood products come from responsible sources. Alternatives to traditional hardwoods include alternative hardwoods and engineered hardwoods for areas with heavy foot traffic.
College Planning and Management; v13 n4 , p72-77 ; Apr 2010
Provides description and data for a significant increase in college and university students pursuing degrees in environmental studies. Students also implement on-campus green projects.
IT Is Easy Being Green.
College Planning and Management; v13 n4 , p28,30,32,33 ; Apr 2010
Calls for accountability for IT energy usage on campuses. Increased use of laptops decreases need for servers. Vertical-stacking blade servers reduce footprint and require less use of air conditioning. Use of cloud computing, off-site software and storage, further reduces on-site server and storage needs. Automatic shutdown can significantly reduce energy costs.
To LEED or Not to LEED.
College Planning and Management; v13 n4 , p34,36,38 ; Apr 2010
Argues that LEED Certification, despite its many strengths, is not the only set of guidelines for constructing green schools. The article lists alternative certifications that may respond to inherent impracticalities in adhering to LEED guidelines.
A New Use for Old Wood Bleachers.
College Planning and Management; v13 n4 , p50,52,54 ; Apr 2010
Describes a creative use of old wood bleachers, originally destined for the landfill, as interior finishing for a higher education athletic center. Examples include the interior face of the lobby, wood trim, a trophy display, and flooring.
The Development and Application of Policy-Based Tools for Institutional Green Buildings.
Facilities Manager; v26 n2 , p16-19 ; Mar-Apr 2010
Discusses higher education institutional policies that support "green" buildings, levels of compliance, barriers to adopting policies, costs, and a policy template for sustainable building practices.
The Cost of Going Green.
Preservation; v62 n2 , p40 ; Mar-Apr 2010
Briefly evaluates the cost savings and payback time of energy audits, duct sealing, insulation, storm windows, tankless water heaters, compact fluorescent bulbs, water-saving toilets, ceiling fans, energy-efficient refrigerators, and caulking.
Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Educational Facilities and the EPA Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule.
Wurmbrand, Mitchel; Klotz, Thomas
Facilities Manager; v26 n2 , p22-29 ; Mar-Apr 2010
Discusses the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule and how it might apply to higher education facilities. Advice on collecting data and reporting is included.
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.
Five Unique Ways to Go Green If You're Living in a Dorm.
U.S. News and World Report; Feb 02, 2010
Advises college students on how to adopt a sustainable lifestyle, particularly in situations where sustainability initiatives are not prevalent on campus. Reducing energy and paper use, using software to track water and energy consumption in your dormitory, recycling and purchasing of items made of recycled materials, and active involvement in sustainability initiatives are discussed.
New Energy Landscape.
Building Operating Management; v57 n2 , p16-20 ; Feb 2010
Discusses the advent of net-zero buildings that produce all the energy they need to operate. The key roles of energy efficiency and the facility manager, design strategies and products that contribute to energy independence, and supporting government programs are addressed.
All Signs Point to Sustainability.
Facility Management Journal; v20 n1 , p66-68 ; Jan-Feb 2010
Discusses the role of signage in "green" buildings, noting that most popular green materials do not meet code requirements for accessibility and fire safety. Modularity and reusability is offered as the key to creating sustainable signage.
Commissioning High Performance Buildings.
ASHRAE Journal; v52 n1 , p12-14,16,18 ; Jan 2010
Addresses the failure of many "green" buildings to save as much energy as predicted. The article advises retaining the commissioning authority from the predesign through occupancy stages.
Energy Sustainability: It's Easier (and Cheaper) than you Think.
Smith, Molly; Peterson, David
Educational Facility Planner; v44 n2/3 , p31,32 ; 2010
Lists the immediate, inexpensive ways to implement ECMs(Energy Conservation Measures) that require more attention and strategy rather than investment.
Ready or Not, Carbon Limits Likely. [What You Need to Know About Climate Change Legislation.]
Building Operating Management; v56 n12 , p23,24,26,27 ; Dec 2009
Discusses the inevitability of federally-mandated carbon emission limits for buildings and ways facility managers can comply. Carbon offsets and conversion of power and HVAC resources are addressed, as are possible exemptions for educational facilities.
Check the Green Credentials.
Building Operating Management; v56 n12 , p37,38 ; Dec 2009
Advises on how to confirm the credentials of a vendor claiming to provide "green" products or services. Green Seal certification and experience with sustainable practices in real setting rather than just laboratories is emphasized. In-house knowledge of what constitutes green practices is also essential.
Security vs. Sustainability.
Building Operating Management; v56 n12 , p34,35 ; Dec 2009
Discusses the potential competition between building sustainability and security issues. Preferences for lighting, landscaping, and opening control by one interest may inhibit success in the other. Collaboration between the multiple disciplines involved is recommended in order to find intelligent solutions.
Regional and Rapidly Renewable Materials.
Sharrard, Aurora; Hearn, Valerie
Buildings; v103 n12 , p46-48 ; Dec 2009
Describes the use of building materials that are renewable in ten years or less, as well as those which are obtained within 500 miles of the building site. The application of these materials to LEED certification is also discussed.
The Very Best of the 2009 Green Education Design Showcase.
School Planning and Management; v48 n11 , p25-36 ; Nov 2009
Profiles six educational facilities that feature innovative "green" building design features. The buildings were judged according to their use of the building as a teaching tool, energy efficiency, indoor environmental quality, and site selection.
Green at the Forefront.
American School and University; v82 n3 , p232-234 ; Nov 2009
Advises on coordinating the entire school design and construction team for sustainability at the outset of the project, in order to achieve maximum results. The use of current sustainability rating systems and building information modeling (BIM) is also discussed.
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.
From Living Buildings to Living Campuses.
Alfierei, Tony; Damon, David; Smith, Z.
Planning for Higher Education; v38 n1 , p41-50 ; Oct 2009
Details four higher education case studies undertaking building projects with an emphasis on sustainability. New student centers at Wentworth Institute and Clarkson College, as well as science buildings at The University of British Columbia and Lehman College are featured.
Securing the Campus.
Planning for Higher Education; v50 n10 , p58-61 ; Oct 2009
Discusses the adoption of mass notification by higher education institutions, its upcoming inclusion in 2010 versions of the NFPA Fire Code, devices that are currently being employed in notification systems, and appropriate layering of the tiers in a system.
American School and University; v82 n2 , p36,38,39 ; Oct 2009
Advises on organizing and running a campus sustainability program. Interdepartmental teams of students, faculty, and staff are recommended. A baseline sustainability assessment of current practices can help define methodology and goals for the program, as well as prioritize projects. Tracking activities and measuring progress is also addressed.
Come Together, Over Green. [A Primer On High-Performance Buildings.]
Building Operating Management; v56 n10 , p56,58,60,62 ; Oct 2009
Defines the parameters of a high performance building in terms of energy savings and cooperation between designers and owners. Partnerships between the federal government and the design and building professions, certification of buildings and return on initial investment are addressed.
Restrooms: Upgrade to Green.
Maintenance Solutions; v17 n10 , p8,10 ; Oct 2009
Discusses water-saving restroom fixtures, including high-efficiency toilets, and sensor-activated flushing controls. Different faucet flow rates for different types of hand washing are also addressed, as are potential incentives from local water utilities for reducing water use.
Pioneering Lab Projects Advance Sustainability.
Laboratory Design; v14 n10 , p1-4 ; Oct 2009
Profiles recent higher education laboratories that are aiming for very high LEED ratings through aggressive design and construction techniques. Multiple key strategies in every project will account for 50-70% energy reduction over conventional laboratories, as well as minimize the buildings effects on the surrounding environment.
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.
Sustainability and Managing Student Expectations.
Southard, John; Baldridge, Jennifer; Heinz, Chris
College Planning and Management; v12 n10 , p36,38 ; Oct 2009
Discusses sustainable building features now considered essential. These are building orientation, efficient HVAC systems, recycled materials, drought-resistant landscaping, efficient glazing, low-water plumbing fixtures, rainwater collection, and low VOC finishes. Stormwater cleansing, construction recycling, and minimal land disturbance are also addressed.
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.
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.
Expanding HPC and Research Computing -- The Sustainable Way.
Campus Technology; v23 n1 , p32-34,36 ; Sep 2009
Presents an interview with Notre Dame's CIO, discussing the university's response to the upswing in high performance and research computing at the university while reducing costs and the environmental impact of program growth. Reduction of servers through virtualization saves space and energy, and excess heat from equipment is used to heat a greenhouse and to treat sewage.
Web Exclusive: Laboratory Goes Through-the-Roof Green.
Profiles a new facility at Maine's Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory, focusing on the design and insulation of more than eight inches of polyisocyanurate insulation in the roofing system that delivers extremely high R-values.
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.
Let LEED Be Your Guide.[ How LEED Can Lead to a Better Building.]
Building Operating Management; v56 n9 , p35,36,38,40,42 ; Sep 2009
Reflects on how LEED certification strategies reflect building construction and operation practices that were common in the past. The major sections of LEED are described, with particular emphasis on changes in LEED version 3.
Sustainability Dashboards Provide Roadmap to Success.
Facilities Manager; v25 n5 , p42,43 ; Sep-Oct 2009
Describes "sustainability dashboards" that display and interpret data from various building systems, facilitating observation of energy and water use, as well as systems conditions. Advice on selecting a dashboard program is included.
Improvement Plans Provide Campus Face-Lifts.
Environmental Design and Construction; v12 n9 ; Sep 2009
Discusses the clustering of building service points when improving campus circulation and aesthetics. The benefits of clustering to purchasing and operating costs, as well as environmental stewardship are addressed.
Special Section: Concrete.
Stacey, Russ; Coradini, Elena
Environmental Design and Construction; v12 n9 , p34-36,38 ; Sep 2009
Provides three articles describing the use of concrete in sustainable school building. Precast systems, modular units, and autoclaved aerated concrete are discussed.
Five Steps to a Higher LEED Certification.
Environmental Design and Construction; v12 n9 , p40,41 ; Sep 2009
Advises on how to gain a higher level of LEED certification through Credit Interpretation Rulings (CIRs). These rulings may help accommodate atypical innovations not necessarily covered by the LEED process. The five steps described include examining every available credit early in the process, adding no-cost sustainable features to the facility, and discovering precedents where credits have been awarded in the past.
Some Buildings Not Living Up to Green Label.
New York Times; Aug 31, 2009
Reports that many buildings receiving LEED certification do not save as much energy as predicted, that many owners of LEED-certified buildings do not track energy consumption, that there is no third-party post-occupancy evaluation of LEED-certified buildings, and that the United States Green Building Council, which conducts the LEED certification program will soon require LEED-certified buildings to submit energy and water bills for their first five years, in order to retain their certification.
The Science of Green.
Cekauskas, Raymond; Hartmann, Mark
American School and University; v81 n13 , p133-136 ; Aug 2009
Discusses sustainability issues and higher education science facilities. Site selection and preparation, flexible laboratories, natural lighting, and energy conservation and recovery are addressed.
Contracting for Carbon Reductions. [Clinton Climate Initiative.]
Building Operating Management; v56 n8 , p35,36,38,39 ; Aug 2009
Discusses new documentation from Building Owners and Managers Association International (BOMA) that will help standardize energy performance contracting. An example of an energy performance contract executed at the Empire State Building is included.
All LEED Projects to Provide Actual Performance Data.
BuildingGreen.com; Jul 14, 2009
Reports that in LEED Version Three (April, 2009, new rules require building owners to submit performance data on an ongoing basis for five years after certification. If they do not comply, their project's LEED status can be rescinded. The USGBC has said this change was spurred by studies showing some LEED buildings were not performing up to expectations, casting a shadow on LEED's credibility.
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.
Athletic Business; v33 n7 , p31-37 ; Jul 2009
Discusses sustainable design of athletic facilities, citing projects that are using passive cooling, solar hot water, high-efficiency HVAC systems, and rainwater capture. The particular problems of athletic facilities with their large spaces and roof spans are addressed.
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.
Keeping it Green.
University Business; v12 n6 , p33-36,38,39 ; Jun 2009
Offers eight short segments covering higher education's efforts at sustainability. These cover green cleaning, composting, solar power, improved indoor air quality, biomass fuels, renovations, vehicle sharing, and recycling of computer hardware.
Climate Change: The Economics of Action. [The Case for Regulating Carbon Dioxide.]
Building Operating Management; v56 n6 , p31-34 ; Jun 2009
Discusses the legislative landscape concerning emissions. Opposing groups cite economic hardships and benefits to controlling pollutants, especially carbon dioxide, which is currently unregulated. Pending legislation and an increase in support from business coalitions are described.
LEED 2009: Impact on Operations and Maintenance.
Maintenance Solutions; v17 n6 , p6,7 ; Jun 2009
Discusses how the LEED v3 rating system will affect building operations and maintenance. The three enhancements detailed are harmonizing prerequisites and credits for increased consistency, adjusting credit weightings based on their impact on human and environmental health concerns, and prioritizing select credit weightings to address regional environmental issues. Advice on assembling a LEED certification team is included.
The Green Data Center.
Campus Technology; v22 n10 , p15,16,18 ; Jun 2009
Profiles the renovation of Utah State University's data center that included replacing an inefficient chilling system that used CFC refrigerant and server virtualization that reduced the size of the data center and the amount of cooling needed. Modular data centers in use at other universities are also described.
Certifiably Green. [Green Certifications Explained.]
Discusses the relative credibility of manufacturer, association, and independent agency certifications of environmental friendliness for products. In addition to the certification of the product itself, purchasers are urged to consider the environment impact of transporting the materials and finished product, as well as the impact of maintaining it.
Green Strategies, Tailored to Your Buildings Needs. [Green Strategies for Existing Buildings.]
Building Operating Management; v56 n6 , p23-28 ; Jun 2009
Suggests focusing on students to help encourage sustainability initiatives on campuses. Recycling, visible sustainability projects that are incorporated into the curriculum, and flexible renovation strategies that create less construction waste are discussed.
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.
Old and New, Buildings Can Go Green on a Budget. [Green Buildings on a Budget.]
Lazarus, Mary; Landreneau, Anica
Building Operating Management; v56 n5 , p12,14 ; May 2009
Discusses how "green" building design, construction, and maintenance is gaining momentum in the present tight economy, precisely because it does save money. Programs to reduce cost and improve sustainability of existing buildings are emphasized.
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.
Trending Green: What's Current in Campus Sustainability.
College Planning and Management; v12 n4 , p24,25 ; Apr 2009
Reviews sustainability efforts at higher education institutions, including recycling, elimination of packaging and other waste, curriculum offerings, and nationwide sustainability initiatives that institutions can join.
Sustainable Facilities: Strategies for Today's Economy.
College Planning and Management; v12 n4 , p28,30,32,34,36 ; Apr 2009
Advises on engaging in and funding sustainability initiatives on higher education campuses. Programs that are eligible for federal support are described, with an emphasis on those that conserve energy or generate energy from alternative and renewable sources. Examples of sustainable building initiatives are also included, along with a review of LEED certification of higher education buildings.
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.
Green Restrooms: Sustainability Meets Savings.
Maintenance Solutions; v17 n4 , p14 ; Apr 2009
Advises on savings that can be realized from upgraded plumbing fixtures, air dryers, and dispensers in restrooms. Opportunities for maximizing custodial productivity through better scheduling are also discussed.
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.
Green Building Programs in the United States.
Bowyer, Jim; Lindburg, Alison; Bratkovich, Steve; Fernholz, Kathryn; Howe, Jeff
Doors and Hardware; v73 n3 , p28-30,32,33,36-42 ; Mar 2009
Reviews recent updates and proposed changes to the most prominent North American green building programs, including LEED, the NAHB National Green Building Standard, and GBI's Green Globes program. The article focuses on each program's strengths and weaknesses, how each addresses indoor air quality, life cycle assessment, recycled content and salvaging, certified products, locally-source materials, biobased materials, and consumption reduction.
National Trends in Sustainability Performance.
Jones, Kristy; Keniry, Julian
Facilities Manager; v25 n2 , p44-49 ; Mar-Apr 2009
Reviews findings from a 2008 study that assessed progress towards sustainability at higher education institutions, and compares it with the same study done in 2001. The topics examined are environmental leadership from administrators, participation by faculty and students, facilities operations, shifts to cleaner energy sources, habitat restoration, and monitoring of energy consumption on a building- by-building basis.
Smart Choices for Colleges [Turning College Campuses Green].
Building Operating Management; v53 n3 , p29,30,32,35,36 ; Mar 2009
Advises on creating more sustainable college campuses through better site design, changes in lighting, upgrading of systems at replacement time, and building commissioning.
Carbon Neutrality and the Use of Offsets.
Ney, Richard; Purman, Judith
Facilities Manager; v25 n2 , p28-32,37 ; Mar-Apr 2009
Defines carbon offsets that educational institutions can purchase to help reach a score of zero greenhouse gas emissions. The criteria that a potential offset must meet are discussed, and it is noted that all offsets do not yield equal benefit. Of particular concern are situations where contractual terms might take the carbon offset credits away from the owner, leaving them with little or no benefit.
Innovative Strategies are Critical in University Settings.
American School and Hospital Facility; v32 n2 , p10-13 ; Mar-Apr 2009
Discusses district energy and cogeneration programs that save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The program at Boston's Emerson College is detailed as an example.
Campus Climate Neutrality: Yes We Can! It's a Big Challenge, but Here's How to Do It.
Facilities Manager; v25 n2 , p20-27 ; Mar-Apr 2009
Advises higher education institutions on how to develop a Climate Action Plan (CAP), with particular attention to the requirements set out by the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment. Conduction a greenhouse gas inventory, prioritizing carbon mitigation strategies, strengthening campus energy conservation, quitting coal, shifting to renewable energy, green design and construction, transportation, and participation in the carbon offset market are addressed.
Carbon Emissions Trading and Combined Heat and Power Strategies: Unintended Consequences.
Tysseling, John; Vosevich, Mary; Boersma, Benjamin; Zumwalt, Jeffrey
Facilities Manager; v25 n2 , p38-43 ; Mar-Apr 2009
Discusses the potential economic consequences of cap-and-trade programs in a combined heat and power (CHP) environment. The University of New Mexico facilities operations program serves as an example of how significant start-up costs can be and how onsite emissions can increase under these schemes. Purchase of carbon offset credits may be required as a result. Includes three references.
Green as the New Norm.
American School and University; v81 n6 , p16-18,20,22,23 ; Feb 2009
Reviews the advent of sustainable school design from a "cult topic" to a standard in the last five years. While only 120 K-12 facilities have received LEED certification so far, more than 1,000 schools under construction have applied for it. The aggressively "green" building program of the Los Angeles Community College District is profiled. Advice on avoiding "greenwashing," or billing of products as environmentally conscious when they are not, is included, along with considerations for when to pursue or not pursue LEED certification.
Computers and the Environment: Minimizing the Carbon Footprint.
School Business Affairs; v75 n2 , p18,19 ; Feb 2009
Advises on how to purchase computer equipment that contain more environmentally benign content and use less energy. Proper disposal of equipment is discussed, as are ways to use computers to reduce energy use through automation of procedures that previously required paper or staff travel.
Green Special Section.
Learning By Design; n18 , p30-52 ; 2009
Profiles 20 primary, middle, secondary, and higher education school facilities selected by the 2009 Learning by Design competition as demonstrating outstanding attention to sustainability. For each project, a description, list of project participants, costs, and photographs are included.TO ORDER: Learning by Design; Email: email@example.com
Yes LEED Can.
School Construction News; v12 n1 , p19,20 ; Jan-Feb 2009
Presents an interview with Rachel Gutter of the United States Green Building Council. In it she discusses the impact of LEED for schools, hopes for support from the federal level, partnering for "green" building features, and building sustainability into the curriculum.
Green Today, Sustainable Tomorrow.
Learning By Design; n18 , p18-21 ; 2009
Discusses LEED certification of schools, with emphasis on the Green Excellence in Existing School Toolkit (GreenEX2) that helps enable existing school to achieve certification. Federal, state, and local government participation in "green" school programs, as well as that of education-related organizations is also highlighted.TO ORDER: Learning by Design; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org