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Vegetated roofs at UAB: Operations and research collaboration

  • University of Alabama at Birmingham (AL)

The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) is the largest single-site employer in Alabama, with more than 120 buildings encompassing 93 city blocks. As a core component of Alabama’s ...

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Green Building Education through Certification

  • Roosevelt University (IL)
  • SERF Foundation (MI)

The Society of Environmentally Responsible Facilities (SERF) is a green building certification system that promotes a streamlined, user-friendly and cost effective approach to certification. In addition to certification, SERF is ...

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Sustainability at Scale: LEED EBOM and The Next Big Step Toward the Sustainable Campus

  • California State University, Channel Islands (CA)
  • University of California, Office of the President (CA)
  • Brightworks Sustainability (OR)

To emphasize the high importance but low attention paid to existing facilities in environmental stewardship, in 2012 the U. S. Green Building council published an article calling existing buildings “the ...

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It doesn’t have to be LEED to be green

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

In the summer of 2013 the University of Minnesota completed construction on the 17th Avenue Residence Hall. The facility was built to meet the State of Minnesota’s sustainable building ...

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Creating Vibrant Campus Communities through Biophilic Design

  • NAC Architecture (WA)

Biophilia is a Greek term meaning, "love of life or living systems." Biophilic Design is a way of creating places and communities that connect us both literally and emotionally to ...

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Buildings that Teach – A Framework for Curiosity and Curriculum

  • Rocky Mountain Institute (CO)
  • Hellmuth + Bicknese Architects (MO)
  • Legat Architects (IL)

There is a growing trend in architecture and education to create ‘buildings that teach’, physical environments that further occupant’s understanding and engagement in sustainability. In fact, education is one ...

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LEED vs. Green Globes: An engaged scholarship approach to advancing campus green building policy

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

This study examines the value of student engagement in the advancement of green building policies by colleges and universities. The integration of sustainability practices into the design and construction of ...

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Designing for the Post-Carbon Economy: It’s Zero or Nothing

  • International Living Future Institute (WA)

Even if every new building were to obtain LEED Platinum certification, it wouldn’t reduce our current carbon emissions. In truth we need to focus on making all buildings be ...

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The Next Disruptive Innovation in Buildings

  • Lucid (CA)

Join Vladi Shunturov, Oberlin College grad and co-founder and CEO of Lucid, for an eye-opening discussion of why software is the first disruptive innovation in buildings since the Otis elevator ...

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Dynamic Assessment of Sustainability Parameters in Residential Construction: A Case Study

  • Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (AB)

The residential construction industry in Canada is recognizing and adopting sustainable construction practices. With no recognized industry sustainability parameter standards and benchmarks, builders are challenged to effectively measure the sustainability ...

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Lower Socioeconomic Status and Sustainable Campus Housing Access

  • University of Arizona (AZ)

In 2011, The University of Arizona (UA) took two huge leaps towards a more sustainable future through the erection of two Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) platinum buildings ...

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UB's Crossroads Culinary Center: Fine Dining in Sustainable Fashion

  • University at Buffalo (NY)

Providing healthy, sustainable food options isn’t our challenge; rather, the challenge is ensuring students choose healthy, sustainable food options. Through formal campus surveys and informal feedback we determined what ...

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Hospital and Lab Sustainability

  • Medical University of South Carolina (SC)

This session will consider unique ideas and give unique information on how to green university hospitals and labs. I will outline how the Medical University of South Carolina has tackled ...

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Reinventing Community: Oberlin College's Green Arts District

  • Oberlin College (OH)
  • BNIM Architects (MO)

The Green Arts District (GAD) is the heart of a regional plan launched in 2009 to transform the progressive college campus and city into a sustainable model of a post ...

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Iterative Adaptation: Dining and Residence Complex Renovations

  • Missouri State University (MO)

Renovation on a college campus presents the opportunity for designers and clients to refresh facilities and revitalize human interactions to maximize vitality on campus. Often the renovation process evolves into ...

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Benchmark-based Whole-Building Energy Performance Targets for UC Buildings

  • University of California, Office of the President (CA)

Most efforts to improve energy performance in campus buildings use efficiency standards as a reference point. Programs often specify energy efficiency at ten to thirty percent beyond ASHRAE 90.1 ...

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Experiential Learning Lab: LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance

  • Indiana University Bloomington (IN)
  • Heapy Engineering (OH)
  • Purdue University (IN)

In order to achieve the short-term goal of piloting a LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance (LEED-EB:O+M) project on campus, an office of sustainability initiated such a ...

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Living Buildings that Engage Students (and their Institution) in Sustainability

  • Carnegie Mellon University (PA)
  • Hellmuth + Bicknese Architects (MO)

There is a growing trend in education and architecture to create green ‘buildings that teach’, facilities that further occupant’s understanding and engagement in sustainability. Currently, the most progressive green ...

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Implementing Behavior Change and Energy Efficiency Programs

  • College of Lake County (IL)
  • Heartland Community College (IL)

Learn how the Illinois Green Economy Network (IGEN) offered three distinct initiatives designed to promote behavior change and measurable energy reduction within the business and higher education sectors in Illinois ...

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Passive Strategies: The Common Sense Approach to Energy Reduction

  • Lipscomb University (TN)
  • Lake Flato Architects (TX)

The path to Carbon Neutrality or Net Zero starts with intelligent passive strategies that reduce loads and minimize a building’s reliance on carbon based energy before active strategies and ...

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Using Intelligent HVAC Controls to Reduce Energy Usage in Residence Halls

  • Columbia University (NY)
  • New York University (NY)

Technology can be used to reduce heating and cooling energy use by 25-32% in Residence Halls while keeping students climatically comfortable. The panelists will explain how they each captured these ...

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[eco]logical Succession: Cultivating Learning in Place

  • Carnegie Mellon University (PA)
  • Purdue University (IN)

Living buildings often rely on the Integrative Design Process to effectively gather information from a diverse ecosystem of project participants. This presentation will provide methods that leverage the design and ...

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Power in Numbers: How a Basic Understanding of Green Building Science Can Empower University Decision Makers

  • Husson University (ME)
  • Thornton Tomasetti (ME)

This presentation will introduce technical and non-technical attendees to the types of studies, metrics, and tools green building designers are using with today’s sustainable campus building design. These methodologies ...

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LEED Laboratory: Training Students to Sustainably Transform the Built Environment

  • The Catholic University of America (DC)
  • U.S. Green Building Council (DC)

In 2012 the Catholic University of America, U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) entered into a formal collaboration to create a pilot studio ...

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Building Blocks of Integrated Design: Goal-Setting Charettes Using the Nominal Group Technique

  • Harvard University (MA)

This session uses a flash charette format to provide attendees with a hands-on opportunity to learn specific strategies to engage diverse stakeholders in an integrated process to set robust sustainability ...

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Pumping Kilowatts: A Look at Energy Efficiency in Fitness Centers

  • Chapman University (CA)

Chapman University recently installed SportsArt’s Eco-Green cardio equipment in one of our residential fitness facilities. The SportsArt equipment captures kinetic energy and turns it into electrical energy that is ...

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A Design-Build Block Semester: Student Engagement Through the Creation of a Solar Garage

  • Green Mountain College (VT)

This presentation tells the story of twenty-one students and one building, where pedagogy revolved around a single goal: the design and construction of a solar garage. The fifteen-credit semester was ...

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Historic Green Building, 21st Century Energy Monitoring & City, College & Business Partnership at Maryville College

  • Maryville College (TN)

In spring 2013, the first building on the Maryville College (MC) campus received LEED certification. Built in 1876, Crawford House is one of the oldest and among the first historic ...

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Redux: Re-examining Wood’s Role as a Sustainable Material

  • Perkins+Will (NY)

High performance sustainable design is often linked to advancements in materials and new technologies, however tried-and-true design practices and traditional materials are an increasingly important part of the practice of ...

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Innovation in Metering & Dashboards: A Key to Cracking the Behavioral Nut

  • University of Wisconsin-River Falls (WI)

The urgency for resilience and adaptation grow stronger by the day. Obviously, central to achieving such are the behavioral changes necessary in human consumption that maximize and sustain reduction of ...

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Modeling Urban Form: Expressions of the Operational State of Design-For-Sustainability

  • Ball State University (IN)

As a rule students do not have the opportunity to interact readily with those of other disciplines. And so they cannot bring to bear their respective disciplinary experience and knowledge ...

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Attack of the Dodo-Sapiens: innovative new models for sustainable development

  • Boston Architectural College (MA)

Our way of life is killing us. Whether by tradition or habit, the human race does some silly things that hurt us all in the long term. Our cities, buildings ...

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An Innovative Self-Funded Platform for Scalable Building Energy Upgrades & Community Engagement

  • George Washington University (DC)

So you’ve signed the ACUPCC and perhaps you even have a sustainability fund – where do you go from here?? The George Washington University recently pondered this question and has ...

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Adaptive Reuse - Making Yesterday’s Buildings Work for Today’s Campus

  • Georgia Southern University (GA)

We will present a 20 minute video followed by questions and answers on the adaptive reuse of 6 historically significant dormitories and previous dining hall. These buildings are located in ...

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Financial and Physical Climate Change Resilience: Are Your Facilities Ready?

  • URS Corporation (MD)

The slow but steady pace of climate change is producing rapid and drastic weather changes worldwide. These changes are challenging the ability of facilities to perform their most basic function ...

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Energy Efficiency at Valencia College: A Case Study of Retrofits and Building Automation, Green Construction, and Behavioral Savings

  • Valencia College (FL)

Valencia College, a community college in Orlando, FL, constructed 66 buildings on five campuses between 1971 and 2012 and operates these buildings for their full life cycles. A critical aspect ...

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Green Building LEEDers in Higher Education: A Review of the Current Use of the LEED Rating System in the Green Building Policies of U.S. Universities

  • U.S. Green Building Council (DC)

This study serves as an update to the report entitled "The Role of the LEED Green Building Rating System in Higher Education: Recent Trends and Status," published in Fall 2010 ...

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Interpreting Sustainability Initiatives: The "Greened" Aiken Center at the University of Vermont

  • University of Vermont (VT)

The George D. Aiken Center, at the University of Vermont, houses the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources. The Aiken Center reopened for the 2012 spring semester after undergoing ...

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University of Virginia Collaboration with Private Sector Generates Funding and Research

  • University of Virginia (VA)
  • Trane (TX)

Buildings account for 40 percent of the United States' energy consumption. The University of Virginia Engineering School's Rice Hall Information Technology Engineering Building is facilitating research that can help ...

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ASHRAE Level II Energy Audit Program for Higher Education Facilities

  • Guilford College (NC)

This presentation will explain to the audience the value of conducting ASHRAE Level II energy audits for campus facilities in an effort to identify energy conservation measures and reduce future ...

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USGBC Students: An Untapped Resource

  • University of California, San Diego (CA)

USGBC Center of Green Schools Mission: Green Schools for everyone within this generation. Students and staff at UC San Diego have proven that engaging the emerging generation in this mission ...

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Deconstructing a Deconstruction: Is a Ton of Recycled Material Worth a Ton of Work?

  • Williams College (MA)
  • Integrated Eco Strategy

During the summer of 2011, Seeley House, a small faculty office building and portions of Kellogg House, the one time home of the Center for Environmental Studies, were deconstructed under ...

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New Construction as Inspiration for Energy Efficiency Retrofits: Loyola's Dumbach and Cuneo Hall

  • Loyola University Chicago (IL)

This presentation will share Loyola's experience in constructing a new building (Cuneo) and retrofitting a 104 year-old building (Dumbach) to achieve over 50% energy efficiency reductions in each. Working ...

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Designing for the Future: Building a Passive House Residence Hall at Emory & Henry College

  • Emory & Henry College (VA)

Nestled in the coalfields of Southwestern Virginia, Emory & Henry College is a small liberal arts college with big plans for energy-efficient buildings. In January 2013, E&H will open its ...

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Magnetic Bearing Chillers: Reducing Costs, Electricity, Emissions, and Noises

  • Radford University (VA)

Radford University (RU) is working towards a goal of climate neutrality. When it came time to replace the chiller that was located in Preston Hall, Radford University, consistent with its ...

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Challenges to Greening Your Campus Facilities Discussion

  • U.S. Green Building Council (DC)

Are you a champion for greening facilities on your campus? More energy efficient buildings? Better access to alternate transportation? More green space around and in between your buildings? Greener purchasing ...

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The Four Truths - A Discussion on Industry Misalignments in Achieving High-Performance

  • Harvard University (MA)
  • Lynn University (FL)
  • The New School (NY)
  • Yale University (CT)

The presenter, through the lens of four very diverse case-study examples, will de-bug myths surrounding the design and operational of the high-performance, often high-intensive building industry. The four-truths: (1) Design ...

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Costs and Performance of LEED Platinum Buildings

  • California Institute of Technology (CA)
  • Davis Langdon, An AECOM Company (CA)

Most owners or facility managers would entertain the idea of achieving LEED platinum certification for their next project. There are two basic questions they have when asked to incorporate a ...

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Designing and Operating a Certified "Living Building:" Meeting Certification and Maintaining Net-Zero Energy

  • Washington University in St. Louis (MO)
  • Hellmuth + Bicknese Architects (MO)

The Tyson Living Learning Center at Washington University in St. Louis opened in May 2009 and on October 12, 2010 became one of the first two buildings in the world ...

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A Large Stride With a Small Footprint: Reaching beyond LEED

  • Williams College (MA)
  • Integrated Eco Strategy

Williams College is in the process of designing a new environmental center to house a classroom, meeting rooms, community gathering space, faculty and sustainability staff offices, and gardens in the ...

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Buildings Partners

Legrand North America, LLC

Carlsbad, CA
Business Leader
Legrand Building Control Systems provides digital lighting controls, shading and remote services.

Veritiv

Sandy Springs, GA
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8760 Engineering

St. Louis, MO
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Energy Master Planning / Metering / Retrofits, Advanced Cx, Retro-Cx and Central Plant Optimization.

Arup

New York, NY
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BNIM Architects

Kansas City, MO
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Brightworks Sustainability

Portland, OR
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Buildpulse

Seattle, WA
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Center for Resource Solutions | Green-e

San Francisco, CA
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Green-e® is the only certification for renewable energy and carbon offsets accepted by AASHE STARS, setting quality standards and ensuring purchasers receive full environmental benefits.

Delta M Incorporated

Milton, ON
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Delta M provides improved air quality within your current capital outlay - our filters cost the same as other quality filters on the market, but with added features that improves the air you breathe and diverts 100% of filter waste from landfills.

Essity Professional Hygiene North America LLC

Neenah, WI
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SCA is a leading global hygiene products company that develops and produces sustainable personal care, tissue and forest products. Tork, a global brand of SCA, is a market leader and committed partner to customers in over 100 countries.

FXCollaborative

New York, NY
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Glumac

Portland, OR
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Greenbank Associates

Piedmont, CA
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Green Building Services

Portland, OR
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GreenerU

Watertown, MA
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Hord Coplan Macht

Baltimore, MD
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Max-R

Sussex, WI
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Max-R is the innovator of the customized waste and recycling bin.

Miller Hull Partnership

Seattle, WA
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MIST

Chicago, IL
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MIST is a small consultancy helping colleges and universities understand and improve 1) sustainability governance, 2) buildings and campus, 3) engaging students, faculty and staff.

Nitsch Engineering

Boston, MA
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nora systems, Inc.

Salem, NH
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Quinn Evans Architects

Washington, DC
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SEQUIL Systems Inc

Delray Beach, FL
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The University Financing Foundation, Inc.

Marietta, GA
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