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Sustainability Challenges and Triumphs at a West African University: Waste, Water, Energy Land, and New Construction Membership Required

  • American University of Nigeria (Adamawa,)

Sustainability has been a high priority at the American University of Nigeria (AUN),for more than three years.The fastest progress has been in waste management; AUN was spending more ...

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Net Zero Energy: The Growing National Landscape + Profiles from Three Institutions Membership Required

  • Cornell University (NY)
  • Washington University in St. Louis (MO)
  • Sasaki Associates, Inc. (MA)

Net zero energy (NZE) buildings are becoming more prevalent through advancements in design, construction, technology, and building operations. The last five years have been a significant period of growth, with ...

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Living Buildings as Inspirational Catalysts Membership Required

  • University of British Columbia (BC)
  • Simon Fraser University (BC)
  • Hellmuth + Bicknese Architects (MO)
  • International Living Future Institute (WA)

Living Buildings must not only meet rigorous performance standards for net-positive energy & water, healthy environments and elimination of toxic materials, they also provide feedback to their community to teach ...

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Zero Net Energy Tiny Houses: A Campus Sustainable Housing Solution Membership Required

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

The THIMBY (Tiny House in My Backyard) Student Group from UC Berkeley will be presenting on the design process of building a pilot, zero net energy tiny house on a ...

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Implementing the LEED Lab Program on Your Campus: Exploring Different Contexts Membership Required

  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (WI)
  • U.S. Green Building Council (DC)

This session will address planning, implementing, and executing a LEED Lab program on campus while engaging as many stakeholders as possible. LEED Lab is a multidisciplinary immersion course utilizing the ...

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Building Better Homes: University of Arizona’s Residential Sustainability Program Membership Required

  • University of Arizona (AZ)

This presentation is focused on residential education. Components of the University of Arizona's (UA) on-campus sustainability program will be briefly discussed. The presenters will specifically discuss replicable and successful ...

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Using LEED-EBOM 4 for Smeal Business Building and LEED Campus to Launch LEED for the Pennsylvania State University Park Campus Membership Required

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)
  • Leonardo Academy (WI)

This presentation addresses how a campus can use the implementation of LEED-EBOM version 4 for one building and LEED Campus to launch LEED campus wide. The project shows how undergraduate ...

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LED-ing the way to greenhouse gas reduction goals Membership Required

  • New York University (NY)

Are you 'in the dark' about LED lighting? It's the next best thing in energy efficient lighting that can achieve energy savings of 80-90%. The switch to LEDs as ...

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Tinkham Veale University Center - A Beacon of Student Activity and Sustainability at Case Western Reserve University Membership Required

  • Case Western Reserve University (OH)
  • Perkins+Will (NY)

In 2011 Case Western Reserve University and Perkins+Will began the process that would ultimately result in the completion of the Tinkham Veale University Center. Both CWRU and Perkins+Will ...

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The Tiny House at the Tiny College: Design and Assessment of Sustainable Micro-Housing Alternatives Membership Required

  • Randolph College (VA)

The 'Tiny House' movement is an architectural and social phenomenon that promotes simple living in small homes. Depending on the design, a Tiny House may offer a sustainable housing option ...

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A Better Business Building' - Penn State and Leonardo Academy Connect Students, Faculty, and Facilities through LEED for Existing Buildings and LEED Campus Membership Required

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)
  • Leonardo Academy (WI)

Learn how students, faculty, and facility management staff worked together to transform the sustainability of the Smeal Business Building at Penn State through LEED-EBOM. The project served as a model ...

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Making Green Cleaning Stick: The Journey to Green Seal Standards Membership Required

  • Muskegon Community College (MI)
  • Western Michigan University (MI)

LEED V4 now recognizes custodial programs certified under one of the following: Green Seal's Environmental Standard for Commercial Cleaning Services (GS-42); or International Sanitary Supply Association (ISSA) Cleaning Industry ...

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Greening the Sciences at Colorado College Membership Required

  • Colorado College (CO)

As members of the Sustainability Council at Colorado College, we learned that science buildings use far more energy for their size than other buildings on a college campus. So we ...

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How Connected Buildings Close The Gap Between People and Technology and Enable Opportunities for Energy Efficiency Membership Required

  • Lucid (CA)

People spend 90% of their lives in buildings, which are responsible for the consumption of two-thirds of the world's electricity. Yet the technologies we use to manage buildings today ...

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ENOS, is an energy Operating System, that integrates Big Data, Open Source Software and Hardware and the Internet of Things. Membership Required

  • Amzur Technologies (FL)

Historically utility billing, campus infrastructure, Building Management Systems and Sustainability Reporting have consisted of siloed data and information systems and distinct stakeholders that rarely share a common understanding of organizational ...

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Heating Up Sustainable Design on a Small College Campus: Designing an Educational and Functional Net-Zero Warming Hut Membership Required

  • Carleton College (MN)

In the winter term of 2014, Carleton College developed a class entitled 'Systems Approaches to Sustainability' to merge a variety of perspectives in sustainability and teach interdisciplinary, systems thinking when ...

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Cross-Cultural Collaboration and Life Long Learning inspired by a Sustainable Building Course in Costa Rica Membership Required

  • Colorado State University (CO)

This case study introduces a study-abroad program in Costa Rica, which focuses on Sustainable Building Practices. During the past two years, Colorado State University (CSU) and EARTH University formed a ...

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Tiny House College Life: No Dorm, No Debt, No Environmental Degradation Membership Required

  • Green Mountain College (VT)

Why wait to be sustainable? Why pay excessive room and board while having a stagnant, unyielding carbon footprint? The tiny house movement is growing in strength as this life style ...

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Lessons from Germany to the US 4: Building Standards Membership Required

  • Grinnell College (IA)

What is a 'green' building exactly, and why is it important to build in this way? Colleges and universities possess limited funds, and must consider many issues and interest groups ...

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The Trans-formative Power of the Living Building Challenge Membership Required

  • Natural Sustainability (MA)

Presented by a certified ambassador of the ILFI, this session will introduce the Living Building Challenge and provide for questions & discussion. The Living Building Challenge is the built environment ...

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Accepting the Challenge: Living Building Challenge in Higher Education Membership Required

  • Hampshire College (MA)
  • Smith College (MA)
  • Williams College (MA)

Living Building Challenge is a relatively new sustainable building standard launched in 2006 with the purpose of raising the bar in green building. In the words of LBC, it challenges ...

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Diverse Perspectives: The University of Utah’s Innovative Law School Membership Required

  • University of Utah (UT)
  • SmithGroupJJR (MI)

On completion in March 2015, the University of Utah SJ Quinney College of Law’s 156,000 SF new building will represent an entirely new development in legal education that ...

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Knight Law Center: A Case for LEED EBOM on Campus Membership Required

  • University of Oregon (OR)

In 2011, the University of Oregon began the process of certifying an existing facility using LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance (EBOM). Many campuses across the United States have ...

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Building a Strong Core: Sustainability in a University Sports Complex Membership Required

  • University of Denver (CO)

The Daniel L. Ritchie Center for Sports and Wellness at the University of Denver opened in 1999 and is a 440,000 square foot athletics, recreation and entertainment complex. Directly ...

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Green Renovations Checklist: Developing Institution-Specific Green Guidelines Membership Required

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

The University of California system requires building projects (renovations and new construction) valued at or above $5 million to achieve at least a LEED certification level of Silver. While this ...

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What Do the New Energy Codes and LEED V4 Mean for Campus Planning? Membership Required

  • University of Colorado Colorado Springs (CO)

The 2012 International Building Codes (IBC) and LEED v4 are upping the ante for new construction campus projects. In Colorado, state building projects, including University of Colorado buildings, are designed ...

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Constructed Places, Contemplation and Wellness Membership Required

  • University of Virginia (VA)

Mindfulness and other contemplative practices are beginning to thrive in college classrooms and campuses across the country. The quest for health and wellness is a priority for students living in ...

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Loyola’s Institute of Environmental Sustainability Membership Required

  • Loyola University Chicago (IL)

Opened in September 2013, the Institute of Environmental Sustainability is a high-performing facility housing a 400 bed residence hall, academic offices for 80 staff and faculty and 10 collaborative research ...

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Creating Student Urban Housing District- West Campus University of Washington Membership Required

  • University of Washington, Seattle (WA)

Case study will present the strategies and outcomes of West Campus Housing includes four residence halls and seven apartment buildings all completed within last five years and two residence halls ...

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Stanford’s Building Level Sustainability Program: A Retrospective Membership Required

  • Stanford University (CA)

Formally launched in 2009, Stanford’s Building-Level Sustainability Program harnesses the actions of individual building occupants to achieve resource savings. Over the past five years the program has matured to ...

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Sustainable Buildings and Infrastructure: The Campus as a Living Lab Membership Required

  • California State University, East Bay (CA)

In 2012-13, the Provost of the California State University, East Bay (CSUEB) funded an innovative program to engage campus faculty, staff, and students in Programmatic Excellence and Innovation in Learning ...

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Vegetated roofs at UAB: Operations and research collaboration Membership Required

  • 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 Membership Required

  • 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 Membership Required

  • 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 Membership Required

  • 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 Membership Required

  • 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 Membership Required

  • 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 Membership Required

  • 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 Membership Required

  • 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 Membership Required

  • 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 Membership Required

  • 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 Membership Required

  • 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 Membership Required

  • 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 Membership Required

  • 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 Membership Required

  • 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 Membership Required

  • 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 Membership Required

  • 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 Membership Required

  • 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 Membership Required

  • 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 Membership Required

  • 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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