LIVE image

Students push sustainability ahead

Posted November 23, 2010 12:48 PM by Emily Catacchio
Related Categories: Greenbuild '10

I have gathered through sessions and conversations at Greenbuild that the educational sector is the next big sustainable design push. On the last day of Greenbuild I discovered a session about greening college campuses, with a unique panel—a student, an architecture professor, and a facilities manager, all from different universities. The panel moved swiftly through each of their presentations (almost too quickly for me to take notes!) so they could get to the moderator’s Q and A session, followed by an audience Q and A. Each represented university—Auburn, Carnegie Melon, and Emory—had a slightly different approach to sustainable design, but they all stressed the importance of integrating sustainability into the curriculum; the overarching idea being that students, not administrators, are driving this green campus movement. The more involved the students, the more pressure they place on the administration, and paraphrasing from one of the presenters, universities are not just there for students but because of students.

If you enjoyed this article, sign up for BuildingGreen email updates

*

Comments

1 That does not surprise me. Fi posted by Henrietta Heisler on 11/30/2010 at 04:49 am

That does not surprise me. First of all the upcoming generation is more interested in the spiritual then they are in 'material things'. The spirit of the earth ..thus they are interested in their physical health so they can be at their best and the planets physical health which can not be sustained with out a conscious directive from the masses. The spirit and physical are so intertwined one can not preform well without the other. I think it is great. Secondly, The changes do come from the bottom. It is similar to the interior design industry all the furniture, paint and others in product manufacturing have been pushed by the interior designers and others to be more environmetal aware.It has definitely caught on. As you know the products are available now to create healthier environments and It makes sense that the student population would demand healthier classrooms and living environmet as well as a smaller footprint creating sustainable environments. It will be in the mainstream population before we know it as these students will be the next home owners. They are responsible... Green is in and it is being driven by the masses.


— Share This Posting!

Recent Discussions

posted by bates.paul
on Apr 9, 2015

Hi-

I reviewed your story on "...

posted by granda
on Apr 8, 2015

Hi Alex,
I've been following your experience with the Zehnder unit with interest. By the way, my understanding is that Barry Stephens is...

posted by joetmail
on Apr 4, 2015

Thanks Alex. Replacing the siding is really not an option. Without the opportunity to create a drainage plane I shy away from spray foam in...

Recent Comments


EPA Raises Health Concerns with Spray Foam Insulation

Karla Tuberville says, "We are a new home owner with the foam insulation. I have many concerns we were not told about before being put in, we live in Texas lots of humidity..." More...


Using Your Heating System to Heat Water

norm palmer says, "thanks Alex...I guess I will consider the propane fired unit when I finally can afford a propane power generator for power outages, as that is when I..." More...

Alex Wilson says, "Norm, I'll let Adam comment on the parallel vs. series plumbing. As a mechanical engineer, he knows far more about that than I. But regarding an..." More...

norm palmer says, "I am suffering form some confusion over series or parallel plumbing in previous posts..if you hav a moment could you enlighten me please? thnx" More...

norm palmer says, "Thanks for your response! I MAy not have the room or the budget or the elec power for an extra appliance like the electric on demand. I was hoping..." More...