Presentation on theme: "Green Campus Concept --- A Broader View of a Sustainable Campus Frank R. Leslie, DMES 1/16/2005."— Presentation transcript:
Green Campus Concept --- A Broader View of a Sustainable Campus Frank R. Leslie, DMES 1/16/2005
Abstract Recycling is an excellent start, but there are many other areas of “greenness” Many universities have green or sustainable programs for us to evaluate or emulate Florida Tech can develop a long-term green plan; for example: –Reduce waste –Increase efficiency & effectiveness –Reduce long-term building energy costs –Steer towards affordable renewable energy Focus on selected issues 1/16/2005FRL
Introduction Recycling is an important start, but wider concepts should be researched “Sustainable definition varies” –Some are extremely broad –Choose our version of it carefully Measurable progress goals are necessary –Quantify values or establish milestones 1/16/2005FRL
Green Campus Project Guiding principles evaluate: –“Environmental Education, Energy & Utilities, Student Activism & Participation, Solid Waste Management, Dining Services, Landscaping & Grounds, Printing Services, Purchasing, Transportation & Parking” University of Wisconsin – Madison prepared these guidelines 1/16/2005FRL
Existing Programs at Other Universities Yale –“Blueprint for a Sustainable Campus” by 450 delegates (46pp.) www.envirocitizen.org/blueprint/blueprint.pdf. Harvard www.greencampus.harvard.edu –“Sustainable Campus” video online, Buying wind energy certificates for half the load from Minnesota, Best Practices, Biodiesel on shuttles and trucks Georgia Tech www.sustainable.gatech.edu –Center for Sustainable Technology U. of California – Santa Cruz (UCSC) www.uscsec.org –Using “Blueprint for a Sustainable Campus”; $3/student green fee; Campus Sustainable Council formed; “Campus Food System, Waste Prevention, Transportation, Green Purchasing, Long-Range Planning, Green Building & Renewable Energy, Curriculum & Campus Ecosystem Preservation” 1/16/2005FRL
Existing Programs at Other Universities MIT web.mit.edu –Forty solar power installations –Green Building Task Force –Low Flow Bathroom Fixtures A Few More University Programs –U. Wisconsin –U. Michigan –Brown U. –U. Penn. –Mount Holyoke –U. Minnesota 1/16/2005FRL
Florida Tech Environment Wild vs. Manicured landscaping Natural vs. Hazard maintenance Fertilizer, etc., into waterways? Water flow and swale management –Walkway flooding Composting food service scraps? Driveway – vision hazard for drivers? 1/16/2005FRL
Florida Tech Electricity Zone control of air conditioning Improved classroom lighting control –Separate light switch for front area to improve screen contrast without putting students to sleep Extend solar “Grid” interties Cost of solar post lamps vs. standard lamp plus conduit cost and installation Utilities management –Donnie Morlan, Facilities, tracks usage 1/16/2005FRL
Florida Tech Water Reduce waste Replacement fixture program? Irrigation sources? –Natural or city irrigation water? Durable solar water heating systems –Dorms previously had roof solar collectors, but system had poor valve life – removed several years ago due to high maintenance 1/16/2005FRL
Student Involvement Educational examples and labs Student volunteer task force Work-study assistance Grad student research –Usage analysis –Psychological studies –Cost assessment –Future planning studies 1/16/2005FRL
What’s Needed How can we achieve this goal? –Form a small group to research and enhance these concepts –Select approachable objectives for prioritized tasks –Compare progress against goals at the end of each semester –Change programs to pursue the long-term goal
1/16/2005FRL References Miller, Jr. G. Tyler. Environmental Science, Sixth Edition. Belmont CA: Wadsworth Pub. Co., 1997. Allen, John L. Environment. Dubuque IA: McGraw-Hill/Dushkin 2004.
Websites Renewable energy and sustainable living www.solstice.crest.org www.solstice.crest.org Library of Congress lcweb.loc.gov/rr Int’l Institute for Sustainable Development, Canada iisd.ca Alt. energy Institute altenergy.org Alliance for Global sustainability (AGS) globalsustainability.org Institute for Global Communications/EcoNet www.igc.org Worldwatch Institute worldwatch.org Green Campus www.mpirg.org/greencampuswww.mpirg.org/greencampus www.envirocitizen.org/blueprint/blueprint.pdf 1/16/2005FRL
Bibliography Heintze-Fry. Green Lives, Green Campuses.