SCUP with support from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)


Smart and Sustainable Campuses

November 3–4, 2005
University of Maryland, College Park, MD (USA)
Co-sponsored by EPA, SCUP, APPA, NACUBO, and the University of Maryland—College Park

Agenda at a Glance
Call for Proposals—Archive Page
Conference Homepage

SCUP Workshop Descriptions:

In conjunction with the conference and supported by the EPA, SCUP will host three-hour roundtable workshops that will feature campuses that are currently in the initial stages of a project addressing campus environmental issues. Each workshop will feature one school. Representatives from selected project teams will present an overview of their project. A panel of experts will respond with their observations and recommendations and suggest alternative strategies to maximize project benefits.

The following is a list of schools that SCUP selected for these workshops through a call for proposals that closed in mid-June 2005:

Juniata College
An Assessment Tool for Culture Change and Sustainability—Measuring Changes in Attitudes and Behaviors
Juniata College has already built a LEED-certified field station, upgraded its central plant to optimal efficiency, implemented a recycling program, and is using wind power for 10 percent of its energy. It is developing an overall "Sustainable Juniata" plan and this initiative will develop benchmarks and assessment tools to understand and quantify the results of sustainable learning and operations, on and off campus.

Michigan State University
Developing a Comprehensive Solid Waste Management Strategy
MSU is already active on a number of sustainability fronts. With 5,200 acres on its main campus, and serving a student, faculty, staff community of 55,000 individuals, this initiative will develop a plan to identify, explain, and examine all major solid waste streams—and, using a cradle-to-cradle focus, will work with purchasing and end-users to inventory and track all products from purchase through use, disposal or recovery.

Middlebury College
Localizing and Streamlining Middlebury College's Energy Future
Having already developed a carbon-reduction initiative, Middlebury College will refine its existing energy planning, measurement and evaluation tools and develop an array of campus-wide and community collaboration mechanisms to shift the trajectory of its energy future.

University of California, Santa Barbara
Riding the Wave to Sustainability
UCSB is creating a campus sustainability plan that will be integrated, along with the updated academic plan, campus master plan, infrastructure renewal plan, and housing plan, into a long-range development plan that looks ahead 10–15 years.

University of Connecticut
EPAC Compliance and Best Practices Subcommittee: Water Conservation Initiative
The university provides water services not only to its campuses, but to the surrounding community. Increased demand and heightened compliance monitoring by the EPA are the motivations for an initiative to bring about the maximum efficiency of water usage and use the operational changes as a laboratory and as teaching tools.

University of Puerto Rico at Rio Piedras
University for a Sustainable and Livable City: The State University as a Laboratory, Pilot Project, and Center for Education in Sustainable Transportation and Urbanism in Puerto Rico
Using the coincidence of a new campus master plan, a new metro system with one of its main stations on campus, the urban transformation project association with the metro system, and the fact that the university is in a major urban center currently under revitalization, the university wants to act as a center of education about and promotion of best practices using the campus as a laboratory, pilot project, research center, and learning example for the entire city.