Planning for Higher Education Journal

How Green Is Green? Developing a Process for Determining Sustainability When Planning Campuses and Academic Buildings

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From Volume 31 Number 3 | March–May 2003
By Anthony N. Bernheim

Institutions referenced in this resource:
University of California-San Francisco

Sustainable planning for academic institutions can reduce the ecological footprint and improve project performance. Structured workshops are proposed as the method to integrate green planning seamlessly into the process by establishing goals, developing preliminary green measures, and making realistic decisions based on consensus. Energy conservation, indoor environmental quality, and resource efficiency are the strategies for achieving the goals. Green rating systems, such as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED™), offer specific ways to gauge the environmental effectiveness of green measures. Greenness is dependent on the capital cost invested but produces life-cycle costs savings. “Greening” the campus through the workshop process is the precursor to “greening” the curriculum.

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