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Walking the green walk at
Colorado State University, which bills itself as "the green
university," has come up with a way to substantiate its claim--and let
people get some exercise at the same time.
The institution has put together a walking tour of its
Fort Collins campus to demonstrate to students, staff and visitors
how it is pursuing environmentally friendly practices. The Green
University Walking Tour takes participants to more than a dozen spots
that have played a role in the school's sustainability efforts.
Among the highlights:
- Academic Village. This student housing community includes
Aspen Hall, which opened last year and is the university's first
residence hall to receive LEED gold certification. The village also has
an on-site thermal plant with solar panels and a system that makes ice
at night when electric rates are low and melts the ice during the day
heat the building. The village's dining center has a pulper that
water usage and creates a compostable byproduct from food and paper
- Transit Center. The university identifies this building as
one of the first on campus to receive LEED certification. Construction
incorporated use of recycled granite, concrete and drywall; 75 percent
of the waste generated in construction was recycled.
- Aspen Grille. This student-run restaurant has been certified
by the Green Restaurant Association as one of only two "green
restaurants" in Colorado. It uses local food products, including 20
varieties of "carbon-neutral lettuce" that are biked over from the
- Lake Street Parking Garage. The four-tier structure has a
9,000-square-foot solar panel array above the top tier and provides
parking space for bicycles and low-emitting vehicles as well as
traditional motor vehicles. The university is seeking LEED gold
certification for the project.
- Engineering Building. The university has installed a
108-panel solar array on the roof of the facility. It is tied directly
into the building’s electrical system and is expected to produce more
than 25,000 kilowatt hours a year.
- Microbiology Study Lounge. Completed in 2008, the facility
has a 400-square-foot green roof demonstration project.
- Indoor practice facility. Certified LEED gold, the building
provides space for numerous sports programs, and uses daylighting
strategies and water-conserving landscaping to reduce consumption of
electricity and water.
- Guggenheim Hall. This academic building was renovated in
and restored to its original 1910 appearance. The upgrades included
recycled carpeting, non-toxic paints, low-flow plumbing fixtures and
energy-efficient lighting. The facility received a LEED silver
- Behavioral Science Building. The facility was designed to
receive LEED gold certification. It was built with local materials and
includes a garden atrium, water-efficient landscaping and renewable
One of the more prominent elements in Colorado State's
sustainability initiative is not included on the walking tour because
is found on the university's Foothills Campus, about three miles west
the main Fort Collins campus.
The Foothills Campus is home to a 2-megawatt solar plant
with more than 8,000 panels that cover 15 acres. Colorado State says it
is one of the largest solar plants situated at a university. It is
expected to produce 3.5 million kilowatt hours of energy a year--enough
to reduce annual greenhouse emissions by 5.5 million pounds.
The brochure for the university's green walking tour is
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University of Iowa
a wind turbine on campus
The University of Iowa has installed the first wind
turbine on its Iowa City campus, The Iowa City Press
Citizen says. Read
Vail Academy and High School, opening this week in the
Vail (Ariz.) district, has been designed to receive a platinum
LEED rating, The Arizona Daily Star says. Read
A paper conservation initiative in the Paradise Valley
(Ariz.) Unified School District is projected to save the district
more than $250,000 each year, The Arizona Republic says. Read
Lincoln Hall, a renovated classroom building on the
University of Illinois at Chicago campus, has won Gold-level
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LIGHT AND COOL: Designers know that effective use of daylighting in
building design involves more than just letting in light to otherwise
darkened spaces. Too much daylight, especially the glare of direct
sunlight, can be as undesirable as too little daylight....When the
building in question is a school or university, the importance of
effective daylighting strategies becomes even more critical....To read the
entire article, click here.
BEYOND COOL: Advances in roofing materials technology and analytical
techniques have led to new ways of fine-tuning the energy performance
roofing....The so-called "cool roof" is one of these....To read the entire
article, click here.
HAND IN HAND: Academic institutions have been among the leading
proponents of sustainable design. As long-term owners, they are in a
position to gain a substantial return on their investments in
sustainable-design strategies. To reap the rewards of sustainable
design, an institution and its project team should work to integrate
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