College Planning & Management

OCT 2012

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5 YEARS OF CLIMATE LEADERSHIP buildings and accounts for 53 percent of the total energy used on UO's campus, and 45 percent of the total annual emissions; additionally, daily commuting and air travel by faculty, staff, and athletes, while accounting for only 10 percent of total energy use, represents 42 percent of the institution's total emissions. Therefore, the University considers it critical to fi nd low-carbon substitutes for natural gas to heat campus buildings and jet fuel for air travel in order to meet its net-zero emissions goal — ambitious goals for a campus that has proven ambitious plans can become reality. DREXEL UNIVERSITY SEEKING SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS THROUGH INNOVATIVE RESEARCH M AKING A COMMITMENT TO SUSTAINABILITY at Drexel University in Philadelphia goes beyond adopting best practices in institutional operations. Drexel introduces sustainabil- ity concepts directly in the learning experience. Engaging staff, faculty, and students from across the disciplines in hands-on research is an innovative component of the Drexel Green Initiative (, which seeks to ensure a sustainable future for the University as well as for its community. A unique characteristic of Drexel GREEN LIVING. University's research programs and initia- tives is the deep participation of students. One example is the award-winning Drexel Smart House (www.drexelsmarthouse. com), which serves as a multidisciplinary "living laboratory" with the purpose of allowing students multiple ways to explore the creation of environmentally sustain- able habitats for people and society. As a student-led, multidisciplinary project, Drexel Smart House is an incubator of knowledge and provides opportunities for students to gain hands-on experience in developing innovative design and cutting-edge technology in the areas of environment, energy, health, and lifestyle. Drexel University has positioned itself as a leader for its com- At Drexel University, the Drexel Smart House is a student-led, multidis- ciplinary organization researching and develop- ing new technology using sustainable design principles and creating products which better peoples' homes and lives. mitment in facilitating "use-inspired" research opportunities and developing real-world applications and sustainable solutions to solve societal problems in the 21st century. This year's Research Day (, the 14th annual "celebration of research, innovation, scholarship, and creativity," attracted hundreds of faculty and students from all disciplines of sciences, humanities, and the arts to showcase the incredible breadth of research being conducted across the University. The University's continuing engagement in comprehensive and innovative research activities is refl ected in its success in obtaining funding for research over the years, resulting in an increase in spon- sored projects from $15M in 1996 to approximately $110M today. TOMPKINS COUNTY, NEW YORK ADVANCING SUSTAINABILITY BY FOSTERING COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT S 22 COLLEGE PLANNING & MANAGEMENT / OCTOBER 2012 PEARHEADED BY SECOND NATURE'S senior advisor Peter Bardaglio, the Tompkins County Climate Protection Initiative (TCCPI, is a collaborative effort among Tompkins WWW.PLANNING4EDUCATION.COM RENDERING COURTESY OF DREXEL SMART HOUSE

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