The Sustainable University Campus

Colloquium to focus on campus environmental design March 28 and 30

The School of Architecture at Washington University in St. Louis and the U.S. Green Buildings Council—St. Louis Chapter will present The Sustainable University Campus, a national colloquium on campus environmental design, March 28 and 30.

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The event features lectures, workshops and case study presentations by close to a dozen architects, engineers, landscape architects, campus facilities managers and environmental systems consultants.

“Environmental design is not simply a matter of individual buildings,” said organizer Peter MacKeith, associate dean of the School of Architecture. “It’s also about energy and water usage, about infrastructure and resource management, about procurement strategies and recycling. For universities, the question is ‘how can we look to the future and take a lead role in terms of planning, facilities and operations?'”


WHO: School of Architecture at Washington University in St. Louis and the U.S. Green Building Council—St. Louis Chapter

WHAT: The Sustainable University Campus

WHERE: Campus Ecology Workshops: Holmes Lounge (lunch), Givens Hall (workshops). The Sustainable University colloquium: Steinberg Hall

WHEN: Workshops: 11:30 to 6:15 p.m. Sunday, March 28. Colloquium: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 30.

COST: Workshops: $35, free for WUSTL faculty, staff and students. Colloquium: Free and open to the public

INFORMATION: (314) 935-6293

The Sustainable University Campus consists of two daylong events: a series of Campus Ecology Workshops, on Sunday, March 28; and The Sustainable University: The Chancellor’s Sesquicentennial Colloquium, on Tuesday, March 30.

The Campus Ecology Workshops, led by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) Campus Ecology Group, begin at noon with a luncheon in the university’s Holmes Lounge. Leith Sharp, director of the Harvard Green Campus Initiative, will present a keynote address on Key Components to Developing a Sustainable Campus, and will be introduced by Ralph Thaman, associate vice chancellor of Facilities, Planning & Management at Washington University. Kathy Cacciola, senior Coordinator of the National Wildlife Federation’s (NWF) Campus Ecology Program, will present a National Review of State of Campus Sustainability and introduce workshop goals and process.

At 1:30 p.m., participants can take part in one of three workshops in the School of Architecture’s Givens Hall: Building Design, led by Donald Fournier, senior research specialist at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Process, led by Cindy Pollock Shea, sustainability coordinator for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; and Infrastructure/Operations, led by Cacciola and the NWF’s Kristy Jones.

At 3 p.m. Sharp, Shea and local green building practitioners will present a series of case studies, followed at 4:15 p.m. by a second round of workshops. The day’s activities conclude at 5:25 p.m with a plenary session in Steinberg Auditorium, followed by a reception.

The Sustainable University colloquium begins at 9:30 a.m. March 30 in Steinberg Auditorium with case study presentations by Mark Rylander, associate with William McDonough Associates, Charlottesville, Va., and chair of the American Institute of Architects’ Committee on the Environment; Marc Rosenbaum, principal of Energysmith environmental design consultants, Meriden, N.H.; and John Gratiot, vice-president for facilities, operation and management at Dartmouth College.

At 11 a.m., a second round of case studies will be presented by William Odell, vice-president and sustainable design principal for HOK Architects, St. Louis; Keith McPeters, associate, Olin Partnership, Philadelphia; and Victoria Sirianni, chief facilities officer for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The afternoon session begins at 2:15 p.m. with a talk by William McDonough, principal of William McDonough Associates, on Economy, Ecology, Equity and Education. A moderated discussion on The Sustainable University follows at 3:45 p.m., with concluding comments at 4:45 p.m.

Cost for the Campus Ecology Workshop is $35 for the general public and free for Washington University faculty, staff and students. To register, download the registration form. The Sustainable University colloquium is free and open to the public. For more information, call (314) 935-6293.

Holmes Lounge is located in Ridgley Hall, on the west side of Brookings Quadrangle, near the intersection of Brookings and Hoyt drives. Givens Hall is located at the intersection of Forsyth Boulevard and Hoyt Drive. Steinberg Auditorium is located in the Gallery of Art, Steinberg Hall, immediately east of Givens.

Parking is available immediately north of Givens and Steinberg halls, though may be limited weekdays. The campus also can be reached via Metro busline 93, and is within walking distance of the Delmar and Forest Park MetroLink Stations.

The Sustainable University Campus is organized by Washington University’s School of Architecture and the U.S. Green Buildings Council—St. Louis Chapter, with additional funding from the university’s Sesquicentennial Grants, Student Union and Congress of the South 40.

Additional support for the Campus Ecology Workshop is provided by Alberici Constructors, HOK, Lewis and Clark Community College, McCarthy Contractors, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, St. Louis Community College and Webster University. The workshop reception is sponsored by Mackey Mitchell Associates, Tarlton Corp. and the University of Missouri—St. Louis.