Greening of the Campus IX: Building Pedagogy March 18-21, 2012, L.A. Pittenger Student Center, Ball State University, Muncie, IN
We are pleased to announce the panels which will be available during the Greening of the Campus Conference IX. Following are narratives of each. The more detailed scheduling of these is forthcoming, but in the meantime colleagues might want to read through the options to begin to flag those gatherings of most interest.
NWF will help recruit speakers who are either current student leaders or recent graduates who are leading energy behavior education initiatives on campuses. Each speaker will explain the following: basic outline of their project, history, engagement strategies (including and beyond the sustainability choir), environmental and financial benefits, linkages to academic and career goals, tips for other students.
NWF will note its Generation E report and associated student wiki as a resource for further support, along with such resources as Christina Erickson’s guide to Eco-Reps and SEI’s Greening the Bottom Line.
The development and success of this group is a result of carefully constructed experiences. From the engagement of the presidents, to the summit experience this group has been programmed for success. While not without some near failures, this remarkable group has achieved remarkable results, all of which will be shared by the panel.
Starin Hall, which achieved LEED Gold certification in 2011, will be used as case study to explore successful methods to cultivate these relationships in order to promote the generation of Green knowledge. The design team and building owners will discuss the collaborative design process, and campus researchers will present ways the building has been used to generate sustainable design knowledge. Workshops on environmental design methods established common awareness among staff, students, university representatives, and the design team that increased participation in later design phases. Students toured new residence halls on two other University of Wisconsin campuses to explore how various design options could support and enrich their campus experience. Each team member (design team member, university housing staff and faculty researcher) will review their own experiences during the process, the outcomes of this relationship, and illustrate best practices for promoting successful collaborations on a green building.
Along with these efforts toward collaboration, Duke has recently created a position of “Faculty Director of Sustainability” to more officially connect the University’s operational sustainability efforts with its educational mission. This session will highlight how staff and faculty can work together to enhance the student experience and provide valuable resources for the university sustainability initiatives. While hard to quantify, the sustainability educational programs within the classroom and beyond may provide the most significant environmental benefit of Duke’s overall program. Creating a campus culture of sustainability and incorporating sustainability education into the curriculum allows Duke to develop an environmentally literate student body that will carry those lessons with them far beyond the campus walls.
The past two years, the Ball State Energy Action Team has been an interactive group with creating programs that allow individuals to start making behavioral changes that, collectively, have a large impact. BEAT has hosted the Energy Hall Challenge, a bi-annual, one month long competition between Residence Halls that challenge each hall to lower the most amount of energy consumption. As BEAT, we raise awareness, offer tips, advise, guidance to the residents in how they can lower their energy consumption but it is up to them to make changes in their daily actions to see the impact that are having within their own hall and on Ball State’s campus.
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