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Raising a Green Umbrella: Parasol’s Collaborative Model for Sustainability at the University of Arizona

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Parasol, a student club at the University of Arizona (UA), is a collaborative group focusing on sustainable resource use at the UA. The group’s fundamental idea is that, as a land-grant university in an arid environment, UA should serve as a learning laboratory for the development and demonstration of techniques for sustainable use of water and energy. Since its inception in 2005, Parasol has been wildly successful in working with facilities, staff, faculty, and administration to establish educational rainwater harvesting and solar energy systems on the UA campus and to develop an upper division course on rainwater harvesting. Parasol’s successes are due largely to its collaborative model in which students work closely with facilities staff, faculty, and administrators to identify sites, gather materials and labor, and bring projects to fruition. Completed projects at the UA Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering Building, Meinel Optical Sciences Building and new Visitor Center are a testament to this collaborative model. As the group has demonstrated the power of institutional collaboration at the university, its circle has widened to include members of several academic departments, additional facilities staff, and university administrators. New campus projects are planned, and the group is now extending its reach to work with Tucson primary schools and neighborhood organizations on rainwater harvesting projects. The paper and presentation will discuss the collaborative model and its development during the inaugural rainwater harvesting course and the construction of Parasol’s initial rainwater harvesting demonstrations in 2006.
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Phillips, Chester., Marikos, Mark., Riley, James., Rushforth, Richard., Brill-Duisberg, Emilie. and Leith, William. "Raising a Green Umbrella: Parasol’s Collaborative Model for Sustainability at the University of Arizona" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION SOCIETY, TBA, Tucson, Arizona, Jul 26, 2008 <Not Available>. 2013-12-14 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p235479_index.html>

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Phillips, C. F., Marikos, M. , Riley, J. J., Rushforth, R. , Brill-Duisberg, E. and Leith, W. , 2008-07-26 "Raising a Green Umbrella: Parasol’s Collaborative Model for Sustainability at the University of Arizona" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION SOCIETY, TBA, Tucson, Arizona <Not Available>. 2013-12-14 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p235479_index.html

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Abstract: Parasol, a student club at the University of Arizona (UA), is a collaborative group focusing on sustainable resource use at the UA. The group’s fundamental idea is that, as a land-grant university in an arid environment, UA should serve as a learning laboratory for the development and demonstration of techniques for sustainable use of water and energy. Since its inception in 2005, Parasol has been wildly successful in working with facilities, staff, faculty, and administration to establish educational rainwater harvesting and solar energy systems on the UA campus and to develop an upper division course on rainwater harvesting. Parasol’s successes are due largely to its collaborative model in which students work closely with facilities staff, faculty, and administrators to identify sites, gather materials and labor, and bring projects to fruition. Completed projects at the UA Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering Building, Meinel Optical Sciences Building and new Visitor Center are a testament to this collaborative model. As the group has demonstrated the power of institutional collaboration at the university, its circle has widened to include members of several academic departments, additional facilities staff, and university administrators. New campus projects are planned, and the group is now extending its reach to work with Tucson primary schools and neighborhood organizations on rainwater harvesting projects. The paper and presentation will discuss the collaborative model and its development during the inaugural rainwater harvesting course and the construction of Parasol’s initial rainwater harvesting demonstrations in 2006.

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