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Learning from the Students: Aligning Sustainable Campus Design and Curriculum Development

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As a broad concern, sustainable campus design refers to universities’ (1) curriculum and research programs tailored to address sustainability; (2) sensitive use of energy and water, innovative waste management, efficiency of buildings and outdoors, receptiveness of food and transportation related decisions to the principles of sustainability; and (3) attention to diversity, affordability and public engagement. The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate that students’ active involvement in decisions to make their campus operations more sustainable through course work generates a bridge among the broad components of sustainable campus design.

A Bicycle Friendly Campus proposal was prepared for the existing campus of California State University Northridge through course work and with the involvement of bicyclists. A total of 214 interviews were conducted with the bicyclist students in addition to 20 hours of mapping of bicyclists. This activity enabled involvement of not only the students who conducted the research, but also the bicyclist students who shaped the decisions about the campus design by being the respondents.

Federal University of Uberlândia, in Brazil, utilized an environmental extension course to involve students in sustainable campus design – for the addition to the existing campus. Through the course work, Environmental Student Volunteers project trained 28 undergraduate students to develop an environmental agenda for UFU including a sustainable mobility plan, waste recycling system and environmentally preferable purchasing resolution. During this process an ideas workshop was organized as a forum to discuss students’ proposals, and an internet survey was conducted with more than 300 students.
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Toker, Zeynep. and Prieto, Elisson. "Learning from the Students: Aligning Sustainable Campus Design and Curriculum Development" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the AASHE, D. L. Lawrence Convention Center, Pittsburgh, PA, Oct 09, 2011 <Not Available>. 2014-11-25 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p518156_index.html>

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Toker, Z. and Prieto, E. C. , 2011-10-09 "Learning from the Students: Aligning Sustainable Campus Design and Curriculum Development" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the AASHE, D. L. Lawrence Convention Center, Pittsburgh, PA <Not Available>. 2014-11-25 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p518156_index.html

Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
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Abstract: As a broad concern, sustainable campus design refers to universities’ (1) curriculum and research programs tailored to address sustainability; (2) sensitive use of energy and water, innovative waste management, efficiency of buildings and outdoors, receptiveness of food and transportation related decisions to the principles of sustainability; and (3) attention to diversity, affordability and public engagement. The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate that students’ active involvement in decisions to make their campus operations more sustainable through course work generates a bridge among the broad components of sustainable campus design.

A Bicycle Friendly Campus proposal was prepared for the existing campus of California State University Northridge through course work and with the involvement of bicyclists. A total of 214 interviews were conducted with the bicyclist students in addition to 20 hours of mapping of bicyclists. This activity enabled involvement of not only the students who conducted the research, but also the bicyclist students who shaped the decisions about the campus design by being the respondents.

Federal University of Uberlândia, in Brazil, utilized an environmental extension course to involve students in sustainable campus design – for the addition to the existing campus. Through the course work, Environmental Student Volunteers project trained 28 undergraduate students to develop an environmental agenda for UFU including a sustainable mobility plan, waste recycling system and environmentally preferable purchasing resolution. During this process an ideas workshop was organized as a forum to discuss students’ proposals, and an internet survey was conducted with more than 300 students.


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