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Sustainability Charrette April 17 – 18, 2009 Team: The Roots. - Concepts and Takeaways -. Description and Objectives An organization on campus that provides: Leadership and Direction Communication Coordination Education on all things sustainable!.

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concept 1 establish an office of sustainability
Description and Objectives

An organization on campus that provides:

Leadership and Direction

Communication

Coordination

Education

on all things sustainable!

Concept 1:Establish an Office of Sustainability

Functions

  • Management of Sustainability Funding
  • Maintain Website
  • Centralize Campus Sustainability Projects
  • Education/Resource Center
    • Develop Workshops/Lecture Series
    • SO/FYE Events
  • Assist Professors to incorporate sustainability in curriculum
  • Staff Training
  • Resource Center for Other Departments
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Concept 1:

Implementation

  • Physical Location: Repurposed ’86 Field
  • Staffing
    • Director
    • 1-2 Staff Support
    • Work-Study Posts
    • Grad Assistants?
    • Student Organization Volunteers

Stakeholders

  • The Community of Troy
  • The Entire Rensselaer Community
    • Students
    • Faculty
    • Staff
    • Alumni
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Concept 1:

Justification

  • Demonstrates Rensselaer’s commitment to sustainability to:
    • Prospective and current students
    • Companies and Corporations
    • Alumni
  • Other universities demonstrate such initiatives generate much more revenue than cost
    • Example: Harvard University, Cornell
  • Educates future leaders who are poised to change the world

Impact:

  • Environmental—improve campus atmosphere
  • Economic—minimal
  • Cultural—Establish the importance of sustainability in students, staff, and faculty, and demonstrate Rensselaer’s commitment to sustainability.
concept 2 green careers
CONCEPT 2: Green Careers
  • Description and Objectives:
    • Develop resources on campus to support students seeking careers in “green” jobs, sustainability, and renewable energy in private industry, entrepreneurial endeavors, governmental organizations, and non-profit organizations

Functions:

  • Work with Career Development Center (CDC) to bring in more “green” companies and/or develop links to green career resources
  • Develop “green” company sections in established on-campus career fairs
  • Collaborate with other schools to establish a green career fair
  • Develop seminar series that would highlight opportunities in the “green” marketplace
  • Implementation:
  • CDC, Schools, Alumni relations, SHPE/NSBE
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CONCEPT 2: Green Careers

Implementation

  • Existing Career Fairs
  • Utilization of CDC RedHawk JobLink Database
  • Possibility for growth in “Green” ranking system to sort, classify and manage “Green Jobs” and “Green Company” profiles

Stakeholders

  • Undergraduate Students
  • Graduate Students
  • Career Development Center
  • Companies and Corporations which interview on campus
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CONCEPT 2: Green Careers

Impact:

  • Environmental—improve campus atmosphere
  • Economic—minimal
  • Cultural—Establish the importance of sustainability in students, staff, and faculty, and demonstrate Rensselaer’s commitment to sustainability
  • Rensselaer students placed in “Green” positions
concept 3 beta testing on campus
CONCEPT 3:Beta Testing on Campus
  • Description:Establish framework to encourage/support the demonstration on campus of all new sustainable technologies, concepts, and ideas developed by Rensselaer faculty, students, and staff
  • Functions:
  • Matching funds for research projects
  • Develop student projects
  • Website (hosted by OoS) to showcase concepts, results, etc.

Implementation:

  • OoS, schools, research centers, faculty, students, facilities
concept 4 re purpose 86 field
CONCEPT 4:Re-purpose ’86 Field
  • Description:
    • Develop a green space/natural area that would demonstrate Rensselaer’s commitment to sustainability, enhance beauty of campus, and serve as the home for the Office of Sustainability
  • Characteristics:
  • Office of Sustainability building (use Solar Decathlon house or similar)
  • Outdoor “classroom” or amphitheater
  • Natural area, park, trees, wildflowers, pond(?), open space, paths

Implementation:

  • Senior architectural student design competition
  • Facilities, outside contractor (?)
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CONCEPT 4:Re-purpose ’86 Field

Possible Location for“Office of Sustainability”

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CONCEPT 4:Re-purpose ’86 Field

Impact:

  • Environmental—improve campus atmosphere
  • Economic—bring in prospective students, companies, organizations seeking research support, encourage alumni to donate
  • Cultural—Establish the importance of sustainability in students, staff, and faculty, and demonstrate Rensselaer’s commitment to sustainability.
concept 5 local organic csa
Concept 5:Local/Organic/CSA

Description: Provide alternative, sustainable food resources through:

An on-campus Farmer’s market

Expand Terra-Cade to a RAD option

Community Supported Agriculture

Stakeholders:

Rensselaer Students and Faculty

Impact:

Environmental: more sustainable foods, less pollutants/carbon emissions, support local agriculture

Cultural/Social: community awareness/support, healthier atmosphere

Economic: stimulate local economy

Implementation:

Who: Terra Café, Troy Farmer’s Market, Troy Food Co-Op

How: Allow space for market on campus, larger incorporation of local foods in dining halls/facilities

Cost: relatively low

Payback: N/A

concept 6 volunteer abroad
Concept 6:Volunteer Abroad

Description:Collaboration with REACH program to provide a study experience that would allow the students to work on sustainability projects/ develop global awareness of sustainability

Stakeholders: Rensselaer Students and Faculty

Impact:

  • Environmental: positive impact on global communities
  • Cultural: students gain a global cultural awareness
  • Economic: promotes global low income communities

Implementation:

  • Who: REACH Program, ESW, design courses
  • How: Collaborate with established study abroad/global service organizations
  • Cost: student tuition, transportation/projects costs
  • Payback: N/A
concept 7 co generation geothermal
Concept 7:Co-generation/Geothermal

Description:Reuse of heat produced by Rensselaer power plant. Utilizing underground heat to heat buildings, dorms, etc.

Stakeholders:

Rensselaer Facilities, Faculty, Staff, Students

Impact:

Environmental- Reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Economic- Energy/Utility savings

Implementation:

How: Construction of Machinery

Who: Administration/Faculty

Cost: High

Payback: High

concept 8 reach goal carbon neutral by 2025
Concept 8: (Reach Goal)Carbon Neutral by 2025

Description:Develop a long term commitment of zero carbon emissions produced yearly by Rensselaer.

Stakeholders:

  • Rensselaer Community as a whole

Impact:

  • Environmental: eliminate contribution to global climate change
  • Economic: Savings in energy/utilities
  • Cultural: Institute pride in sustainable leadership and policies

Implementation:Through the application of renewable energy sources, such as those suggested at the Sustainability Charrette, and potential use of carbon offsets

Cost:High cost, high long term payback