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New report, LEED in Motion: Transportation, highlights facilities that incorporate LEED and other sustainability practices
Washington, D.C.—(Oct. 19, 2017)—Today, USGBC released its LEED in Motion: Transportation report, which focuses on industry growth in the green building sector for transportation facilities such as airport terminal buildings, train stations, bus centers, seaports, light rail stations and control towers. The report also highlights some of the most impressive LEED-certified transportation facilities throughout the world.
For this year’s Climate Leadership Awards, USGBC and Second Nature chose winners who contributed to the environment through extensive sustainability efforts. As the recipient in the 4-Year Institution category, Loyola University Chicago was recognized for its strides promoting sustainable culture, curriculum and campus life.Where social justice and the environment meet
The university's approach to sustainability comes from Loyola’s founding as a Jesuit institution, where social justice, service and education are upheld as pillars for action.
“This inextricable relationship between environmental degradation and justice is widely taught and understood by the Loyola community,” says Nancy Tuchman, PhD, founding dean of Loyola’s Institute of Environmental Sustainability (IES). “Environmental issues are first and foremost problems of justice.”
Since its founding four years ago, the IES has expanded to more than 330 students, six major degree programs and two minor degrees, but sustainability isn’t just for students in the IES. In 2012, the core curriculum was modified so that all undergraduate students were required to take a course on environmental literacy. This ensures that all students must understand environmental issues and the role of human interactions in the environment.
Outside of classroom learning, Loyola has reimagined its campuses with high-performing, LEED-certified buildings and energy efficiency retrofits. These renovations have decreased energy consumption, leading to a 38 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions per square foot since 2008 for the lakeside campuses, even as the population of students and staff continues to grow.
According to the Loyola mission, environmental issues and social issues are intertwined. This belief has inspired participation in several university campaigns that affect education, especially access and affordability, and those that affect social justice, such as climate change.Sustainability strategies in their own words
Aaron Durnbaugh, Director of Sustainability at Loyola, and Nancy Tuchman expand on the university’s multidimensional sustainability efforts:
What do you consider to be the best example of campus sustainability on your campus?
Tuchman: In terms of infrastructure, Loyola University Chicago has made enormous investments to be more energy-efficient in our buildings and to conserve water. Our campus collects our stormwater in underground cisterns for reuse and slow release to Lake Michigan. Our recycling and composting rates have increased to nearly 50 percent. These infrastructure investments have facilitated a cultural shift in our students, faculty and staff toward more sustainable behavior and mindful consumption and disposal of waste/recycling.
What would you say to a peer who considers sustainability a “nice-to-have,” but not something that they can seriously implement on campus?
Durnbaugh: Our efforts save millions each year on utility costs alone and engage our student and employee community in our mission. We can also see opportunities for creating integration across academic silos, making connections between operations and academics and new opportunities for student leadership.
Can you elaborate on the university’s approach to programs that meet its commitments to social justice and climate initiatives?
Tuchman: Environmental issues are first and foremost problems of justice. Whenever and wherever water, soil and air are contaminated, or climate change drives drought, intense storm events or flooding, it is the people at the margins who are displaced. This inextricable relationship between environmental degradation and justice is widely taught and understood by the Loyola community.Loyola University Chicago sustainability stats
- 100,000 student hours were spent in the local community this year alone, as a result of Loyola’s commitment to experiential learning and social justice.
- 1,384 courses taught at Loyola include sustainability learning objectives. In 2012, environmental threats to the planet were added to the core curriculum for all undergraduates.
- More than 1,000 students, citizens and policymakers participate in Loyola’s annual Climate Change Conference each year.
- A 38 percent reduction in carbon emissions was ahchieved through improvements on two of the university's campuses.
- 30 projects were completed by students on climate-specific topics at this year’s Weekend of Excellence.
- 10 LEED-certified buildings, including include the Klarchek Information Commons, Marcella Neihoff School of Nursing and The Morgan at Loyola Station, are located across four campuses, and Loyola boasts more green roofs than any other university in the Midwest.
- In 2017, Loyola received the Climate Leadership Award from the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities and Solution Generation for its commitment to climate action in neighboring communities.
- Loyola consistently ranks in the Sierra Club Cool Schools Top 20, and is a Gold-rated AASHE STARS university.
LEED Fellows are best-in-class for green building design, engineering and development
Washington, D.C.—(Oct. 16, 2017)—GBCI has announced its 2017 class of LEED Fellows, an annual recognition of outstanding LEED professionals. This year’s 23 LEED Fellows exemplify a diverse array of achievements and contributions to the green building community and LEED, the world’s most widely used green building rating system.
Award recipients recognized for being at the forefront of green building in China
Shanghai—(October 13, 2017)—USGBC, the creators of the LEED green building program, announced Dalian Wanda Group, Shougang Group Co., Ltd. and Mr. Cai Fangming as the 2017 Greenbuild Leadership Award recipients. The awards will be presented for the first time in China as part of the inaugural Greenbuild China conference and exposition. The awards ceremony will take place at the conference in Shanghai on October 18.
Youth who are educated about sustainability and the environment help move us toward a society that considers the environmental impact of its everyday actions. Additionally, today’s younger generations must be literate in sustainability to compete in the growing green job market. Green Apple Day of Service is a great way to start implementing sustainability education in a school.
See our tips on how to educate for environmental and sustainability literacy as a Green Apple project.
Take a look at how these inspiring 2016 projects in Mexico implemented their ideas:Green building education at Instituto Mater
Bioconstrucción, a green construction company in Mexico, dedicated a day to educating students and staff of Instituto Mater in Nuevo León about sustainability. The company was invited by the school to offer instruction on sustainable practices, such as identifying efficient A/C systems, insulating around windows to maintain the building temperature and using building orientation to maximize natural light and water collection. Using these tips, the school crafted a plan to remodel their buildings to be more sustainable.
Afterward, Bioconstrucción invited the students, ages 4 to 15, and staff to tour the company’s LEED Platinum building to learn what sustainable construction and green practices looked like in action. They provided advice for the school staff to promote and practice sustainability and provided information on the Green Classroom Professional certificate program available through USGBC.
As a result of the Green Apple Day of Service project, Instituto Mater has made a commitment to creating a more sustainable environment for their students, including incorporating sustainability into their educational program. The school also enhanced this commitment by enrolling teachers in Learning Lab, an online platform for teachers to find and use sustainability and STEM-based lessons.Creative competitions with Escuela Promesa
As part of their 2016 Green Apple Day of Service program, Escuela Promesa, a nonprofit dedicated to teaching students about environmental education, challenged 90 schools (and their 61,490 students!) to participate in a “Google and SUMe” competition. SUMe is a partner organization dedicated to green building in Mexico. Two competitions were presented to schools, each based on age group, which challenged students to think about sustainability and the actions they could take to make a positive impact.
In the elementary schools, students created a story that that described the changes they could make in their own homes to make them more sustainable. Middle and high school students made videos explaining their vision of a sustainable city and the practices that their own cities would need to enact to reach that vision. Eight schools were recognized for their level of participation in the competition, and the winners were given certificates, plants for their school and (for the older students) a tour of the LEED Gold Google Mexico office.
These two projects in Mexico reflect how Green Apple projects can prepare students worldwide, through education, to face future environmental challenges.
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Facility managers tasked with protecting hardwood gym floors, such as those in schools or recreation centers, will find creating a gym floor management program a good first step.
Since vacuums are used often, they should go through regular inspection to identify parts or accessories that are worn or need cleaning.
When it comes to hard surface floors, the type of surface will dictate how to properly maintain them.