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  • Introduction
  • Building & Land
  • Transportation
  • Water Use
  • Energy Use
  • Environmental
  • Operations
  • Waste
  • Indoor Quality
  • Measuring

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    One of the important objectives of sustainable development is the reduction of the use of non-renewable resources.  A university or college uses many resources in the process of producing a well educated graduate who will go on to make important contributions to society and reflect credit on the institution. 

    One of the important areas of focus for sustainable development is on waste.  In this diagram there are four areas that can be analyzed in terms of their impact on the waste of non-renewable resources. 

  • A good definition of an effective output
  • An efficient process
  • Renewable resource inputs (renewable and alternative energy technology, rain water)
  • Waste that can be reused (heat recovery, recycling, composting, gray water, etc.)

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    Below is a list of subject areas for action.  These subjects relate to possible projects or initiatives that can be incorporated into the design of new facilities, renovations, service-learning, and student projects. 

    Building & Land Development
    Subjects
    Campus ecology and habitats
    Protecting and restoring open space areas on campus
    Erosion control
    Green Building Design and LEED
    References
  • USGBC-LEED
  • LEED Application Guide for Campus Buildings
  • Labs for the 21st Century
  • www.nwf.org/campusecology/ 
  • www.cpesc.net
  • www.ec.gc.ca/water/en/nature/sedim/e_sedim.htm
  • www.epa.gov/owow/nps/ordinance/erosion.htm
  • www.ectc.org
  • www.epa.gov/greenacres
  • www.fastsaletoday.co.uk
  • http://greenseal.org
  • www.epa.gov/reg3esd1/garden/what.htm
  • www.nanps.org 
  • www.iussp.org
  • www.washington.uli.org
  • www.asla.org 
  • http://cfpub.epa.gov/npdes/stormwater/menuofbmps/post_7.cfm
  • www.stormwatercenter.net

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    Transportation
    Subjects
    Availability and access to public transporation
    Alternative fuel vehicles
    Low emitting and furl efficient vehicles
    Car pooling and telecommuting
    References
  • www.bestworkplacesforcommunters.gov/index.htm
  • www.epa.gov/otaq
  • www.bicylinginfo.org
  • www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/bikeped/
  • www.biketowork.com
  • http://www.self-propelled-city.com/index.php
  • www.bikemaine.org/btwemployer.htm
  • www.afdc.doe.gov
  • www.greenercars.com
  • www.driveclean.ca.gov/en/gv/home/index.asp
  • www.eere.energy.gov/cleancities/vbg/
  • www.crest.org/hydrogen/endex.html
  • www.eaaev.org
  • www.fueleconomy.gov/feg
  • www.ngvc.org
  • www.ucsusa.org/clean_vehicles/index.cfm
  • http://tmi.cob.fsu.edu/act/
  • www.metrocommuterservice.org/costcal.asp
  • www.vtpi.org/ted
  • www.teleworkarizona.com
  • www.teletrips.com
  • www.teleworkcollaborative.com

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    Water Use
    Subjects
    Water efficient landscaping
    Innovative waste water technologies
    Water use reduction
    References
  • www.smartcommunities.ncat.org/efficiency/weinfo.shtml 
  • www.awwa.org/waterwiser
  • www.epa.gov/owm/water-efficiency 
  • www.lowimpactdevelopment.org 
  • www.arcsa-usa.org
  • www.rmi.org/sitepages/pid287.php 
  • www.irrigation.org 
  • www.epa.gov/owm/water-efficiency/final_final.pdf 
  • www.epa.gov/owow/wetlands/construc

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    Energy Use
    Subjects
    Renewable energy technologies and issues
    Non-renewable energy resource issues
    Automated control systems
    Co-generation systems
    Coal-fired energy plant issues
    Nuclear energy plant issues
    References
  • www.energystar.gov
  • www.aceee.org
  • www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=business.bus_upgrade_manual&layout=print
  • www.newbuildings.org
  • www.eere.energy.gov 
  • www.biomass.org
  • www.awea.org
  • www.dsireusa.org
  • www.energyguide.com
  • www.eere.energy.gov/greenpower 
  • www.nrel.gov/ncpv
  • www.epa.gov/greenpower/index.htm
  • Plug loads and standby power

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    Environmental Protection & Restoration
    Subjects
    Reducing rate and quantity of stormwater runoff
    The heat island effect
    Light pollution
    Ozone layer protection
    Air-conditioning refrigerant pollution control
    Documenting and reporting emissions of greenhouse gases
        (CO2, SO2, NOx, Hg, particulates, and VOC's)
    Ecological pest management technologies
    Brownfield redevelopment
    References
  • www.epa.gov/pesticides/ipm/
  • http://npic.orst.edu/
  • http://ecologicalrestoration.info
  • www.ser.org
  • www.swcs.org 
  • www.cwp.org 
  • www.epa.gov/owow
  • www.pavement.com
  • www.epa.gov/heatisland
  • http://eetd.lbl.gov/HeatIsland/
  • www.coolroofs.org
  • www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=roof_prods.pr_roof_products
  • www.wbdg.org
  • www.greenroofs.com
  • http://eetd.lbl.gov/HeatIsland/Cool-Roofs/
  • www.darksky.org/ida/ida_2/index.html
  • http://cfa-www.harvard.edu/cfa/ps/nelpag.html
  • http://skyandtelescope.com/resources/darksky/default.asp
  • www.epa.gov/ozone/geninfo/benefits.html
  • www.epa.gov/ozone/snap/index.html

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    Facility Operations
    Subjects
    Construction activity pollution prevention
    Building commissioning
    Custodial operations
    Energy monitoring and control systems
    Procurement policies
    References
  • http://eber.ed.ornl.gov/commercialproducts/RetroCommissioningGuide.pdf
  • www.ilsr.org/recycling/buildingdebris.pdf 
  • www.metrokc.gov/dnrp/swd/construction-recycling/documents/ConGuide.pdf 
  • www.cbe.berkeley.edu/research/pdf_files/FBau_WorldWk1999.pdf 
  • www.iaeel.org/IAEEL/Archive/Right_Light_Proceedings/Proceedings_body/BOK4/RL4embre.pdf 
  • www.lrc.rpi.edu 
  • www.cbe.berkeley.edu 
  • www.efficientwindows.org 
  • www.beyondpesticides.org 
  • www.ipminstitute.org 
  • www.chps.net 
  • www.greenspec.com 
  • www.greenseal.org
  • http://www.greenpop.org/index.asp
  • http://www.greenblue.org/

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    Waste Management
    Subjects
    Waste management policies
    Waste stream auditing
    Recyclable materials
    Mercury in light bulbs
    Collection, storage, and processing of recyclables
    References
  • Natural Resources Defense Council
  • www.epa.gov/epaoswer/non-hw/muncpl/msw99.htm 
  • www.epa.bov/wastewise/about/index.htm
  • www.earth911.org
  • www.nrc-recycle.org
  • www.usmayors.org/USCM/recycle 
  • www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=bulk_purchasing.bus_purchasing 
  • www.informinc.org/fact_P3mercury_lamps.php
  • www.epa.gov/mercury/
  • www.ciwmb.ca.gov/rcp 
  • www.recycle.net/exchange
  • www.recyclecurbside.org
  • CS Monitor - "Momentum builds for 'revolution' to recycle electronic waste
  • The ImpEE Project - The Recycling of Plastics

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    Indoor Environmental Quality
    Subjects
    What are indoor air quality (IAQ) compliant products
    What are sources of indoor pollution
    Asbestos in building materials
    PCB hazards
    Absenteeism and healthcare benefits of "healthy buildings"
    Impact of daylighting on human performance
    References
  • www.buildinggreen.com/elists/halpaper.html 
  • www.greenspec.com 
  • www.greenseal.org 
  • www.epa.gov/iaq/ 
  • www.iaqa.org 
  • www.epa.gov/mold/mold_remediation.html 
  • www.epa.gov/iaq/ets/pubs/strsfs.html 
  • www.abih.org 
  • www.epa.gov/iaq/asbestos.html 
  • www.epa.gov/opptintr/pcb/ 
  • www.innovativedesign.net/paper_a.htm#student 
  • http://windows.lbl.gov/daylighting/designguide/designguide.html 
  • http://www.h-m-g.com/
  • www.dc.lbl.gov/IHP/
  • www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=ofc_equip.pr_office_equipment 
  • www.indoor-air-quality.org 
  • www.issa.com 

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    Measuring & Monitoring
    Subjects
    What are the metrics for environmental quality
    What are the metrics for sustainable development
    References
  • www.cleanerandgreener.org
  • http://www.greenerfacilities.org/tool_kit/index.cfm
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