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					Sustainability Charrette
  April 17 – 18, 2009


   Team: The Roots
- Concepts and Takeaways -
                  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!
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
                          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
                        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
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
         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
              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
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
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 (?)
    CONCEPT 4:
Re-purpose ’86 Field




        Possible Location for
        ―Office of Sustainability‖
                       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
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
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
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
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

				
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