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July 23, 2008
To start off, a couple more points from the first session this morning, that I didn't have to to get to earlier.
July 23, 2008
Up first this morning was Kevin Hydes, past president of USGBC, founder of the Canadian GBC, and current chair of the World GBC. If that weren't enough, he says he's not an expert in green building, and suggests you throw anyone who is an expert out of your office immediately. At best, we're all engaged in a "lifelong apprenticeship". To my mind, humility is convincing.
July 22, 2008
Two more sessions this afternoon. (Five today - long day.) The fourth session of the day was mostly BS. No need to go into specifics -- an 80% non-BS rate isn't bad at any conference. The last session, however, pulled together a lot of fragments, both from the earlier presentations and from life before SCUP. It was a panel on Developing Sustainable Master Plans, presented by a campus energy director and two reps from an engineering firm. A few of the key points:
July 22, 2008
From shared-use sports venues to mixed-use campuses, at least in title. The session was called "Beyond the Books: Creating Sustainable Mixed-Use College Campuses." Sounds like the college campus will get used by folks in the community, right? Well, it turned out to be useful, but not quite what I had anticipated. Subject matter was more about how the college or university can facilitate off-campus development, of which a major beneficiary will be the college or university. Cases in point:
July 22, 2008
The second session this morning was more specialized, and so the information gained is less broadly applicable, than the others I've attended. It focused on the project to create the first LEED-certified baseball park in the United States, a mixed-use facility shared by Penn State and the local single-A team.
July 22, 2008
For the first hour-and-a-half, this morning, I attended a presentation entitled "Fragile Projects". The presenters were three project managers from a major higher-ed architectural firm, and the title related to the processes necessary to create interdisciplinary spaces on campus. Some new spaces, some rehabilitated spaces. Some classrooms, some libraries, some campus centers/unions.
July 21, 2008
The last concurrent session for today was a pastiche of ACUPCC success stories from the University of Connecticut, Rider University, and the University of Maine. Each school was represented by a senior staff member, and a senior representative from the engineering firm which served as a consultant on the GHG inventory for the PCC.
July 21, 2008
The first session this afternoon (or, more properly, my first session this afternoon) had the provocative title "Is LEED Affordable?" Provocative, but somewhat tipping their hand in that two of the three presenters were from an architectural firm, and they wouldn't be presenting on that topic if their answer were "no".
July 21, 2008
The second half of the morning was split between topic-oriented "round table" sessions and meetings of the various regional constituencies. The regional meeting went through a bunch of appropriate ritual, but also spent maybe 20 minutes generating a list of topics of interest for future programs and, perhaps, blog discussion. A straw poll of those in attendance broke the suggestions into about four categories based on pervasiveness of interest. If we call the categories A (almost universal interest) through D (almost none), sustainability-related topics ran the gamut from C- through C+.
July 21, 2008
"Globalism" is the overall theme here, and yesterday's plenary speaker spoke on one aspect of it -- global citizenship. This morning's plenary speaker was just such a global citizen, Parag Khanna, whose book "The Second World" recounts his observations of some 40 emerging markets, many of whom are emerging as significant educational, as well as economic, players.

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